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Graduation and Program Completion Requirements

The UF Graduate Catalog and the FSHN Department Graduate Student Handbook identify requirements for the MS non-thesis degree. In addition to meeting the university and departmental requirements for the graduate degree, students must complete the required number of supervised practice hours, demonstrate satisfactory performance and competency in each of their rotations as defined by benchmark criteria, and pass the mock RD exam. Students also are required to complete an exit interview, an evaluation of the internship, and return building keys and borrowed materials. Each student is responsible for contacting the Academic Programs Office (2014 MCC) to verify that all graduation requirements have been met. Grades of I must be removed. Also, students are responsible for filing all paperwork related to graduation with the appropriate administrative offices by the scheduled dates. Refer to the UF calendar.

When all degree and graduation completion requirements are met, the Program Director will verify program completion, submit the required information to the Commission on Dietetic Registration via an online process, and provide graduates with at least 7 signed original copies of the Verification Statement. As soon as CDR approves the class eligibility submission, the CDR exam manager will electronically notify Pearson VUE of each graduate’s examination eligibility. The candidate will receive an eligibility confirmation letter from CDR and an eligibility email from Pearson VUE. The eligibility email from Pearson VUE will include a link where graduates can register (http://www.pearsonvue.com/) to take the credentialing examination for Dietitians, pay the testing fee, and schedule their examination at a Pearson VUE testing center. Questions may be directed to Pearson VUE at 1-888-874-7651 or http://home.pearsonvue.com/test-taker/Customer-service.aspx. Most test centers are open Tuesday through Saturday; however, each test center has varying hours. To locate a test center, please visit http://home.pearsonvue.com/About-Pearson-VUE/Discover-Pearson-VUE/Locations.aspx.

Licensure laws regulating the practice of nutrition and dietetics exist in many states. Program graduates who pass the Examination for Registered Dietitians and earn the registered dietitian (RD)/registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) credential are eligible to apply for a Florida license through a mechanism called licensure by endorsement. This process is reviewed with students prior to graduation. Students interested in pursuing practice in a different state have the responsibility for researching that state’s licensure regulations to assure that they are in compliance upon accepting a position in that state.