Bachelor of Science in Dietetics - Coordinated Program (CP)
Please note: The Coordinated Program is not accepting new students at this time while it is being reorganized.
► Recommended course sequence (Curriculum Guide) (currently outdated - in process of updating Summer 2021)
The Coordinated program for a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics at University of Akron is one of only four coordinated programs in Ohio. This program enables students to complete their required supervised practice, along with the core knowledge and competencies for the Registered Dietitian at the undergraduate level. Students are placed in a variety of settings, including medical centers, long-term care facilities, school nutrition programs, health departments, wellness centers and many other locations. Students in the Coordinated Program are eligible to take the national Registration Examination immediately following graduation. Estimated costs for the Coordinated Program and information regarding licensure from the Ohio Board of Dietetics can be found in the CP Handbook.
► CP Handbook (currently outdated - in process of updating Summer 2021)
Students are eligible to apply for admission into the Coordinated Program at the end of their sophomore year. All applications are due by February 1st.
Program Requirements: Coordinated Program
- Complete B.S. in Dietetics
- Complete required Supervised Practice Clinicals
To become a Registered Dietitian, a student must:
- Complete the academic requirements;
- Complete the supervised experience in dietetics practice;
- Obtain appropriate verification; and
- Pass the National Dietetic Registration Examination.
For students possessing a nutrition or dietetics degree or a verification statement from a program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the Coordinated Program at the University of Akron is offering an opportunity for students with extenuating circumstances to apply to the program. If you have been working in the profession in the area of community nutrition, food systems management, or medical nutrition therapy after receiving your degree, you will receive credit for prior learning. This will provide an opportunity for you to participate in a variety of placements or be exempted from coursework. Students needing an additional year to complete the program because of financial circumstances or other commitments may apply for a special position granted to the Coordinated Program. Up to two students can be selected for either of these extenuating circumstances. Application for the Coordinated Program remains the same. The selection committee will consider all requests for extenuating circumstances when rendering their decision.
For further information refer to the Policy for Waiving Supervised Practice Experience please see Waiver Policy.
Accreditation is a mark of excellence.
The dietetic programs at The University of Akron are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) for the Coordinated Program in Dietetics. Web address: http://www.eatrightacend.org/ACEND/
Program outcomes for the Coordinated Program are available on request.
"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 order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree. 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). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited [program type] program at [Institution name] are eligible to [apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program/apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN].
In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements click here.
For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here."
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Coordinated Program in Dietetics made the following temporary changes:
- The number of supervised practice hours and alternative experiences has been lowered from 1,200 to 900 hours.
- If supervised practice hours are cancelled by a clinical site, the instructor is replacing those supervised practice hours with simulations, case studies, and projects to ensure students are receiving appropriate learning opportunities.
- All didactic coursework is online, or being taught in a hybrid format. Lab classes remain face to face with limited students at a time to allow for social distancing. Students are all receiving the same laboratory experience.
Contact Information for Program Guidance
Contact the Student Success Center academic advisor or Program Coordinator for academic guidance:
Student Success Center academic advisor:
Leann Schaeffer MA, RD, LD