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Accelerated BS-MS in Nutrition (DP)

 

Accelerated BS-MS in Nutrition (DPD) - (137 cr)

The accelerated BS-MS allows students to complete both degrees within five vs six years, based on full-time study.

Admission to the BS-MS is offered to 1-5 academically strong Hunter College NFS BS majors each year, 


ACCREDITATION
Hunter's BS-MS accelerated program, is accredited by ACEND, 120 South Riverside Plaza, #2190, Chicago, IL  60606.

Completion of the the BS-MS satisfies the DPD academic requirements established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), and qualifies graduates to apply for Dietetics Internships (DI) in preparation for the Registered Dietician (RD) credential. 

Eligibility Criteria:

Consideration for admission is  in January upon completion of the first NFS-BS semester. Nutrition faculty look for exceptional students demonstrating academic excellence, and who are self-motivated learners exhibiting initiative creativity and community engagement. Final decisions are made by the faculty and there are no appeals. Criteria include:

  1. An overall GPA of 3.5 or higher from and  completion of no more than 96 credits upon the second NFS course semester.  Note: minimum of 3.5 GPA does not guarantee admission
  2. BS-MS student must complete  NFS BS second semester coursework by the following Spring and Hunter Core by Summer; allowing registration for graduate NUTR classes the following Fall semester.

BS-MS Admission Protocol

  • A BS-MS Supplemental application will be provided to NFS majors when they are in the program.
  • BS-MS students will take graduate courses during their senior year and complete the MS-Nutrition DPD degree one year after completing the requirements for the BS (NFS) degree, attending full-time. Those accepted into the BS-MS must maintain a 3.0 minimum GPA. Those who fall below this minimum will conclude with a BS (NFS), provided that s/he fulfils all other academic requirements for the undergraduate degree.
  • Upon completion of the requirements academic BS-MS course requirements, students receive a 'Verification Statement' indicating completion of the DPD academic coursework. This Statement is required for students to apply for a Dietetic Internship (DI). Successful completion of both a DPD and DI qualifies students to sit for the national Registered Dietetic examination leading to the Registered Dietetic (RD) credential.
  • Students will pay undergraduate tuition rates up to the number of credits required to earn a baccalaureate degree (120); after 120 credits students pay graduate-level tuition rates.

Sample Coursework Schedule for Accelerated BS-MS - 41 credits (out of total 137 credits)

Fall: 12 credits - Graduate level (following Hunter Core & NFS undergraduate coursework)

  1. NUTR 70500 Nutritional Biochemistry, 3 cr
  2. NUTR 71500 Food Service and Management, 3 cr
  3. NUTR 72000 Community Nutrition Education, 3 cr
  4. PH 75000 Biostatistics, 3cr

Spring: 10 credits

  1. NUTR 72500 Nutrition Research, 3 cr
  2. NUTR 73100 Advanced Nutrition I, 3 cr
  3. NUTR 75600 Food Science & Environment Lec, 3 cr
  4. NUTR 75700 Food Science & Environment Lab, 1 cr

Fall: 10 credits

  1. NUTR 73200 Advanced Nutrition II, 3 cr
  2. NUTR 73400 Clinical Nutrition I, 3 cr
  3. NUTR 74600 Nutrition and Disease, 3 cr
  4. NUTR 74700 Adv Nutrition & Assessment Lab, 1 cr

Spring: 9 credits

  1. NUTR 73300 Nutrition and Human Development, 3 cr
  2. NUTR 73500 Clinical Nutrition II, 3 cr
  3. NUTR 76000 Practicum, 3 cr

Comprehensive Exam

BS-MS students will, additionally, be required to take a Comprehensive Exam and must score at least 75%. This multiple choice exam, which will serve as the Practicum course final, replicates the style of the national Registered Dietetian licensing exam, and demonstrates understanding of all course materials If a student scores below 75%, s/he will be permitted to retake the exam.

Career Opportunities for graduates with an accelerated BS-MS:


Major areas of practice include clinical, community, management, and consultant dietetics. More than half of all dietitians and nutritionists work in hospitals, senior living facilities, and physicians' offices and clinics. More information about career opportunities can be found on the ADA website at http://www.eatright.org/resources/career. 

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