Pathways to Becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Interested in becoming an RDN? Choose from a one-step Future Education Model program with integrated experiential learning, or a stand-alone Dietetic Internship with a separate master’s degree. Either way, Merrimack has the pathway for you!
- Option 1: Future Education Model (FEM) graduate programs offer a one-step program that meets the requirements to sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) exam – without requiring a separate Dietetic Internship. The first FEM program in Massachusetts, Merrimack’s M.S. in Nutrition and Human Performance allows you to complete 1,000 hours of supervised experiential learning in sports/human performance, clinical, community, food service and research rotations, while also completing your graduate coursework. It offers a truly streamlined pathway to becoming an RDN.
- Option 2: You can choose to pursue a standalone Dietetic Internship to fulfill your supervised practice hours, and complete a separate graduate program to meet CDR’s master’s degree requirement. Merrimack offers two eligible health sciences graduate programs- in Exercise and Sport Science or Health Promotion and Management. Available online or on-campus, these master of science programs can be completed in just nine months, before, during or following your Dietetic Internship. They provide a strong health science foundation combined with real-world population health and leadership skills.