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IPND - Integrated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics

The Hunter Integrated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (IPND) combines the graduate-level didactic and supervised experiential learning (SEL) that qualifies graduates to take the registration examination for dietitians, and to apply for active membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics As a competency-based program, the number of hours of supervised practice will vary from student to student. We currently expect about 1050 hours.   There are two pacing options for the IPND program.  The 2-year path is a full-time, 24-month, 53-credit program.  The 3-year path is a part-time, 36 month, 53-credit program. Classes are offered Mondays-Thursdays, with students typically in class 2-3 days per week per semester. Courses meet for 2.5 hours in the morning and afternoons (occasionally a class may need to be scheduled in the evening).  Supervised experiencial learning hours, henceforth 'SEL', take place year round (Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring), typically Monday- Friday when students are not in classes and 2-3 days a week when students are in classes.

Unique and dynamic, Hunter’s IPND is one of only a small pool of NYC academic programs offering graduate level dietetic education leading  to the RDN credential in a one-step program. Faculty members are committed to disseminating evidence-based information and advanced nutrition knowledge so as to prepare graduates to become adept registered dietitian nutritionists. The program is designed for our ethnically diverse graduates to make significant and meaningful contributions to  the science and practice of the profession, and well prepares graduates to actively address the health needs of society and the unique needs of urban areas.

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 Integrated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics program at Hunter College are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.

In some states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. All U.S. states and territories with licensure and certification laws accept the RDN credential for state licensure and certification purposes.  Even though the Certified Dietitian Nutritionist (CDN) license in the state of New York is optional and not required in addition to the RDN certificate to practice, our students often tell us that their start date is pushed back if they don't receive this certification. For more information about state licensure requirements click here

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here."


§      Superior model of learning that integrates didactic and supervised practice, allowing for immediate reinforcement of classroom learning with practical field experiences, simulations, and standardized patients

§      Guarantees supervised practice placement, eliminating the stress of the internship matching process (with a national 50% match rate)

§      Prepares graduates to be workplace-ready a year early (2 years for IPND vs 3 years for DP+DI model) with potential professional earnings of ~$65,000 during that time


Hunter's IPND, within the School of Urban Public Health, is an ACEND accredited demonstration program under the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards. For further information on ACEND accreditation, contact:

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 2190
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
Phone (800)-877-1600 ext 5400



The mission of the Integrated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics is to prepare dietitians with increased competence and advanced skills in clinical and community nutrition, and to advance the science and practice of nutrition and dietetics.

We value:
Life-long Learning
An interdisciplinary approach to healthcare
Socially and ecologically sustainable food systems



1.  The Program will provide graduates with a high quality integrated advanced didactic education and experiential training in the field of nutrition and dietetics.


  • Over a 5-year period, at least 80% of students enrolled will complete the program within 3 years (150% of stated time).
  • Over a 5-year period, 80% of graduates will take the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR) credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  • Over a 5-year period, 80% of graduates will pass the Registration Exam within one year of their first attempt.
  • Over a 5-year period, at least 80% of the graduates who respond to exit surveys will rate the quality of the Integrated Program as Good to Excellent.
  • Over a 5-year period, at least 80% of the graduates who respond to alumni surveys will rate the quality of the Integrated Program in preparing them for their first job in nutrition and dietetics as Good to Excellent.  

2.  The Program will prepare graduates for careers in nutrition and dietetics as skilled practitioners with an advanced degree who are equipped to actively address the changing health needs of urban metropolitan areas such as New York City (NYC).


  • Over a 5-year period, at least 80% of program graduates seeking employment will be employed in the field of nutrition and dietetics or related field within 12 months of graduation.
  • Over a 5-year period, at least 80% of employers who respond to employer survey will rate the preparation of Integrated Program graduates as Good to Excellent.

Outcomes data is available upon request.

Dr. Khursheed Navder, RDN, FAND
Director, Integrated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics
Hunter College
School of Urban Public Health
Silberman Building, Room 502
2180 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10035
(212) 396-7776



IPND: 53 credits (15 didactic courses + 4 supervised practice courses) over 2 year:  Total In-State Tuition: ~$28,665 (*includes the Academic Excellence Fee of $150/Cr which is in addition to the base graduate tuition rate)
* The $150/cr translates to an additional total of $7,950 for the 53-credit program, the added tuition based on full time student status will be ~$4,690 over the 2 years 

Uses of the Academic Excellence Fee

-Expanded placement assistance, support services, and clinical faculty to ensure guaranteed placements and increase faculty:student ratios
-Expanded use of simulation technologies and standardized patients to enhance clinical courses
-Expanded use of review courses and software to better prepare students for RDN exam
-Enhanced specialized support for student research and learning experience
-Enhanced support for bringing in guest lecturers and visiting scientists

See Hunter Registrar website for tuition and fee costs

Additional estimated costs for living in NYC

Housing: Costs are highly variable.
If sharing a rental apartment with at least one roommate, consider a minimum of $12,000 /yr + utilities. Most landlords also expect first and last month's rent security deposit.
Books: $200 - $300
Transportation: NYC public transit Metrocard minimum of $32 per week. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from assigned sites. Whenever possible, practice sites easily accessible by public transportation have been selected.
Food: Variable, average is about $2,000 - $2,500/yr. During internship placement, meals are the responsibility of interns, however some meals may be provided by rotation sites.
Insurance: Health Insurance average cost is $1,400/yr (not provided by CUNY) and Liability Insurance is $35/yr.
Incidentals: (Entertainment, apparel, other) - Average $2,700/yr.

Information about financial aid, loan deferments, scholarships, stipends, etc can be found by contacting the Hunter College Office of Financial Aid.

 *Note: The IPND program calendar follows the institutional Academic Calendar - see "quick links" to the left on this page for all academic calendars, or HERE for current academic calendar.


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