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Nutritional Sciences Program

Nutritional Sciences

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Welcome to the Nutritional Sciences (Dietetics) Program at Morgan State University (MSU).  We are pleased that you have an interest in the growing field of Dietetics which is loaded with opportunities for the student who is interested in studying the science of food and nutrition. As a student of the Program you will be well trained in the science of nutrient metabolism; medical nutrition therapy for various diseases and conditions; food habits and customs of various populations, food preparation and safety; and health promotion and disease prevention.

Successful completion of the Nutritional Sciences (Dietetics) Program leads to a B.S in Nutritional Sciences.  With additional training provided in an Internship Program, available outside of Morgan, successful graduates who pass the Registration Exam for Dietitians receive the Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN) credential. Registered Dietitians/Nutritionists are food and nutrition experts who work in a wide cross-section of settings including hospitals, long-term care facilities; public health clinics, schools, universities, food industry, food management, government agencies, research, in private practice and various other settings.  The role of the Dietitian is invaluable in health promotion, disease prevention, and medical nutrition therapy for diseases and conditions.   Your choice of a career in Dietetics places you among a cadre of health professionals who are making a real difference in the lives of individuals, families, and the community.

Accreditation Status
The Nutritional Sciences Program currently offered here at Morgan is recognized by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). This signifies that graduates of the program have completed the course work that makes them eligible to apply for a Dietetic Internship, paving the way for credentialing as a Registered Dietitian (RD).

The accreditation of Morgan State University’s Didactic Program in Dietetics has been placed on probationary status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext. 5400. For an explanation of probationary status, consult the director of the nutrition and dietetics program.

Below is the address and phone number of ACEND.

Program Mission
The mission of the Nutritional Sciences Program at Morgan State University is to prepare highly qualified students from diverse backgrounds with knowledge and skills for success in supervised practice programs, Graduate School, or leadership in dietetic practice. The Program's mission is aligned with the mission of the University and the School of Community Health and Policy. All three missions embrace the diversity of its student clientele, prepares highly qualified graduate students to serve, and address priority issues of the local and broader community.

Program Goals
The Nutritional Sciences Program's mission is embraced by three (3) primary goals listed below.


1. Enroll, retain, and graduate a culturally diverse pool of students to meet the critical shortages and under-representation in the profession.

2. To prepare students with the Foundation Knowledge Requirements and Student Learning Outcomes defined by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), formerly the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) for success in Internship Programs/Supervised Practice and entry into graduate programs.

3. To prepare students for entry-level positions as food and nutrition professionals in the field of Dietetics.

The Program goals are aligned with the mission of ACEND accredited DPD programs, and that of the School and the University. All three missions remain very relevant. Furthermore, the goals of the Program are undergirded by the 2008 ACEND Eligibility Requirements and Accreditation Standards for Didactic Programs in Dietetics; workforce and secular trends and demands help to shape the goals of the DPD Program.

Nutritional Sciences Program outcomes data are available upon request.

"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 order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website: 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 Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at Morgan State are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program and then to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN. In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements click here.

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here."

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
312-899-0040 x5400 (Phone)
312-899-4817 (Fax)
          General Disclosure Matrix for Nutritional Science Program              
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