Concordia’s program has received full accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
The combined Dietetic Internship (DI) and Master of Science (MS) in Nutrition with an emphasis in Dietetics Leadership instills an appreciation of the importance and necessity of leadership for entry-level professional practice in the dietetics profession. The program provides the graduate study and degree requirements established by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) and the Accreditation Council on Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), and exceeds the minimum 1,200 hours of supervised practice experience (dietetic internship) necessary to become a Registered Dietitian (RD). A minimum of 38 semester credits are required for completion of the program. The combined DI/MS is designed to be completed in four consecutive semesters (and one summer in between) as a full-time student.
The Applied Dietetic Practice courses make use of food service management, community, and clinical facilities throughout the Fargo-Moorhead area and surrounding communities. Applied Dietetic Practice I is completed in the summer between the two academic years. Applied Dietetic Practice II is completed in the final spring semester. All courses other than the Applied Dietetic Practice courses are offered on campus. Students complete their master’s capstone project in the final spring semester.
The mission of the combined Dietetic Internship and Master of Science in Nutrition with an emphasis in Dietetics Leadership at Concordia College is to prepare thoughtful and competent registered dietitians for advanced leadership roles in careers related to food, nutrition, and dietetics.