- Kristin McTigue, M.S., R.D.N., L.D.
Director, Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics
- D. Enette Larson-Meyer, Ph.D., R.D., L.D., FACSM
Associate Professor, Human Nutrition and Food
- Mike Liebman, Ph.D.
Professor, Human Nutrition and Food
- Rhoda Schantz, Ph.D., R.D.N., L.D.
Associate Professor, Human Nutrition and Food
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 www.cdrnet.org. 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/state-licensure-agency-list. For more information on Wyoming licensure, please see http://plboards.state.wy.us.
You are ready to apply. What next?
If you have an existing bachelor’s degree from another institution and are interested in completing the necessary coursework to obtain a DPND Verification Statement from the University of Wyoming, you must first meet all UW general admission requirements. The DPND Director will evaluate your previous academic preparation and identify the remaining coursework needed to earn the Verification Statement. When you begin this coursework at UW, a minimum grade point average of 3.0 will be required in your first semester and a grade of B or better must be earned in your first two required science courses for acceptance into the DPND. For students requesting course substitutions, the Office of the Registrar first determines if prior coursework meets the university’s transfer credit acceptance criteria and course equivalency. For DPND professional classes, the Program Director may request to see course syllabi and/or textbooks. Although some course substitutions may be made, please note that in order to obtain a Verification Statement from the UW DPND, the following courses must be taken from UW: FCSC 4145 Advanced Nutrition, FCSC 4150 Experimental Foods, FCSC 4210 Therapeutic Nutrition I, FCSC 4220 Therapeutic Nutrition II, and FCSC 4230 Therapeutic Nutrition Counseling. All courses required for a Verification Statement must be completed with a grade of C or better.
If your existing bachelor’s is from UW, you must meet the criteria for returning students. When you begin the coursework for your Verification Statement, a minimum grade point average of 3.0 will be required in your first semester and a grade of B or better must be earned in your first two required sciences courses for acceptance into the DPND. Although some course substitutions may be made, please note that in order to obtain a Verification Statement from the UW DPND, the following courses must be taken from UW: FCSC 4145 Advanced Nutrition, FCSC 4150 Experimental Foods, FCSC 4210 Therapeutic Nutrition I, FCSC 4220 Therapeutic Nutrition II, and FCSC 4230 Therapeutic Nutrition Counseling. All courses required for a Verification Statement must be completed with a grade of C or better.
- Tuition and fees; financial aid; books and course packets; room and board for attending the University http://www.uwyo.edu/sfa/cost_of_attendance
- Local transportation to off-campus facilities approximately $50
- Lab coat $20.00 to $40.00
- Slip resistant shoes $50 to $100
- Health insurance as per the University requirements
- Immunizations (university requirements: MMR, Hepatitis B) and current TB screening
- Student membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) $50.00
- Dietetic Internship Computer Application Service (DICAS) $45.00 minimum
- D & D Digital computer matching fee $50.00
- ServSafe Online Test Voucher $36.00
- Nutrition Terminology Reference Manual (eNCPT): Dietetics Language for Nutrition Care $50
- Additional optional costs (eg, attendance at the annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) ($400-$600)
The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Phone: (800) 877-1600 ext. 5400 or (312) 899-0040 ext. 5400
All information listed above, in addition to the program mission, goals and objectives, is available in the Handbook.