New Graduate Program Streamlines Training for Tomorrow's Registered Dietitians

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Those hoping to begin a career as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist have an exciting opportunity to combine advanced coursework and experiential learning in a new graduate offering from the School of Nutritional Sciences and Wellness at the University of Arizona.

Beginning in 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master's degree for all students who want to sit for the national registration exam. That's where the new Dietetics Emphasis of the PSM in Applied Nutrition comes in.

The Dietetics Emphasis of the Professional Science Masters (PSM) in Applied Nutrition allows future dietitians to meet the requirements to sit for the national registration exam in a streamlined, twelve-month graduate program.

"When [a master's degree requirement] was announced, we felt like we were prepared to jump in with a new, accredited program right away," says Kayle Skorupski, who directs the new graduate program. "We already had an online master's degree, we had an internship where we worked with students across the country, so we were already aligning ourselves to ask the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) to accredit us."

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Rosemary Brandt
Media Relations Manager, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences