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IPND - Integrated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics

Next IPND Information session 12/13/23 @ 6pm ONLINE Register Here

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 theAcademy 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, 33 month, 53-credit program. Classes are offered Mondays-Thursdays, with students typically in class 2-3 days per week per semester. Courses meet Fall & Spring semesters for 2.5 hours in the morning and afternoons (occasionally a class may need to be scheduled in the evening, plus one course the first Summer semester starting late May for 8 weeks and another course Summer 2, both usually online fully or partially asynchronous.· 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 Graduate Program in Nutrition and Dietetics under the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards.  For further information and ACEN 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 graduates ready to practice as Registered Dietitian Nutritionists 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



Goal 1: Program graduates will demonstrate evidence-based practice to advance the science in the field of nutrition and dietetics.


1) Program Completion:

Full-Time: At least 80% of students complete program requirements within 3 years (150% of the program length).

Part-Time: At least 80% of students complete program requirements within 4.5 years (150% of the program length).

2) At least 80% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.

3) 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%.

4) At least 80% of the graduates who respond to exit surveys will rate the quality of their preparation in the Integrated Program to be satisfactory or better.

Goal 2: Program graduates will be prepared 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 NYC.


1) Of graduates who seek employment, at least 80% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.

2) At least 80% of employers who respond to the employer survey will rate the preparation of Integrated Program graduates as Good to Excellent.

3) 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 fairly well or better.

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: ~$30,000 (*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; 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 and Hunter's helpful online tuition calculator

Additional Program and NYC associated costs:

Please note that there are costs associated with onboarding for rotations. We estimate a total of $300. The costs depend on the individual rotation sites. We have no control over their demands, but aim to choose sites preferentially that cover the charges for onboarding costs. Please keep us informed.

Background checks (may include fingerprinting, criminal background checks, and various health checks) ~$300

Books ~$400/annually

Personal Computer (necessary for assignments as well as online courses) prices vary widely ($300-$3000); loaner laptops and tablets are available on a first-come first-serve basis through Hunter's Library.

Transportation ~ NYC Metrocard minimum of $32 per week

Liability insurance ~$36/annually

Conferences and meetings (costs for events vary) ~$100

Housing ~$1,000-4,000/month – highly variable in NYC

Health insurance (highly variable)

Food Depends on what you usually eat; Hunter College estimates ~$3402/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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