Coordinated Program students standing on the stairs outside of Funkhouser

The mission of the Coordinated Program is to provide a quality undergraduate experience of education, leadership, service, and supervised practice using a comprehensive evidence-based program in community, clinical, and food service systems management to prepare 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.

The last class of the current Coordinated Program was accepted in March 2021.

Our Coordinated Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and consists of 3.5 years of undergraduate academic coursework and 7 months of supervised practice experience. Graduates earn a Bachelor of Science and are 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.

Eligibility and Admission

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Dietetics program at UK are eligible to apply for admission into the Coordinated Program when they reach sophomore status or are transferred into the Dietetics program and determined to be in their second year. 


Learn more about the application process and apply for the Coordinated Program.



View the timeline for Coordinated Program start to completion.



Download and review the Coordinated Program Handbook.


Goals and Objectives


  • At least 80% of students complete program/degree requirements within 3 years (150% of the program length).
  • 80% percent of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  • 80% of graduates over a five year period who take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionist will pass within one year following first attempt.
  • 70% of graduates will have professional experience in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  • 80% of employers over a five year period, who complete the employer survey, will rate graduates at 3 or higher, on a 4 point scale, for preparedness in an entry-level position.

All program outcomes data are available on request from Dr. Liz Combs, Coordinated Program Director.

  • 50% of graduates will hold a leadership role in a community organization within 12 months of graduation.

All program outcomes data are available on request from Dr. Liz Combs, Coordinated Program Director.

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Earning the RDN Credential

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.

Apply for a Scholarship

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.

Internship Fees

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 Coordinated Program Handbook for more information on estimated fees.

Contact Us

Program Directors

Coordinated Program Director: Dr. Liz Combs
Coordinated Program Assistant Director: Kendra Oo 

The Coordinated Program in Dietetics, 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;