Graduate students are expected to spend ~15 hours per week per course in order to successfully complete each 3 s.h. graduate course. In addition, students are expected to complete the total number of supervised experiential learning hours assigned to each of the “applied” graduate courses and/or service learning proposal/project per semester as outlined in the curriculum.
Graduate students must take responsibility for their own learning. Online learning requires that the student be well-organized, self-directed, disciplined and highly motivated in order to successfully complete each course and hence the program overall. Graduate students have initially found the first few weeks of the program to be a bit overwhelming until they “find their footing”, learn to read “more carefully” and follow the “What’s Due When Calendar”.
In order to complete the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic required supervised experiential learning hours; graduate students are expected to spend assigned time in designated practicum activities. In conjunction with your preceptor and course instructor, you may determine on which days and at what times you will be engaged in completing practicum experiences. It will be necessary to schedule some experiences early in the morning, in the late afternoon or evening and on weekends in order to receive the best experiences. You will be required to keep, have verified by the preceptor, and submit to the course instructor, a log of when and where you participated in practice experiences.
You must complete all assigned background readings from course texts and journals as assigned prior to the first day of each practice experience. Additional readings, such as facility policies and procedures, diet manuals and other documents, and patient education materials should be read early in each module.
Online courses will be at least as demanding as an in-class course - perhaps even more so! Don’t forget this is graduate level coursework and you can’t get by just doing minimum. In fact, you must achieve a “B” or better in each course to remain in the program.
As a guide, you should plan to log on to the course site twice a day 6 out of 7 days a week. When you log on, it may be to work on or submit an assignment, participate in a discussion, respond to another intern's work, ask for or provide assistance to another intern etc.
It is the graduate student intern’s responsibility to submit all assignments in on time. To be graded, all assignments must be received by midnight (Eastern Standard Time) on the date that they are due. Instructors will begin grading assignments the following day. All assignments must be turned in; however, late work will receive no credit.
Graduate students are expected to maintain standards of professionalism and academic honesty.
To be familiar with all policies and procedures of SUNY Oneonta’s M.S. Nutrition and Dietetics Program and each facility where you are completing supervised experiential learning hours.
Graduate students are expected to work well with other graduate students in the course as well as with their preceptors, managers, and employees at the facility where they are completing their supervised experiential learning hours.
If you are interning in the same facility as another Oneonta graduate student intern then do not use the same experiences to complete assignments – you may work together if approved by the course Instructor and/or Preceptor but make sure you learn on your own.
Communicate openly and honestly with course Instructors, Preceptors and/or Program Director any needs, concerns or questions that you may have so that they can be resolved as quickly as possible.
It is the graduate student intern’s responsibility to make the most of this opportunity. You will get out of SUNY Oneonta’s M.S. Nutrition and Dietetics Program what you put into it!