The Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and only accepts applications from students in the Purdue University Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics. Application and acceptance to the CPD occurs in the fall semester of your senior year. The program has a maximum enrollment of 20 students per graduating class.

The CPD provides you with the didactic courses needed to meet the knowledge requirements and the required minimum 1200 hours of supervised practice to fulfill competencies for an entry-level dietitian, as established by ACEND. Upon successfully meeting all the requirements of the CPD, you will receive a verification statement and will be eligible to sit for the national exam for registered dietitian nutritionists. The program meets the pre-professional experience requirements for licensure or certification in Indiana until 2023. Beginning in 2024, a master’s degree will be required for eligibility to sit for the credentialing exam to become an RDN. Additional information on the requirements to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist is located in the CPD Handbook.

For more information about the CPD and how to apply, contact Dinah Dalder at

2024 CDR Mandate

Effective Jan. 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 the CDR’s Registration Eligibility Processing System before midnight CST on Dec. 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement, visit the CDR’s websiteIn addition, CDR requires individuals to complete coursework and supervised practice in programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Career Opportunities

  • Clinical dietitian in a healthcare facility
  • Foodservice management
  • Clinical nutrition management
  • Community nutrition and public health programs
  • Sports nutrition
  • Corporate wellness
  • Telehealth
  • Industry (food, pharmaceuticals, etc.)
  • Nutrition communications/journalism
  • Private practice/consultant
  • Academia
  • Research

See where past graduate of the CPD are employed

Job TitleEmployerProgram Year
Clinical DietitianParkview Regional Medical Center2018
Team Nutrition ManagerPacers Sports & Entertainment2018
Long Term Care DietitianAmerican Senior Communities2018
Sr. Medical Nutrition SpecialistLincare2018
Clinical DietitianReid Health2018
Registered DietitianHealth Center University of Colorado2018
Patient Services ManagerNewton-Wellesley Hospital2018
Clinical DietitianCommunity Health Network2018
Transplant DietitianSt. Vincent Hospital2018
Registered DietitianCommunity Health Network2018
WIC DietitianNeighborhood Health Clinics (NHC)2018
Specialist Paediatric Dietitian at NHSRoyal Free London NHS Foundation Trust2018
Assistant Child Nutrition DirectorMSD Decatur Township2018
Registered DietitianMcCallum Place Eating Disorder Centers2018
Clinical Dietitian PRNColumbia St. Marys (Compass Group)2018
Clinical DietitianGoshen Hospital2019
Clinical DietitianRichard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center2019
Pediatric DietitianRiley Hospital for Children2019
Pediatric Inside Sales RepAbbott Nutrition2019
Clinical DietitianIU Health Bariatric Center2019
Community Outreach DietitianParkview Health2019
Clinical DietitianMarion General Hospital2019
Nutrition and wellness CoordinatorFamily Development Services2019
Clinical DietitianPorter Regional Health2019
Registered DietitianRoundTable Wellness2019
Clinical DietitianFranciscan Health Lafayette2019
Nutrition EducatorWIC2019
Registered Dietitian NutritionistFresenius2019
Registered Dietitian – Long Term CareGolden Living Centers2019
WIC DietitianMarion County WIC2019
DietitianMarion County WIC2019
Pediatric Nutrition SalesAbbott Nutrition2020
Clinical DietitianEmory Healthcare2020
Registered DietitianNorth Capitol Nursing and Rehabilitation2020
QA Medical RecordsVA2020
Clinical DietitianLTC and Acute Care2020
Clinical DietitianFranciscan Health Indianapolis2020
Nutrition CoordinatorSouthwest Foodservice Excellence (SFE)2020
Resident Dietitian/ Chartwells School DiningLafayette School Corporation2020
PRN DietitianSodexo2020
Nutrition Program CoordinatorCommunity Health Network2020
Dietitian NutritionistWIC2020
Medical Science LiaisonFresenius Kidney Care2020
Outpatient Cardiac DietitianRiley Hospital for Children2020
Registered Dietitian, Certified Personal TrainerParkview Health2020
Senior Assistant Population Health StrategistVital Incite Population Health Solutions2020
Clinical DietitianNorthern Arizona Health Verda Valley Medical Center2020
Clinical DietitianSt. Vincent Healthcare2021
Clinical DietitianNorthwestern Medicine2021
Clinical DietitianSt. Vincent Heart Hospital2021
Clinical DietitianFranciscan Health Lafayette2021
Clinical DietitianJourneyLite Physicians2021
Community Outreach Dietitian 2021
DietitianGreen Circle Life2021
Registered DietitianiLiveWell Nutrition Therapy2021
Assistant Sports Dietitian/ NutritionistNew England Patriots2021
Clinical DietitianSt. Vincent Heart Center2021
Oncology DietitianBeacon Health/ South Bend Memorial Hospital2022
Nutrition Intern – FootballAuburn University2022
Clinical Dietitian Neonatology Early Years ProgramRiley Hospital for Children2022
Clinical DietitianHCA Lake City Hospital2022
Clinical DietitianFranciscan Health Lafayette2022
Partial Hospitalization DietitianFarrington Specialty Centers2022
Clinical DietitianCommunity East Hospital2022
Clinical DietitianAmerican Senior Communities2022
Nutritionist IIJackson County WIC2022

Mission, Goals and Objectives

The mission of the Purdue University Coordinated Program in Dietetics is to provide an integrated academic/supervised practice curriculum to prepare competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists to promote optimal health and nutrition of individuals and groups. The curriculum provides foundational knowledge and skills as well as the practice-based competencies to perform the specialized functions of entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists.

Goals and Objectives of the CPD Program

Goal 1

To prepare graduates to practice effectively as entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists in nutrition and dietetics or related fields.

Program Objectives for Goal 1:

  1. At least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within 2.7 years (150% of the program length).
  2. 90% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  3. 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%.
  4. Of graduates who seek employment, 80% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  5. At least 50% of employers who respond to a survey about program graduates during their first year of employment will rate them as above average in professional knowledge, skills and problem solving when compared with other entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists.
  6. 80% of the graduates who respond to the one-year post-graduation survey will indicate adequate preparation to practice effectively as an entry-level dietitian nutritionist.

Goal 2

To prepare graduates for lifelong learning and/or advancement in dietetics through professional activities and self-development.

 Program Objectives for Goal 2:

  1. 90% of the graduates who respond to the one-year post-graduation survey will indicate active membership in at least one nutrition and dietetics-related state or national professional organization (e.g. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, American Diabetes Association).
  2. At the one-year post-graduation survey, 80% of the graduates who respond to the survey will have started their professional development portfolio (Goal Wizard).

Outcomes data are available on request. To request data, please send a written request to Dinah Dalder at

Degree Requirements & Academic Advising Worksheet

More information is available in the CPD Handbook.


Program Handbook

Policies and procedures related to the supervised practice experience (application, program costs, supervised practice guidelines, academic regulations, drug testing, etc.) are available in the CPD Handbook.

The Purdue University Coordinated Program in Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Phone: 800-877-1600, Ext. 5400.

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