Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) Open House
The Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) Focus at UNE is a premier, graduate-level dietetics program in the U.S. accredited under ACEND Future Education Model delivering competency-based coursework and Supervised Experiential Learning (SEL) 100% online. And proud to be among the first 25 programs approved in the nation under the new, innovative model.
Hear from Dr. Ellie Dodge, Director of the Graduate Programs in Applied Nutrition and Dr. Angelina Maia, Assistant Program Director/RDN Director as they answer your top questions on admissions, course structure, and Supervised Experiential Learning (SEL).
Supervised Experiential Learning (SEL)
Preceptor variety and SEL hour requirements
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?
SEL vs. Dietetic Internship
Does UNE only offer Supervised Experiential Learning (SEL)? Or a Dietetic Intership (DI) as well? What is the difference between SEL and DI?
Finding SEL sites
How long will it take to find SEL preceptors? What settings will my SEL experiences take place in?
Location of SEL sites
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 RDN program?
Scheduling SEL hours
Am I required to schedule my SEL sites to align with coursework? For example, completing Food Service SEL hours during Food Service coursework.
Completing SEL hours
Will I complete my SEL experiences simultaneously with program coursework? How will my coursework be scheduled?
First-year SEL hours
How many sites will I need to secure before being accepted into the RDN program? How many hours will I need to plan for each setting?
Completing prerequisite courses
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?
Prerequisite Course Availability
How often are the three (3) prerequisite courses offered at UNE? At what times am I able to enroll in the prerequisite courses?
Undergraduate 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?
Industry Certifications as credit
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.?
Enrolling in Prerequisite courses
How early will I need to complete the prerequisite courses for admission? When am I able to enroll in the prerequisite courses at UNE?
Prerequisite course requirements
Do the prerequisite courses at UNE have requirements to enroll? Are there prerequisites to the three (3) RDN prerequisite courses?
Undergraduate DPD Statement
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
Coursework Time Commitment
How many hours per week will students work with preceptors during coursework? Am I able to work while enrolled?
Current UNE Student
As a student in the M.S. Applied Nutrition program at UNE, can I switch to the RDN Focus without losing credit for completed coursework? How can I apply to the RDN focus?