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Nutritional Sciences Program

Program Overview

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 is accredited 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 program is to prepare highly qualified students frpm diverse backgrounds with knowledge and skills for success in supervised practice programs, graduate school, or leadership in dietic practice.

Program Goals

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


  1. Program will enroll, retain and graduate a culturally diverse pool of students to meet the critical shortages and under-representation in the profession.
  2. Program will prepare students for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to becomed registered dietitian nutritionists.

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.

Program Objectives


  • At least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within 2 years (150% of the program length).
  • 50 percent of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation
  • 50 percent of program graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation
  • The program's one year pass rate (graduates who pass the registraiton exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionist is at least 80%
  • When surveyed Supervised Practice Program Directors will rate graduate's performance as at least satisfactory on 80% of survey items
  • At least 50% of graduates will indicate program prepared the for admittance into a supervised practice program
  • Under represented/minority groups will comprise at least 50% of students enrolled in the DPD Program over the 5-year period.   

"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."

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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
Licensure by State Data Table