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MSU Denver graduates achieve a 100 percent pass rate on the registered dietitian exam.

March 10, 2015

It’s the culminating event of a nutrition student’s schooling. It comes after years of rigorous study and countless hours served at an accredited internship. It is the national registered dietitian exam. And last year, all 17 MSU Denver graduates who took the test, passed. That’s a 100 percent pass rate and speaks volumes about the great work happening in the Department of Nutrition.

“I was impressed,” said April Rhymaum, director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics, who received the 2014 results report late last month. “I think it demonstrates the high caliber of our students and the dedication of our faculty.”

The combination of motivated students and committed teachers makes for a top-notch learning environment. It’s a good thing, too, as each student needs to complete their academic program and a highly competitive post-graduation internship before they can even sit for the exam. With 1,200 hours of internship experience under their belts, the aspiring dietitians are finally ready to ace the exam.

“I am so proud that our former students have reached their goal of becoming dietitians,” said Rhymaum. “They come from so many different backgrounds and most juggle all kinds of things between family, work, and then school and internships. Yet they still find a way to achieve great things, to change their lives, and now they’ll have the chance to change the lives of others.”