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Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics

 

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Students in the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics (GCPD) have the opportunity to work simultaneously toward completion of a graduate degree in Nutritional Sciences and the coursework and practice experiences necessary to become a Registered Dietitian. Graduates of our program engage in client centered health promotion, disease prevention, medical nutrition therapy, public health practice, and nutrition policy development.

Program Overview

The GCPD is a full-time, ~2 year program. The first 5 quarters are spent in classes for both the graduate program and the GCPD, followed by 3 quarters (January - August of year 2) in the Practice Experience (internship). A single 3-week rotation is completed during the summer between year 1 and 2. As an ACEND Accredited program, the GCPD provides 1200+ hours of supervised practice in the following rotations: clinical, ambulatory, WIC, community, management, food service and MNT or PH concentration in the greater Seattle area. While students may be able to graduate after completing the Practice Experience, it is common for a student to take an additional quarter to finish their thesis. PhD students will also require additional time to complete a dissertation and any remaining course requirements.

How to Apply

Students must apply to the Nutritional Sciences Program for the degree (MS/MPH/PhD) and the GCPD for the RD training program. Acceptance into the GCPD is conditioned on acceptance to the Nutritional Sciences Program. The GCPD admits 12 masters-level students to the program each fall, and has the ability to admit two PhD-level students.

To apply: Please see the Admissions Requirements & Prerequisites and Application Instructions

All GCPD offers of admission are contingent on passing a national background check at the applicant's expense ($50-70).

Intern Concentrations

The University of Washington coordinated program offers two concentration areas: Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) and Public Health (PH). Usually MS students select the MNT concentration and MPH students complete the PH concentration. MPH - Nutrition students may use the public health concentration as their public health practicum to meet the School of Public Health degree requirements. Interns work closely with GCPD faculty to select their concentration rotation. Other rotations are assigned. For more information on the rotations, please see our Practice Experience page.

Tracks Offered

Track # 1: Students applying for the Nutritional Sciences Graduate Program (MS, MPH, or PhD) and the GCPD for both the dietetic coursework and the supervised practice.

Track # 2: Students who have already completed their dietetic coursework from an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and have received their DPD verification form or will have the form when they enroll at the UW. These students are applying for the Nutritional Sciences Graduate Program (MS, MPH or PhD) and the GCPD for the supervised practice.

Both tracks take 2 years plus thesis to complete. Track 2 students waive out of two GCPD courses, NUTR 545, Food Safety and Health, and NUTR 564, Management in Nutrition Services.

Curriculum

The GCPD curriculum is integrated into the first five quarters of the graduate degree curricula, followed by three quarters of the internship. For course requirements please see the MS in Nutritional Sciences or MPH in Nutritional Sciences curriculum pages. The timing of PhD student course and internship requirements will be coordinated on a case by case basis to accommodate their dissertation research projects.

Immunizations, Health Insurance, And Safety Training Requirements

Students in the GCPD are subject to the policies of the School of Public Health and the Nutritional Sciences Program, specifically the policy on immunizations, health insurance and safety training. All students are also subject to a national background check. Students are required to maintain liability insurance. Students not compliant with the Immunization or Background Check requirements will not be allowed to complete practice experience rotations.

Completion of the GCPD & Eligibility for the RD Exam

Accreditation

The GCPD at the University of Washington is granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly called the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education) by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association), 120 Riverside Dr., Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 1-800-877-1600

Completion of the GCPD, Graduation and Issuance of the Verification Form

Upon successful completion of all requirements of the GCPD including degree requirements, the student will receive a verification form as required by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly called the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education) and will submit an application to the GCPD Program Director to apply to the Commission on Dietetic Registration to sit for the RD examination.

GCPD Completion Rate and Pass Rate on RD Exam

The GCPD at the University of Washington has experienced a 98% completion rate over the last five years. Our graduates have been very successful in taking the RD examination with a 100% pass rate. Additional data is available upon request.

GCPD Faculty & Staff

Anne Lund, MPH, RD
Director, Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics
Lecturer, Department of Epidemiology
Nutritional Sciences Program
School of Public Health and Community Medicine
University of Washington
Email: AEL4@uw.edu

Michelle Averill, PhD, RD
Clinical Coordinator, Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics
Acting Assistant Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
Nutritional Sciences Program
School of Public Health and Community Medicine
University of Washington
Email: carrots@uw.edu

Lacey Henderson
Student Services Coordinator, Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics
Nutritional Sciences Program
School of Public Health and Community Medicine
University of Washington
Email: laceynh@uw.edu

Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics
324 Raitt Hall, Box 353410
Seattle, WA 98195-3410

Updated November 13, 2013

For questions about the GCPD, please contact:

University of Washington
Nutritional Sciences Program
305 Raitt Hall, Box 353410
Seattle, WA 98195
206.221.8111
GCPD@uw.edu

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