M.S. Nutrition and Dietetics (online)

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M.S. Nutrition & Dietetics students at Bassett Medical Center
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Noel Woodruff, Nutrition and Dietetics Graduate Student

Are you interested in becoming an RD/RDN?

Students who successfully complete our online M.S. Nutrition and Dietetic Internship Combined Program will earn a master's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and be eligible to take the national examination to become a Registered Dietitian.

This is a full-time, three-semester, non-thesis master's program (36 credits) that includes 1,220 hours of supervised practice hours. The curriculum emphasizes community nutrition and includes a culminating community health intervention project.

This online combined Master's Degree and Dietetic Internship program requires graduate student interns to devote approximately 55-60 hours per week to coursework and pre-planned supervised practice.

All applicants for our online Master's Degree and Dietetic Internship Program must have:

  • completed an accredited undergraduate program resulting in a baccalaureate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from a U.S. regionally accredited college/university or a foreign degree equivalent to at least a US baccalaureate degree.
  • verification of completion (or an intent to complete the form if the applicant has not completed all degree requirements) signed by their undergraduate dietetics program director.
  • If the applicant completed a dietetics program more than 2 years ago, the applicant will be expected to have work experience in the field and/or additional coursework to earn an acceptable score on the admissions exam.
  • an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • work and/or volunteer experience in dietetics or a related area.

Preference for admission will be given to applicants who are committed to becoming Registered Dietitians and who have:

  • developed the ability and willingness to assume considerable responsibility for their own learning.
  • demonstrated the ability to solve problems and work and communicate effectively with others.
  • demonstrated a commitment to community service and/or service-learning.
  • a strong academic record that provides ample evidence of the applicant's ability to do supervised practice and graduate work successfully.

Applications are reviewed and acted upon without regard to race, color, gender, religion, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or status as a veteran.

Accepted graduate student interns should expect to submit to fingerprinting, a background check and drug screening as required by their clinical facilities and/or JCAHO (Joint Commission Accreditation on Health Organizations). Most facilities require graduate student interns to have a number of immunizations and some may have to be certified in CPR and/or meet other similar requirements.

Can I Challenge Courses or Get Credit for Prior Learning?
The online combined Master's Degree and Dietetic Internship Program courses may not be challenged. All graduate student interns must register for and complete all 12 courses required for the combined Master's Degree and Dietetic Internship Program.

Students intending to apply to the SUNY Oneonta's online combined Master's Degree & Dietetic Internship Program must:

  • Prioritize the Internship for matching: D&D Digital Systems
  • Submit application materials (except for recommendations) in a single packet to SUNY Oneonta. Recommendations must be sent directly from the recommended to Dr. Loomis, 104D Human Ecology Building, SUNY Oneonta, 108 Ravine Parkway, Oneonta NY 13280.

Application materials include:

Application deadline: February 15

Summer admission only

NOTE: Recent changes in state authorization legislation have established significant application and fee requirements for colleges providing online courses or programs. At this time, SUNY Oneonta is not able to accept applicants residing in California.

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    Are you an RD/RDN interested in earning a master's degree?

    Our online M.S. Nutrition and Dietetics program offers Registered Dietitians/Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RD/RDN) an affordable, high-quality "seamless approach" to becoming a master's-prepared RD/RDN.

    This 36-credit, project-based M.S.-Nutrition and Dietetics Program is designed specifically for RDs/RDNs. You will receive 12 hours of prior learning credit for successful completion of an ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship and passing the national registration examination for dietitians. You will then be able to complete the remaining eight courses (24 credits) online in one year or part-time (two to six years).

    We are looking for highly motivated, self-directed RDs/RDNs who are interested in earning a master’s degree and can thrive in our online environment. Criteria include:

    • minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
    • demonstrated evidence of ability to take responsibility for one's own learning in an online program

    The GRE exam is not required.

    All students applying for admission to the M.S.–Nutrition and Dietetics Program (RD/RDN) are required to:

    • Submit a completed graduate degree application with a non-refundable $50 fee (waived for SUNY Oneonta alumni);
    • Provide evidence of completion of a bachelor’s degree by submitting all official undergraduate transcripts;
    • Provide a copy of RD/RDN registration card or CDR registration certificate;
    • Provide two letters of recommendation; and
    • Include a letter of application that addresses the following: 1) reason(s) for applying, 2) evidence of your personal and professional growth and achievement, 3) evidence of having developed the ability to assume considerable responsibility for your own learning, 4) career objectives, 5) previous experience with distance learning and/or independent learning, and 6) an analysis of your strengths and weaknesses that are relevant to completing this online M.S. – Nutrition and Dietetics Program.
    •  Applicants must have identified a preceptor/agency in which to complete their three-semester Service Learning Project.

    NOTE: Recent changes in state authorization legislation have established significant application and fee requirements for colleges providing online courses or programs. At this time, SUNY Oneonta is not able to accept applicants residing in California.

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    Accepted graduate students are required to complete 9 credit hours of core courses, 9 credit hours of electives and a 6-credit-hour Service Learning Project.

    RD/RDN's who meet admission requirements and are accepted into the M.S.-Nutrition and Dietetics Program will be awarded 12 credit hours of prior learning. Accepted graduate students would then be required to complete the remaining 24 credit hours of coursework, either part-time or full-time.

    Part-Time Course Schedule:

    Year 1 (Begins fall 2019)

    • Fall Semester (6 credit hours): NUTR 555- Advanced Nutrition Therapy, NUTR 590- Current Issues in Dietetics
    • Spring Semester (3 credit hours): NUTR 591- Population Health

    Year 2 (Begins summer 2020)

    • Summer Semester (9 credit hours): NUTR 544- Applied Health Statistics, NUTR 548- Research Methods, NUTR 557- Nutrition Focused Physical Assessment
    • Fall Semester (3 credit hours): NUTR 580- Service Learning Project Proposal
    • Spring Semester (3 credit hours): NUTR 581- Serving Learning Project

    Full-Time Course Schedule (begins summer 2019):

    • Summer Semester (9 credit hours): NUTR 544- Applied Health Statistics, NUTR 548- Research Methods, NUTR 557- Nutrition Focused Physical Assessment
    • Fall Semester (9 credit hours): NUTR 555- Advanced Nutrition Therapy, NUTR 590- Current Issues in Dietetics, NUTR 580- Service Learning Project Proposal
    • Spring Semester (6 credit hours): NUTR 591- Population Health, NUTR 581- Service Learning Project

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