Coordinated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (B.S. and M.A.)

Prepare for a career as a registered dietitian nutritionist

Are you passionate about health and nutrition? Does helping others achieve their health and nutrition related goals excite you? If so, the coordinated program in nutrition and dietetics (CP) with a master of arts in health advancement and promotion may be a perfect fit. Whether you are a first time college student, transfer student, or already have a degree, our program has a pathway for you. DPD graduates may apply to begin as second year students and complete only the graduate coursework and supervised practice, completing the program in just 18 months.

Program Highlights

The requirements to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) involve the following steps:

  1. Completion of at least a bachelor’s degree including didactic coursework through a university accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
  2. Completion of supervised practice experience as required by ACEND
  3. Passing a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)

Professional licensure for dietitians varies by state. Licensure information for Missouri can be found here.

RDNs work in various settings including hospitals and other health-care facilities, community/public health programs, nonprofits, food and nutrition-related business and industries, and research.

The coordinated program in nutrition and dietetics at Fontbonne University prepares graduates as registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) through one seamless program. Beginning on January 1, 2024 all candidates will be required to hold a graduate degree in order to be eligible to sit for the credentialing examination for RDNs. Through our unique accelerated program, you’ll receive a B.S., M.A., and the supervised practice experience required to sit for the exam in a total of just 4.5 academic years (includes two summers – total program time may be shorter for transfer students and those already holding a bachelor’s degree).

The Fontbonne University Coordinated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics is currently granted accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606, 312-899- 400.

Check out the pages to the right to learn more about our program, admission requirements and the application process.

Career Possibilities

RDNs work in various settings including hospitals and other health-care facilities, community/public health programs, nonprofits, food and nutrition-related business and industries, and research.

Contact Us

For more information, contact Dena French, CP director, at dfrench@fontbonne.edu.

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