Feb 21, 2024  
2019-2020 Academic Bulletin 
2019-2020 Academic Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nutrition & Wellness MS

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The Masters Science in Nutrition and Wellness is designed for students pursuing a career in Nutrition & Dietetics with the goal to become a Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) as credentialed by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This program has a unique emphasis on Vegetarian Nutrition.

The MS in Nutrition & Wellness provides students with the Dietetic Internship along with a Master’s degree so that they are ready for the future CDR requirements to become an RD/RDN. Students must have completed their bachelor’s degree from an accredited program in Nutrition & Dietetics and have a verification statement prior to the start of the program or be in their senior year completing a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). Students must apply to the Dietetic Internship through DICAS and be accepted to the internship prior to start of the program. 

Incoming Freshman & Guaranteed Admission to Dietetic Internship (DI): Incoming freshman can obtain guaranteed admission to the DI by meeting the following criteria: students must maintain a 3.3 GPA throughout their four year undergraduate DPD degree and have acceptable annual interviews with both DPD and DI Directors.

Master (MS) Degree Track Options:

  1. Regular Track: 6 semesters*
  2. Accelerated Track: 4 semesters*
  • Students may be able to complete the MS degree in 4 semesters, to accelerate program completion. This must be discussed and approved by the student’s advisor prior to the start of the internship. 
  • Senior level students with a 3.3 GPA or higher (completing the DPD program) may be able to take up to 6 graduate credits in their senior year with permission from their advisor.

Timeline for Completion:

*Regular Track: Total time to complete graduate degree = 2 yrs. (24 months)                                         

*Accelerated Track: Total time to complete graduate degree = 1.25 yrs. (15 months)

Additional Requirements

After completion of the BS course work for the Nutrition Science & Dietetics BS, students are eligible to apply for the eight month accredited Dietetic Internship that must be completed by a dietetic student for registration eligibility. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and DP (Didactic program in Nutrition Science and Dietetics) GPA of 3.2 is recommended for admission into the program.

This supervised practice provides experiences in three main areas of dietetics—community nutrition, clinical nutrition, and food-service management. The Internship Program is available at several hospitals affiliated with Andrews University. Successful completion of this intensive eight-month supervised practice permits a student to write the national registration exam in dietetics. Students who successfully complete the internship will be issued an Internship Program verification statement.

In the year 2024 students will be required to have a Master’s degree prior to sitting for the national board exam required for RD registration (RD exam).  The Masters in Science in Nutrition & Wellness will allow students to continue study in the area of nutrition in preparation to become an RD or RDN.  Students must complete the Internship prior to start of classes in the program.  A C or higher in each semester of the internship is required for students to move on to the online course work. 

Upon passing the registry exam, graduates receive formal recognition as Registered Dietitians (RD). This status is maintained by participating in continuing professional education activities approved by the Academy. With advanced study or experience, the dietitian may qualify as a specialist in clinical dietetics, food service management, nutrition education, or research.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a Nutrition & Dietetics program that is accredited in the United States by the Accreditation Council in Education for Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) or be in the process of completing such a degree and in their senior year.  Students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher for admission into the program. 

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will:

  • Enhance their knowledge base on the protective role of plant-based diet for chronic diseases of affluent societies.
  • Design and/or deliver an evidence-based, theory-based, plant-based dietary lifestyle intervention to prevent a specific chronic disease among a target group of an affluent society (group project).
  • Enhance proficiency in using vegetarian diets to prevent common chronic diseases of affluent countries.
  • Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context.
  • Identify health research questions and specific research objectives.
  • Plan, develop, implement and evaluate a health and wellness education initiative/program to inform, educate, and motivate people about health.
  • Apply descriptive and inferential methodologies according to the type of study design for answering a particular research question.

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