Coordinated Program in Dietetics
Apply for the two-year accredited coordinated program in dietetics after completing prerequisite courses listed in the CPD Information (pdf). Applications are due Jan. 31. The program begins the following fall.
University of Idaho Coordinated Program in Dietetics is fully accredited through June 30, 2025 by the:
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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The Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD) is based in Moscow, Idaho at the U of I. Students are admitted to the professional phase of the program for their junior year after completing 64 credits of prerequisite courses. Preliminary courses include classes from the university general education core, courses in family and consumer sciences, and those needed to meet Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) curricular components and core knowledge requirements. Following application and interview, the successful candidate enrolls in the professional classes and supervised practice based on ACEND core knowledge and competencies for the RDN. Classes and supervised practice is completed in Moscow for fall and spring semesters of their junior year. A student adequately completing coursework and supervised practice of the junior year is scheduled for the next academic year at University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene or University of Idaho Boise and supervised practice facility locations.
During the senior year, students rotate through community, clinical and management facilities for their supervised practice in Spokane/Coeur d’Alene or Boise/Ontario. Depending on goals, abilities, and location of his or her home, the culminating experience for the student is located in a variety of health care facilities in either Washington, Idaho or Oregon: Spokane, Medical Lake, Coeur d'Alene, Boise, Nampa, Twin Falls, Lewiston, Moscow or Ontario.
Through focused excellence in teaching and supervised practice, the University of Idaho Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD) comprehensively prepares entry level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN).
- Goal 1 — Teaching and Learning: Graduates will be successful in a rapidly changing world.
- Goal 2 — Community, Culture and Climate: Graduates will be purposeful, proactive, ethical and vibrant practitioners.
- Goal 3 — Outreach and Engagement: Graduates will meet society’s critical needs by engaging in mutually beneficial partnerships.
At least 80 percent of program students complete program/degree requirements within three years (150 percent of the program length).
- 2018 — 100 percent
- 2017 — 100 percent
Ninety percent of program graduates take the CRD credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionist’s within 12 months of program completion.
- 2018 — 73 percent
- 2017 — 95 percent
- 2016 — 85 percent
- 2015 — 94 percent
- 2014 — 90 percent
The program’s one-year pass rate (graduate who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80 percent.
- 2018 — 89 percent
- 2017 — 83 percent
- 2016 — 95 percent
- 2015 — 100 percent
Of graduates who seek employment, 80 percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
- 2018 — 95 percent
- 2017 — 81 percent
- 2016 — 88 percent
Within one year of graduation, 5 percent of graduates will be pursuing advanced education.
- 2018 — 11 percent
- 2017 — 24 percent
- 2016 — 24 percent
Eighty percent of employers will be “satisfied” when asked about employer satisfaction with graduate’s preparation for entry-level practice.
- 2018 — 100 percent
- 2017 — 100 percent
- 2016 — 67 percent
Eighty percent of program graduates will report feeling purposeful “sometimes,” “usually,” or “always," when asked to consider their position.
- 2018 — 100 percent
- 2017 — 100 percent
Within one year of graduation, 60 percent of graduates will be members of a nutrition or dietetic related professional organization.
- 2018 — 95 percent
- 2017 — 63 percent
One way to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) is to complete an ACEND accredited coordinated program. Coordinated programs require curriculum that combines course work and at least 1,200 supervised practice hours. At the University of Idaho, students typically apply to the ACEND accredited coordinated program during spring semester of the sophomore year. Coursework and supervised practice hours in the junior year are completed at the Moscow campus. During the senior year, students take classes at University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene or University of Idaho Boise while participating in clinical, community and management supervised practice experiences in the field. During the two-year professional phase, students complete over 1,200 hours of supervised practice experience in a variety of settings. Following graduation, students are eligible to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam to become an RDN. After becoming registered, state licensure or certification, if applicable, can be obtained. The graduate is then eligible to work as an entry-level RDN.
For juniors entering the CPD in 2019, estimated costs are listed below:
2019-2020 Tuition and Fees — Full time undergraduate students
- $8,304 per year (Idaho resident)
- $27,540 per year (non-resident)
2019 Estimated costs for CPD (per year)
- Textbooks, supplies — $1,130
- Clinical Dietetics fee (senior year) — $398.50-710
- Lab coats, shoes, professional attire, nametag — $500
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics membership, meetings, travel — $600
- Background Checks — $45
- Medical Insurance — $1,798
- Total — $4,471.50-4,783
- Acceptance to the University of Idaho
- GPA 2.8 or higher
- Application and three reference letters by Jan. 31
- Official transcripts by Jan. 31
- Inorganic chemistry
- Carbon compounds or organic chemistry
- Microbiology and lab
- Introduction to accounting
- Introduction to statistics
- Pre-calculus algebra
- Introduction to sociology
- Introduction to psychology
- Individual and family development or equivalent
- Human nutrition
- Scientific principles of food preparation or equivalent
- Experimental foods lab or equivalent
- Meal management or equivalent
- Professional skills in dietetics
- Quantity food production and equipment and lab
- Advanced nutrition and lab
- Nutrition in the lifecycle
- Nutrition education in the lifecycle
- Research methods in food and nutrition
- Introduction to clinical dietetics
- Introduction to dietetics supervised practice
- Food systems management
- Global nutrition
- Helping skills in dietetics
- Community nutrition
- Community nutrition supervised practice
- Medical nutrition therapy
- Clinical dietetics I
- Clinical dietetics II supervised practice
- Food service management supervised practice
The program is completed in two academic years which includes four semesters. No course work or supervised practice is scheduled during the summer. The fall, winter and spring breaks follow the academic calendar for the junior year.
In the second year, the fall break follows the academic calendar. However, the winter and spring breaks do not follow the academic calendar in the senior year, due to supervised practice in clinical and management facilities. In addition, the course schedule in the fall semester of the senior year is modified to accommodate supervised practice hours. In the fall semester of the senior year, FCS 363: Medical Nutrition Therapy, FCS 463: Helping Skills in Dietetics, and FCS 473: Community Nutrition are ten week courses. FCS 487: Community Nutrition Supervised Practice is a 12 week course. FCS 364: Clinical Dietetics I is a three week course that occurs between the fall and winter breaks. In the spring semester of the junior year, students receive a written schedule for fall and spring semesters of senior year.
Upon successful completion of the two year professional phase of the program (64 credits and 1,272 hours of supervised practice), students will take an exit exam the week before graduation. Once the student has passed the exit exam and completed the requirements for a bachelor’s of science degree, he/she will receive a “Verification Statement.” This verification statement allows the student to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam to become a RDN.
Several scholarships are available for students enrolled as a family and consumer sciences major who meet the priority date and have the required grade point average or other qualifications. Scholarships are also available through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Effective Jan. 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 Idaho, graduates also must obtain licensure to practice. Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited coordinated program at University of Idaho before Jan. 1, 2024 are eligible to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN. For more information about educational pathways to become an RDN please visit eatrightpro.org website.
The University of Idaho has applied to open a new and exciting program to prepare registered dietitian nutritionists in fall 2021.
The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) released the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for programs in nutrition and dietetics (see www.eatrightpro.org/FutureModel). These accreditation standards integrate didactic coursework with supervised experiential learning in a competency-based curriculum designed to prepare nutrition and dietetics practitioners for future practice.
The University of Idaho demonstrated its leadership in education by submitting an application to be part of the second cohort of programs to be accredited by ACEND under these new standards. Our eligibility application was accepted by ACEND and we are in the candidacy application and review process for our proposed Future Education Model graduate program in nutrition and dietetics. The program is not accepting applications at this time but will do so upon successful completion of the candidacy application process when the program receives accreditation from ACEND.