Frequently Asked Questions – Answered!

 

I want to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), is this the right program for me?

Yes! The MS in Nutrition Sciences- Dietitian Education Program track is a Coordinated Program in Dietetics (Learn more about those HERE!) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).  The Dietitian Education Program track combines academic requirements and supervised practice experiences needed to qualify graduates to take the Registration Examination for Dietitian Nutritionists offered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration to become a RDN.

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in a non-related field, can I still apply to the DEP track?

Students from all disciplines are welcome to apply to the Dietitian Education Program track as long as the following prerequisite courses have been met—biology, organic chemistry, physiology, microbiology, and the equivalent of a Minor in Nutrition Sciences.  A more detailed description of each of these courses can be found HERE.

I have not met all of the prerequisite requirements, what should I do?

All prerequisites must be completed prior to beginning this degree program.  Students who are missing prerequisites are encouraged to find courses at their local University/ community colleges.  Those missing the required nutrition courses are encouraged to complete these requirements with Minor in Nutrition Sciences at UAB.

Students who are missing all nutrition prerequisites may consider applying to the MS in Nutrition Sciences- Lifestyle Management and Disease Prevention (LMDP) track. The LMDP track is designed for students with a non-nutrition background interested in pursuing a career in the field of nutrition. Students in the LMDP track are eligible to enroll in the Dietitian Education Graduate Certificate Program upon successful completion of 29-specified credit hours of their LMDP plan of study.  Upon completion of the LMDP track with the Dietitian Education Graduate Certificate Program, students are eligible to sit for the National Examination to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

I completed my prerequisite courses at another college/university, how can I tell if they’ll count towards prerequisite requirements for the DEP track?

The “Transfer Credit Equivalencies” tool can help you determine if the courses you completed compare to those we recommend at UAB.

What is the difference between the DEP and DEP-C?

Students are eligible to apply to the DEP if they’ve completed all necessary prerequisite requirements (please refer to the second listed FAQ).  If you’re far from completing all of these, you may find completing the prerequisites required for admission to the LMDP a more expedited option.  Both Master of Science tracks require the same science courses to be eligible to apply, but the DEP requires more nutrition prerequisites.

Students admitted to the LMDP track are eligible to enroll in the Dietitian Education Graduate Certificate Program (the DEP-C) after they’ve completed the 29-specified credit hours of their LMDP plan of study.

The result of either option? Being eligible to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitian Nutritionists offered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration to become a RDN!

I do not live in Alabama, am I still eligible for this program?

Distance-based students are welcome to apply to the Dietitian Education Program track.  The curriculum is offered entirely online and practicum requirements can be completed wherever you are located.

Please note that all students, local and remote, are required to come to the University of Alabama at Birmingham campus (1675 University Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35294) at least three times during their program of study.  These required campus visits are essential for student’s successful completion of the program.  The number of campus visits and dates of these are to the discretion of the Program Director.  More information is provided to admitted students upon acceptance to the program.

Am I able to keep my job while enrolled in the DEP track?

Though this Master of Science in Nutrition Sciences track offers coursework entirely online and the option to complete practicums remotely, this is an intensive, full-time graduate degree program.  Therefore, students are discouraged from working while enrolled in the Dietitian Education Program track or Dietitian Education Graduate Certificate Program.  These programs are accelerated and demand a significant amount of time and energy.

What is the cost of the MS in Nutrition Sciences, Dietitian Education Program track?

For the most up-to-date information on tuition and fees, please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid “Paying for College” webpage.  Our graduate programs can be found under the “Graduate” tab, within the “Health Professions and Nursing” rows. Please note that there are separate costs for Residents, Non-Residents, and Internet-based distance learning courses.  All curriculum is classified as “Internet-based distance learning courses”, except for practicum hours which are subject to charge based on Residency classification.

Breakdown of tuition and fees according to the 2019-2020 Academic Calendar tuition rates

Do you offer any scholarships for students?

There are many scholarship opportunities on UAB Campus, all of which can be found HERE.  We recommend students register for the Blazer Scholarship Management and Resource Tool (B-SMART) upon admission to our graduate degree programs to stay up-to-date on new scholarship opportunities.

Members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics may also want to explore scholarships available through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. Students of our MS in Nutrition Sciences programs have been recipients of these in years past!

For additional program information, prospective students and the public can access the Student Handbook here. Still have lingering questions? Contact Us!