Nutrition Education, M.S.
Graduate Studies

Immaculata has a long tradition of preparing professional leaders in the field of nutrition and health promotion. The Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences continues to meet this challenge by offering a diverse blend of coursework to meet the unique needs of every graduate student.

Two options are available for obtaining a master’s degree in Nutrition depending upon your background and career goals:

  • The Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition has an ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship built in, and is suitable for those who would become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD/RDN) and obtain a graduate degree simultaneously.
  • The Master of Science in Nutrition Education and Counseling, reflecting the department’s commitment to graduate education for anyone who wants to obtain an advanced degree in nutrition, provides a program that can be tailored to meet professional needs and area(s) of interest without combining the Dietetic Internship.

Both of these graduate programs will enable you to:

  • Obtain in-depth knowledge of nutrient metabolism, medical nutrition therapy, changing nutrition needs throughout the life cycle, and specialized topics in applied nutrition
  • Communicate nutrition information to a variety of audiences, utilizing knowledge of interpersonal communication, program development and implementation, and counseling skills
  • Develop, implement, evaluate and present original research
  • Utilize nutrition literature and resources, integrate nutrition knowledge from a variety of sources, and apply this knowledge to complex, real-world human situations
  • Develop enhanced knowledge and skills that prepare the student to obtain an entry-level position or advance to higher-level career positions and leadership opportunities in the field of nutrition and dietetics.

Admission Information

Applicants to the graduate nutrition program are required to have a bachelor’s degree with completion of prerequisite coursework. Prerequisites vary depending on the option selected. Students applying to the Dietetic Internship must also complete Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics academic prerequisites. As deemed necessary, students will be required to take undergraduate courses to meet these admission requirements prior to acceptance into the graduate program.

Admission to the Dietetic Internship requires a separate application. Completion of an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) program, or equivalent program with verification, is required. An ACEND approved DPD program is available at Immaculata University, with some course work available at the graduate level. Further details regarding the internship can be found below.

M.S. in Clinical Nutrition, combined with Dietetic Internship (39 Credits)

A 39-CREDIT PROGRAM FOR THE INDIVIDUAL SEEKING AN INTERNSHIP

REQUIRED COURSES

  • GEN 501 Human Development (3)
  • GEN 502 Methods of Research (3)
  • GEN 503 Interpersonal Relations (3)
  • NED 645 Medical Nutrition Therapy I (3)
  • NED 647 Applied Nutrition and Metabolism (3)
  • NED 655 Medical Nutrition Therapy II (3)
  • NED 659 Preparation for Internship (3)
  • NED 662, 663, 664 Internship Experience in Nutrition I, II, III (9)
  • NED 680 Principles of Nutrition Education (3)
  • NED 691 Nutrition Capstone (3)
  • ELECTIVE Nutrition Elective (3)

Dietetic Internship Program

The Dietetic Internship Program is designed to provide Immaculata graduate students with an internship option as part of the master’s degree in Nutrition. The Dietetic Internship reflects the integration of the academic expertise of the graduate school with the medical and dietetic expertise of leading health care facilities in the surrounding area. The emphasis of the Dietetic Internship is cultural competence and diversity in dietetics practice; Academic preparation for the internship requires that the following courses be completed as pre or co-requisites: GEN 502, NED 645, NED 647, NED 655.

The supervised practicum portion of the internship includes four graduate courses: Preparation for Internship (NED 659) and Internship Experience in Nutrition I, II and III (NED 662-664). These courses provide students seeking dietetic registration an opportunity to complete the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics competency requirements through a dietetic internship. The internship experience includes 1200 hours of supervised practice. Following the successful completion of the supervised practice portion of the internship, students will receive a verification statement which is submitted to the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) for eligibility to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians. A candidate will become a RD/RDN upon passing the exam. The internship requires an intensive commitment.

The following are required for application to the Dietetic Internship Program:

  • Application to and acceptance or pending acceptance to the College of Graduate Studies
  • Completion or anticipated completion prior to the start of the internship of an ACEND–accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and a verification statement or Declaration of Intent from the DPD
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall and 3.2 in DPD coursework (4 point GPA scale)*
  • Experience (paid or volunteer) in a foodservice and/or clinical setting
  • Completion of the Dietetic Internship Application via DICAS and submission of required information to D&D Digital Systems for computer matching. All applications will be reviewed by the Dietetic Internship Committee. Suitable applicants will be selected for a personal interview. Acceptance will be based on academic performance, work experience, recommendations, and interview
  • Current Immaculata graduate students must have earned a minimum grade of “B” in required courses and a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall at the time of application to the dietetic internship*

*The minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and DPD GPA of 3.2 may be waived for a student who has completed at least 12 graduate credits with a minimum graduate GPA of 3.25.

Preparation for verification/internship for non-nutrition baccalaureate students:

This option allows the student to achieve eligibility for a Dietetic Internship when the student has completed a baccalaureate degree in a non-nutrition major. The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) has established educational requirements for eligibility to apply for a Dietetic Internship. The minimum requirements include a baccalaureate degree in any subject and completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) required courses. Since Immaculata University has an ACEND accredited undergraduate DPD, prospective applicants to the Immaculata Dietetic Internship can complete the required courses at the undergraduate level without having to earn an additional degree. The course requirement varies for each student based on prior coursework, which will be determined by the DPD director.

International students seeking a Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition combined with Dietetic Internship must contact the Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences for a list of agencies acceptable to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Immaculata University for their course by course transcript evaluation.

M.S. in Nutrition Education and Counseling (30 Credits)

REQUIRED COURSES

  • GEN 501 Human Development (3)
  • GEN 502 Methods of Research (3)
  • GEN 503 Interpersonal Relations (3)
  • NED 644 Nutrition in the Life Cycle (3)
  • NED 647 Applied Nutrition and Metabolism (3)
  • NED 653 Health Counseling (3)
  • NED 680 Principles of Nutrition Education (3)
  • NED 691 Nutrition Capstone (3)
  • ELECTIVES Nutrition Electives (6)

PROGRAM ELECTIVES

  • NED 511 Special Topics in Nutrition (1-3)
  • NED 620 Sports Nutrition (3)
  • NED 643 Community Nutrition (3)
  • NED 648 Independent Study (3)
  • MML 600 Leadership Foundations (3)
  • MML 603 Managing Organizational Effectiveness (3)
  • MML 621 Strategic Management (3)
  • COUN 606 Family Counseling (3)
  • COUN 640 Diversity Counseling (3)
  • EDL 614 Instructional Needs of English Language Learners (3)
  • EDL 615 Contemporary Professional Ethics (3)

Other electives may be permitted with the written approval of the Department Chair.

Prerequisites for MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NUTRITION EDUCATION AND COUNSELING

  • General Chemistry with laboratory (CHE 101, 102)
  • Organic Chemistry with laboratory (CHE 201)
  • Biochemistry with laboratory (CHE 202)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 209, 210)
  • Statistics (PSY 208)
  • Normal Nutrition (FNU 208)
  • Nutrition (FNU 305)
  • Advanced Nutrition (FNU 322)
  • Community Nutrition (FNU 320)
  • Strategies in Teaching Nutrition Concepts (FNU 353)

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