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Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health

Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD)

The Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD) at Kansas State University provides the coursework as well as the supervised practice experience requirements of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This experience will provide a management semester, a clinical care semester and a community-based summer assignment. During the semester students are finishing the professional coursework, they will apply for admission to the CPD. Upon admission, students are placed in affiliated sites within the state of Kansas to complete the 1200-hour supervised practice experience the final year of the CPD. Upon completion of the CPD, the student earns a bachelor’s degree in dietetics and is eligible to sit for the national Registration Examination for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.

The K-State CPD is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 1-312-899-0040 ext. 5400.

For more information about the CPD, please refer to the Coordinated Program in Dietetics Student Handbook below.  Information includes, but is not limited to:

  • Description of the program, mission, goals and objectives
  • Program outcomes data
  • Process to become a registered dietitian nutritionist
  • Costs to the student
  • Application and admission requirements
  • Academic and program calendar
  • Graduation and program completion requirements
  • Availability of financial aid
  • Guidance about distance education components

Coordinated Program in Dietetics Student Handbook (pdf)

Coordinated Program in Dietetics Preceptor Handbook (pdf)

Course Requirements

Admission Information

Student Learning Outcomes

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 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).  In Kansas, graduates also must obtain licensure to practice.  Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Coordinated Program at Kansas State University and complete one of the graduate program options are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.  For more information about educational pathways to become an RDN, please visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.  For more information regarding the graduate program options at Kansas State University, please review the option matrix below or contact the program director.

Graduate Program Option Matrix