Accelerated Coordinated Program

Accelerated Coordinated Program

Accelerated Coordinated Program

The mission of the Accelerated Coordinated Program is to provide a combined quality undergraduate and graduate experience of education, leadership, service, and supervised practice using a comprehensive evidence-based program in community, clinical, and food service systems management to prepare master's-level dietetics students for success as entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists, which will allow them the ability to enhance the health and well-being of people and the environment in which they live.

Upcoming Events

Join us at one of the following information sessions to learn more about the ACP!

ACP Application Workshop for Juniors (Year 3 of program) - Monday, September 12th at 3:00 PM in Funkhouser 115

ACP General Info Session for Freshmen and Sophomores (Years 1 and 2 of program) - Wednesday, November 2nd at 2:00 PM in Funkhouser 210

With this all-in-one program you will earn your BS and MS, then complete the necessary supervised practice hours to become eligible to sit for the RD exam!

Fast Facts







Program Information

Our Accelerated Coordinated Program (ACP) is seeking accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and consists of 2 years of undergraduate and graduate academic coursework and 7 months of supervised practice experience. Graduates earn a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics, a Master of Science in Nutrition and Food Systems, and a verification statement that allows them to be eligible to sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) national registry exam to earn the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential. There is a selective admission process for this program with approximately 14 students admitted per class.

Coursework and Timeline

Eligibility & Admission

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Dietetics program at UK are eligible to apply for admission into the Accelerated Coordinated Program when they reach junior status or are transferred into the Dietetics program and determined to be in Year 3 of the program. Learn more about the process, materials and requirements to apply for the Coordinated Program.

Goals and Objectives

  • Objective 1- At least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within 46.5 months (150% of the program length).
  • Objective 2- 80% percent of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  • Objective 3- 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 nutritionist is at least 80%. 
  • Objective 4- Of graduates who seek employment, 70% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation. 
  • Objective 5- 80% of employers over a five-year period, who complete the employer survey, will rate ACP graduates at 3 or higher, on a 4-point scale, for preparedness in an entry-level position.
  • Objective 1 – at least 80% of ACP graduate survey respondents will report being a member of a professional organization within 12 months of graduation. 
  • Objective 2- 50% or greater of ACP graduate survey respondents will hold a leadership role in a community organization within 12 months of graduation. 

All program outcomes data are available on request from the ACP Director (

  • Earning the RDN Credential
  • Apply for a Scholarship
  • Internship Fees

After successful completion of the Coordinated Program, students receive signed ACEND verification forms that confirm eligibility to sit for the CDR national registry exam to earn the RDN credential. Students/interns will need to have a master's degree in order to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist after January 1, 2024. For more information about becoming a RDN and careers in Nutrition and Dietetics, explore the RDN Fact Sheet from ACEND.

Some states require persons working or engaging in any type of dietetics or nutrition practices to be licensed, certified or registered in the state. Students interested in working in dietetics and or nutrition in another state should learn more about whether their program and the RDN credential will lead to licensure, certification, registration, etc. in each state.

RDN Fact Sheet

Out of State Educational Activities

Dietetics RDN Disclosures 2020-2021

The Breeding-Smith Edge Scholarship is awarded annually to a Dietetics and Human Nutrition student in the Coordinated Program or Dietetic Internship Program. Students who receive this scholarship have clearly demonstrated leadership skills and entrepreneurial potential.

Learn More

In addition to tuition, students may incur expenses for travel, housing, liability insurance, medical exams, drug testing, background checks, verification of student identity (such as for distance learning), uniforms and other program-specific costs. Review the Dietetic Internship Handbook for more information on estimated fees.

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Connect With Us

Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition

204 Funkhouser Building
Lexington, KY 40506


Dr. Liz Combs

Director of the ACP

Contact Dr. Liz Combs

Anissa Radford

Academic Coordinator

Contact Anissa Radford

The Accelerated Coordinated Program, in the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition at the University of Kentucky, is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) - 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606; (800) 877-1600, ext 5400;

Contact Information

Dr. Tammy J. Stephenson, PhD, FAND
Department Chair & Professor

202 Funkhouser Building Lexington, KY 40506-0054

+1 (859) 257-3800