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Family and Consumer Sciences

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Dietetics

The Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) is a food and nutrition expert who has met the minimum academic and professional requirements to qualify for the Registration Examination for Dietitians. Registered dietitian nutritionists work in a variety of settings that include, but are not limited to, hospitals, HMOs, private practice, health-care facilities, community and public health, food and nutrition industry, business, sports nutrition, corporate wellness programs, academia, and research.

To become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, the following steps must be taken:

  • You must complete a bachelor’s degree at a U.S. regionally accredited college or university in which the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPND) academic requirements are approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

  • You must complete an ACEND approved supervised practice experience – a Dietetic Internship (DI) or an Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP). NOTE: Only students who apply and do not match to a DI are eligible to apply to ISPPs.

  • After completion of your academic requirements and supervised practice experience, you must
    pass the Registration Examination for Dietitians administered by the Commission on Dietetic
    Registration (CDR), the credentialing agency for the Academy. More information on the exam
    can be found at https://www.cdrnet.org.

  • Beginning on January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) requirements to take the Registration Examination will change from a bachelor’s degree to a master’s degree. CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The master’s degree can be in any major. Dietitians credentialed prior to 2024 are NOT required to get a master’s degree to remain credentialed. For more information visit 
    https://www.cdrnet.org/new-graduate-degree-eligibility-requirement-effective-january-1-2024. 
    NOTE: Many states have regulatory laws for dietitians. Often these individual state requirements can be met through the same combination of education and training required to become a RDN. As of July 1, 2012, RDNs practicing in the state of Wyoming must be licensed. For more information on how to obtain state licensure, please see http://www.cdrnet.org/statelicensure-agency-list. For more information on Wyoming licensure, please see https://ai.wyo.gov/divisions/directors-office/licensing

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Admission Requirements and Application Protocol
The Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPND) at the University of Wyoming is housed in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Program of Study
The Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPND) requires 120 overall credit hours that include University Studies courses (general education requirements also known as USP), Family and Consumer Sciences core courses, and specific dietetics courses as described in the University of Wyoming Catalog.
Cost of Program
DPND students should be prepared for the following program expenses:
DPND Accreditation
Accreditation is necessary because dietetics is a unique profession that requires a defined educational process based on established national standards.
Verification Statements
The ACEND Verification Statement is an official document that indicates the completion of course requirements for the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPND) at the University of Wyoming.

 

All information listed above, in addition to the program mission, goals and objectives, is available in the Handbook. Program outcome data is available on request.

 

Future Education Model Program in Nutrition and Dietetics

The University of Wyoming dietetics program has applied to the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) to open a new and innovative program to prepare Registered Dietitian Nutritionists in Fall 2024.

Our eligibility application was accepted by ACEND* and we are in the candidacy process for our proposed Future Education Model graduate degree program.  The program is not accepting applications at this time but will do so upon successful completion of the eligibility application process if the program receives candidacy for accreditation status from ACEND.

Contact Megan McGuffey Skinner, DPND Director, (mcguffey@uwyo.edu) for more information.

*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.

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