Master’s of Nutrition and Dietetics

Is your goal to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist? 

To take the credentialing exam to become an RDN beginning Jan. 1, 2024, students must have a master’s degree and at least 1,000 hours of supervised experiential learning. At Bluffton University, you can complete both requirements in one year with the RDN Integrated Master’s Program.

  • One year program: Begin with three on-line courses and 100 hours of supervised experiential learning in the summer. For fall and spring semesters, spend one day per week taking in-person graduate courses and four days in supervised experiential learning.
  • Local facilities and preceptors: Ten years ago, Bluffton began an Individualized Supervised Practice Program that met the previous requirement for hands-on learning to take the credentialing exam. This program will be discontinued in May 2023. These preceptors will be integrated into the new master’s program.
  • Clinical educator: A full-time, experienced clinical educator, having developed experiences that meet competency requirements, will schedule all supervised experiential learning experiences for you.

In Ohio, a registered dietetian must also be a licensed dietitian. Licensure requirements for other state can be found on the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) website.

Start your Master’s program in summer 2023

Students with a bachelor’s degree who have taken the prerequisite courses, or those with a verification statement from an accredited didactic program in dietetics, are encouraged to apply for admission directly into the master’s program.

You need not have a bachelor’s degree in food, nutrition or dietetics to begin the RDN Integrated Master’s Program which leads to a Master’s of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Undergraduate course prerequisites for the RDN Integrated Master’s Program

  • 1 year of general chemistry with lab
  • 1 year of anatomy and physiology with lab
  • Statistics
  • Microbiology
  • Food science with lab
  • Introduction to psychology
  • Introduction to nutrition (3 credits)
  • Nutrient metabolism
  • Food service management/Quality foods class and ServSafe

Transcripts from all colleges attended will be evaluated for meeting pre-requisites.

For more information

Deb Myers, Director of dietetics program