Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP)

Olaoluwa Akinribade

Class of 2018

Howard University was the program I needed in order to prepare me for my career as a dietitian. The combination of education and clinical experience helped me feel confident and also gave me the foundation needed to pass my clinical exam.

Program Mission

In keeping with the mission of Howard University, the mission of the CP is to provide quality and innovative educational opportunities for local, national and international students. Particular emphasis is placed on the education of Black/African-American and other ethnically diverse students. The Program aims to graduate highly competent, compassionate, dedicated, and adaptable generalist entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists. Graduates are expected to have exemplary careers, assume leadership and preceptorship roles, and seek solutions to human and social problems in the United States and internationally through the practice of dietetics.

Program Goals and Objectives

Goal 1

The program will prepare graduates of Black/African American and ethnically diverse backgrounds for entry level positions as competent registered dietitian nutritionists.


  1. At least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within three years (150% of the program length).

  2. Of graduates who seek employment, 70 percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation. 

  3. 70 percent of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion

  4. The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.   

  5. At least 80 percent of employers indicate (agree or strongly agree) on the employer survey that program graduates were prepared for entry-level positions.

  6. At least 80 percent of graduates indicate on the program evaluation survey that they were prepared for entry-level positions as dietitian nutritionists.

Goal 2

 The program will prepare graduates who will be committed to increasing the number of dietitian nutritionists from ethnically diverse backgrounds in the dietetics profession.


1. At least 50 percent of graduates indicate on an alumni survey completed every three years, involvement in precepting or training future registered dietitian nutritionists from ethnically diverse backgrounds

Steps to Becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

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: 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 coordinated program at Howard University are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN. 


The Coordinated Program in Dietetics prepares students to obtain the Registered Dietician (RD) Nutritionist (RDN) credential awarded by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. There are various paths to obtaining the RD/RDN credential, however regardless of the path chosen, there are three required steps as outlined here:

  1. Complete a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited US college/university or foreign equivalent and receive a verification statement from a program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)

  2. Complete an ACEND-accredited supervised practice

  3. Pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration's (CDR) dietetic registration exam

Some states require licensure. Upon successful completion of the RDN exam, depending on the state in which the individuals choose to work, licensure may be required. Details about licensure can be found on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics licensure page.

The Coordinated Program in the Dietetics at Howard University is an ACEND-accredited Bachelor of Science Program. The program's curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills to meet the requirements for entry level dietitian nutritionists as well as the supervised practice stipulated by ACEND. Graduates of the program are not required to complete a separate internship program.

Already have a degree? The Nutritional Sciences Department offers a Verification Program for individuals who have a BS Degree and desire to complete the requirements for dietetics registration.

To learn more about this and all other information about the program, contact:

Dr. Katherine Manuel

Dietetics Program Director

Main Office Phone: (202) 819-1576


We invite you to register for a virtual open house, held on the third Tuesday of every month.

How to Apply

To apply for the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at Howard University please complete this Application. The application is due May 1st for Fall admission and November 1st for Spring admission.

Once you have completed the application please send it  along with all supporting documents to the Program Director .

Please Note: You must have already been accepted to Howard University for eligibility to apply to the Coordinated Program in Dietetics.

Admission Requirements

Lower Level

Requirements for admission to the lower level are consistent with those of the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. First-time entering freshmen considered for admission to the Department of Nutritional Sciences must submit an application to the Howard University Office of Undergraduate Admissions and present proof of having met the following criteria:

  • Graduation from high school or a G.E.D. certificate.
  • A minimum score of 500 mathematics and 500 verbal on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), or an equivalent score on the American College Test (ACT).
  • All students admitted as freshman must have completed the following high school units with a grade of “C” or better: English, mathematics, biology, chemistry.

Upper Level

Students who wish to apply to the Coordinated Program in Dietetics (Upper Level) must: 

1. Complete and submit an application package to the Department of Nutritional Sciences, between November 30 and May 1 of the sophomore year. Download an application form from the CP website at: Prospective students who must first apply to the University for acceptance, must apply to the CP by May 1, for fall acceptance, and November 1 for spring acceptance (verification students only). The application package must contain an essay stating goals and reasons for interest in dietetics, three letters of recommendation, official transcripts (non-HU students) and the application form. 

2. Complete all prerequisite courses or equivalent required by the Coordinated Program in Dietetics: Medical Nutrition Therapy Focus in Health Disparities. Have a grade point average of a minimum of 3.0 (on a 4.0-point scale); 

3. Have a minimal letter grade of “B” in nutritional sciences courses, and not more than a single “C” in a science course;  

4. Complete a minimum of 60 semester hours of prerequisites as prescribed in the curriculum for the program. 

5. Provide evidence of volunteer opportunities (minimum of 80 hours) in the area of community, hospital/nursing homes and food service programs, or complete at least two summers of volunteer experience during their tenure in the program. Applicants with prior work experience in either of these areas who wish to be considered for a waiver of these hours may submit a formal request to the CP Director.  

 6. Participate in an interview with the CP Admissions Committee. 

Transfer Students 

Students who hold a degree or wish to transfer credits from a US accredited college or university into the program must apply as transfer students. Transfer credits will be assessed by the Program Director or designated academic advisor. Transfer students will follow all applicable admission procedures related to Howard University and the CP. 

International Students 

International students desirous of admission to the CP must first be admitted to Howard University, and proceed as above for admission to the “Upper Level.” An academic evaluation by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member is required from all international students who have studied outside of the United States. Detailed admission requirements for international students can be found here: 

Howard University Application Deadlines

To view application deadlines please visit the Howard University Applications Page.

Cost of Attending the Coordinated Program in Dietetics

To learn about the cost of tuition and fees, visit Howard University’s  Tuition Page .

The Board of Trustees of Howard University reserves the right to change tuition, fees, and other charges at any time. Additional program-related costs are as follows:

Books and Supplies- $700.00

Meals (during practicums/supervised practice)- $300.00

Transportation (to and from practice sites)- $450.00

Professional Lab Fee- $200.00

Program Calendar

The program generally follows the Howard University Academic Calendar .

During the final (spring) semester in the CP, the University calendar is followed with the exception of observed national holidays and the traditional spring break.


The Coordinated Program in Dietetics is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Mail:  120 South Riverside Plaza

Suite 2190

Chicago, IL 60606-6995


Phone:  800.877.1600, ext. 5400

The next accreditation cycle occurs in 2022. Program outcome data are available upon request.

CP Student Manual