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Nutrition @ UCM

Nutrition to a Greater Degree!

Nutrition is vital for promoting health and wellness and preventing chronic disease. The science of nutrition is at the dawn of a new era of where personalized eating recommendations could include the individual’s genotype as well. At the University of Central Missouri, we train dietitian nutritionists that are the source of science-based food and nutrition information and our programs  provide the practical skills and confidence  needed to  promote nutrition and wellness in  clinical facilities, community, sports and public health nutrition programs and food service.

According to the new guidelines put forth by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), by 2024, students must have a Master's degree to be eligible to take the national exam to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN). At the University of Central Missouri, we offer a Nutrition Minor at the undergraduate level and a graduate level Nutrition degree. The purpose of the Nutrition Minor is to provide a pathway for undergraduate students from a variety of majors to apply for the graduate program in Nutrition. The graduate degree in nutrition has two options, the Future Education Model Graduate Program (FEM/FG) and the Sport Nutrition option. Our Dietetics  undergraduate program in Nutrition will be closing out in May 2023 and is not accepting students currently.

The Nutrition program at UCM has received candidacy accreditation to start the FEM Graduate program in fall 2021. This new FEM program has a clinical focus and includes both the course work and supervised experiential learning components (SEL) which, upon completion, will provide students with a verification statement and eligibility to sit for the  national exam to become RDNs. We also offer a Sport Nutrition option at the Master’s level which is a program suited for those who are not interested in seeking the RDN credential or are already RDNs.

Dietitian Job Outlook





Meera Penumetcha, PhD, RDN
Associate Professor and Nutrition Program Director
North Morrow 130
Tel: (660) 543-8904



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