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UT offers two programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), which maximizes the opportunity for students to become credentialed as RDNs.

The M.S. with a concentration in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics in combination with the B.S. in Nutrition-Dietetics meets all educational requirements, including supervised experiential learning, such that graduates are eligible to take the RDN exam upon completion of the M.S. This program is currently accredited by ACEND as a Graduate Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (GP). The program is competency based and designed to provide >1,000 hours of supervised experiential learning in order to meet licensure and certification hour requirements for any state in which graduates choose to practice. Supervised practice experiences are planned and supervised by program faculty and preceptors in the Greater Knoxville area.

The B.S. with a concentration in Dietetics is accredited by ACEND as a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). As such, graduates are eligible to apply for ACEND-accredited supervised practice programs across the country and, following completion, are eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians to become RDNs and active members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Students must be on site in Knoxville for both programs – most classes are scheduled live and in person. A limited number of required and elective courses are offered by distance education. There are no additional technology requirements or costs associated with distance education.  

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

Provides students with a BS degree and the four years of coursework that are needed to apply for supervised practices programs across the country and continue the path to becoming an RDN…Learn More

Future Education Model (FEM): Combined BS and MS

Efficiently combines a BS and MS degree with 1000 hours of supervised practice into a five-year program. Students in this program are eligible to take the national credentialing examination to become a…Learn More



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