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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How does the Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP) enable an individual to become a Registered Dietitian?

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) is the accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitian nutritionists or nutrition and dietetics technicians. In order to be eligible to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians an individual must have completed the following:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited University
  • An ACEND accredited dietetics program curriculum (DPD)
  • A minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice experience 
  • After passing the Registration Examination for Dietetitians, certification may be applied for in the State of CT to practice.

Students in a Undergraduate CP, such as the one in the Department of Allied Health Sciences, complete all 3 necessary components in 4 years plus a 6 week full-time summer externship which immediately follows graduation. Individuals completing the requirements of the program are eligible to sit for the national certification exam upon completion of the program.

Students in the Post-Baccalaureate CP, may complete the remaining DPD courses and the hours of supervised practice experience. Individuals completing the requirements of the program are eligible to sit for the national certification exam upon completion of the program.

Undergraduate questions:

2. Do you accept Freshman directly into the Undergraduate Dietetics program?

No. The (CP) is a program that begins in the Junior year. This is a competitive process that takes place in the spring of the student's Sophomore year for admission in the fall of the Junior year. As a Junior, you are considered a Dietetics majors. Some students meet the criteria for Guaranteed Admission. All of the prerequisites must be met prior to program entry.

3. As a Freshman applying to the University of Connecticut for Dietetics, how do I initially apply for my first 2 years?

If you know you want to pursue a career in dietetics, freshmen may apply to the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources as an Allied Health Sciences (AHS) student or as a Nutritional Sciences major. If admitted to the University as an AHS student, the student will be assigned to one of our Department academic advisors who are knowledgeable about the prerequisite requirements for majoring in Dietetics as well as the University requirements for graduation.  If in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, there advisors should be aware of prerequisite requirements. Students from any major may apply to the program as long as prerequisites are met.

4. Do you accept transfer students into the CP?

Yes. Transfer applicants will be reviewed on a space available basis once matriculated UConnstudents' applications have been reviewed and offers of admission have been confirmed.

5. Is the Dietetics Program a Bachelors or a Master's program?

Students completing the Dietetics Program receive a Bachelor of Science degree.

6. What is a Verification Statement?

A Verification Statement is a document that confirms that an individual has completed a dietetic program accredited by the ACEND. It is signed by the Program Director stipulating that the academic and supervised practice requirements necessary to sit for the national Registration Examination for Dietitians have been met.

7. What is a Didactic Program in Dietetics?

A Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) refers to the undergraduate plan of study in dietetics that does not provide supervised practice experience. A Didactic Program is available at the University in the Department of Nutritional Sciences. After completing a Didactic Program and earning a Bachelor's degree, graduates must make a separate application to a Dietetic Internship program to earn the supervised practice hours necessary to take the national dietetics registration examination.

8. How many students do you accept to your undergraduate CP?

We accept up to 18 students per class.

9. How often during the year do you admit student to the CP?

Admission to the CP occurs once per year. Students apply by February 1st and begin the program in the following Fall.

10. How many credits do I need to be eligible for admission as a Junior?

Although there is no absolute number of credits required for admission to the Junior year, students MUST have completed specific science and nutrition prerequisites and have earned approximately 60 credits.

11. When must I have my prerequisite course work completed to be eligible for admission?

Students must have completed the prerequisite requirements prior to the beginning of the Junior Fall semester.

12. Is there any requirement for Dietetic experience prior to application?

No. However, it is suggested that students visit a variety of work settings where dietitians practice (e.g. acute-care hospitals, long-term care facilities, school food service programs) or talk to people working in the field.

13. What applications need to be filed when applying to the CP?

Applicants must submit the Allied Health Dietetics Professional Program Application and related documents, no later than February 1st of the year they want to matriculate (Fall semester).

In addition to this application, transfer applicants must also file a UConn Application for Undergraduate Admission that is available through the University Admissions Office. While the university application deadline for a fall matriculation is April 1st, transfer applicants to the Dietetics program MUST have a university application on file by the program admission deadline of February 1st in order to be considered for admission.

14. Do you accept International Students?

Yes. In addition to the Department of Allied Health Sciences professional program application and university application; international students must also meet university admission requirements for international students.

Post-Baccalaureate questions:

15. Who can apply to this program?

Students who have completed the Didactic Program in Nutritional Sciences or students who have a Bachelor's degree and have completed MOST of the DPD courses may apply.  The Program Director is happy to meet on an individual basis with students to see what courses need to be completed for Non-DPD students.

16. What is the application process?

Students must complete both the Graduate School application and the Dietetics Professional Program Application prior to February first to begin the program the following fall semester.  Complete application details. 

17. What are the academic reuirements?

Students must have a least a 3.0 to be accepted by the Graduate School.

16. Is a Master's degree received and in what?

Students will be completing reuirements for a Plan B Master's in Health Promotion Science.  Many students complete the Master's by May of the second year depending on the student's schedule and the project/practicum.  At this time the Master's is not required to receive the verification statement. Therefore once the supervised practice requirements are completed the gruate will be eligible to take the Registration Examinations for Dietetians.

Still Have Questions?

Ellen L. Shanley, MBA, RDN, CDN, FAND, Director, Dietetics Program.

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