Master’s of Nutrition and Dietetics

Is your goal to be 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 calendar 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. Course plan
  • Local facilities and preceptors: Ten years ago, Bluffton began an Individualized Supervised Practice Program that met the previous credentialing requirement for hands-on learning.  These preceptors are being integrated into the master’s program. No need to find your own preceptors, we do it for you.
  • Clinical educator: A full-time, experienced clinical educator will schedule your supervised experiential learning experiences. 
  • Affordable tuition: With tuition at $500 per credit hour for a 36-hour program, you could earn a graduate degree and complete 1,000 hours of experiential learning for $18,000.
    • Included in tuition: Transportation and housing to FNCE and a 3-day RDN exam review.

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

Start your Master’s program in summer 2024


Steps to apply

Course plan

Bluffton’s master of nutrition and dietetics program is a candidate for accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). 

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Darius Boeke
Admissions counselor

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