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Combined RD/RDN & Master of Science

Become An RDN

Help people take charge of their health through nutrition.

Dietary and lifestyle factors are at the heart of prevention and treatment of the major chronic diseases prevalent within our local and global populations. As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), you’ll provide integrated nutrition and lifestyle medicine to help individuals and communities reclaim their health. Your work is more than just a job: it’s a vital career.


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Learn more about your course schedule and see how supervised practicums are integrated into the curriculum.

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Supervised Practicum

In the combined MS/RDN track, 1,000 hours of hands-on, supervised practicum in community/public health, food service and clinical care is required for RDN credentialing.

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Earn Your RD/RDN

Our program, accredited by ACEND®, gives you the tools to help people improve their health and well-being.

Road to RD/RDN

Graduation Requirements

  • Apply to the Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrated Health program by completing all application requirements.
  • Meet all admission requirements and be admitted to the Nutrition and Integrated Health graduate program.
  • Successfully complete all the required didactic coursework and supervised experiential learning practicums.
  • Develop a capstone project or thesis which is defined in consultation with program faculty and adviser.
  • File an Application for Graduation with the Registrar’s Office through the Student Information System (SIS). The application must be completed and submitted to the Office of the Registrar in the fall semester for spring and summer semester graduates.
  • Upon successful completion of the capstone project or thesis and all other required coursework requirements, the Master of Science degree is awarded and you will receive the diploma.
  • Upon successful completion of all the supervised experiential learning practicums and demonstration of entry-level competence, a verification statement is awarded.
  • Awarding of the MS degree and verification statement allows you to sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration examination to obtain the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential.
Debra Pearson

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With a PhD in Nutritional Science and the RDN credential, Professor Pearson is well-versed in our field. She can help you determine if a combined RD/RDN and master's degree is right for you!

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