Curriculum: Dietitian Education Graduate Certificate Program (LMDP students)

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The Dietitian Education Graduate Certificate Program (DEP-C) is specifically for MS in Nutrition Sciences- Lifestyle Management and Disease Prevention (LMDP) track students. The DEP-C offers students in the LMDP track entirely online curriculum and in-person, local or remote practicum experiences in a structured sequence of study. Upon successful completion, students are eligible to take the national exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

Curriculum

Students of the MS in Nutrition Sciences, Lifestyle Management and Disease Prevention (LMDP) track are eligible for the Dietitian Education Graduate Certificate Program (DEP-C) after completion of 29-specific credit hours of LMDP coursework before the DEP-C start date. DEP-C cohorts begin in the Fall term annually, with a supplemental application due to the Department of Nutrition Sciences by February 15th of the preceding Spring term. All current LMDP track students are contacted with the supplemental application and instructions prior to this deadline.

The DEP-C is comprised of 37 credit hours of graduate coursework, including 24 credit hours of practicum requirements. Combined, the LMDP track and DEP-C are comprised of 73 credit hours of graduate coursework.

The DEP-C curriculum is taught completely online to allow flexibility and convenience for students who reside out-of-state and for the integration of practicum requirements. Though curriculum is entirely online, practicum requirements are completed in-person within facilities that meet supervised practice requirements. The LMDP track and DEP-C requirements, including practicums, can be completed wherever you are located. Students do not have to relocate to Birmingham, but three campus visits are required throughout the DEP-C.

This is a full time program, courses are offered in a specific sequence of study.

Fall (DEP-C Year 1) - 12 credit 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)*
NTR 671: Practicum in Community Nutrition (3 hours)*

Spring (DEP-C Year 1) - 12 credit hours

NTR 501: RDN Certification Review (0 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)*

Summer (DEP-C Year 1) - 12 credit hours

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

Fall (DEP-C Year 2) - 8 credit hours

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

*Denotes practicum course. These courses are considered in-person experiences, and therefore are subject to tuition charge based on state residency classification (resident or nonresident).

**Students are required to register for NTR501 during their final spring semester. NTR 501 is the three day Breeding and Associates Review/Overview Course that is hosted on the UAB Campus. Students are not charged tuition for this course, but will pay a non-refundable $550 fee.

***NTR609, CDS605, KIN644 are degree requirements of the LMDP track. Therefore, upon completion of these final LMDP track and DEP-C requirements students may confer their degree.

Graduation Requirements

Students are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA to maintain good Academic Standing. Graduates receive their Verification Certificate and are eligible to take the national exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) offered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) once they have completed all degree requirements of the MS in Nutrition Sciences, Lifestyle Management and Disease Prevention track and the Dietitian Education Graduate Certificate Program. The maximum time allowed for completion of the Dietitian Education Graduate Certificate Program is 2.25 years.