Master of Science in Community Medical Dietetics - Initial RDN License Prep/Direct Entry

Degree Type
Area of Interest
Health and Human Services
Degree Level
College of Nursing and Health

This 63 credit hour pathway is designed for students that require foundational coursework to become a registered dietitian.  Further, students will obtain advanced nutrition skills through graduate coursework with an emphasis in their particular area of interest.  In addition, this track includes supervised practice, providing students with all experiences needed to take the registration exam to become a registered dietitian.  




Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for all coursework, with no individual course grade lower than a C.

Transfer Credit
Individual consideration will be granted in the awarding of transfer credits. Up to 15 graduate level credits may be transferred into the Master of Science in Community-Medical Dietetics Direct Entry degree, if equivalent. Credits must have been earned from a regionally accredited program, taken within the last seven years, have an earned grade of B or better, and be equivalent to the course it is replacing in the requirements at Viterbo. Coursework older than seven years may be waived or given credit based on individual review. Students who wish to transfer credits need to contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for details on the process. Courses will be evaluated for equivalency and written notification of acceptance of transfer credit will be provided to the student by the director. Transfer credit is only eligible for coursework taken prior to enrollment and petitioned for prior to matriculation.

Learning Outcomes
  • Facilitate inter- and intra-professional teamwork and collaboration.
  • Design, conduct, analyze, and defend research applicable to practice setting.
  • Apply leadership principles to practice positions in nutrition and dietetics.
  • Demonstrate competence in the interpretation and critique of scientific health care literature using an evidence analysis approach; apply and integrate findings into practice settings.
  • Interpret results of a comprehensive nutrition-focused physical assessment relative to nutritional well-being using nutritional diagnostic reasoning and standardized language.