The U.S. Army has a proud history of training commissioned officers to become Army dietitians through our dietetic internship program. The U.S. Army-Baylor University Master's Program in Nutrition implemented an exciting new program structure in August 2022. Program graduates will earn a Master of Science in Nutrition from Baylor University and meet eligibility requirements for the Commission on Dietetic Registration exam.
The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) released the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for programs in nutrition and dietetics (www.eatrightpro.org). These accreditation standards integrate didactic coursework with supervised experiential learning in a competency-based curriculum designed to prepare nutrition and dietetics practitioners for future practice.
- Once the application is initiated in DICAS, the prospective students must contact an Army healthcare recruiter in their local area to establish eligibility.
- The Army will recruit prospective students during summer 2023 with program selection in spring 2024. Applications are due by October 24, 2023.
- Selected students will be commissioned as an Army officer, travel to Fort Sam Houston, Texas in August 2024 for military training and begin MPN curriculum in January 2025.
- Army's Medical Direct Commission Course (DCC) is the first step upon entering service as an U.S. Army officer. Our students attend DCC in September each year at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Upon the DCC completion, students will attend the Basic Officer Leader Course (BOLC) at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas between October and December. DCC and BOLC introduce leadership skills, small unit tactics, and certain branch specific capabilities to entry-level officers.
- The MPN students attend orientation in mid-December each year and start semester in early January.