Prior Learning Assessment

For students admitted to the MSND program who are registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs), prior learning assessment may be used to grant course credit for the following courses.

  • DTN 740 Medical Nutrition Therapy I Practicum
  • DTN 741 Medical Nutrition Therapy II Practicum
  • DTN 742 Population Health Nutrition Practicum
  • DTN 743 Foodservice Management Practicum

These courses are 3-credit hour practicums to total 12-credit hours of the 42-credit hour degree program. This is 28.6% of the required hours.

PLA mechanism

If students who are RDNs completed their Dietetic Internship practicum courses in a Bachelor of Science and Dietetic Internship coordinated program, then these practicum courses numbers were below the 600-level as they were part of an undergraduate degree program.

PLA will be granted for DTN 740, 741, 742, and 743 once the student submits their Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) Professional Development Portfolio (PDP) logs to the Dietetic Internship Program Director. RDNs are required to complete 75-continuing professional education units (CPEUs) every five years to demonstrate currency in the field of nutrition and dietetics. All logs since the time of becoming credentialed must be submitted for review.

PLA is granted by the Dietetic Internship Program Director in the Biomedical Sciences Department.

No assessment fee will be charged for reviewing PLA.

For more information, contact Hillary Roberts, Dietetic Internship Program Director at or 417-836-8884.