The Future Education Model Graduate Program (GP) is an accredited program in which students will complete a master’s degree (M.S. in Nutritional Sciences, Dietetics Concentration) and supervised experiential learning (SEL) in professional settings to be eligible for the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s credentialing examining for dietitian nutritionists.
A DPD verification statement is not required, but all students must have completed the prerequisite coursework. A student with a DPD verification statement will meet all prerequisite courses. The GP integrates didactic coursework with supervised experiential learning in a competency-based curriculum designed to prepare nutrition and dietetics practitioners for future practice. The GP program at NCCU is four semesters, with year 1 courses through distance education.
NCCU coordinates students' SEL in professional settings with sites throughout North Carolina and the vicinity, with the majority in the Triangle area. It may be possible to acquire a site in your local area for year 1 community SEL, but year 2 SEL sites will be in North Carolina. An accelerated option is available for qualified students who already have a master’s degree.
After acceptance into the program, students can request an assessment of prior learning to be waived from a course or SEL. Students who have a master’s degree and are approved to waive a course (or courses) can complete the program at a reduced credit load (15 credit minimum) and earn a graduate certificate. Please contact the program director for more information. NCCU has excellent outcomes in RDN exam pass rate and job placement. Outcome data is available by 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: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree.
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 Future Education Model Graduate Program at North Carolina Central University are eligible 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, visit CDR's state licensure page.
For more information about educational pathways to become an RDN, visit ACEND's student information page.
International Applicants: NCCU cannot accept international students who require a student visa because of the distance education courses. If you do not need a student visa, then you can apply. If you need a foreign transcript evaluate, please be sure to select a company that is approved for both NCCU (https://www.nccu.edu/sgs/international-applicants) and the Commission on Dietetic Registration (https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend/students-and-advancing-education/international-students/foreign-degree-evaluation-agencies).