Student and Dr. Beth Kitchin.The MS in Nutrition Sciences, Clinical Track/Dietetic Internship is a one-year combined dietetic internship and Master of Science degree program that enables graduates to take the Registration Examination for Dietitian Nutritionists offered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). In only 12 months, you could be ready for a career in health care, wellness, and food system operations.

Dual Degree

The Master of Science in Nutrition Sciences, Clinical Track - Dietetic Internship is available as a dual degree with the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree offered through UAB's School of Public Health. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 205-934-8770 for more information about this dual degree option.

Open House

The MS in Nutrition Sciences, Clinical Track/Dietetic Internship will host a Virtual Open House on Friday, November 6 from 10:00 - 11:30 AM CST. To register for the event and receive session information, fill out this form. Students who are unable to attend the live session may email the Program Director, Mrs. Rivers, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. after November 6th to request the session recording.

ACEND Announcement

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Coordinated Program in Dietetics at The University of Alabama at Birmingham are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN, visit the ACEND information page.

Professional Licensure and Certifications

The UAB MS in Nutrition Sciences, Clinical Track/Dietetic Internship Track is designed to lead to professional certification through the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). While there is a national certification exam offered by CDR, board certification does not confer state licensure. Specific licensure requirements vary from state to state, and among territories. Please visit the Professional Licensure and Certification General Disclosures webpage for more information on state and territories requirements.


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