Curriculum

The MS in Nutrition Sciences, Clinical Track - Dietetic Internship prepares entry-level dietitian nutritionists for a variety of careers in health care, wellness, and food service management. The program aims to improve awareness and understanding among health professionals and the public of the vital role of nutrition in the prevention and treatment of disease and in health promotion. On completing the program, graduates will earn a Master’s of Science Degree and will be eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitian Nutritionists offered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

 

Program Mission, Goals and Objectives

Our mission is to prepare students to be competent, entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN) for practice in a variety of settings through innovative program design that promotes collaboration, use of the research process and critical thinking skills to improve the health of individuals and communities. 

Goal 1: Prepare graduates to be competent, entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN) who will meet the employment needs of the southeast region and the nation.

Objectives for Goal 1:

  1. 90% of the students admitted to the program will complete the program requirements within 1 ½ years (or 150% of program length) of admission to the program.
  2. Over a five-year period, at least 90% of program graduates will pass the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within one year of first attempt.
  3. Within 12 months of program completion, at least 75% of program graduates will be employed in nutrition and dietetics or a related field.
  4. Within 12 months of graduation, at least 95% of program graduates will take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists.
  5. During their first year of employment, program graduates will be ranked by at least 90% of employers as "satisfactory" or better in professional knowledge and skills as compared to the expected competency of an entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN).

Goal 2: Prepare graduates who demonstrate the ability to utilize current evidence-based research and apply the research process in professional practice.

Objectives for Goal 2:

  1. 85% of program graduates indicate on alumni survey that they routinely use current research findings in professional practice.
  2. 75% of program graduates indicate on alumni survey that they have used the research process to make decisions in professional practice since graduation.

Goal 3: Prepare graduates who demonstrate a commitment to serving the community and the profession.

Objectives for Goal 3:

  1. 75% of recent (within one year of graduation) graduates who respond to the alumni survey will indicate that they participated in at least one community service activity since graduation.
  2. 75% of recent (within one year of graduation) graduates who respond to the alumni survey will indicate they are active members of a local, state, or national dietetic association.

 

Curriculum Requirements

Fall Semester

NTR 589: Internship Practicum (10 hours)
NTR 604: Principles and Practice of Nutrition Support (3 hours)*
NTR 621: Statistical Methods in Nutrition Science I (3 hours)*
NTR 690: Seminar (2 hours)*

Spring Semester

NTR 501: RDN Certification Review (0 hours)**
NTR 589: Internship Practicum (10 hours)
NTR 601: Advanced Medical Nutrition (3 hours)*
NTR 637: Applied Research in Nutrition Sciences (3 hours)*

Summer Semester

NTR 500: Communication in Nutrition (1 hour)*
NTR 589: Internship Practicum (4 hours)
NTR 611: Advanced Food Systems and Resource Management (3 hours)*
NTR 618: Nutritional Biochemistry (6 hours)*

A thesis option is available with additional semesters.
The program does not grant credit for prior supervised practice or graduate learning. Students enrolled in the MS in Nutrition Sciences, Clinical Track – Dietetic Internship are required to successfully complete all program curriculum to receive a verification statement.

*Denotes online course
**NTR 501 is the Breeding and Associates Review Course that will be hosted on the UAB Campus. Students will pay a non-refundable fee of $550.

For a list of course descriptions, visit the UAB Graduate Catalog.

 

Graduation Requirements

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 (Grade of PASS for 24 total credit hours of clinical practicum).

Additional Program Information: 2017-2018 Policy and Procedure Manual (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