Distinguish Yourself as a Nutrition Expert with an RDN

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Earning the professional title Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) demonstrates to your community and industry that you are a clinically competent food and nutrition expert, capable of interpreting the science behind nutrition into and applying evidence-based principles to everyday solutions that help in achieving optimal health and wellness.

Successful efforts to improve community health and wellness require the ability to understand and translate scientific – and oftentimes detailed – research to produce the most impactful results. As populations grow more interested in learning how to use nutrition as a powerful tool for better health, relying on proven experts remains critically important. Current and ongoing research supports the vital role that nutrition plays in disease prevention, treatment, and diagnosis.

With your Registered Dietitian Nutritionist credential, you’ll discover multiple career opportunities based on your individual ambitions. Similar to other industries, the earning potential can vary based on region, years of experience, and breadth of role responsibility.

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

Successful graduates of the MS Applied Nutrition, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist focus, will receive a verification statement that is required for eligibility to take the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist registration exam, administered by the Commission of Dietetic Registration (CDR).

The UNE MS Applied Nutrition (MSAN) RDN 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. Upon successful completion of the didactic course work and Supervised Experiential Learning hours, the student will receive a verification statement that allows them to write the exam for the credential of Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

The College of Graduate and Professional Studies courses are divided over a traditional 16-week semester; each semester has two 8-week terms with A term encompassing the first 8 weeks of the semester and B term encompassing the last 8 weeks. 16-week courses, such as the Capstone and its co-requisite course are offered over the full semester, or AB term. Each 3-credit course and the 1-credit lab that it is paired with are offered in either A or B term.

Supervised Experiential Learning (SEL) is incorporated in every course, and the Supervised Experiential Learning hours each student will participate in total to 1214 hours. The Supervised Experiential Learning hours will be incorporated in both the didactic course work (164 hours) as well as in the lab courses; the majority (1050 hours) of Supervised Experiential Learning will be attained at pre-approved precepted site(s) in each 1 credit lab.

The lab credits allow students to complete the majority of their Supervised Experiential Learning hours, and for Faculty and Preceptor interface to assess student learning outcomes. The student is responsible for completing the required Supervised Experiential Learning, and the preceptor will interface with the lab Faculty to confirm the attainment of competencies

MISSION

The mission of the UNE Master of Science in Applied Nutrition program 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 Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) 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

Graduates of the MS in Applied Nutrition RDN focus will be competent practitioners that are equipped to pass the RDN exam, that are ethical and skilled in-patient care, and that are competitively employable in the field.

Goal #1: Graduates of the Master of Science in Applied Nutrition Program will be competent practitioners that are equipped to pass the RDN exam, that are ethical and skilled in-patient care, and that are competitively employable in the field.

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

Goal #2: Graduates of the Master of Science in Applied Nutrition Program will use evidence-based knowledge to inform best practices in nutrition professions and Medical Nutrition Therapy.

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.

ACEND®️ Specific Goals:

  1. Program Completion: At least 80% of program graduates complete program/degree requirements within 3 years (150% of the program length).
  2. Graduate Employment: Of graduates who seek employment, 80 percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  3. 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.
  4. Registration Exam:
    1. 80% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
    2. 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 MSAN Assistant Program Director/Director of RDN Focus Dr. Angelina Maia.

The Accreditation Council for Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) is the accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. ACEND®️ serves and protects students and the public by assuring the quality and continued improvement of dietetics education programs.

The University of New England Master of Science in Applied Nutrition, RDN focus has been granted candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) 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.

UNE Online is proud to be included in a select group of advanced degree programs that are accredited under the Future Education Model (FEM) FG structure established by ACEND®️. 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.

The University of New England Master of Science in Applied Nutrition, RDN Focus is offered 100% online, and provides both the required didactic coursework and oversight of the Supervised Experiential Learning hours, in each student’s local region, that graduates will need to qualify for RDN licensure.

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

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 the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited FEM graduate program Master of Science in Applied Nutrition at The University of New England are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN. In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice.

For more information about state licensure requirements, click here.

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

Applications for the MSAN-RDN focus are processed and reviewed upon receipt with rolling admissions. For consideration, applicants are required to have:

*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.

  • 400 approved hours (equivalent to all SEL hours required for the first year of courses) of the required 1050 hours total Supervised Experiential Learning Sites
  • Computer with internet connection, including the hardware and software requirements described on the Technical Requirements Must also possess sufficient computer skills to navigate the internet as all classes are accessed 100% online.
  • Previous coursework in Nutrition and/or Biology, and Statistics is highly recommended

For additional information on our admissions requirements, please click here. 

For comprehensive information on our program policies, please see the UNE MS Applied Nutrition, RDN focus Student Handbook.

Questions? Connect with an enrollment counselor

Our program provides you the flexibility to earn your degree 100% online while receiving an education from industry-leading faculty with a focus on evidence-based approaches to the field.

The MS Applied Nutrition, RDN focus utilizes online technologies and Brightspace D2L learning management system to deliver coursework and content to students 100% online. Students are also provided a dedicated Student Support Specialist to ensure a premium educational experience and further connection to the UNE Online community.

For a full view of the student standards, responsibilities, and rights, please see the MS Applied Nutrition, RDN focus student handbook here.

Graduate and Program Completion Requirements

Upon successful completion of the following criteria, the student will receive a Verification Statement and become eligible to take 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

Curriculum Requirements:

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 RDN Lab Series, MSAN students in the RDM focus will conduct Supervised Experiential Practice 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, CGPS 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, team-work 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 of the MSAN program/Director of the RDF focus to arrange acceptable Preceptors and SEP 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 RDN Lab Series, MSAN students in the RDM focus will conduct Supervised Experiential Practice 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, CGPS 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, team-work 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 of the MSAN program/Director of the RDF focus to arrange acceptable Preceptors and SEP 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 RDN lab series, MSAN students in the RDN focus will conduct Supervised Experiential Learning 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, CGPS faculty and staff, their peers, and community members. Through reflective writing exercises, students will self-assess their skills, behavior and attitudes. Topics such as clinical skills, communication skills, leadership and management skills, professionalism, conflict resolution, team-work, 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 of the MSAN program/Director of the RDN focus 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 RDN lab series, MSAN students in the RDN focus will conduct Supervised Experiential Learning 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, CGPS faculty and staff, their peers, and community members. Through reflective writing exercises, students will self-assess their skills, behavior and attitudes. Topics such as clinical skills, communication skills, leadership and management skills, professionalism, conflict resolution, team-work, 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 of the MSAN program/Director of the RDN focus 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 RDN lab series, MSAN students in the RDN focus will conduct Supervised Experiential Learning 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, CGPS faculty and staff, their peers, and community members. Through reflective writing exercises, students will self-assess their skills, behavior and attitudes. Topics such as clinical skills, communication skills, leadership and management skills, professionalism, conflict resolution, team-work, 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 of the MSAN program/Director of the RDN focus 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 RDN lab series, MSAN students in the RDN focus will conduct Supervised Experiential Learning 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, CGPS faculty and staff, their peers, and community members. Through reflective writing exercises, students will self-assess their skills, behavior and attitudes. Topics such as clinical skills, communication skills, leadership and management skills, professionalism, conflict resolution, team-work, 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 of the MSAN program/Director of the RDN focus 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 RDN lab series, MSAN students in the RDN focus will conduct Supervised Experiential Learning 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, CGPS faculty and staff, their peers, and community members. Through reflective writing exercises, students will self-assess their skills, behavior and attitudes. Topics such as clinical skills, communication skills, leadership and management skills, professionalism, conflict resolution, team-work, 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 of the MSAN program/Director of the RDN focus 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 RDN lab series, MSAN students in the RDN focus will conduct Supervised Experiential Learning 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, CGPS faculty and staff, their peers, and community members. Through reflective writing exercises, students will self-assess their skills, behavior and attitudes. Topics such as clinical skills, communication skills, leadership and management skills, professionalism, conflict resolution, team-work, 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 of the MSAN program/Director of the RDN focus 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 RDN lab series, MSAN students in the RDN focus will conduct Supervised Experiential Learning 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, CGPS faculty and staff, their peers, and community members. Through reflective writing exercises, students will self-assess their skills, behavior and attitudes. Topics such as clinical skills, communication skills, leadership and management skills, professionalism, conflict resolution, team-work, 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 of the MSAN program/Director of the RDN focus 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 RDN lab series, MSAN students in the RDN focus will conduct Supervised Experiential Learning 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, CGPS faculty and staff, their peers, and community members. Through reflective writing exercises, students will self-assess their skills, behavior and attitudes. Topics such as clinical skills, communication skills, leadership and management skills, professionalism, conflict resolution, team-work, 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 of the MSAN program/Director of the RDN focus to arrange acceptable Preceptors and SEL sites before signing up for the course.

 

The following courses are offered over 16 weeks, or AB term:

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

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 RDN lab series, MSAN students in the RDN focus will conduct Supervised Experiential Learning 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, CGPS faculty and staff, their peers, and community members. Through reflective writing exercises, students will self-assess their skills, behavior and attitudes. Topics such as clinical skills, communication skills, leadership and management skills, professionalism, conflict resolution, team-work, 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 of the MSAN program/Director of the RDN focus to arrange acceptable Preceptors and SEL sites before signing up for the course.

In the RDN lab series, MSAN students in the RDN focus will conduct Supervised Experiential Learning 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, CGPS faculty and staff, their peers, and community members. Through reflective writing exercises, students will self-assess their skills, behavior and attitudes. Topics such as clinical skills, communication skills, leadership and management skills, professionalism, conflict resolution, team-work, 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 of the MSAN program/Director of the RDN focus to arrange acceptable Preceptors and SEL sites before signing up for the course.

Program Cost to Student:

  • Application Fee (non-refundable): $40
  • General Services Fee (per semester, non-refundable for matriculated students): $60
  • Tuition (per credit hour): $750
  • Technology Fee (per semester): $85
  • Malpractice Insurance Fee (annual, non-refundable): $50
  • Registration Fee (non-matriculated students per semester): $30

Financial Aid:

  • More than 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid. Please visit our financial aid page for more information

Notes:

  • 2021-2022 Applied Nutrition program costs: graduate tuition and fee rates are subject to change.
  • Students are expected to pay for textbooks and materials at the beginning of the semester.
  • Books, supplies and other items available at the UNE Bookstore or through other online channels.
  • For official financial information and policies please visit Student Financial Services.

Other Potential Costs associated with the MSAN, RDN focus:

Travel: Costs for travel will depend on the geographical region of the student as well as where they need to travel for their Supervised Experiential Learning sites; this will be different for each student. The student is responsible for any costs incurred for travel for the program as well as their own liability and safety during travel to and from assigned supervised practice sites, field trips, meetings, and to and from all sites. This site may be useful in calculating estimated gas costs: https://www.fueleconomy.gov/trip/.

Housing: Housing costs will vary depending upon where the student lives.

Drug testing and criminal background checks: Students must comply with all the regulations established by the sites, including drug testing and criminal background checks. It is the responsibility of the student to cover any costs for site requirements. If required, it is the responsibility of the student to take care of all requirements as soon as possible so not to impact their scheduled Supervised Experiential Learning. Drug testing generally costs $30-$60. Criminal background checks generally cost $7-$15.

Insurance requirements, including those for professional liability: All students who are participating in Supervised Experiential Learning hours are covered by a University of New England Comprehensive General Liability and Professional Liability Policy through a signed Clinical Affiliation Agreement. The description of Comprehensive General Liability and Professional Liability coverage is found in the Affiliation Agreement. Additional professional insurance is available through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Verification of student identity: All methods of verifying student identity in distance learning must protect the privacy of student information. If any fees associated with the verification of student identity will be charged to students, they must be notified of these charges in writing at the time of registration or enrollment.

Uniforms: Students must comply with all the regulations established by the sites, including uniforms and dress code. If a lab coat is required by the rotation, a clean and pressed white lab coat should be worn over professional attire. Students are responsible for purchasing, laundering and ironing lab coats. Lab coats generally cost ~$20.

Name Tag: $10

Textbooks: The estimated cost for textbooks for the program is ~$1000.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Student Membership: $60

  • Students in the MS Applied Nutrition, RDN focus are required to arrange and secure their clinical sites and preceptors to complete the Supervised Experiential Learning requirements. In all cases the student will be supported to the extent possible by the MSAN Assistant Director/Director of RDN Focus to identify potential SEL sites and negotiate successful affiliation agreements with these sites, however, it remains the student’s responsibility to locate appropriate sites.
  • Students will be required to arrange 400 hours of SEL (equivalent to the SEL required for the first year of courses) prior to matriculating to the program.
  • For comprehensive information about the program policies and locating the remainder of the Supervised Experiential Learning hours after matriculation, see the RDN Student Handbook.
  • UNE Online is also proud to be one of only two institutions in the nation to offer the MS Applied Nutrition, RDN focus program that combines coursework and Supervised Experiential Learning (SEL) to be completed where the student is located. UNE remains among the first RDN graduate programs to provide students access to earning their credentials at sites most convenient for them. With no relocation required, allowing students the opportunity to complete this requirement at a site most convenient for them. On-campus visits are not required to complete any portion of your program.

Currently, to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, the requirements include completion of an ACEND®-accredited higher education program and the completion of a dietetic internship, as well as achievement of a passing score on the national registration examination.

 

Beginning in 2024, a minimum of a master’s degree will be an eligibility requirement in order to take the CDR dietetic registration exam. The MSAN/RDN Focus program is in candidacy for accreditation, meaning this program 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 (FG). All FG programs are offered at the graduate level and provide the required nutrition and dietetics coursework as well as integrated Supervised Experiential Learning to meet ACEND®️ ‘s competency requirements. A verification statement is issued to individuals who successfully complete the program in order to be eligible to take the CDR Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credentialing examination.

Helpful Tips:

  • Pathways to becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist can be found here.
  • Please familiarize yourself regarding state certification/licensure by visiting the Commission on Dietetic Registration site.
  • Licensure laws will vary by state and we invite our students to explore the current state regulations using our interactive map, based on where they plan to practice. Many of the highest-earning job fields like healthcare and medical settings, require professionals to be credentialed as Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN).
  • Other professional work environments include, but are in no way limited to:
    • Sports nutrition and corporate wellness programs: educating clients about the connection between food, fitness, and health.
    • Private practice: possibly working under contract with healthcare or food distributors, or independent business, food service, nursing homes, or athletes.
    • Community & Public Health: serving as mentor, teacher, and advisor to the public to help improve quality of life through healthy eating habits.
    • Medical Nutrition Therapy & Long-term care: providing an evidence-based medical approach to treat chronic conditions through tailored nutrition plan. As well as recommending behavioral and lifestyle changes to positively affect long-term eating health habits.
    • Research: collaborating with food and pharmaceutical companies, universities, hospitals directing or conducting research to address critical nutrition recommendations.
    • University and medical centers: clinical nutritionists and dietitians working one-on-one with patients & families and alongside physicians addressing particular medical issues like hypertension, diabetes, or obesity. This setting may also include developing specific action plans when treatments impact a patient’s diet.

    For additional guidance and clarity, UNE invites you to watch the Registered Dietitian focus area Virtual Open House. And meet the RDN Director to hear your Top Questions, Answered.

     

    How long is the UNE MS in Applied Nutrition, RDN focus program?

    The UNE MS Applied Nutrition (MSAN) RDN 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.

    Is the UNE MS in Applied Nutrition, RDN focus program ACEND® accredited?

    The University of New England Master of Science in Applied Nutrition, RDN 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

    Is the RDN focus track offered 100% Online?

    Yes! All parts of the RDN focus track are provided 100% online with most portions offered in an asynchronous format with the option to complete on a schedule and pace that works for the student.

    Coursework and Supervised Experiential Learning (SEL) portions of the RDN focus are available to complete 100% online. Students in the RDN focus are also offered the opportunity to complete the Supervised Experiential Learning (SEL) segment at a program-approved site of their choosing.

    Will successfully completing the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) focus track earn me RD/RDN exam eligibility?

    Yes, each graduate of the MS Applied Nutrition, RDN focus track will be considered a graduate of an ACEND®️ accredited program. Successful completion of the program establishes eligibility to take the registration exam for dietitians, administered by the Commission of Dietetics Registration (CDR), to earn to an RDN credential.

    I earned my B.S. degree in a field other than nutrition. Can I still apply & enroll?

    The program accepts applicants on a rolling basis throughout the year and welcomes those who did not complete their B.S. degree in a nutrition 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 with the commitment to the profession of dietetics and nutrition.

    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.

    Are applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 able to apply?

    Yes, our admissions committee at UNE reviews each part of an application, alongside the supplemental materials applicants include, before determining admission 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 overall fit to determine an applicant’s success.

    Where can I search for available preceptor sites as part of my Supervised Experiential Learning (SEL)?

    Before enrolling into the RDN focus, students must secure 400 hours (equivalent to all SEL hours required for the first year of courses) of the required 1050 hours total Supervised Experiential Learning Sites approved by the MSAN Assistant Program Director/Director of RDN Focus via the submitted “Approval Form for First Year SEL Hours.”

    We provide guided support through this phase of the application process. And encourage applicants to work with the MSAN Assistant Program Director, Director RDN focus to research and obtain preceptor sites. As well as refer to our directory map for those interested in completing Supervised Experiential Learning (SEL) close to home.

     

    Learn more about the RDN Focus and how we can help you get started

     

    Enrolling at UNE Online offers you access to:

    • A program accredited under the Future Education Model (FEM-FG) that allows students to complete Supervised Experiential Learning (SEL) where they choose.

    • One of the first MS RDN programs that combines coursework and Supervised Experiential Learning (SEL) to be completed where the student is located. With no relocation required, we allow students the opportunity to complete this requirement at a site most convenient for them. On-campus visits are not required to complete any portion of your program.

    • The only ACEND®️ accredited master’s level RDN program that requires only 3 nutrition-based prerequisites courses.*

      * A verification statement from an ACEND accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) can be substituted for the pre-requisite requirements for the admissions application

     

     

    Questions?

    If you have any questions about the Applied Nutrition programs, focus areas, coursework, or program requirements, please speak to one of our enrollment counselors at the email or phone number below.