Exercise and Nutrition Science (EXNS)

BS/MEd Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP)

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About the BS/MEd Coordinated Program in Dietetics

The BS/MEd Coordinated Program in Dietetics is fully accredited by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Il 60606-0995, 312-899-0040 ext. 5400, acend@eatright.org. The program is designed to provide students with a meaningful and robust learning opportunity to attain all required ACEND knowledge, skills, and competencies required for eligibility to sit for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) exam (www.cdrnet.org). In addition, graduates of the program are well prepared to work as nutrition and dietetics healthcare professionals and enjoy a rewarding career as food and nutrition experts. Our faculty create an engaging learning environment with small class sizes and a passion for teaching nutrition and dietetics. In 2023, the Coordinated Program in Dietetics was ranked number 7 by Best Health Degrees.

Why Become an RDN?

Are you interested in nutrition science as it relates to health? Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) are an integral part of the health care team that encourages the prevention and treatment of disease through expert nutrition and food guidance. The undergraduate portion of our program is uniquely integrated within the Exercise and Nutrition Science Department which fully qualifies graduates to make physical activity recommendations as well as offer nutrition education and counseling. Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) work in a variety of settings that includes hospitals, long term care facilities, sports nutrition, corporate wellness, food service management industry, private practice, community agencies, school systems, and in research. Prospective students who are strong in the sciences and are interested in improving the health and lives of others in a professional setting should consider the BS/MEd Coordinated Program in Dietetics.

After January 1, 2024, students must complete a master’s degree to be eligible to sit for the RDN exam. More information may be found here:  https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree.

BS/MEd Coordinated Program Overview

Master’s Degree for Coordinated Program Students

Master’s Degree in Applied Instruction with a Nutrition Science Concentration

Requirements for the BS/MEd Coordinated Program

The BS/MEd Coordinated Program is a combined program including a bachelors in Exercise and Nutrition Science and masters in Applied Instruction with a Nutrition Science concentration. To be eligible, students must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 and a “B” or better in all prerequisite classes and major classes which includes basic science classes. Students considering transferring from another institution may be required to take advanced nutrition classes at the University of Montevallo.  Upon acceptance into the BS/MEd Coordinated Program, students will complete undergraduate and graduate supervised practice classes. The remaining master’s classes in Applied Instruction are offered online. Supervised practice classes will provide students with experiential learning under the supervision of qualified RDNs and other licensed health care professionals. Following successful completion of the BS/MEd Coordinated Program, students will receive a verification statement that will allow them to take the RDN exam, administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, www.cdrnet.org, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606, 800-877-1600, ext. 550.

Other Links:
Missions, Goals and Objectives
Nutrition and Wellness Advisory Council

 Accreditation Status of Program
Currently, the Coordinated Program in Dietetics is fully accredited by:

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
(312) 899-5400

Our most recent site-visit was November 12-14, 2016.

Program outcomes data are available upon request.

2023 Coordinated Program Graduates
December 8, 2023, UM Coordinated Program graduates

Noah Kirkland (left) and Ergi Veli (right), December 2023 Coordinated Program Graduates

2022 Coordinated Program Graduates
Dionna Gilbert, December 2022 Coordinated Program Graduate

Dionna Gilbert, December 2022 Coordinated Program Graduate

Molly Jones, December 2022 Coordinated Program Graduate

Molly Jones, December 2022 Coordinated Program Graduate

Brooke Sadler, December 2022 Coordinated Program Graduate

Brooke Sadler, December 2022 Coordinated Program Graduate

2021 Coordinated Program Graduates

Pictured left to right: Hannah Bolton, Hailey Vance and Avery Pool