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The current Penn State Dietetic Internship Program will undergo a significant curricular change beginning with the 2019-2020 class.

The Department of Nutritional Sciences has applied to open a new and exciting track of our Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Nutritional Sciences graduate program in summer 2019 to prepare Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. This program has a leadership emphasis and will integrate online graduate-level didactic coursework with supervised experiential learning locations in Hershey, PA or University Park, PA.

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) released the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for programs in nutrition and dietetics. These accreditation standards integrate didactic coursework with supervised experiential learning in a competency-based curriculum designed to prepare nutrition and dietetics practitioners for future practice.

Penn State’s Department of Nutritional Sciences has demonstrated its leadership in education by submitting an application to be part of the first cohort of programs to be accredited by ACEND under these new standards. The ACEND Board has approved our phase 1 application and will make a final accreditation decision on the program in December 2018 after review of our phase 2 report.

We are recruiting students for our first class, which will begin May 2019. Program graduates will be prepared at the graduate level and will be eligible to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

Upon receipt of final accreditation, we will begin accepting applications in late December 2018 through January 2019. Final dates for opening and closing the application will be determined soon.

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To discuss the program and obtain more information, please contact:

Shawnee M. Kelly, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND
Assistant Teaching Professor
Coordinator, Master of Professional Studies in Nutritional Sciences
Department of Nutritional Sciences
125 Chandlee Laboratory
University Park, PA 16802
Email: (preferred method of contact to set up an appointment to speak)
Phone: (814) 863-7131