MSU Denver

About this Major

Students who attain a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nutrition and Dietetics will be prepared for traditional, non-traditional, and entrepreneurial positions in health care that utilize knowledge of food, nutrition and dietetics.  Professionals trained in nutrition have numerous career options due to the growing emphasis on nutrition, health and wellness.

One of the career options for a student majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics is to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). The Nutrition and Dietetics major includes a didactic program in dietetics (DPD) which has been granted Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 800/877-1600, ext. 5400, [email protected].

Steps to become an RDN:

  1. Complete an ACEND accredited DPD program and obtain a bachelor’s degree***
  2. Apply for and complete an ACEND accredited internship program
  3. Pass a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)

If you plan to become an RDN without obtaining a master’s degree, please see an advisor. Spring match of 2022 may be the last time undergraduate students can become RDNs without also obtaining a master’s degree.

***Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In addition, CDR requires that individuals 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 Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics at MSU Denver are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program. Graduates who successfully complete the ISPP are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN. For more information about educational pathways to become an RDN please visit


CHECK OUT the Nutrition and Dietetics 3+2 program

The Nutrition and Dietetics 3+2 Program is an accelerated track to a Master’s degree!

Declaring Your Major

Please utilize the Declaration/Change of Majors and Minors Form to declare your Nutrition and Dietetics Major. For questions relating to your Degree Progress Report and/or class schedule please reach out the the Department of Nutrition to schedule an appointment with one of our advisors. Advising appointments are now available via in-person, phone and Microsoft Teams. The Department of Nutrition can be reached at 303-615-0990 or [email protected].

Department of Nutrition BS and MS DPD Handbook

Department of Nutrition BS and MS DPD Handbook

DPD Mission, Goals and Objectives

The mission of the MSU Denver DPD is to prepare diverse students from the Denver Metropolitan area for successful careers in food, nutrition and dietetics by providing quality education in the core knowledge requirements for the registered dietitian that is culturally sensitive and instills a desire for life-long learning.

Goal 1: Prepare students for a career using their knowledge of food, nutrition and dietetics.


  1. The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
  2. Seventy percent of graduates will report being employed in food, nutrition and dietetics; in graduate school; or in a supervised practice within 1 year of graduation.
  3. Eighty percent of graduates in supervised practice rate themselves as prepared.
  4. Supervised practice program directors rate at least 80% of graduates as prepared for supervised practice.

Goal 2: Students from a diverse background will graduate and be successfully placed in jobs, internships or graduate school.


  1. At least 80% of full-time students who enter the program complete the program/degree requirements within three years (150% program length). At least 80% of part-time students complete the program/degree requirements within four and a half years (150% of the program length).
  2. 35% of students will be males, persons of color, Hispanic, non-traditional age (> 25 years at admission), Military Veterans, LGBT+ or have documented disability.
  3. Fifty percent of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
  4. Thirty percent of graduates are admitted into a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.

Goal 3: Students will embrace life-long learning to improve professional practice by participating in continuing education after graduation.


  1. Seventy percent of graduates responding to the graduate survey indicate they have attended or participated in a continuing education activity such as a seminar, conference, webinar or self-study

Programs outcome data are available upon request by emailing: [email protected]

Undergraduate Course Descriptions