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, pending Higher Learning Commission approval.

  • 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