Master of Science in Applied Nutrition Dietetics Focus

100% Online Degree

Master of Science in Applied Nutrition Dietetics Focus

Become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

The University of New England Online’s Master of Science in Applied Nutrition (MSAN) Dietetics Focus is unique in structure and design. Students who hold a bachelor’s degree in any field (a bachelor’s in dietetics or nutrition is not required) can apply to the program, making it accessible to career-changers as well as those with a background in another science or allied health field. Additionally, the MSAN Dietetics Focus requires prospective students to take only 3 prerequisite courses. This design allows people from diverse backgrounds, with bachelor’s degrees in a variety of fields, to earn their Master’s in Applied Nutrition Dietetics Focus, without going back to school for a nutrition-specific degree first. Our MSAN Dietetics Focus Graduate Program (GP) is accredited through The Accreditation Council for Nutrition and Dietetics’ (ACEND®️) Future Education Model (FEM). Students participate in both didactic learning courses and complete the Supervised Experiential Learning (SEL) hours in co-occurring lab courses, allowing consistent experiential learning and application of knowledge in real dietetics practice settings.

The MSAN Dietetics Focus courses are 100% online and provide students with the flexibility to complete their SEL hours in the geographical location of their choice, with no travel to campus required. Successful graduates of the MS Applied Nutrition Dietetics Focus receive a verification statement allowing them to sit for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) registration exam, administered by the Commission of Dietetic Registration (CDR).

The RDN credential demonstrates that the holder is a clinically competent food and nutrition expert and it opens up job opportunities in a variety of settings. Promising career outcomes are projected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and practicing Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. A recent report determined:

  • An 11% job growth rate for dietitians by 2028, more than double the national average for all occupations
  • A median salary, for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists with 4 years or less experience, above $60,000, with median salaries above $90,000 for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists serving in business, education, and research
  • A higher rate of job satisfaction

To learn more about the program, student responsibilities, and more, download the Dietetics Focus Handbook.

 

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December 9, 2022

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Why Choose the University of New England Online?

Fully Online Didactic Coursework

Fully Online Didactic Coursework

Didactic courses are delivered fully online, allowing you flexibility to complete coursework around your schedule, even if you are changing careers.

Affordable

Affordable

UNE Online offers some of the most affordable and competitive tuition rates among Future Education Model (FEM) Graduate Programs.

No Travel To Campus

No Travel To Campus

Students find Supervised Experiential Learning (SEL) sites in their geographic location, with no requirements to travel to campus, saving time and money.

Only 3 Prerequisites

Only 3 Prerequisites

We require only 3 prerequisite courses. Our prerequisites are all applied courses with an emphasis on clinical and applied nutrition practice. Many similar programs require 6 or more prerequisite courses, including non-nutrition focused general science courses. This is ideal for career-changers wanting to get ahead in the field of nutrition.

Current Requirements to Become an RDN

Currently, to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, the requirements include completion of an ACEND®-accredited higher education didactic program in dietetics (DPD) and the completion of a dietetic internship, as well as achievement of a passing score on the national RDN registration examination. The University of New England Online Master of Applied Nutrition Dietetics Focus is an ACEND®-accredited graduate program.

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).

In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR’s Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR’s website.

In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by ACEND®️. Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited FEM Master of Science in Applied Nutrition graduate program at The University of New England are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.

The majority of states have specific regulatory requirements and laws governing the practice of dietetics. It is important that you contact the state regulatory agency prior to practicing dietetics. In many states it is a VIOLATION of state law to practice dietetics without a license. In Maine, a person cannot practice dietetics unless they have successfully completed the CDR credentialing exam to become an RD and are licensed by the state. For information about the individual state licensure requirements, click here.

For more information about educational pathways to become an RDN, click here.

To learn more about our program, view the Virtual Open House.

RDN Career Prospects

Upon successful completion of UNE Online’s M.S. in Applied Nutrition Dietetics Focus, graduates will receive a verification statement which confers eligibility to sit for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) registration exam, administered by the Commission of Dietetic Registration (CDR). Registered Dietitian Nutritionists offer preventative and ongoing medical nutrition therapy services and interpret the science behind nutrition. They apply evidence-based principles in care, education, food service and community settings to help individuals achieve optimal health and wellness. Professional work environments include, but are not limited to:

  • Hospitals, HMO’s or other health-care facilities, educating patients about nutrition and administering medical nutrition therapy as part of the health-care team. They may also manage the foodservice operations in these settings, as well as in schools, day-care centers and correctional facilities, over-seeing everything from food purchasing and preparation to managing staff.
  • Sports nutrition and corporate wellness programs, educating clients about the connection between food, fitness, and health.
  • Food and nutrition-related business and industries, working in communications, consumer affairs, public relations, marketing, product development or consulting with chefs in restaurants and culinary schools.
  • Private practice, working under contract with health-care or food companies, or in their own business, RDNs may provide services to foodservice or restaurant managers, food vendors and distributors or athletes, nursing home residents or company employees.
  • Community and public health settings, teaching, monitoring and advising the public and helping improve their quality of life through healthy eating habits.
  • Universities and medical centers, teaching physician’s assistants, nurses, dietetics students, dentists and others in the sophisticated science of foods and nutrition.
  • Research areas in food and pharmaceutical companies, universities and hospitals directing or conducting experiments to answer critical nutrition questions and find alternative foods or nutrition recommendations for the public.

The UNE Online Experience

"The flexibility of the program has been great. The curriculum applies to what I run into on a daily basis. Across the board, I’ve found the faculty to be accommodating, which has been helpful in more difficult classes."

Melanie Berdyck, MS, RD, UNE Master of Science in Applied Nutrition Graduate, 2018

Admissions

At UNE Online we take a holistic approach to reviewing applications. No GRE is required for admission. Our MSAN Dietetics Focus draws applicants from diverse backgrounds and a rich variety of professional and academic experiences. Successful students have natural perseverance, an inclination to take on new challenges and the ability to manage multiple competing priorities. We review applicants in a comprehensive manner, taking into consideration applicants’ previous academic coursework, professional experiences and their application materials. You may also learn more about our admissions process through this informational webinar.

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or above from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. (Below 3.0 will be considered with a statement of rationale and plans for future success.)
  • Prerequisite Coursework
    • Option 1 – Earn a grade of B- or better in the following prerequisite courses (comparable courses will be considered for transfer credit pursuant to the transfer credit policy). Prerequisites are offered one at a time on a rotating basis and take a minimum of 6 months to complete:
      • Applied Anatomy and Physiology
      • Applied Nutritional Biochemistry
      • Applied Food Innovation
    • Option 2 – Provide a Verification Statement indicating completion of ACEND®️ Accredited DPD program in the United States.
    • *If prerequisite course work or the Verification Statement are older than 5 years, it is strongly recommended that the applicants consider taking the above 3 prerequisite courses.
    • *Previous coursework in Statistics is highly recommended
  • Secure Supervised Experiential Learning (SEL) sites where the student can complete 400 pre-approved SEL hours (equivalent to SEL hours required for the first year of courses). UNE Online provides guided support through this phase of the application process, and applicants work with the Dietetics Clinical Coordinator to research and obtain appropriate preceptors and sites.
  • *No GRE required

*Students can apply to the program prior to completing prerequisite courses or securing SEL sites- please contact Enrollment for additional information

How to Apply:

Create an Online Portal Account to begin your application. To complete your online application you will need:

  • Current Resume/CV
  • Goal Statement/Essay: Goal Statements consist of several prompts. You will be asked to compose statements in response to prompts in one to two paragraphs (250-350 words) for each prompt.
  • Describe how your previous educational and/or professional experience(s) have prepared you for graduate studies, particularly in the field of nutrition?
  • Describe your short and long-term professional goals as related to the field of nutrition.
  • What specific topics in nutrition motivate you to pursue graduate study in this program?
  • Why is an online program the right fit for you? In answering this question, please address time management, self-motivation, access to technology and computer literacy.
  • Three References: You will be asked to provide contact information for three references, preferably of supervisory or leadership positions. Forms for references can be found in the online application.
  • Official transcripts
  • Application fee of $40 (CURRENTLY WAIVED)

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*For comprehensive information on our program policies, student standards, responsibilities, and rights, please see the UNE MS Applied Nutrition, Dietetics focus Student Handbook.

M.S. in Applied Nutrition Dietetics Focus Curriculum

UNE Online’s MSAN Dietetics Focus is 48 credits, designed to be completed in 2 years as a full time program, inclusive of summers. The program utilizes online technologies and Brightspace D2L learning management system to deliver didactic coursework and content to students 100% online, while Supervised Experiential Learning (SEL) hours are completed in the students geographic location, with no travel to campus required.

The program is structured with two 3-credit didactic courses paired with two 1-credit lab courses per semester, year round. The courses are divided over a traditional 16-week semester; each semester has two 8-week terms with A term for the first 8 weeks and then B term for the second 8 weeks. Each 3-credit course and the 1-credit lab that it is paired with is offered in either A or B term. The Capstone and its co-requisite course are 16 weeks long and are completed over the whole semester (AB term).

Students will participate in a total of 1214 hours of Supervised Experiential Learning (SEL) hours. 1050 of these hours are incorporated into lab courses and are attained at the pre-approved precepted site(s). The didactic courses have 164 hours of SEL interwoven in their curriculum as well. UNE Online is proud to be one of only a few institutions in the nation to offer the MS Applied Nutrition Dietetics Focus that combines coursework and Supervised Experiential Learning (SEL) and can be completed where the student is located, making it most convenient for our students.

 

This course will examine human anatomy and physiology from an integrative and applied perspective. Students will develop an understanding of the functions and structures of the human body, and explore how cells, tissues, and organ systems work together to maintain homeostasis within the human body, with a focus on human nutrition and metabolism. Functional and regulatory roles of macro and micronutrients will be examined. The course lays the foundation for understanding diagnosis and treatment of diseases in the nutrition care setting.

Using human nutrition as a model, this biochemistry focused course will explore metabolic pathways to which macro and micronutrients play a significant regulatory role, as well as the interaction between nutrients within these pathways. The course is guided by exploration of recent scientific literature in areas of nutrition and biochemistry and ways one informs the other. Topics include energetics of metabolism; structure and metabolism of macro and micronutrients; and the integration of metabolic systems. Students will examine signs and symptoms of nutrient deficiency as well as excess, and understand nutrition status with respect to disease prevention and therapy through an emphasis on biochemical mechanisms of nutrition and metabolism.

This course provides students with an overview of food, food selection, and food service. Students will evaluate the criteria from which people select foods and how that relates to food production and service. Students will examine the nutrients provided from food; their impact on health; and steps to regulate certain nutrients with recipe modification without sacrificing flavor, texture, color, etc… Students will identify steps to ensure food safety; learn techniques in the preservation of nutrients and quality in selection, production, and storage of foods; and examine the role of government agencies in ensuring food security, safety, and quality.

Current trends and issues relating to nutrition, food, and food products are examined. The course will contain a review of key concepts related to the digestive system, metabolism, energy balance, nutrition and disease and the Nutrition Care Plan. Current issues related to these topics will be explored. Students will review, analyze and synthesize professional literature. Students will apply course concepts to their practice and/or area of study and expertise.

In the dietetics focus lab series, MSAN students in the dietetics focus will conduct Supervised Experiential Learning (SEL) hours. In the lab series, Faculty and Preceptors will assess competencies. Students will work to demonstrate professional skills and values in all interactions with their site preceptors, CPS faculty and staff, their peers and community members. Through reflective writing exercises, students will self-assess their skills, behaviors and attitudes. Topics such as clinical skills, communication skills, leadership and management skills, professionalism, conflict resolution, teamwork and integrity will be explored. Cases and real-world examples will be used to facilitate
discussions. Students are responsible for working with the Assistant Director, Graduate Program in Applied Nutrition to arrange acceptable Preceptors and SEL sites before signing up for the course.

Nutrition requirements and metabolism from preconception through older adulthood are examined. The impacts and effects of culture, environment, economy and mental and physical health on nutrition status across the life cycle are explored. Metabolism of macronutrients, nutrition assessment methodologies, and specific concerns for each life cycle stage are emphasized.

In the dietetics focus lab series, MSAN students in the dietetics focus will conduct Supervised Experiential Learning (SEL) hours. In the lab series, Faculty and Preceptors will assess competencies. Students will work to demonstrate professional skills and values in all interactions with their site preceptors, CPS faculty and staff, their peers and community members. Through reflective writing exercises, students will self-assess their skills, behaviors and attitudes. Topics such as clinical skills, communication skills, leadership and management skills, professionalism, conflict resolution, teamwork and integrity will be explored. Cases and real-world examples will be used to facilitate
discussions. Students are responsible for working with the Assistant Director, Graduate Program in Applied Nutrition to arrange acceptable Preceptors and SEL sites before signing up for the course.

Research methods and research design commonly used in nutrition research are examined. Topics include defining research questions, developing hypotheses, writing research goals and objectives, reviewing and interpreting literature, choosing appropriate research designs and understanding and summarizing relevant data. Professional presentation of research findings is emphasized.

In the dietetics focus lab series, MSAN students in the dietetics focus will conduct Supervised Experiential Learning (SEL) hours. In the lab series, Faculty and Preceptors will assess competencies. Students will work to demonstrate professional skills and values in all interactions with their site preceptors, CPS faculty and staff, their peers and community members. Through reflective writing exercises, students will self-assess their skills, behaviors and attitudes. Topics such as clinical skills, communication skills, leadership and management skills, professionalism, conflict resolution, teamwork and integrity will be explored. Cases and real-world examples will be used to facilitate
discussions. Students are responsible for working with the Assistant Director, Graduate Program in Applied Nutrition to arrange acceptable Preceptors and SEL sites before signing up for the course.

The normal and disordered metabolism of carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins, and water, and the physiological actions of these nutrients are examined. Topics include macronutrient and micronutrient absorption, transport, and excretion, the regulation of biochemical and enzymatic pathways, variability in the bioavailability of vitamins and minerals, and the impacts of nutrient toxicity and deficiency in human and animal models.

In the dietetics focus lab series, MSAN students in the dietetics focus will conduct Supervised Experiential Learning (SEL) hours. In the lab series, Faculty and Preceptors will assess competencies. Students will work to demonstrate professional skills and values in all interactions with their site preceptors, CPS faculty and staff, their peers and community members. Through reflective writing exercises, students will self-assess their skills, behaviors and attitudes. Topics such as clinical skills, communication skills, leadership and management skills, professionalism, conflict resolution, teamwork and integrity will be explored. Cases and real-world examples will be used to facilitate
discussions. Students are responsible for working with the Assistant Director, Graduate Program in Applied Nutrition to arrange acceptable Preceptors and SEL sites before signing up for the course.

Health behavior theories and practices utilized to facilitate healthful behavior change in a variety of nutrition education, counseling, and clinical settings are examined. Topics include motivational interviewing, practice of professional and engaged verbal and nonverbal communication, active listening, practitioner directed goal setting and group counseling. The design and evaluation of nutrition counseling practices are explored.

In the dietetics focus lab series, MSAN students in the dietetics focus will conduct Supervised Experiential Learning (SEL) hours. In the lab series, Faculty and Preceptors will assess competencies. Students will work to demonstrate professional skills and values in all interactions with their site preceptors, CPS faculty and staff, their peers and community members. Through reflective writing exercises, students will self-assess their skills, behaviors and attitudes. Topics such as clinical skills, communication skills, leadership and management skills, professionalism, conflict resolution, teamwork and integrity will be explored. Cases and real-world examples will be used to facilitate
discussions. Students are responsible for working with the Assistant Director, Graduate Program in Applied Nutrition to arrange acceptable Preceptors and SEL sites before signing up for the course.

Nutrition behavior, public health implications of nutrition status, nutrition education initiatives and leadership in the nutrition and wellness fields will be examined. Development of educational materials and programs for a range of settings will be explored and dissemination of professional education materials for a variety of audiences will be emphasized.

In the dietetics focus lab series, MSAN students in the dietetics focus will conduct Supervised Experiential Learning (SEL) hours. In the lab series, Faculty and Preceptors will assess competencies. Students will work to demonstrate professional skills and values in all interactions with their site preceptors, CPS faculty and staff, their peers and community members. Through reflective writing exercises, students will self-assess their skills, behaviors and attitudes. Topics such as clinical skills, communication skills, leadership and management skills, professionalism, conflict resolution, teamwork and integrity will be explored. Cases and real-world examples will be used to facilitate
discussions. Students are responsible for working with the Assistant Director, Graduate Program in Applied Nutrition to arrange acceptable Preceptors and SEL sites before signing up for the course.

Nutrition principles, clinical nutrition assessment, the development, use, and monitoring of therapeutic diets, and nutrition support in the treatment and prevention of disease will be examined. Topics include lifestyle strategies and nutrition and therapeutic based interventions to correct nutrition insufficiencies, promote optimal health, and prevent, manage or correct medical problems.

In the dietetics focus lab series, MSAN students in the dietetics focus will conduct Supervised Experiential Learning (SEL) hours. In the lab series, Faculty and Preceptors will assess competencies. Students will work to demonstrate professional skills and values in all interactions with their site preceptors, CPS faculty and staff, their peers and community members. Through reflective writing exercises, students will self-assess their skills, behaviors and attitudes. Topics such as clinical skills, communication skills, leadership and management skills, professionalism, conflict resolution, teamwork and integrity will be explored. Cases and real-world examples will be used to facilitate
discussions. Students are responsible for working with the Assistant Director, Graduate Program in Applied Nutrition to arrange acceptable Preceptors and SEL sites before signing up for the course.

This course examines the role of micronutrients and micronutrient metabolism in human health and nutrition, specifically the digestion, absorption, transport, storage and excretion of vitamins and minerals. Homeostatic mechanisms and micronutrient interactions with dietary, organic and inorganic compounds will be explored. Topics will include micronutrients and medical nutrition therapy, micronutrient toxicity and deficiency, bioavailability of micronutrients and clinical implications of micronutrient status.

In the dietetics focus lab series, MSAN students in the dietetics focus will conduct Supervised Experiential Learning (SEL) hours. In the lab series, Faculty and Preceptors will assess competencies. Students will work to demonstrate professional skills and values in all interactions with their site preceptors, CPS faculty and staff, their peers and community members. Through reflective writing exercises, students will self-assess their skills, behaviors and attitudes. Topics such as clinical skills, communication skills, leadership and management skills, professionalism, conflict resolution, teamwork and integrity will be explored. Cases and real-world examples will be used to facilitate
discussions. Students are responsible for working with the Assistant Director, Graduate Program in Applied Nutrition to arrange acceptable Preceptors and SEL sites before signing up for the course.

This course examines the application of management principles to foodservice operations and nutrition services including leadership, finance, quality control, human resources, negotiation, and factors affecting foodservice design and equipment selection. Students will learn how to convert human, material, facility, and operational inputs into outputs of meals, customer satisfaction, employee satisfaction, and financial accountability. In addition, students will evaluate various food preparation methods, food presentation and food sanitation in practice.

In the dietetics focus lab series, MSAN students in the dietetics focus will conduct Supervised Experiential Learning (SEL) hours. In the lab series, Faculty and Preceptors will assess competencies. Students will work to demonstrate professional skills and values in all interactions with their site preceptors, CPS faculty and staff, their peers and community members. Through reflective writing exercises, students will self-assess their skills, behaviors and attitudes. Topics such as clinical skills, communication skills, leadership and management skills, professionalism, conflict resolution, teamwork and integrity will be explored. Cases and real-world examples will be used to facilitate
discussions. Students are responsible for working with the Assistant Director, Graduate Program in Applied Nutrition to arrange acceptable Preceptors and SEL sites before signing up for the course.

This course will emphasize the Nutrition Focused Physical Exam approach to nutrition assessment in the clinical setting. Advanced assessment of dietary, biochemical, and body size and body composition will be included in this course. Students will apply computer skills and use health informatics in the Nutrition Care Process. In addition, the course will examine the impact of complementary and integrative nutrition on drugs, disease, health and wellness.

In the dietetics focus lab series, MSAN students in the dietetics focus will conduct Supervised Experiential Learning (SEL) hours. In the lab series, Faculty and Preceptors will assess competencies. Students will work to demonstrate professional skills and values in all interactions with their site preceptors, CPS faculty and staff, their peers and community members. Through reflective writing exercises, students will self-assess their skills, behaviors and attitudes. Topics such as clinical skills, communication skills, leadership and management skills, professionalism, conflict resolution, teamwork and integrity will be explored. Cases and real-world examples will be used to facilitate
discussions. Students are responsible for working with the Assistant Director, Graduate Program in Applied Nutrition to arrange acceptable Preceptors and SEL sites before signing up for the course.

Current nutrition and wellness literature will be critically reviewed and evaluated. Development and presentation of nutrition related research will be performed. Quantitative and/or qualitative research methods including research design and methodology, data collection and analysis and interpretation of findings will be employed. Topics include appropriate use of statistical software, Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) processes, research design, implementation and evaluation methods for a variety of nutrition research initiatives, and professional presentation of research findings. This course requires Departmental Permission for Registration. If you would like to register for this course, please contact MSAN Student Support Specialist Stacy Mears at smears@une.edu

In the dietetics focus lab series, MSAN students in the dietetics focus will conduct Supervised Experiential Learning (SEL) hours. In the lab series, Faculty and Preceptors will assess competencies. Students will work to demonstrate professional skills and values in all interactions with their site preceptors, CPS faculty and staff, their peers and community members. Through reflective writing exercises, students will self-assess their skills, behaviors and attitudes. Topics such as clinical skills, communication skills, leadership and management skills, professionalism, conflict resolution, teamwork and integrity will be explored. Cases and real-world examples will be used to facilitate
discussions. Students are responsible for working with the Assistant Director, Graduate Program in Applied Nutrition to arrange acceptable Preceptors and SEL sites before signing up for the course.

The latest theories, research, policy, and practices relating to a variety of nutrition concepts, controversies and practice will be applied to a relevant area of the students choice and approved by the instructor. This capstone course will culminate in a paper or project such as: a proposal of and explanation for new research, a research investigation of an educational or clinical question or practice, a proposal to modify current policy or practice, or a proposal to research, develop and/or implement new approaches to the management and treatment of a nutrition or wellness concern.

This course requires departmental permission for registration. If you would like to register for this course, please contact MSAN Student Support Specialist Stacy Mears at smears@une.edu.

In the dietetics focus lab series, MSAN students in the dietetics focus will conduct Supervised Experiential Learning (SEL) hours. In the lab series, Faculty and Preceptors will assess competencies. Students will work to demonstrate professional skills and values in all interactions with their site preceptors, CPS faculty and staff, their peers and community members. Through reflective writing exercises, students will self-assess their skills, behaviors and attitudes. Topics such as clinical skills, communication skills, leadership and management skills, professionalism, conflict resolution, teamwork and integrity will be explored. Cases and real-world examples will be used to facilitate
discussions. Students are responsible for working with the Assistant Director, Graduate Program in Applied Nutrition to arrange acceptable Preceptors and SEL sites before signing up for the course.

*Note – Please review the UNE Academic Catalog for the full and most up-to-date course descriptions and program information.

 

Graduate and Program Completion Requirements

Upon successful completion of the following criteria, graduates will receive a Verification Statement that allows them to sit for the Registration Examination:

  1. Complete the required coursework at a grade point average of 3.0 or higher within 3 years of matriculation (150%)
  2. Complete all competency-based assessments and 1214 hours of SEL at the required target levels
  3. Self-evaluation of performance and experience after each Supervised Experiential Learning (SEL)
  4. Submission of ePortfolio
  5. Final program evaluation upon completion of supervised practice and didactic requirements

 

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the University of New England Online Master of Science in Applied Nutrition Dietetics Focus is competitive among other schools at $770/credit* and because all of our courses are delivered 100% online, you will not incur the cost of traveling to campus or relocating to complete your degree. (*Note: Tuition is subject to change. Listed tuition does not include the cost of fees, books, or additional credits that may be required, etc. Additionally, while travel will not be required for coursework, your SEL selection may mean travel is required for you. Contact Student Financial Services to learn more.

Cost per
Credit: $770

# of credits for program:
48

Cost per Program:
$36,960

 

Application Fee (non-refundable)
$40
General Services Fee (per semester, non-refundable for matriculated students)
$60
Tuition (per credit hour)
$770
Technology Fee (per semester)
$90
Registration Fee (non-matriculated students per semester)
$30
Malpractice Insurance Fee (per year)
$50
Lab Fee, Per Lab (12 labs total)
$250
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Student Annual Membership Fee
$60

Beginning January 1, 2023, the MSAN Dietetics Focus will cover the following fees associated with the program:

  • Lab Coat (if required by site, contact the program)
  • Name Badge
  • Drug Testing and Criminal Background check
  • ServSafe Proctored Online Exam (first try only)
  • RDN Exam Prep Materials (sent after completion of APN 786)

Accreditations and Associations

When choosing an institution of higher education, you want to be sure your investment will hold value upon completion. We are proud to hold NECHE (New England Commission on Higher Education) accreditation at the University of New England and for our graduate programs. NECHE Accreditation ensures a high level of academic quality and public accountability for the education being provided.

Additionally, the M.S. in Applied Nutrition, Dietetics Focus has been granted candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which is the accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. Candidate status means the MSAN Dietetics Focus has not been previously accredited by ACEND®️ but has completed the processes to achieve accreditation under the ACEND®️ Accreditation Standards for the Future Education Model (FEM) Graduate Program (GP). All GP programs are offered at the graduate level and provide the required nutrition and dietetics coursework as well as integrated Supervised Experiential Learning hours to meet ACEND®️ ‘s competency requirements.

For those interested in contacting ACEND®️ for further information:

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition & Dietetics (ACEND®️)
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
1-312-899-0040, ext 5400
Email: eatright@acend.org
www.eatright.org

Faculty

Our MSAN Dietetics Focus Faculty consists of a growing team of scholars and clinicians with practical experience in the field of nutrition. Most hold doctoral degrees and many hold advanced clinical certifications. Our faculty members are experts in the field of nutrition, and represent a variety of specialty areas in dietetics and nutrition practice.

Our experienced and knowledgeable faculty prepare you to be a well-qualified nutrition practitioner with in-depth knowledge and skills relevant to nutrition practice. Faculty will educate future RDN’s in the use of evidence-based best practices to support the well-being and health outcomes of individuals, families, and communities through education, research, and scholarship, helping you become a leader in your field. See our applied nutrition faculty and staff.

Student Support & Resources

At the University of New England Online, we are committed to providing our students with the highest level of academic and personal support. We understand the unique challenges of adult students who are often juggling school, career, and family, which is why we offer a robust Student Academic Success Center (SASC) and high-touch academic advising. Learn more about Student Support and Resources.

Mission & Goals

The mission of the UNE Master of Science in Applied Nutrition Focus is to prepare individuals for leadership roles in the field of nutrition, to advance knowledge and expand skills that promote excellence and innovation in all areas of nutrition practice, and to emphasize evidence-based best practices to support the well-being and health outcomes of individuals, families, and communities through education, research, and scholarship.

The Master of Science in Applied Nutrition Dietetics Focus provides a verification statement upon successful completion of program requirements, which prepares graduates for practice as an RDN after passing the national registration exam.

GOALS

Objectives

  • At least 80% of graduates who respond to the “Alumni Survey” will select “strongly agree” or “agree” indicating they were adequately prepared to be an effective RDN practitioner in their first post-graduate professional position.
  • At least 80% of employers who respond to the “Employer Survey” will select “strongly agree” or “agree” indicating the graduates demonstrated ethical behavior and cultural competency in all areas of nutrition and interprofessional practice in their first post-graduate professional position

Objectives

  • At least 80% of graduates who respond to the “Alumni Survey” will select “strongly agree” or “agree” indicating they were able to communicate evidence-based research in nutrition to a wide variety of audiences in their first post-graduate professional position.
  • At least 80% of employers who respond to the “Employer Survey” will select “strongly agree” or “agree” indicating the graduates were able to communicate evidence-based research in nutrition to a wide variety of audiences in their first post-graduate professional position.

  • Program Completion: At least 80% of program graduates complete program/degree requirements within 3 years (150% of the program length).
  • Graduate Employment: Of graduates who seek employment, 80 percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  • Employer Satisfaction: At least 80% of employers who respond to the “Employer Survey” will select “strongly agree” or “agree” indicating graduates were adequately prepared to be an effective RDN practitioner in their first post-graduate professional position.
  • Registration Exam:
    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%.
  • Program outcomes data measuring success against these objectives is available upon request. Please contact the Assistant Program Director, Graduate Program in Applied Nutrition / Director of Dietetics Focus Dr. Emily Boldrin (eboldrin@une.edu).

Immunization Policy

Immunizations offer safe and effective protection from vaccine-preventable diseases. The University of New England (UNE) strongly supports the use of vaccines to protect the health of our individual students and our campus communities and affiliates. It is the protocol of the MSAN Dietetics Focus that all students matriculating in the MSAN Dietetics Focus will have all of the following immunization requirements met before they begin their first class and SEL lab.

Verification of immunizations should be completed as close to beginning affiliation agreements as possible. All Dietetics Focus students must be up to date on immunization with:

  • a type of DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus) vaccination, such as DTaP, Tdap and Td, within 10 years of the first day of attendance,
  • have completed two MMR (measles/rubeola, mumps, and rubella) vaccines if born after 1956,
  • have completed administration of a 3-shot series Hepatitis B vaccine with documentation by an appropriate health care provider,
  • administration of 2-shot series live varicella vaccine after the student’s first birthday with a minimum of four weeks separating the doses OR must provide evidence of immunity with laboratory titer, and the positive titer must be documented by an appropriate health care provider,
  • two-step tuberculin skin test (TST) is defined as a TST on two separate occasions separated by at least two weeks. Proof of administration and results must be documented by an appropriate health care provider within the year in which the student begins matriculation at UNE,
  • administration of the polio series
  • proof of full Covid-19 vaccination, including boosters as applicable
  • additional vaccinations if required by SEL site*

  • Before beginning their SEL hours, all Dietetics Focus students must be fully vaccinated and boosted in order to protect the safety and well-being of the UNE community and affiliate sites that students will be working in.
  • Please review the Vaccination section of our FAQ to learn how to request a medical exemption, and which types of medical providers may complete the provider section of the exemption form.

  • Medical exemptions are allowed but will require appropriate documentation and be limited to those allowed in the references below (State of Maine, US CDC, ACHA). In the case of an actual or threatened outbreak, unvaccinated students may be required to stay out of their placement site.
  • *Many field, clinical placements and practicum sites have additional vaccine requirements beyond UNE’s policies. The entities sponsoring these placements may require the Covid-19 vaccination with no exemptions. Unvaccinated students may not be permitted to participate at external sites. In such cases, progress in program completion and graduation are likely to be affected. Alternate programming for unvaccinated students cannot be guaranteed by the University nor its affiliated organizations.

Please reach out to the Assistant Director, Graduate Program in Applied Nutrition/Director, Dietetics Focus or Dietetics Clinical Coordinator for further information and guidance.

Frequently Asked Questions

The UNE MS Applied Nutrition (MSAN) Dietetics Focus is designed to be completed in 2 years full-time (two 3-credit didactic courses paired with two 1-credit lab courses per semester inclusive of summers). The program is a total of 48 credit hours.

The University of New England Master of Science in Applied Nutrition, Dietetics Focus has been granted candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Education (ACEND) in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext. 5400. https://www.eatrightpro.org/ACEND

Upon successful completion of the program, a verification statement is issued allowing graduates to sit for the CDR Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credentialing examination.

Yes! All parts of the Dietetics Focus coursework are presented 100% online, providing students the option to complete assignments on a schedule that works best for the student. Students in the Dietetics Focus complete their Supervised Experiential Learning (SEL) hours at program-approved sites of their choosing, in a location that is best for them.

Yes, the MS Applied Nutrition, Dietetics Focus is an ACEND®️ accredited program. Upon successful completion, graduates will be awarded a verification statement allowing them to sit for the CDR Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credentialing examination.

The program accepts applicants on a rolling basis throughout the year and welcomes those who did not complete their bachelor’s degree in nutrition or a related field to apply. Applications are reviewed comprehensively by our admissions committee with the understanding that successful nutrition professionals come from varied backgrounds with well-rounded experience.

All applicants who have met the minimum admission requirements will be considered for acceptance. We encourage interested applicants to apply early, allowing our admissions committee sufficient time to process the application and review additional materials.

Yes, our admissions committee at UNE reviews each part of an application, alongside the supplemental materials applicants include, before finalizing admissions decisions. For applicants who have met all other admission criteria with an earned GPA lower than 3.0, we evaluate recently completed coursework, work experiences, and responses to the application prompts.

Before enrolling in the Dietetics Focus core courses, students must secure at least 400 hours (equivalent to all SEL hours required for the first year of courses) of Supervised Experiential Learning Sites approved by the Assistant Director, Graduate Program in Applied Nutrition/Director of Dietetics Focus and/or the Dietetics Clinical Coordinator.

We provide guided support through this phase of the application process and applicants work with the Dietetics Clinical Coordinator to research and obtain preceptor sites.

Supervised Experiential Learning (SEL) Q&A Videos

How many hours will I need to secure for admission? Is there a minimum number of hours required for each SEL setting? How many different preceptors are students expected to secure the 400 hours from?

Does UNE only offer Supervised Experiential Learning (SEL)? Or a Dietetic Internship (DI) as well? What is the difference between SEL and DI?

How long will it take to find SEL preceptors? What settings will my SEL experiences take place in?

Do my SEL sites need to take place in my geographical location? Will I need to relocate to complete my SEL hours as part of the Dietetics Focus?

Am I required to schedule my SEL sites to align with coursework? For example, completing Food Service SEL hours during Food Service coursework.

Will I complete my SEL experiences simultaneously with program coursework? How will my coursework be scheduled?

How many sites will I need to secure before being accepted into the Dietetics Focus? How many hours will I need to plan for each setting?

Admission Requirements Q&A Videos

Do I need to complete the three (3) required prerequisite courses before applying? Am I able to begin my application if enrolled in a prerequisite course?

Does UNE accept transfer credits, besides the prerequisite courses offered at UNE? How can I submit possible transfer credits?

How often are the three (3) prerequisite courses offered at UNE? At what times am I able to enroll in the prerequisite courses?

Am I able to submit prerequisites completed during my undergraduate learning? What are the requirements for completed credits I would like to transfer?

Will UNE accept credit from certifications earned in other industries or fields? What fields will count as your credit for admission?

As an international student, will UNE accept a Bachelor’s in Nutrition & Dietetics? Will the Master’s program qualify me to earn the RDN license? Am I able to register for the CDR exam outside of the U.S.?

How early will I need to complete the prerequisite courses for admission? When am I able to enroll in the prerequisite courses at UNE?

Do the prerequisite courses at UNE have requirements to enroll? Are there prerequisites to the three (3) Dietetics prerequisite courses?

Does a DPD verification statement bypass the prerequisite requirements? What will I need to submit as a graduate of a U.S. Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)?

General RDN Program Q&A Videos

How many hours per week will students work with preceptors during coursework? Am I able to work while enrolled?

As a student in the M.S. Applied Nutrition program at UNE, can I switch to the Dietetics Focus without losing credit for completed coursework? How can I apply to the Dietetics focus?