Master’s Coordinated Program
La Salle’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics has transitioned to a five-year accelerated Master’s Coordinated Program. Building on the program’s strong legacy of preparing Registered Dietitian Nutritionists for over 15 years, this new five-year program will culminate in both a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics Practice, including over 1000 hours of supervised practice in the field of Dietetics. This will position graduates to be eligible to take the national exam for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RD or RDN) administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. As of January 1, 2024 a graduate degree will be required to earn the RDN credential in addition to prescribed coursework and supervised practice. Our accelerated program provides the bachelor’s, master’s, and supervised practice experience in just 5 years for incoming freshman. It is the only one of its kind in Philadelphia, and one of only about 30 similar programs in the U.S.
Coursework in the Master’s Coordinated Program provides a comprehensive foundation for applied supervised practice that is integrated into the final two years of the program, eliminating the need to apply for a separate dietetic internship. A minimum of 1000 hours of supervised practice are provided in acute, ambulatory, and/or long-term care facilities, community health agencies, and foodservice operations. With an urban health -focus, this program addresses hunger, policy, advocacy, communication, health promotion, and prevention and treatment of disease through nutrition in diverse communities. Immediately upon graduation, students will be eligible to take the credentialing exam for RDN’s and seek state licensure as Licensed Dietitian Nutritionists. RDN’s are employed as clinicians and managers in hospitals, long term care facilities, specialty clinics, grocery stores, schools, corporate wellness, private practices, and community agencies. Employment in the field is growing faster than the national average. 100% of our graduates who seek employment find jobs in the field of dietetics within 3 – 6 months after graduation.
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 the CDR’s website. Educational pathways to become an RDN prior to and after this change can be found here. 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 Master’s Coordinated Program at La Salle University are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.
In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. Requirements for RDN licensure in PA can be found here. For more information about licensure requirements in other states, click here.
Please contact Robin Danowski, MS, RD, LDN, Director of the Coordinated Program, for further information about the program, curriculum and outcomes at email@example.com.
You may also refer to the Coordinated Program Student Handbook.
To learn more about this program’s curriculum, visit the online course catalog.
La Salle University’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics and Didactic Program in Nutrition are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education of Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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