Dietetics Program Overview
- Two years of prerequisites. This is considered the pre-dietetics sequence.
- Three years in the Coordinated Program (CP) in Dietetics.
Admittance to the Coordinated Program in Dietetics is a selective process. (See Application Process below). The maximum number of students admitted to the CP is 20 per year. To determine if you meet the overall 3.2 GPA to be eligible to apply, please check your current degree audit or contact your Nutrition and Exercise Physiology academic advisor. This GPA includes courses taken within the University of Missouri system (Mizzou, Rolla, UMSL, UMKC) and courses from other institutions you have transferred to Mizzou. This GPA includes grades through December for a January application.
Starting January 1, 2024 a master's degree is required in order to be eligible to take the CDR credentialing exam for registered dietitian nutritionists. Within the three years of the CP, students complete their Bachelor of Science (BS) - Nutrition and Food) and Master of Science (MS) - Dietetics degrees. They complete all didactic and supervised practice required for eligibility to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians. Verification statements are only given after completion of all of these requirements. No verification statement is given after completion of only the bachelor’s degree.
The three years of the CP is a continuous program, meaning that students maintaining academic and professionalism requirements will transition seamlessly to the graduate curriculum. No GRE is required. The graduate curriculum is non-thesis.
This program is not a standalone master’s program. It is not designed for individuals who already have their RD (N). Students in this program complete three years in the CP, regardless if they have a previous bachelors or master’s degree.
Only students admitted to the CP are eligible for the Bachelor of Science (BS) - Nutrition and Foods.
For more information about the program, please contact:
Tammy Conrad, Senior Academic Advisor
Current students may schedule an appointment with Tammy using MU Connect in Canvas. She will provide information about the degree program and transfer information.
About the Program
The Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP) at the University of Missouri has a rich tradition. Established in 1972, it is the only Coordinated Program in Missouri and is among the oldest accredited Coordinated Programs in the United States.
The CP prepares students to become registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN). RDNs specialize in applied nutrition and work in a variety of practice settings, such as hospitals and clinics, schools, business and industry, private practice and public health clinics. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the national Registration Examination for Dietitians (RD Exam). Recent reports show Mizzou’s pass rate for test takers passing the exam within one year of first attempt is 100%. The pass rate for test takers passing the exam on the first attempt is 98%.
The University of Missouri’s accredited Coordinated Program in Dietetics, housed in a world-class research institution, provides academic training to prepare entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists. The program strives to improve health of Missourians and beyond by offering high-quality educational experiences, culminating in a master’s degree, and including a concentration area in nutrition therapy.
Goal 1: The CP will prepare competent graduates.
- At least 80% of program students complete the program/degree requirements within 4.5 years (150% of the program length).
- Of graduates who seek employment, 70% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
- 80% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
- The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
- 80% of employer survey respondents will report being satisfied (score 2-3) with graduate’s preparation for entry-level practice.
Goal 2: CP graduates will recognize the importance of professional development.
- At least 50% of alumni respondents will report being a member of a professional organization.
- At least 50% of alumni respondents will report having sought information about obtaining a specialty certification.
- At least 50% of alumni respondents practicing in nutrition and dietetics or related fields will regularly (at least monthly) seek out current research findings for application in their practice.
Outcomes data are available upon request by contacting the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology.
The Coordinated Program in Dietetics at the University of Missouri provides all didactic and supervised practice needed for eligibility to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians (RD Exam). For more information, check out the following websites:
- Academic Preparation through a Coordinated Program:
- Career Opportunities and CDR Credentialing (RD Exam):
Licensure requirements vary by state. Information regarding licensure of RDNs in Missouri can be found at: https://www.pr.mo.gov/dietitians.asp.
Supervised practice sites require that students complete immunizations, drug screen and other health requirements prior to placement in that facility. The MU Student Health Center on campus can assist students in this process. The requirements change frequently, and students may be asked to update their health records multiple times while in the program.
The Student Health Center does not cover services performed outside the Student Health Center. In addition, some supervised practice sites require proof of health insurance as a requirement for student placement. Therefore, students are encouraged to be covered under a health insurance plan.
An Accident and Sickness Insurance plan is available to purchase through the Cashier's office.
Supervised practice sites require that students complete and successfully pass checks and screenings. The CP requires the following:
- National. FBI. Fingerprinting
- Family Safety Care Registry (Missouri)
- Office of Inspector General’s List of Excluded Individuals
- Panel 8
- TB (2-step) with annual update
- Varicella (vaccines or titer)
- Tetanus Diphtheria (Td) or Tetanus Diphtheria Pertussis (Tdap) in last 10 years
- Hepatitis A vaccine series
- Hepatitis B vaccine series
- Flu shot
This list is subject to change at any time. Furthermore, additional checks and screenings may be required, depending on site requirements.
The University Academic Calendar https://registrar.missouri.edu/academic-calendar/
The CP follows the University academic calendar. Students entering their master’s year must return for orientation and class activities on Thursday and Friday prior to the start of the fall semester.
See a complete list of course requirements for dietetics.
- First four semesters: pre-dietetics courses
- Second four semesters plus summer session: coordinated dietetics program (advanced courses)
Equivalent transfer credits are accepted. Some courses may require department review and this review requires syllabus from the semester you took the course.
For other questions, please contact Tammy Conrad, academic advisor for Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (573) 882-1144 or contact HES student Services at (573) 882-6424.
To be eligible for consideration, the applicant must:
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2.
- To determine if you meet the overall 3.2 GPA to be eligible to apply, please check your current degree audit or contact your Nutrition and Exercise Physiology academic advisor. This GPA includes courses taken within the University of Missouri system (Mizzou, Rolla, UMSL, UMKC) and courses from other institutions you have transferred to Mizzou. This GPA includes grades through December for a January application.
- Have completed or be able to complete prior to starting the CP the first four semesters of courses listed under Course Requirements for Dietetics.
- Be enrolled in or already have completed NEP 2340 and BIOCHM 3630 at the time the application is submitted. Students must achieve a final course grade of B- or better in both NEP 2340 and BIOCHM 3630, or equivalent transfer course approved by faculty. Failure to meet these criteria may result in forfeiture of a space in the CP.
Students must first be admitted to the University of Missouri.
Applications to the CP are accepted once a year. Typically, the application deadline is early January. Application materials, requirements and deadline are posted to the dietetics web page in November. The department holds a meeting on campus in November, at which time the application process is discussed.
The application process typically involves, at a minimum, the following:
- Dietetics application
- Original transcript for each institution attended
- Cover letter
- Documentation of job shadowing
- Grocery store assignment
Selected individuals will be invited to a personal interview and group interview, both of which are done in person and on campus. A brief writing activity follows the interview.
Admission to the University does not guarantee admission to the CP. The maximum number of students who can be accepted to the CP each year is 20.
Tuition and Fees
Students are responsible for their own funding for their education. University tuition and fees are listed at https://cashiers.missouri.edu/. Note the cost of graduate courses is higher than for undergraduate courses.
Contact the University’s financial aid office for information on scholarships, grants, loans and other types of monetary support. https://financialaid.missouri.edu/
|Books, course packets, supplemental material, technology||$700/semester|
|AND Annual Student Membership||$58/annual|
|Health screenings, drug screens, background checks||$400/program|
|Individual RD Exam study material. Cost varies depending upon material.||$200|
|RD Exam Workshop (optional)||$400|
|Cost of attendance at local, state and national meetings is the responsibility of the student. Expenses may include transportation, lodging, meals and registration. Cost varies, depending on meeting and location.|
Note: At time of writing of this document, general liability cost pending.
For supervised practice, additional expenses are incurred by the student. Costs vary. These expenses typically include the following:
- Transportation (including travel to/from assigned supervised practice sites, parking, gas, car insurance, car maintenance, etc.)
- Food and beverage
- Lab coats and other dress-specific requirements (discussed in each course)
- Health requirements, drug screen and background checks are required
- Additional pre-rotation requirements as determined by the site.
- Health insurance-proof of health insurance may be required depending upon site.
- Supplies for presentations and other SPE activities
|Annual Registration Maintenance Fee||$60|
|Licensure Fee||varies by state|
|*Paid after program completion|