The emphasis in Nutrition and Foods prepares students to integrate and apply the principles of the biomedical sciences and food and nutrition sciences to design and manage effective nutrition programs in a variety of settings. Nutrition and Exercise Physiology with emphasis in Nutrition and Foods is a five- year BS-MS program. Nutrition and Foods is the first step to acceptance into the Professional Coordinated Program in Dietetics.
The Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP) at the University of Missouri has a rich tradition. Established in 1972, it is the only coordinated program in the state of Missouri and is among the oldest accredited coordinated programs in the United States. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is approved for accreditation through 2024.
The Coordinated Program in Dietetics prepares students to become Registered Dietitian/Nutritionists (RD/N). RDNs specialize in applied nutrition and work in a variety of practice settings, such as hospitals and clinics, schools, business and industry, private practice, and public health clinics. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the national Registered Examination for Dietitians (RD Exam). The four-year pass rate for first-time test takers is 98%.
During the first two years of the curriculum, students develop a foundation in science and general education. This is followed by a three year course of study devoted to professional courses and supervised practice (fieldwork). The Dietetics program is a five year program where students complete:
- A Bachelor of Science (Nutrition and Foods)
- A Master of Science (Dietetics)
- All supervised practice (fieldwork) necessary to meet the requirements to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians (RD Exam)
- A verification statement providing proof of completion will be provided after the graduate degree is awarded