Coordinated Program in Dietetics

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) help people make healthful food choices for prevention and/or management of diseases.  The Coordinated Program in Dietetics accepts applications from students in the Purdue University Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPND) only (see CPD handbook).  Application and decision letter regarding acceptance to the CPD occurs in fall semester of the senior year.

Requirements to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

All didactic coursework and supervised practice must occur in programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).  

The Purdue University Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD)

  • Is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
  • Is a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree program.
  • Provides students with didactic courses to meet the knowledge requirements for dietitians, established by ACEND. Includes coursework in biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, human nutrition, nutrition counseling, diet planning, nutrition assessment and medical nutrition therapy.
  • Provides accepted students with the required minimum 1200 hours of supervised practice, to fulfill competencies for an entry-level dietitian, as established by ACEND. All competencies must be completed with at least a satisfactory level of proficiency.
  • Students successfully meeting all CPD requirements will receive a verification statement post-graduation and are eligible to sit for the national exam for dietitian nutritionists. The exam requirements are set by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
  • Meets the pre-professional experience requirements for Dietitian Licensure in Indiana. In most states, graduates must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure, visit https://www.cdrnet.org/state-licensure. The CPD currently meets the educational requirements and supervised practice hours for licensure in all states. Beginning 2024, a master’s degree will be required for eligibility to sit for the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).
  • Additional information on the Requirements to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist are located in the CPD Handbook.

2024 CDR Mandate for Graduate Degree

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR’s Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR’s website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Potential Areas of Employment

  • Clinical Dietitian in a health care facility
  • Foodservice management
  • Clinical nutrition management
  • Community nutrition and public health programs
  • Sports nutrition
  • Corporate wellness
  • Telehealth
  • Industry (food, pharmaceuticals, etc.)
  • Nutrition communications/ Journalism
  • Private practice/ Consultant
  • Academia
  • Research

See where the past graduates of the CPD are employed.

Supervised Practice

  •  NUTR 42600 Laboratory in Community Nutrition
    • Application of previous knowledge and communication skills in nutrition of community settings, such as school nutrition, health facilities, and federal or state nutrition programs.
  • NUTR 44300 Laboratory in Food Service Systems Management
    • Application of knowledge relating to foodservice. Responsibilities may include communication skills and tasks equivalent to supervising foodservice operations.
  • NUTR 46100 Laboratory in Medical Nutrition Therapy
    • Application of previous knowledge and communication skills of medical nutrition therapy in the hospital/patient care setting to ultimately include responsibilities equivalent to staff relief.
  • NUTR 46500 Laboratory in Engagement
    • Culminating experiences in community nutrition, foodservice, medical nutrition therapy, public health, research and/or nutrition related business. Placements will be arranged based on individual student's preferred track in long-term care facilities, hospitals, public health or community agencies, and/or business and industry.

Program Mission

The mission of the Purdue University Coordinated Program in Dietetics

The mission of the CPD is to provide an integrated academic/supervised practice curriculum to prepare competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists 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 entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists. The Purdue CPD prepares competent dietitian nutritionists for positions in nutrition and dietetics or related fields. This broad approach is supported by our engagement concentration.

Program Goals and Objectives

The program has two broad goals and specific objectives tied to each goal.

Program GOAL 1. To prepare graduates to practice effectively as entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists in nutrition and dietetics or related fields.

Program Objectives for Goal 1:

  1. At least 80% percent of program students complete program/degree requirements within 2.7 years (150% of the program length).
  2. 90 percent of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  3. 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%.
  4. Of graduates who seek employment, 80 percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  5. At least 50% of employers who respond to a survey on program graduates in their first year of employment will rate them as above average in professional knowledge, skills and problem solving as compared with other entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists.
  6. At the one-year post graduation survey, 80% of the graduates who respond to the survey will indicate adequate preparation to practice effectively as an entry level dietitian nutritionist.

Program GOAL 2. To prepare graduates for life-long learning and/or advancement in dietetics through professional activities and self-development.

 Program Objectives for Goal 2:

  1. At the one-year post graduation survey, 90% of the graduates who respond to the survey will indicate active membership in at least one nutrition and dietetics-related state or national professional organization (e.g. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, American Diabetes Association).
  2. At the one-year post graduation survey, 80% of the graduates who respond to the survey will have started their professional development portfolio (Goal Wizard).

Outcomes data are available on request. To request data, please send a written request to Mrs. Dinah Dalder at dalder@purdue.edu.

Degree Requirements & Academic Advising Worksheet

More information is available in the CPD Handbook.

Program Costs

Purdue University's tuition and fee rates can be located here. Additional costs associated with the CPD program (uniform, memberships, professional meeting attendance, liability insurance, Registration Exam preparation, etc.) can be found in the CPD handbook. Additional costs are associated with international placement (see CPD handbook for additional costs and details). Students may be eligible for financial aid. For additional information, students should contact the Division of Financial Aid and the CPD Handbook.

Application and Admission Requirements

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.

Academic Calendar

2020-2021 Academic Year

Program Calendar

Program Calendar 2020-2021

 

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 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995; Phone: 800-877-1600, Ext. 5400. http://www.eatright.org/ACEND.

 

 

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