Coordinated Program in Dietetics

Registered Dietitians help people make healthful food choices for prevention and/or management of diseases.

The Purdue University Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD)

  • Is a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree program.
  • Accepts applications from students in the Purdue University Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPND) only (see handbook)
  • Expects students to meet and exceed the established course and grade requirements to apply, remain in and graduate from the program.
  • Provides accepted students with the required minimum1200 hours of supervised practice, to fulfill competencies for an entry-level dietitian, as established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). All competencies must be completed with at least a satisfactory level of proficiency.
  • Provides students with the eligibility to sit for the national exam for Registered Dietitians the verification statement (issued post-graduation).
  • Meets the pre-professional experience requirements for Dietitian certification in Indiana.

Potential Job Titles

  • Clinical dietitian in a health care facility
  • Food Service
  • Management (food, clinical)
  • Community and public health
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Corporate Wellness
  • Industry (food, pharmaceuticals, etc.)
  • Business
  • Journalism/Nutrition Communication
  • Private Practice/Consultant
  • Academia
  • Research

See where the past graduates of the CPD are employed.

Supervised Practice

  •  NUTR 42600 Laboratory in Community Nutrition.
    • To apply acquired nutrition knowledge and communication skills in a community setting, such as school nutrition, health care facilities, and federal and/or state nutrition programs.
  • NUTR 44300 Laboratory in Food Service Systems Management.
    • To provide interns with the fundamentals of food service management.
  • NUTR 46100 Laboratory in Medical Nutrition Therapy.
    • To apply principles of nutrition, nutrition care process and communication skills to plan, monitor and evaluate medical nutrition therapy in diverse populations
  • NUTR 46500 Laboratory in Engagement.
    • To broaden knowledge and skills in an interest area and explore future career opportunities in one of the following tracks
      • Foodservice
      • Industry
      • Nutrition-fitness-wellness-energy balance
      • Community/public health
      • Long-term care
      • Medical nutrition therapy
      • Research

Program Mission, Goals and Objectives

The mission of the Purdue University Coordinated Program in Dietetics

  • Is to provide an integrated academic/supervised practice curriculum to prepare competent entry-level dietitians to promote optimal health and nutritional status of individuals and groups.
  • The curriculum provides the foundation knowledge and skills, and the practice-based competencies to perform the specialized functions of an entry-level dietitian.
  • The Purdue CPD prepares competent dietitians for positions in medical nutrition therapy, food service management, and community nutrition. This broad approach is supported by our engagement concentration.

Goals and objectives of the CPD program can be found here.

Outcome data are available on request. To request data, please send a written request to Dr. Mridul Datta at

Sample Degree Requirements & Plan of Study

Program Costs

Additional costs associated with the CPD program (uniform, memberships, professional meeting attendance, liability insurance, Registration Exam preparation, etc.) can be found here. Students may be eligible for financial aid. For additional information, students should contact the Division of Financial Aid.

Program Handbook

Policies and procedures related to the supervised practice experience (application, program costs, supervised practice guidelines, academic regulations, drug testing, etc.) are available in the CPD Handbook.

Accreditation CouncilThe Purdue University Coordinated Program in Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995; Phone: 800-877-1600, Ext. 5400.


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