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Accelerated BS-MS in Nutrition (DP)

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

About the Nutrition Accelerated BS-MS

Admission to the BS-MS accelerated track is offered to 1-5 academically strong Hunter College NFS BS majors per year. The pathway allows majors to complete both a BS and MS-DP degree, leading to the Registered Dietetic credential, within five versus six years, based on full-time study.

Admissions consideration to the accelerated program is given in January following the first completed NFS-BS semester. The Nutrition Faculty look for those few exceptional students who not only show academic excellence and outstanding achievement but are active and self-motivated learners that demonstrate independence, initiative, and creativity. Final decisions are made by the Faculty and there are no appeals on admission decisions.


Eligibility Criteria

Students, towards the end of their first Fall semester in the NFS major, may be considered if the following criteria are met:

  1. has an overall (cumulative) combined GPA of at least 3.5 from all postsecondary institutions attended upon completion of =<96 credits.
  2. possess an overall GPA of 3.5 or better from Hunter.  Note: a 3.5 GPA in and of itself does not guarantee admission.
  3. will complete the Hunter NFS BS coursework by the following Spring semester, and Hunter Core by Summer; allowing registration for graduate NUTR classes the following Fall semester.
  4.  

The MS-Nutrition curriculum meets the didactic program (DP) requirements established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the credentialing arm of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Completion of the BS-MS will qualify to apply for Dietetic Internships in preparation for the Registered Dietitian (RD) credential.

To become an RD, students must have:

Career Opportunities for students graduating with this accelerated BS-MS:

Dietetics is an allied health profession which focuses on the food and nutrition intake of individuals and its relationship to health. Registered dietitians are trained in the sciences and are able to translate scientific findings and help people live healthy lives. Major areas of practice include clinical, community, management, and consultant dietetics. More than half of all dietitians and nutritionists are found to work in hospitals, nursing homes, and physician's offices and clinics. More information about career opportunities may be found on The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website at http://www.eatright.org. 


BS-MS Application Procedure

A BS-MS Supplemental application will be provided to NFS majors when they are in the program. If accepted into the BS-MS track, you will take graduate courses during your senior year and complete the MS-Nutrition (Didactic Program) degree one year after completing the requirements for the BS (NFS) degree. You will be admitted directly into the MS-DP program without having to take the GRE exam. Upon completion of the requirements for the MS degree, both the BS and MS degrees, and the DP completion Verification Statement will be awarded. You will pay undergraduate tuition rates up to the number of credits required to earn a baccalaureate degree (120 cr) and credits taken after that number toward the combined dual degree will be paid at the graduate level.

If you have been provisionally accepted into the MS-DP program but fail to maintain the required GPA, you will not be admitted to the MS-DP program but will be eligible to receive a BS (NFS) degree from Hunter provided that you fulfill all other academic requirements for the UG degree.


Comprehensive Exam

All graduate students in the MS-Nutrition Program will be required to take a comprehensive exam to demonstrate understanding of the DP course content. This exam will be given in the last semester of the program and will serve as the final exam in the Practicum course. The exam will be a multiple-choice exam that is similar in style to The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics national registration exam for dietitians. In order to obtain the Verification Statement, a student must score at least 75% on the comprehensive exam and maintain good standing in the department. f a student scores < 75% on the exam, then the student will be allowed to retake the exam.


Sample Coursework Schedule in Accelerated BS-MS Option-41 cr (out of total 137 cr for BS-MS)

Fall: 12 credits

  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
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