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Program Curriculum MS/DI

Program Curriculum

The program curriculum for the MS/DI is based on the 2002 Educational Standards core competencies and student learning outcomes mandated by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).  The curriculum provides supervised practice experiences in acute care – LTC for 12 weeks, community nutrition for 5 weeks, and food service systems/dietetic management for 8 weeks totaling 1,000 hours of supervised practice.

Masters of Science in Nutrition with Distance Learning Internship (36.0 credit hours)
HUN502 Special Topics: Principles of Dietetics and Medical Nutrition Therapy 3.0 credit hours
DIE544 Advanced Practice I 3.0 credit hours
HUN503 Nutrition Assessment 3.0 credit hours
DIE545 Advanced Practice II 3.0 credit hours
RSM602 Research Design 3.0 credit hours
DIE546 Advanced Practice III 3.0 credit hours
HSM691 Quality Management in Healthcare 3.0 credit hours
HUN525 Nutrition Biochemistry in Health and Disease 3.0 credit hours
HUN501 Trends in Therapeutic Nutrition 3.0 credit hours
HUN652 Public Health Nutrition 3.0 credit hours
HUN656 Capstone: Research Methods in Nutrition 3.0 credit hours
HUN628 Dietetic Management and Administration 3.0 credit hours

The Master of Science in Nutrition and Distance Learning Internship is completed in 51 weeks with a maximum completion of 77 weeks.  The intern will complete two didactic courses in Semester 1, Terms A and C.  In Semester 2, Terms A and C, interns will complete one didactic course and a supervised practice course.  In Semester 3, Term C, interns will complete two didactic courses. During this time, interns will complete 25 weeks of supervised practice hours divided over 2 semesters.

The above supervised practice rotations consist of a variety of sites including foodservice management, community nutrition, and clinical nutrition. More information about supervised practice is available upon request by contacting the program director or program coordinator.

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Successful completion of the Master of Science in Nutrition with Distance Learning Internship allows the intern to take the national registration examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the accreditation agency of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Licensure and certification link ( will provide CDR information regarding state requirements for nutrition and dietetic practice.

Verification Statement

Verification of completion of dietetics programs is the method used by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) to ensure that academic and supervised practice requirements for membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics or Commission on Dietetic Registration eligibility for the Registration Examination for Dietitians and Dietetic Technicians have been met.

The Program Director must issue the following number of Verification Statements for each graduate who successfully completes program requirements, all of which have an ORIGINAL signature of the Program Director. Photocopies are unacceptable. The Program Director responsibilities:

  • Provide five (5) copies to each intern/graduate for his/her personal; file to use when applying for employment, state licensure/certification, membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Retain one (1) original indefinitely in the intern/graduate file at the university/organization
  • Retain one (1) original for Program Director to submit to the Commission on Dietetic Registration


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