Nutrition: Coordinated Program in Dietetics

The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD) provides students with professional experiences in a variety of work settings typically performed by a registered dietitian. Students are required to complete prerequisite classes during the freshman and sophomore year. Students may apply to the USF CPD during their sophomore year. If all admission requirements are met, students will begin the supervised practice experiences during the junior year and complete both remaining class work and the supervised practicum rotations throughout the senior year.


To become a registered dietitian, students:

  • Take the specific set of courses outlined by the ACEND. This can be completed at the undergraduate or graduate level
  • Complete the required practicum experience or internship, also outlined by ACEND
  • Verify eligibility status with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)
  • Take the Registration Examination for Dietitians

The University of Saint Francis Coordinated Program in Dietetics (USF CPD) has been granted candidacy for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition & Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting body of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995.

Program handbook

Coordinated Program in Dietetics Handbook

Program Goals and Objectives

Program Goal 1

The program will prepare graduates to be competent entry-level dietitians.

  • 80% of graduates over a 5 year period will pass the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within one year following the first attempt.
  • 80% of enrolled students will complete the program requirements within 3 years (150%) from starting the program.
  • 70% or more of program graduates who sought employment in dietetics will be employed within 12 months of completing the program.
  • 80% of program graduates who are expected to take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists will do so within 12 months of program completion.
  • 70% or more of program graduates will be rated as satisfactory by employers.

Program Goal 2

The program will encourage life-long learning, professional development, and leadership roles.

  • Over a 5 year period, 70% of graduates will have their Professional Development Portfolio Plan submitted and approved by Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) within 12 months of becoming a Registered Dietitian.
  • Over a 5 year period, 50% or more of program graduates will be active in professional organizations and/or community service within 12 months of program completion.

The program outcomes data for the CPD are available upon request.

Admission Requirements

Admission into the Coordinated Program in Dietetics is limited. Applications will be reviewed and recommended by the Review Committee, Department of Exercise Science and Health. Seven students will be admitted each fall. The minimum criteria for admission include:

  1. Academic Record: An overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (out of 4.0) or higher is required to apply. Also, a B in all nutrition classes (NTRN 215, 250, 275, 325 and 332) is required.  Once accepted, additional grade requirements are specified under the requirements for continuing in the program.
  2. Pre-Admission Exam: A test covering information related to prerequisite courses is part of the admission process. Scores will be ranked in consideration with grades and other requirements.
  3. Other Criteria: Each applicant must submit the following: a completed application form, a resume, a formal letter of application, a self-evaluation form, evaluation forms from two references, and official transcripts of all college courses.

The academic performance of any student earning a grade of less than a B in any of the courses listed above will necessitate the student repeating the course. A course may not be taken more than twice, and a maximum of two different courses may be repeated for the applicant to be considered for admission to the CPD and continuance in the program, once a student is admitted to the program. If a grade is not corrected to policy requirements upon repeating a course, the student will not be considered for admission or will be withdrawn from the CPD.

Contact Information

For more information regarding the USF CPD, contact:

Beverly Moellering, MS RD CD
USF CPD Director and Assistant Professor of Nutrition
Department of Exercise Science and Health
University of Saint Francis
2701 Spring Street
Fort Wayne IN 46808