Nutrition and Dietetics - CP
Work toward a career as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) by advancing your knowledge and skills in many areas of food and nutrition
The Madonna University Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinated Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 800/877-1600 ext. 5400, https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend
Madonna University’s Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinated Program (NDCP) provides two pathways for students to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) working in clinical, community, athletic and corporate settings with diverse groups of clients. The program has two pathways:
Pathway 1: Students who have undergraduate degrees in fields other than dietetics should apply for the MS Nutrition and Dietetics Program
Pathway 2: Students who have undergraduate degrees in dietetics from ACEND accredited programs and a Master's degree should apply for the Nutrition and Dietetics Graduate Certificate.
The mission of the Madonna University Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinated Program is to combine didactic and practice experiences that prepare graduates for qualified practitioner and professional leadership roles in a variety of employment settings and instill in graduates a core value of community service.
Goals and Objectives
Goal 1: Madonna University NDCP graduates will be prepared for successful entry-level dietetics employment in a variety of settings.
Objective 1.1: Supervised practice preceptors will rate students as competent or very competent upon completion of practice experience at least 80% of the time.
Objective 1.2: The program’s one year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR Registration Examination for Dietitians will be at least 80%
Objective 1.3: At least 80% of program graduates will rate satisfaction with their employment at least a 7 on a 10-point scale on the survey of program graduates.
Goal 2: Madonna University NDCP graduates will be prepared to become leaders in the profession of dietetics.
Objective 2.1: On the survey of program graduates, 60% of graduates will report that they have attended a professional conference related to health, nutrition, or food in the past two years.
Objective 2.2: On the survey of program graduates, 60% of the graduates will indicate that they have served the profession of dietetics in a leadership position, as a mentor to dietetic students and/or by serving as a preceptor within 5 years of graduation.
*Program outcomes data available upon request.
As part of the program, students will take 6 SPE courses where they obtain hands-on experience in settings as wide ranging as clinical sites, grocery stores and athletic locations. Students will complete 1000 hours of supervised practice experience. Students who successfully complete the NDCP will be eligible to take the National Registration Examination for Dietitians for RDN certification.
For more information about the ACEND accreditation standards visit The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Students in the Master’s in Nutrition and Dietetics program benefit from a combination of teaching approaches, small classes, and online instruction. This immersive hybrid format provides flexibility and increased access for those balancing busy schedules.
Review the complete Program curriculum, which includes a capstone research project.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the dietitian and nutritionist professional field is projected to grow over the next decade, reflecting the demand in a wide variety of settings from private practice to hospitals to community centers.
Career opportunities for graduates who pursue the R.D.N. credential include:
Madonna’s Office of Career Development is dedicated to supporting you in preparing for career opportunities upon graduation.
Karlie Kelly MS, RDN earned her undergraduate degree in Dietetics and an MS in Nutrition and Wellness at Madonna University. As a graduate student, she held the position of a graduate assistant coach for the Madonna University women’s volleyball team.
Karlie went on to complete her dietetic internship at The Ohio State University, a program specializing in sports nutrition. Since then, she has joined the team at Mercy Elite Sports Performance in Livonia, Michigan as their full-time performance dietitian.
Applications: Applying for the Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinated Program:
The following criteria need to be met to be considered for admission for Pathway 1:
For admission to Pathway 2, students need to meet all criteria for Pathway 1 plus be in possession of a verification statement from an ACEND-accredited didactic program and a master's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university (or foreign equivalent) with a graduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Find out more about Madonna University's graduate admission requirements.
See the "NDCP Student Handbook" (click on the Student Handbook button in the left hand column) for more information on how to apply to the NDCP Program. The student handbook contains information about financial aid, estimated program costs (tuition, fees, books, supplies, transportation, room and board), the NDCP Prior Learning Policy and other program-specific details.
See the "NDCP Student Handbook" (click on the Student Handbook button in the left hand column) for program curriculum and sample plans of study including timelines for completion of the NDCP.
The Madonna University Academic Calendar can be found by clicking here.
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Graduate students take turns teaching a class that includes a food component.
Gain experience investigating current nutritional issues related to intuitive eating, obesity, aging, athletic performance, food sustainability and motivating clients to make change.
Ph.D. Michigan State University
M.S. Iowa State University
B.S. University of Iowa
Dietetic Internship, University of Michigan School of Public Health
Franciscan Center S217-U
Dr. Schmitz is a former Peace Corps volunteer who became interested in the field of nutrition while working as a high school science teacher in Lesotho, Africa. She is a Registered Dietitian who has worked in the areas of research, nutrition education and nutritional counseling. She enjoys teaching courses in Nutrition Assessment, Medical Nutrition Therapy, Nutrient Metabolism and Capstone Research. She has been active in many professional associations related to nutrition and dietetics, most recently serving on the board of the Michigan Dietetic Educators and Preceptors.
She has served as a reviewer for several nutrition textbooks and on advisory boards for dietetic internships. Her recent research includes collaborating with nursing faculty on the project titled, "Teaching Nutrition Screening and Assessment of the Geriatric Patient: An Inter-professional Approach." In addition, she has worked with many students on research projects related to fat replacers, sugar substitutes, oil absorption and consumer acceptability of food products.
Several of these students have presented their research and won awards at the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Conference.
M.S. University of Michigan
B.S. Michigan State University
Dietetic Internship, University of Michigan School of Public Health
Academic Building 1502A
Laura Freeland Kull, MS, RDN is the Director of the Nutrition and Dietetics Program. She started at Madonna University as an adjunct faculty member in 1997 and joined as a full time faculty member and director in 2008. She completed her undergraduate degree in Dietetics at Michigan State University and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetic Internship at University of Michigan Ann Arbor. Her interests include food system sustainability, environmental nutrition, food insecurity, community and life span nutrition. Laura has worked in clinical nutrition specializing in nutrition support in the long term care population. She is an active member in the dietetics profession.
She has served on the board of the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Michigan Nutrition and Dietetics Institute and the Southeastern Michigan Dietetic Association. She is the recipient of multiple awards including the Michigan Dietetic Association’s Outstanding Educator, the Michigan Dietetic Association’s Registered Dietitian of the Year, The Michigan Dietetic Association Award, the Southeastern Michigan Association Distinguished Service Award and the Volunteer of the Year for the St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center.
Laura is also the faculty advisor of the Madonna University student government organizations: the Nutrition Network and the Food Recovery Network.
M.S. Eastern Michigan University
B. S. Madonna University
Dietetic Internship, DMC
Franciscan Center 217P
Tina (Christina) Miller has over 30 years of experience in the field of nutrition and dietetics. Her career has focused on consumer wellness education, academic teaching, mentoring and professional service. At Madonna, Tina has a focus on new program development and course instruction. In addition to teaching, her work experience includes positions in Food and Clinical Nutrition Management, Retail Nutrition and Community Outreach.
Ms. Miller is an active member in the dietetics profession. She has served in many leadership positions in state and national Dietetics Associations, including Past-President of the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Tina served as an advisory board member for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation assisting in the development of “Nutrition in Food Retail” Curriculum for Dietetic Students and Interns. In 2021 Tina was honored by Eastern Michigan University with an Alumni Achievement Award.