Accelerated Option Information

For 2023 Applicants Only:

We will be offering an accelerated stand-alone DI program for applicants that wish to sit for the RDN exam without needing a graduate degree.

  • The program will run from June 5, 2023 – December 29, 2023.
  • If all program requirements are met, DI Verification Statements will be provided in the last week of December 2023, in which case a graduate degree is not required to sit for the RDN credentialing exam.
  • Students that do not complete all program requirements by the program end date (and do not already have a graduate degree) will not receive a DI Verification Statement until they receive a Master’s Degree, which must be completed no later than August 2024.
  • Anyone with a master’s degree should complete the program within 9 months (March 2024) and ultimately no later than August 2024 (150% program length).

In order to be eligible for this option:

  • Students must be able to provide a DPD Verification Statement and final, official transcripts by June 5, 2023
  • Supervised practice rotations and preceptors must be secured by June 5th
    • Some assistance is available from DI staff; NutraCo has an extensive list of preceptors from all over the country to aid students in this process
  • A graduate degree is not required to apply

Application Process:

  • Apply via DICAS for Spring 2023 match (February 15th deadline), or via preselect if available (rolling admission until January 15th)
  • Indicate on the DICAS application you are applying for the June 2023 start date

See below for a sample schedule for the accelerated option; please note that supervised practice rotations can be arranged in any order from June 26 – December 15, 2023.

Accelerated Option NutraCo DI Sample Program Schedule (40 hours per week): June – December 2023 Only

Rotation Potential Dates Hours
Pre-Orientation Monday, June 5 – Friday, June 16, 2023 80
Orientation Monday, June 19 – Friday, June 23, 2023 21
Food Service Management Monday, June 26 – Monday, August 7, 2023
*Off for July 4th
Community Nutrition Tuesday, August 8 – Monday, August 28, 2023 120
Long Term Care Tuesday, August 29 – Tuesday, September 26, 2023
*Off for Labor Day
General Clinical Wednesday, September 27 – Tuesday, November 21, 2023 320
Journal Club Monday, November 20 – Wednesday, November 22, 2023 (one two-hour session) 2
Concentration Monday, November 27 – Fiday, December 15, 2023 120
RDN Exam Preparation and Final Document Submission Monday, December 18 – Fiday, December 22, 2023
DI Verification Statements Issued Tuesday, December 26 – Fiday, December 29, 2023