This program is currently accredited, and the university is working to recognize this program. Please read the information below for how to apply to the first cohort, which begins June 1, 2021. For more information about this program, contact Jodie Seybold, program director, at email@example.com. The website will be updated in May 2021 with links related to more information on various program features.
Accomplish the next step toward becoming a registered dietitian-nutritionist: Complete the two-year IUP Dietitian-Nutritionist Program (DNP) through the Department of Food and Nutrition’s Master of Science in Food and Nutrition. Enrolled students will
earn their master’s degree as well as earn eligibility to sit for the national examination for registered dietitian-nutritionists upon successful program completion.
The Dietitian-Nutritionist Program is open to students who have a bachelor’s degree in dietetics and/or nutrition, or closely related degree. The DNP is accredited to admit 18 students across two tracks: the in-resident track and the distance track.
The DNP provides students with practice skills in clinical areas, community nutrition, and food service, as well as exposes the student to many populations, disease states, and conditions.
For convenience, all curriculum-based master’s courses are 100 percent online with both synchronous and asynchronous interactions with faculty and peers.
The practicum-based courses allow students to work directly with field professionals at on- and off-site locations to practice skills as a preprofessional. Practicum-related meetings are held in-person for the in-residence track students. Select practicum-related
meetings are required in-person with advanced scheduling for the distance track students. Otherwise, distance-track students will Zoom into those meetings.
Graduate assistantships available for in-residence students: For those interested, the Department of Food and Nutrition takes applications each April prior to the start of the DNP for graduate assistantships. Students who are accepted
into an assistantship position are required to be on campus. The assistantships run through the first year of the DNP. Second-year students, due to course and experiential learning, do not qualify.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides complete information about the requirements to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and lists all the
accredited programs that exist. The following criteria must be met in the traditional route to earn the RDN credential:
The Future Education Model created by ACEND provides an alternative for applicants without a bachelor’s degree in dietetics/nutrition, or verification statement, who want to become a registered dietitian-nutritionist. IUP’s MS in Food and Nutrition–DNP
accepts students with or without a bachelor’s degree in dietetics/nutrition provided specific criteria are met (refer to Program Features).
The IUP MS in Food and Nutrition–DNP is a supervised practice program that is accredited by ACEND through December 31, 2024.
Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). 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
midnight Central Time,
December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement, visit the CDR website. In addition, CDR requires that individual’s 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 Dietitian-Nutritionist Program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania are eligible
to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam prior to become an RDN. In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice.
Our program features a total of 1,000 hours (or roughly 6½ months) of supervised experiential learning throughout the 24-month curriculum using a combination of professional worksites and authentic learning activities. Practica coursework provides students
with professional worksite experiential learning opportunities in
four main areas.
Successful candidates must meet the following requirements to be considered as a candidate for the Dietitian-Nutritionist Program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Interested persons who possess a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition/dietetics from an ACEND-accredited program and who have earned a verification statement,
prior to the program’s June start, are eligible to apply, after reviewing the required criteria below. Those prospective students who obtained a bachelor’s degree in a related field, as well as completed the necessary requirements to obtain a verification
statement from an ACEND-accredited program may also apply, after reviewing the required criteria below.
Prospective students who do not possess an ACEND-approved verification statement, but completed a bachelor’s degree in nutrition or closely related field, must meet the following requirements:
Prospective students must possess a variety of knowledge and skills related to the field of nutrition. In addition to the set application criteria (see below), applicants must review and self-evaluate if they meet the program’s vital standards for excelling as a graduate student and future registered dietitian-nutritionist.
Per professional site agreements (those sites outside of IUP, who take students for experiential learning), students must be able to successfully complete the following minimum requirements, at their cost (IUP uses CastleBranch to manage and store this
information—CastleBranch charges students a fee for signing up):
Per professional site agreements, students must also be able to complete, at their cost, a physical, vaccinations/titers/boosters, flu vaccine, liability insurance, ServSafe Managers Certification, provide proof of valid health and automobile insurance,
valid driver’s license, attendance at one state or national nutrition conference, and purchase the required uniform components for practica experiences.
The successful student
must meet the following criteria:
A minimum of three letters of recommendation are required from academic, professional, and/or volunteerism contacts (recommended: professors/instructors from your bachelor’s program, manager/boss, volunteering supervisor). Recommenders must use and
submit the related DNP Letter of Recommendation form. Applicants can download the form and send to recommenders.
Identify your proficiency in the following, or related, programs on your résumé:
Qualified Applicants (from criteria above) must complete a behavior-focused interview (Zoom or in person).
Applying to the Distance Track: Those choosing to
apply to the distance track of the DNP must meet all of the above
requirements, as well as:
Dietitian-Nutritionist Program appointments are awarded without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, or military service. Marital status, age, and geographic area of the applicant are not considered.
Requirements and How to Apply for more information.
The purpose of the Dietitian-Nutritionist Program is to educate students to achieve a successful career in the field of dietetics and nutrition. The program director, faculty, and site preceptors work with each student to ensure successful completion
of the program. Nevertheless, it is the full responsibility of each student to satisfactorily complete the program, as described on this website. Successful completion of the program ensures that students will receive a Verification Statement, which is required to take the national registration exam.
For a full description of policies and procedures, review the Dietitian-Nutritionist Program Handbook.
The Indiana University
of Pennsylvania MS in Food and Nutrition, Dietitian-Nutritionist program has been granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics until December 31, 2022.
The next accreditation review is scheduled for fall 2021.
ACEND may be contacted at:
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics 120 South Riverside Plaza Suite 2190 Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
Phone: 1-800-877-1600, ext. 5400; 312-899-0040, ext. 5400
Please contact ACEND for filing a program complaint.
For additional information regarding the Dietitian-Nutritionist Program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, please contact:
Jodie Seybold, MS, RDN, LDN Dietitian-Nutritionist Program Director 911 South Drive Ackerman 102 Indiana, PA 15705 724-357-4440