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The Preselect Option is an agreement between Keiser University Graduate School and affiliated university Didactic Programs in Dietetics (DPD). The agreement between Keiser University and the affiliated DPD program grants the affiliated university DPD graduates the opportunity of early acceptance into the Keiser University Graduate School, Master of Science in Nutrition with Distance Learning internship (MSDI). Only DPD graduates from universities having a signed Preselect Option affiliation agreement in place with Keiser University Graduate School are eligible to apply for early acceptance into the Master of Science in Nutrition with Distance Learning Internship. Affiliated universities are listed below under Preselect Option and Affiliated University.
The preselect option with Keiser University allows graduates from DPD undergraduate universities, with a signed Preselect Option affiliated agreement (refer to Preselect Option and Affiliated acceptance) into the MSDI program before the DICAS match process increasing chance of acceptance. Graduates may continue to apply through DICAS to other programs.
Candidates for the preselect option will enjoy some financial benefits. These include:
The preselect option guarantees placement to applicants providing they meet the admission requirements. Candidates applying for the MSDI Program must provide the following:
Personal Statement (word limit 1,000 words or less)
Three Letters of Recommendation Submitted via DICAS
Submit Rotation Schedule for Distance Learning Internship
The MSDI Preselect Option deadline submission dates for matching year:
This submission requirements are the same as applying through DICAS for computer matching. Preselect option allows the potential student to accept placement if offered prior to the DICAS match. Students can continue to participate in the DICAS matching process.
Completed submission packet will be submitted to Program Director, Dona Greenwood, PhD, RDN, LDN, FAND ([email protected]).
The MSDI program has two start dates:
The first week of the starting semester, interns will meet in Ft. Lauderdale (or West Palm Beach) for a Residency Week. During Residency week, interns will have an opportunity to meet the faculty of the MSDI program. Faculty will review the rotation syllabi and guest speakers will provide information on the Graduate Online Writing Studio, online library and discussions surrounding the ACEND required knowledge and skills for entry-level practice. Faculty will be meeting via technology prior to Residency with accepted interns to the MSDI program discussing residency, closest airport to campus and lodging in the area. Interns are responsible for the cost of airfare, transportation to and from the campus, lodging and evening meals.
The MSDI program is accredited for a total 48 interns per year (24 interns per start date). Under the preselect option, the program will allow:
Students can continue to participate in the DICAS matching process.
The MSDI is a distance internship. Interns can complete their rotation in their geographical area or anywhere in the United States/territory of the United States or military bases if rotation completed on base. The student handbook provides and example of a rotation schedule.
Applicants are encouraged to seek rotation sites in Medical Nutrition Therapy, food service and community. Any placement sites along with a signed preceptor form should be submitted with the application submission. Faculty understands the challenges of locating preceptors and will assist the applicant once admitted to the program. ACEND Preceptor Locator website is on the website and in student handbook.
Supervised practice hours are delineated:
Example of rotation schedule template can be found here.
The MSDI faculty welcome inquiries regarding the preselect process. Potential applicants from affiliated universities are welcome to reach out and speak with faculty for clarification of questions.
Dona Greenwood, PhD RDN LDN FAND
Laura Goolsby, MS RDN LDN
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