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Clinical Nutrition, MS Coordinated Program

Keiser University

This program is available in the following Florida campuses:

Lakeland Campus, Melbourne Campus, Pembroke Pines Campus, Port St. Lucie Campus

Keiser University’s Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition Coordinated Program (MSCN-CP) combines clinical evaluation, community concerns, and food service management into a profession long valued for its service to individuals and the community at large and focused on optimal nutrition and the prevention of chronic diseases. The MSCN-CP is unique since the didactic instruction is integrated with the supervised practice.

Students will enter the accredited program at one entry point which is admission to the MSCN-CP at one of the four campuses to include Lakeland, Melbourne, Pembroke Pines, and Port St. Lucie. Students complete the admission process under the direction of Admission Counselors. The program director/program coordinator is notified when new students enroll and will start academic advising and GPA monitoring immediately.

The Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition – Coordinated Program at the Lakeland, Melbourne, Pembroke Pines, and Port Saint Lucie campuses is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, USA, 800-877-1600 ext. 5400, https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend.

Please Note: Effective January 1, 2024, CDR will require a minimum of a master’s degree for individuals to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In addition, CDR will continue to require that students complete didactic coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited MSCN Coordinated Program in Dietetics and Nutrition program at Keiser University are eligible to take the credentialing exam for RDNs upon completion of the program.

Program Mission

The mission of the Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition Coordinated Program is to provide a comprehensive graduate program, inclusive of a high-quality didactic curriculum and supervised practice, preparing graduates for entry-level practice as Registered Dietitian Nutritionists in a diverse environment demonstrating professionalism, leadership, and a commitment to service community needs.

Program Goals

Program Goal 1
Prepare a diverse population of graduates for successful careers as Registered Dietitians/Registered Dietitian Nutritionists in a variety of settings.

Program Goal 2
Graduates will be committed to professionalism, leadership, and service to the community while working as Registered Dietitians/Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.

Program Objectives

At least 80% of program students complete program requirements within FOUR years (150% of the program length).

  • Of graduates who seek employment, at least 80% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  • At least 80% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  • 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%.
  • At least 80% of graduates who respond to a survey will rate their satisfaction with their preparation for professional practice as good, very good, or excellent.
  • At least 80% of graduates who respond to a survey will rate their satisfaction with their preparation for professional practice as good, very good, or excellent.
  • At least 80% of employers who participate in a phone interview will rate the graduate’s professional knowledge and skills as good, very good, or excellent.
  • At least 50% of graduates who respond to a survey will indicate that they are participating in leadership roles or community service or volunteer work with diverse populations.

Program Outcomes are available upon request.

Prerequisites for Major Courses

Students are required to complete the required General Education courses with a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA in order to begin the undergraduate major courses. If a student does not have the required 3.0 GPA in order to start the undergraduate courses, the student may petition the Dean for Grade Forgiveness which permits a student to re-take a course in which a grade of “C” was earned.

Program Scheduling

During the first 16 months of the program, students will take one 4-week in-person face-to-face undergraduate course per month. The last 4 months of the 20-month undergraduate coursework includes 4 months of supervised practice. The didactic undergraduate courses are offered in-person only 3 days per week from 9:00am-1:00pm (3-credit courses) or 4 days per week from 8:00am-1:00pm (4-credit courses).

The 4 months of supervised practice in the undergraduate coursework and the 8 weeks of supervised practice in the graduate coursework occur off campus at assigned facilities (hospital, nursing home, rehabilitation hospital, school, or community agency). Students will know their assigned sites at least 4 weeks in advance. Students are expected to be at their sites 40 hours per week, at days and times determined by the clinical coordinator and the preceptor at the assigned facility. The practice experiences may involve as few as six (6) hours and as many as twelve (12) hours on any given day, however, all students will meet the forty (40) hours per week supervised practice experience hours requirement (1000 total hours). Students are expected to complete assignments and activities required for the supervised practice courses outside of the 40 hour per week supervised practice experience.

During the graduate portion of the program, students will take 12 fully online 8-week courses using the learning platform, Blackboard. An 8-week clinical supervised practice will be scheduled concurrently during the graduate course DIE 544 Advanced Practice.

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Program Outline

Program completion requirements are:

  • Completion of general education requirements with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Completion of the undergraduate and graduate courses within the program of study with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Completion of the required minimum of 1000 hours of supervised practice experience.
  • Demonstrated mastery of all ACEND knowledge and competence requirements.

Students will be awarded the Verification Statement upon completion of all stated program requirements.

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA per semester throughout the undergraduate and graduate coursework in order to continue in the program. The program director/program coordinator will monitor each student’s semester cumulative GPA and provide academic advisement and remediation per policies stated in the Student Handbook should they fall below the required 3.0 GPA.

A student may submit a written request to the Dean of the Graduate School for consideration in being awarded the Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition (BSDN) degree upon completion of 121 credit hours, (3 credits lower division major, 48 credits lower division General Education Courses, and 70 credits undergraduate courses). However, if the student does not continue in the MSCN program and complete the requirements listed above, the student will be considered a drop and will not receive a Verification Statement indicating that all program requirements were met.

Lower Division Courses

Undergraduate Lower Level Courses
American or English or World Literature 3.0 credit hours
Principles Biochemistry 4.0 credit hours
Anatomy and Physiology I 4.0 credit hours
Anatomy and Physiology II 4.0 credit hours
Introduction to Computers 3.0 credit hours
General Chemistry 3.0 credit hours
General Chemistry Lab 1.0 credit hours
Advanced Chemistry 3.0 credit hours
Advanced Chemistry Lab 1.0 credit hours
Micro OR Macroeconomics 3.0 credit hours
English Composition I 3.0 credit hours
English Composition II 3.0 credit hours
Principles of Nutrition 3.0 credit hours
College Algebra 3.0 credit hours
Microbiology 4.0 credit hours
Introduction to Psychology or Sociology 3.0 credit hours
Statistics 3.0 credit hours

Upper Division Courses

Clinical Nutrition Undergraduate Upper Level Courses
Fundamentals of Food 4.0 credit hours
Food Science 4.0 credit hours
Life Cycle Nutrition 3.0 credit hours
Dietetics in Community Health 3.0 credit hours
Nutrition in Health and Exercise 4.0 credit hours
Advanced Nutrition 3.0 credit hours
Research Methods 3.0 credit hours
Management of Dietary Systems 4.0 credit hours
Medical Nutrition Therapy 1 3.0 credit hours
Medical Nutrition Therapy 2 4.0 credit hours
Food and Culture 3.0 credit hours
Nutrition Counseling and Communication 4.0 credit hours
Nutrition and Disease 1 3.0 credit hours
Nutrition and Disease 2 3.0 credit hours
Seminar in Dietetics 3.0 credit hours
Dietetic Management of Nutrition Programs 3.0 credit hours
Supervised Dietetic Practice 1A and 1B 7.0 credit hours
Supervised Dietetic Practice 2A and 2B 7.0 credit hours

Graduate Division Courses

Clinical Nutrition Graduate Level Courses
Nutrition Assessment 3.0 credit hours
Nutritional Biochemistry in Health and Disease 3.0 credit hours
Trends in Therapeutic Nutrition 3.0 credit hours
Research Methods 3.0 credit hours
Food, Nutrition and Communication 3.0 credit hours
Special Topics: Pediatrics and Geriatrics 3.0 credit hours
Advance Practice 1 - Medical Nutrition Therapy 3.0 credit hours
Public Health Nutrition 3.0 credit hours
Affirming Diversity 3.0 credit hours
Quality Management in Healthcare 3.0 credit hours
Dietetic Management and Administration 3.0 credit hours
Capstone: Research Methods in Nutrition 3.0 credit hours

Online Coursework

Keiser University uses the Blackboard online learning management system for all courses. Some of the General Education courses are delivered totally online. All of the undergraduate courses are delivered in person. All of the MSCN courses are delivered online except for DIE 544 – Advanced Practice, which requires 304 hours of in-person supervised practice in medical nutrition therapy in addition to the online coursework and assignments.

Students will need access to a desktop or laptop with reliable internet for all coursework. Microsoft Office software is provided to all students through Office 365.

Blackboard provides support for students 24 hours a day, 7 days per week through this link https://keiseruniversity.edusupportcenter.com/shp/keiser u/home or by phone at 855-412-3717.

Prior Learning Assessment

The methods typically used to evaluate a student’s learning for college credit used in the MSCN-CP program include:

  • Work experience.
  • Professional training
  • Military training.
  • ACE and National College Credit Recommendation Services.
  • Standardized exams (e.g., CLEP exams through the College Board, DSST military exams through Prometric).
  • Challenge or departmental exams.
  • Institutional review of external training, licenses, or certifications.
  • Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams.

The MSCN-CP will not accept supervised practice hours from other programs.

The Keiser University MSCN-CP will allow for qualified students who have previously earned a master’s degree in any discipline provided it is granted by a U.S. Department of Education accredited institution, or foreign equivalent. These students will be required to complete the undergraduate component of the program prior to transition into the master’s level courses and successfully complete only the eight-week supervised practice course in the master’s curriculum which is DIE 544 – Advanced Practice and participate in two weekend residencies.

Estimated Costs

In addition to the university tuition, which is found in the Keiser University Undergraduate Catalog and Keiser University Graduate Catalog, students are responsible for the additional costs.

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Additional information about eligibility requirements, career information, RDN Frequently Asked Questions, and current Registration statistics can be found at https://www.cdrnet.org/certifications/registered-dietitian-rd-certification

Financial Aid

Keiser University has been approved as an eligible institution by the United States Department of Education to participate in Federal Financial Aid Programs. Please note students must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States in order to be eligible for Federal funding.

Keiser University has the following institutional and Federal Aid programs available to students who qualify:

  • Funding Estimates
  • Grants
  • Loans
  • Scholarships

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is due by the end of the first week of the semester when the student begins classes.

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Career Pathways in Clinical Nutrition

Upon graduation from our Clinical Nutrition, MS Coordinated Program, you will have earned a Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition as well as gained the abilities you need to:

  • Design nutrition-focused initiatives to promote health and wellness
  • Lead operational aspects of food service nutrition programs
  • Integrate clinical thinking into nutrition practice in a diverse work environment
  • And more!

Through Keiser’s graduate program in clinical nutrition, you will gain a deeper understanding of what it takes to develop the nutrition knowledge and skills to build a career in the diverse field of nutrition and dietetics.  Potential career opportunities can include:

  • Registered dietitian nutritionist
  • Licensed or certified dietitian/nutritionist
  • Food service management
  • And more!

Requirements and Process to Become a RD/RDN

The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) defines Registered Dietitians/Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RD/RDN) as food and nutrition experts who have met CDR’s criteria to earn the RD/RDN credential. RD/RDNs work in a wide variety of employment settings, including health care, business and industry, community/public health, education, research, government agencies and private practice.

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