Professional Curriculum

The professional curriculum is completed in a lock-step sequence and there is no provision for part-time or evening-only enrollment. The curriculum includes all knowledge and practical skills required for professional credentialing. Successful completion of the program will require the successful completion of didactic coursework, supervised experiential learning, and the graduate project or case study.

The program includes supervised experiential learning in: acute care; long-term care; outpatient settings; wellness facilities; and in community and industry agencies. Students must have transportation and may have to drive further distances for supervised experiential learning.

The program follows the university's academic calendar. View the five-semester scheduling plan on the MDN Curriculum Guide.

Prior Learning

The program allows undergraduate students in the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at The Ohio State University to earn prior learning for several courses (MDN 6000, MDN 6100, MDN 6400) for a total of 9 credits. These students take these courses along with MDN students. No other prior learning is available. Students get credit for these courses but they do not count towards the minimum credit hours required by the graduate school to complete the program.

Graduation and Program Completion Requirements

For students to earn the Master of Dietetics and Nutrition, students must:

  • complete all University degree requirements per the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Handbook 
  • complete all Master of Dietetics and Nutrition course and credit hour requirements with a 3.0 or better (see: Policy 3 Academic Standards: GPA Requirements of this handbook)
  • maintain a minimum cumulative point-hour ratio (GPA) of 3.0 for all coursework completed at Ohio State
  • meet all Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Accreditation Council for Education of Nutrition and Dietetics competencies as documented by completion of the competency portfolio at the end of supervised experiential learning rotations and academic courses
  • complete at least three semesters of full-time enrollment at The Ohio State University
  • be enrolled in the Master of Dietetics and Nutrition program at the time of graduation
  • successful oral defense of graduate project (graduate school requirement)
Technology Requirements

Technology Requirements