Becoming a Dietitian
Completing the AND Certificate and the MS in Nutrition and Food Science Simultaneously
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Certificate program, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), consists of 83 credits of undergraduate curriculum known as the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). In order for a student to become a Registered Dietitian, he or she must complete the DPD and then an accredited post-graduate internship, before passing the national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
Students enrolled in the MS in Nutrition and Food Science program may choose to apply to the AND Certificate program and complete the required coursework alongside their master’s curriculum.
There is currently a five-course overlap between the programs. Please view the Dietician Worksheet (PDF) delineating which courses should be taken at the graduate and undergraduate level.