Program Information

The Master of Professional Practice in Dietetics (MPP) is a 30-credit, full-time, 12-month, non-thesis Master’s degree distance education program that combines didactic coursework with supervised experiential learning to train future Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN). Students complete a minimum of 1000 hours in experiential learning in didactic as well as on-site placements. If you have either graduated from a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) with a verification statement or are in process of completing your DPD, the online MPP program may be the right choice for you. Our online format allows you to take classes on line at your convenience and complete your supervised practice in Iowa or anywhere in the US – where you are already established or where you would ultimately like to work.

Since all coursework is completed online, it is our expectation that all students will be able to perform every task on this pre-program technology needs assessment checklist (PDF). In addition, you will need to have access to a computer, scanner, printer, and the internet throughout the program.

Applicants are assessed for their ability to be successful in this distance, graduate program and in the dietetics profession. To evaluate your level of readiness for an online program, please check out the following resources.

  1. What makes a successful online student?
  2. Are you ready to be an online learner?
    a. Online learning readiness rubric
    b. Online Learning Readiness Survey
  3. Try out the online learning orientation tool.

Program Mission

The mission of the MPP is to prepare competent graduates to practice as Registered Dietitian Nutritionists for emerging roles in diverse settings, to promote human health and well-being and improve quality of life.

Goal 1: The Graduate program will provide integrated foundation knowledge and supervised experiential learning to prepare competent entry-level RDNs who possess skills necessary for success in the emerging roles in diverse settings

  • Program completion: At least 80% of program graduates complete program/degree requirements within 1.5 years (150% of the program length)
  • Employer satisfaction: 80% of the responding employers of the program graduates will agree that the graduate exhibits skills related to those of competent entry-level RDNs
  • Program-specific objective: At least 80% of the responding graduates will have started their professional development portfolio to demonstrate their commitment to life-long learning to prepare for emerging roles in diverse settings in dietetics practice

Goal 2: The Graduate program will contribute to the pool of competent registered dietitian nutritionists across the US.

  • 80% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  • The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
  • Graduate employment: Of graduates who seek employment, 80% of the responding graduates are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  • Program-specific objective: At least 80% of responding graduates agree that the graduate program prepared them to work as a competent entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Program outcomes data is available upon request.