Coordinated Program

Our Coordinated Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and consists of 3.5 years of undergraduate academic coursework and 7 months of supervised practice experience. Graduates earn a Bachelor of Science and are eligible to sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) national registry exam to earn the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential. There is a selective admission process for this program with approximately 14 students admitted per class. Interested students must apply by February of their sophomore year.

Learn More

Explore coursework for the Coordinated Program and a suggested four-year plan to earn a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics. View the timeline for the Coordinated Program and the Coordinated Program Handbook for more information and the program schedule. Visit the UK academic calendar for important dates and deadlines. 

Earning the RDN Credential

After successful completion of the Coordinated Program, students receive signed ACEND verification forms that confirm eligibility to sit for the CDR national registry exam to earn the RDN credential. For more information about becoming a RDN and careers in Nutrition and Dietetics, download the RDN Fact Sheet from ACEND.

Eligibility and Admission

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Dietetics program at UK are eligible to apply for admission into the Coordinated Program when they reach sophomore status or are transferred into the Dietetics program and determined to be in their second year. The application submission deadline is February 1 at 11:59 pm. Learn more about the process, materials and requirements to apply for the Coordinated Program. Learn how to apply for the Bachelor of Science in Dietetics program at UK.

Mission

The mission of the Coordinated Program is to provide a quality undergraduate experience of education, leadership, service, and supervised practice using a comprehensive evidence-based program in community, clinical, and food service systems management to prepare dietetics students for success as entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists, which will allow them the ability to enhance the health and well-being of people and the environment in which they live.

Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: Prepare outstanding dietetics professionals for success in the dietetics field upon graduation. 

Objectives:   

  • At least 80% of students complete program/degree requirements within 3 years (150% of the program length).
  • 80% percent of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  • 80% of graduates over a five year period who take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionist will pass within one year following first attempt.
  • 70% of graduates will have professional experience in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  • 80% of employers over a five year period, who complete the employer survey, will rate graduates at 3 or higher, on a 4 point scale, for preparedness in an entry-level position.

Goal 2: Provide opportunities for graduates to develop skills necessary to participate in and lead dietetics related services that will enhance the health and well-being of people and the environment in which they live.

Objective:

  • 50% of graduates will hold a leadership role in a community organization within 12 months of graduation.

All program outcomes data are available on request from Dr. Liz Combs, Coordinated Program Director.

Internship Fees

In addition to tuition, students may incur expenses for travel, housing, liability insurance, medical exams, drug testing, background checks, verification of student identity (such as for distance learning), uniforms and other program-specific costs. Review the Coordinated Program Handbook for more information on estimated fees. Learn about awards and scholarship opportunities.

Contact Us

Coordinated Program Director: Dr. Liz Combs
Academic Coordinator: Anissa Radford


The Coordinated Program in Dietetics, in the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition at the University of Kentucky, is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) - 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606; (800) 877-1600, ext 5400; www.eatrightpro.org/acend.