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Department of Nutritional Sciences

B.S. in Nutritional Sciences

Program Description


(applications due March 1, 2016)

The Commission on Dietetic Registration has announced that effective in 2024 it will no longer administer the national registry exam to individuals who have not earned a graduate degree. In anticipation of that policy, the Department of Nutritional Sciences will make changes to the current Coordinated Program in Dietetics.

Effective with students admitted for the summer semester 2016, students admitted to the program must have either 1) baccalaureate degree in any subject and prerequisite courses listed here, or 2) 90 hours and required prerequisite courses listed on table below. Click here to see the prerequisites.

Once admitted to the program, students will be required to complete 70 credit hours (includes 1280 clock hours of supervised practice) to earn a master’s degree in 24 - 28 months. Students admitted with 90 hours but no baccalaureate degree will be awarded the Bachelor of Science degree in Allied Health after the first year in the program and will go on to earn the master’s degree after the second year.

Which Nutritional Sciences Program is Right for You?


The mission of the Dietetic Education Program in Dietetics is to provide the best possible didactic and supervised practice programs to produce qualified entry-level dietitians with enhanced skills in clinical dietetics. The program consists of 64 credit hours of sequenced and integrated didactic and clinical courses. All didactic course work is offered at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. Students complete supervised practice hours in various facilities throughout the state. Supervised practice provides a "hands-on" experience while working with patients exhibiting disease states studied in the classroom. The Program includes Food and Nutrition Service Management, Community, and Medical Nutrition Therapy Capstone Practicums. Upon successful completion of the required coursework and practice hours, the graduate is eligible to take the Registry Examination for Dietitians and receives a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences degree.

Our Dietetic Education Program (formerly known as the Coordinated Program (CP) is the only one in Oklahoma. The Coordinated BS degree is the fastest route to becoming a registered dietitian. The 1200 hours of supervised practice required before taking the national registration exam are incorporated into the last four semesters of the BS degree that requires 5 semesters to complete.

The program is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312/899-0040, ext. 5400. The program is based on ACEND's 2012 eligibility requirements and accreditation standards.

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