Graduate student interns who successfully complete this full-time three-semester online program will earn an M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics and be eligible to take the national examination to become a Registered Dietitian. The online Combined Master’s Degree and Dietetic Internship Program (M.S.–N+D Program), which emphasizes community nutrition and a culminating community health intervention project, is a non-thesis master's program (36 credits), which includes 1220 hours of supervised practice hours.
The program is designed to provide students with the expected clinical care, food service management, and other skills and competencies that the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has established for entry-level practitioners. Students will gain experience in providing nutrition care and education for individual clients and communities to prevent or treat conditions such as heart disease, cancer and obesity.
The #1 online nutrition program in the country!
“SUNY Oneonta’s M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics stands out from the other programs on this nutritionist online degree ranking for one very distinct reason. While other graduate programs only admit registered dieticians, this degree program accepts applicants of all educational backgrounds. In fact, this three-semester curriculum qualifies students to take the national RD examination after they graduate, if they so desire. And although online learners can earn their degree in just 12 months, it won’t be an easy journey. The combined Nutrition/Dietetics coursework mandates 36-credit hours of regular classes plus a 1220-hour supervised internship."—CollegeValuesOnline.com
Students enrolled in SUNY Oneonta's undergraduate didactic program in dietetics can choose to participate in a Pre-Select Option. Those students wishing to be considered in the Pre-Select Option apply in the fall of their senior year and will be notified of their acceptance in February of their senior year. In the event a student is not accepted to the SUNY Oneonta's Online Combined Master's Degree and Dietetic Internship Program, they still have time to proceed to the national application process. In the national application process, applications are due in early February and graduate student interns are notified of the admission decision in April.
Graduate student interns begin their program in the summer with the start of the first summer session (typically early June). Students are required to attend an on-campus orientation (4 days) just prior to the start of the first summer session. The program is three semesters in length; equivalent to 12 months and finishes the following spring semester (Mid-May).
The online M.S.–N+D Program permits students to remain in their own communities while completing a graduate program that includes required supervised practice hours. Students who apply must provide evidence that they have daily access to a computer, the Internet, and have identified Registered Dietitian preceptors and health-care and facilities willing to provide a learning environment and preceptors. All required courses will be accessed online through Blackboard, an online learning environment and course delivery system supported through SUNY Oneonta's Information Technology Services Department.
All students applying for admission to the M.S.–N+D Program are required to:
- Submit a completed graduate degree application with a non- refundable $125 fee (waived for SUNY Oneonta alumni)
- In addition to the graduate degree application, the Nutrition and Dietetics Program Application Packet includes the following forms which must be submitted by the applicant: Nutrition and Dietetics Program Admission Forms
- 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 several states. For an up-to-date listing of approved states, please contact the director of the Online Nutrition and Dietetics Program, Dr. Jennifer Bueche, at (607) 436-2050 or Jennifer.Bueche@oneonta.edu.