Tracks and Curriculum

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The Dietitian Education Program is an ACEND Coordinated Dietetics Program. Students in the MS in Nutrition Sciences, Dietitian Education Program have two options for completing their training in nutrition and dietetics: the Dietitian Education Program Track (DEP) and the Dietitian Education Program Graduate Certificate (DEP-C). Both tracks must complete specific courses according to a planned and structured sequence of study. Students fulfill both core requirements and professional practice requirements in a logical order. The sequence is intended to facilitate scholarly proficiency, distinctive achievement and entry-level  practice skills.

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Tracks and Curriculum

Students KitchinThe Dietitian Education Program is an ACEND Coordinated Dietetics Program. Students in the MS in Nutrition Sciences, Dietitian Education Program have two options for completing their training in nutrition and dietetics: the Dietitian Education Program Track (DEP) and the Dietitian Education Program Graduate Certificate (DEP-C). Both tracks must complete specific courses according to a planned and structured sequence of study. Students fulfill both core requirements and professional requirements in a logical order. The sequence is intended to facilitate scholarly proficiency, distinctive achievement and supervised practice experiences.

 

Tracks

In the MS Nutrition Sciences, Dietitian Education Program Track, students will complete 58 credits hours of graduate coursework, which includes 24 credit hours of practicum. Students are required to fulfill 900 hours of practicum and 300 hours of alternate practice experiences to receive the 24 credit hours leading to the graduate degree, and a Verification Certificate for eligibility to sit for the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR) National Examination to become a Registered Dietitian (RD).

The MS Nutrition Sciences, Dietitian Education Certificate Track allows students from the MS in Nutrition Sciences, Lifestyle Management and Disease Prevention Program the opportunity to apply to the DEP Graduate Certificate. The DEP-C allows students to complete the core knowledge and supervised practice competencies leading to the RD in 44 graduate credit hours. This includes 24 credit hours of practicum (900 hours of supervised practice and 300 hours of alternate practice experiences) leading to the graduate degree, and a Verification Certificate for eligibility to sit for the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR) National Examination to become a Registered Dietitian (RD).

 

Program Mission, Goals and Objectives

DEP’s mission is to prepare graduates who are highly trained entry-level dietitians through community partnerships, the application of research, and acquisition of knowledge, skills and experiences to improve the nutritional well-being of Birmingham, the state and beyond.

Goal 1: Facilitate graduates’ entry into the dietetic profession as entry-level registered dietitians to serve in the Birmingham area and beyond.

Objectives for Goal 1:

  1. Over a five-year period, at least 80% of students will complete program/degree requirements within 150% (3 years) of the planned program length in the dietitian education program track or (2.25 years) in the DEP Graduate Certificate.
  2. At least 90% of program graduates will take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionist within 12 months of program completion.
  3. Over a five-year period, at least 80% of graduates will pass the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within one year following first attempt.
  4. Within a five-year period, at least 20% of program graduates will serve the Birmingham area through employment and/or involvement in a professional association.

Goal 2: Graduate competent, entry-level practitioners who obtain employment in dietetics or related field.

Objectives for Goal 2:

  1. Over a five-year period, at least 90% of program graduates will be employed in the dietetics field within 12 months of exiting the program.
  2. Over a five- year period, at least 90% of employers will indicate satisfaction with graduate preparation for entry-level practice with a score of three or greater on a five-point Likert scale.
  3. Over a five- year period, 50% of graduates will be seeking or will be employed in one of the program’s emphasis areas.

DEP outcomes data available on request. Please forward request to the program director, Claudia Follette, MS, RDN at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 205-934-6299.

 

Curriculum Requirements

Dietitian Education Program Plan of Study (Local and Remote)

YEAR 1 - FALL SEMESTER - 13 HOURS

NTR 600*: Principles of Food Science Operations and Menu planning (3 hours)
NTR 604*: Principles and Practice of Nutrition Support (3 hours)
NTR 621*: Statistical Methods in Nutrition Science I (3 hours)
NTR 632*: Nutrition Counseling and Education (4 hours)

YEAR 1 - SPRING SEMESTER - 12 HOURS

NTR 601:* Advanced Medical Nutrition (3 hours)
NTR 611:* Advanced Food System and Resource Management (3 hours)
NTR 631:* Community Interventions for Healthy Lifestyle (3 hours)*
NTR 637:* Applied Research in Nutrition Sciences (3 hours)

YEAR 1 - SUMMER SEMESTER - 10 HOURS

NTR 500:* Communication in Nutrition (1 hour)
NTR 618:* Nutritional Biochemistry (6 hours)
NTR 670: Practicum in Wellness (3 hours)

YEAR 2 - FALL SEMESTER - 11 HOURS

NTR 671: Practicum in Community Nutrition (3 hours)
NTR 672: Practicum in Food Systems Management (3 hours)
NTR 673: Practicum in Medical Nutrition Therapy I (3 hours)
NTR 690:* Seminar (2 hours)

YEAR 2 - SPRING SEMESTER - 12 HOURS

NTR 674: Practicum in Medical Nutrition Therapy II (4 hours)
NTR 675: Practicum in Dietetic Administration (4 hours)
NTR 676: Advance Practicum in Dietetics (4 hours)*
NTR 501:** RDN Certification Review (0 hours)

*Denotes online course. **Students are required to register for NTR 501 in the spring semester year 2. NTR 501 is the Breeding and Associates Review/Overview Course hosted on the UAB Campus. Students will pay a non-refundable fee of $550. 

The maximum time allowed for completion of the Dietitian Education Program is 3 years.

Upon successful completion of all requirements, students will receive a MS in Nutrition Sciences and Verification

Certificate (Statement) as required by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. 

 

DEP Graduate Certificate Plan of Study (Local and Remote) 

YEAR 1 - FALL SEMESTER - 12 HOURS

NTR 600:* Principles of Food Science Operations and Menu planning (3 hours)
NTR 604:* Principles and Practice of Nutrition Support (3 hours)
NTR 670: Practicum in Wellness (3 hours) (3 hours)
NTR 671: Practicum in Community Nutrition (3 hours)

YEAR 1 - SPRING SEMESTER - 12 HOURS

NTR 601:* Advanced Medical Nutrition (3 hours)
NTR 611:* Advanced Food Systems and Resource Management (3 hours)
NTR 672: Practicum in Food Systems Management (3 hours)
NTR 673: Practicum in Medical Nutrition Therapy I (3 hours)
NTR 501:** RDN Certification Review (0 hours)

YEAR 1 - SUMMER SEMESTER - 12 HOURS

NTR 500:* Communication in Nutrition (1 hour)
NTR 674: Practicum in Medical Nutrition Therapy II (4 hours)
NTR 675: Practicum in Dietetic Administration (4 hours)

YEAR 2 - FALL SEMESTER - 8 HOURS

NTR 609:* Applied Nutrition for Physical Activity and Disease Prevention (3 hours)
CDS 605:* Survival Spanish for Health Professions (1 hour)
KIN 644:*Application of Exercise Physiology to Fitness and Performance (3 hours)
NTR 676: Advance Practicum in Dietetics (4 hours)

*Denotes online course.  **Students are required to register for NTR 501 in the spring semester year one. NTR 501 is the Breeding and Associates RDN Exam Review/Overview Course hosted on the UAB Campus. Students pay a non-refundable fee of $550.

The maximum time allowed for completion of the DEP Graduate Certificate is 2.25 years.

Upon successful completion of all requirements, students will receive a MS in Nutrition Sciences degree and a verification certificate (statement) as required by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. 

 

Graduation Requirements

Students in the Dietitian Education Program Track and Dietitian Education Program Graduate Certificate complete specific courses. Students will be required to maintain a 3.0 GPA. Students will be eligible to sit for the CDR National Registration Exam to become a Registered Dietitian (RD) once they have completed the degree requirements and received the Verification Certificate. Satisfactory completion of the program includes a 3.0 GPA (A= 4.0) for the required graduate course work which includes the completion of a non-thesis MS degree and successful completion of 1200 hours of supervised practicum experience.

Additional Program Information:

Please access the UAB DEP Student Handbook 2018-2019 (PDF)

For more information on becoming an RDN, visit: http://www.eatrightpro.org/resources/about-us/what-is-an-rdn-and-dtr/what-is-a-registered-dietitian-nutritionist