Nutrition & Dietetics

Mission Statement

The mission of the Nutrition & Dietetics program at Murray State University is to prepare future food and nutrition professionals possessing strong skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, and oral and written communication. For those students in the dietetics track, it is further the mission of the Nutrition & Dietetics program to prepare graduates for successful entry into an accredited Dietetic Internship. Graduates of the Nutrition & Dietetics program at Murray State University will be leaders and innovators in their respective disciplines.

Dietetics Track

The Dietetics track prepares students to become Registered Dietitians (RD), the primary professionals in the field of food and nutrition.

Nutrition and Foods Track

The Nutrition and Foods track provides a curriculum for students interested in a general knowledge of nutrition and food for positions not requiring the RD credential. Elective hours in this track allow for a minor.

Dietetic Internship Program

The Murray State University Dietetic Internship (DI) Program is designed to meet the competencies for entry-level dietetics practice and to prepare interns for the Registration Examination for Dietitians. The program has a Medical Nutrition Therapy concentration and provides interns with a minimum of 1200 supervised practice hours in a variety of healthcare settings. The program is 10 months in duration, and is completed during the summer, fall, and spring semesters. Interns will receive 24 hours of graduate credit upon completion of the program. Murray State had clinical agreements with supervised practice sites across Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana.

Interns complete supervised experiences in Medical Nutrition Therapy, Management Practice in Dietetics, Community Nutrition, and Long-Term Care. An Advanced Practice experience is completed after all clinical rotations. This experience allows the intern to function independently as an entry-level dietitian in the hospital setting.

Murray State's DI is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Accreditation Council for Education
in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
1-800- 877-1600
312-899- 0040, ext. 5400 ACEND