Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics (GCPD) admits 12 masters-level students to the program each fall. The
GCPD also has two PhD-level slots. These students must also be
accepted into the Nutritional Sciences Program for one of the following degrees: MS, MPH
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
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. Students are responsible for transportation to and from sites through out 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. We recommend that
masters-level students begin their thesis
efforts the first year of their graduate studies by working with their advisor
to identify a thesis project and submit their
graduate student portfolio
as described on the Nutritional Sciences web page.
Doctoral students complete a dissertation and additional
After graduation, students are eligible to sit for the RD exam.
Prospective student 1-page
brochure on the UW Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics.
Examples of former
student projects can be
found on the Nutritional Sciences webpage.
Track # 1: Students who need both the
coursework and the supervised practice. These students are applying for the
Nutritional Sciences Graduate Program (MS, MPH, or PhD) and the GCPD for both the dietetic
coursework and the
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
Both tracks take 2 years plus thesis to
complete. Track 2 students waive out of a number of GCPD courses. These
courses are marked "Track 1" under the GCPD heading on our
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
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
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,
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%
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2012 - 2013
enrolled in the GCPD are completing both a degree
(MS, MPH, or PhD)
and preparing to become a Registered Dietitian. The fees below
reflect the course of study for the first two years. All master's
level students are required to complete a thesis which may be
incorporated into existing quarters. Most students require at least one quarter beyond the
Practice Experience to complete
the thesis. The time to completion of the thesis is under the student's
control. Doctoral students complete a dissertation and additional
Tuition and Fees, Year One
MS (Tier III)
MS (Tier III)
Qtr $5,006/ W Qtr $5,006/ Sp Qtr
Qtr $5,583/ W Qtr
$5,582/ Sp Qtr
Qtr $9,293/ W Qtr $9,292/ Sp Qtr
Qtr $10,963/ W Qtr $10,963/ Sp Qtr
3 credits, Track 1 only
$ 2,023 Ŧ
$ 3,861 Ŧ
$ 4,276 Ŧ
Tuition and Fees, Year Two
MS (Tier III)
MS (Tier III)
Nutr 561, 10 UW-PCE credits/quarter & Fees : Winter, Spring, Summer
tuition rates are shown because Summer 2012-13 tuition rates were not
available at the time of printing.
* Tuition for the
Practice Experience is through the UW Office of Professional Continuing
Education (UW-PCE) where there is no distinction for tiers or residency.
Winter and Spring quarter there is an additional $41 technology fee. UW-PCE
Tuition & Fees are estimates for the 2012-13 school year.
GCPD Year One
tuition for the first year of the GCPD is shown in the table above. The
most current information is available from the UW website. Note tuition is subject to change. Consult the UW website for updates.
GCPD Year Two (Practice
During year two, students register for 10 hours of UWPCE credit (NUTR
561), at $524 per credit plus a $39 registration fee, and a $152 student
activity fee each quarter.
Winter and Spring quarters there is also a $41 technology fee.
UW-PCE tuition is due
only during Winter, Spring, and Summer of year two, even though students
are completing some NUTR 561 requirements during the preceding summer
and fall quarters.
Approximate fee, more
information available soon from the Dean's Office.
Students are required
to attend the Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting during
their second year. Student registration fees are approximately $85 for
one day. The location of
this meeting varies but may be outside the Greater Seattle area and
therefore students may need to pay for overnight lodging and arrange for
transportation. Information on the meeting is available on the WSAND web
Some sites require an
additional background and finger printing screening (Cost ~$60). The student
will be responsible for covering this cost.
In addition to these
fees, student will incur typical living expenses.
Washington State Residency
Information on “Understanding Washington State
Residency” may be found on the University of Washington’s residency website.
The GCPD does not have access to financial
aid for students. The Nutritional Sciences Program provides information
financial resources on their website.
Once enrolled in the
program, current students are eligible to apply for teaching
assistantships in our undergraduate courses as they become available.
During the 2012-13 academic year, there were eleven TA positions held by
master’s students in our program. TA positions provide salary, a tuition
waiver, and health insurance during the quarter the course is taught.
The Nutritional Sciences Program has limited
scholarship money available. Scholarship applications are accepted
each spring quarter.
The scholarships vary based on the funds, but typically
range from $1,000-$3,000 and are applied in the second year of study.
Application forms will be available from the
NSP Program Manager. The notice of award is made spring
quarter and the funds are disbursed the following autumn quarter.
assistantships and funding opportunities occasionally become available on
faculty research grants or within the School of Public Health. We promote
these to any eligible students as they become available.
Notices and applications for other
scholarships are posted on the student bulletin board in Raitt Hall 305.
Outside of the School of Public Health, the UW Libraries maintain a website
on Graduate Student Funding Resources
and the UW Graduate School maintains a list of upcoming Fellowship,
Assistantship, and Award opportunities.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has a scholarship and awards program. See their web site at: http://www.eatrightwashington.org/. Information regarding scholarships from the
Academy of Nutrition
and Dietetics is available on their website,
Students are encouraged to explore funding
options as early as possible.
on off-campus housing is available though the ASUW but must be accessed in
person. Housing in the immediate University area may be more expensive than
housing in other residential areas. However, please consider that there is
limited parking on-campus. Students are encouraged to consider their
transportation options in arranging housing. On line apartment services may
provide information on available housing. Information on on-campus housing may be obtained
on the UW website.
The UW offers an exceptional
transportation package to students. The U-Pass system allows a
student to ride Metro, Community Transit and Sound Transit service
anytime, anywhere on these systems. (This system does not include
Washington State Ferries or Piece County Transit). Students need to tap their ID on an ORCA card reader within 60 days of purchase to activate their U-Pass. There is a $76 (2012-13)
quarterly fee included on the tuition statement. See the UW U-Pass website for more information. Both first year GCPD students and second year UW PCE students are eligible
for a U-Pass.
The Practice Experience sites are
throughout the Greater Seattle region. Students may be assigned to a
rotation up to 60 miles from the University of Washington's Seattle
campus. Though we highly recommend the U-Pass system for most
situations, students are required to have access to personal
transportation for some rotation sites and/or GCPD events.
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 background search by the
Washington State Patrol. Students are required to maintain liability
insurance. For more information see Nutritional Sciences Immunization Policy.
Additional general requirements for the Practice
Experience are described in the Handbook.
the GCPD, Graduation and Issuance of the Verification Form
Upon successful completion of all requirements
of the GCPD including thesis, 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.
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
Box 353410, 324 Raitt Hall
Seattle, WA 98195-3410
Sciences at the University of Washington
University of Washington has a
long tradition of education in the field of food and nutrition.
Dietetics education first was offered on the campus in 1974.
Raitt Hall, circa
UW Quad, circa 1926
today Courses are often taught in the Health
Sciences complex. We emphasize
interdisciplinary training and leadership
Student learning is supported by
the outstanding University of Washington library system which is one of the
largest research libraries in North America.
Opportunities for activities and cultural events
The Pacific Northwest and the
Greater Seattle area are rich in opportunities for an active
lifestyle. We also encourage students to explore the campus environment
for performing art and cultural events through the UW
World Series. Students are eligible to use the IMA
(intramural activities building) on campus. We also have two museums
on campus, the Burke
Museum and the Henry Art Gallery