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Integrated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (IPND)

The Hunter Integrated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (IPND) combines the graduate-level didactic and supervised practice programs that afford graduates the eligibility to take the registration examination for dietitians, and to apply for active membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics As a competency-based program, the number of hours of supervised practice will vary from student to student. We currently expect about 1050 hours. IPND is a full-time, 24-month, 53-credit program. Classes are offered Mondays-Thursdays, with students typically in class 2-3 days per week per semester. Courses meet for 2.5 hours in the morning and afternoons (occasionally a class may need to be scheduled in the evening). Internship rotations (supervised practice hours) take place year round (Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring) and typically meet Monday through Friday.

A unique and dynamic program, Hunter’s IPND is the only program for graduate level dietetics education in New York City that leads directly toward the RDN credential in a one-step program. Program faculty members are committed to disseminating evidence-based information and providing students with advanced nutrition knowledge, in order to prepare graduates to become adept registered dietitian nutritionists. The program is designed so that our ethnically diverse graduates will make significant and meaningful contributions to further the science and practice of the profession, and will be prepared to actively address the health needs of society and the unique needs of urban areas.

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Integrated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics program at Hunter College are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. All U.S. states and territories with licensure and certification laws accept the RDN credential for state licensure and certification purposes.  For more information about state licensure requirements click here.

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here."

PROGRAM BENEFITS

  • Superior model of learning that integrates didactic and supervised practice, allowing for immediate reinforcement of classroom learning with practical field experiences, simulations, and standardized patients
  • Guarantees supervised practice placemen, eliminating the stress and aggravation of the internship matching process (with a national 50% match rate)
  • Prepares graduates to be workplace-ready a year early (2 years for IPND vs 3 years for DP+DI model) with potential professional earnings of ~$65,000 during that time

ACCREDITATION

Hunter's IPND, within the School of Urban Public Health, is an ACEND accredited demonstration program under the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards. For further information on ACEND accreditation, contact:

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 2190
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
Phone (800)-877-1600 ext 5400
E-mail: acend@eatright.org
www.eatright.org/ACEND

 

INTEGRATED PROGRAM MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Integrated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics is to prepare dietitians with increased competence and advanced skills in clinical and community nutrition, and to advance the science and practice of nutrition and dietetics.

We value:
Diversity
Life-long Learning
An interdisciplinary approach to healthcare
Socially and ecologically sustainable food systems

GOALS

1.  The Program will provide graduates with a high quality integrated advanced didactic education and experiential training in the field of nutrition and dietetics.

       Objectives:

  • Over a 5-year period, at least 80% of students enrolled will complete the program within 3 years (150% of stated time).
  • Over a 5-year period, 80% of graduates will take the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR) credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  • Over a 5-year period, 80% of graduates will pass the Registration Exam within one year of their first attempt.
  • Over a 5-year period, at least 80% of the graduates who respond to exit surveys will rate the quality of the Integrated Program as Good to Excellent.
  • Over a 5-year period, at least 80% of the graduates who respond to alumni surveys will rate the quality of the Integrated Program in preparing them for their first job in nutrition and dietetics as Good to Excellent.  


2.  The Program will prepare graduates for careers in nutrition and dietetics as skilled practitioners with an advanced degree who are equipped to actively address the changing health needs of urban metropolitan areas such as New York City (NYC).

      Objectives:

  • Over a 5-year period, at least 80% of program graduates seeking employment will be employed in the field of nutrition and dietetics or related field within 12 months of graduation.
  • Over a 5-year period, at least 80% of employers who respond to employer survey will rate the preparation of Integrated Program graduates as Good to Excellent.

Outcomes data is available upon request.

CONTACT
Dr. Khursheed Navder, RDN, FAND
Director, Integrated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics
Hunter College
School of Urban Public Health
Silberman Building, Room 502
2180 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10035
(212) 396-7776
khursheed.navder@hunter.cuny.edu

COST OF ATTENDANCE

RDN Credential Accredited Tracks at Hunter College

Didactic Prog: 41 credits (15 courses) over 2 years

Dietetic Internship: 12 Cr (4 supervised practice courses) over 9 months

Total Tuition DPD+DI: $23,510 for 53 credits over 3 years

 

IPND: 53 credits (15 didactic courses + 4 supervised practice courses) over 2 years

Total Tuition: $28,200 (includes the Academic Excellence Fee of $150/Cr)

Advantages of IPND Program:

  • Superior model of learning for it integrates didactic and supervised practice, allowing for immediate reinforcement of classroom learning with practical field experiences, simulations, and standardized patients
  • Guaranteed supervised practice placement—eliminating stress and aggravation of the internship matching process (with a national 50% match rate)
  • Prepares graduates to be workplace ready a year early with potential professional earnings of ~$65,000 during that time

 

         Tuition Comparisons (tuition based on 2018-19 rates and subject to change)

 

DPD Cr

DPD Tuition

IPND Cr

IPND Tuition +
AEF of 150/Cr)

IPND Tuition

Year 1-Fall 1

12

5385

15

5385+2250

7635

Year 1-Spring 1

13

5385

16

5385+2400

7785

Year 2-Fall 2

10

4550

13

5385+1950

7335

Year 2-Spring 2

6

2730

9

4095+1350

5445

 

41

$18,050

53

 

$28,200

 

 DI Cr

DI Tuition 


 

 

Year 3-Fall 3-DI

6

2730


 

 

Year3-Spring 3-DI

6

2730

 

 

 

 

12

$5,460

 

 

 

Total DPD+DI

53

$23,510

 

 

Difference $4,690 

Whereas the $150/cr translates to an additional total of $7,950 for the 53 credits, the actual total tuition difference based on full time student status is only $4,690 over the 2 years

Uses of the Academic Excellence Fee

-Expanded placement assistance, support services, and clinical faculty to ensure guaranteed placements and increase faculty:student ratios
-Expanded use of simulation technologies and standardized patients to enhance clinical courses
-Expanded use of review courses and software to better prepare students for RDN exam
-Enhanced specialized support for student research and learning experience
-Enhanced support for bringing in guest lecturers and visiting scientists

See Hunter Registrar website (aka One Stop) for tuition and fee costs www.hunter.cuny.edu › onestop

Additional estimated costs for living in NYC
Housing
: Costs are highly variable.
If sharing a rental apartment with at least one roommate, consider a minimum of $12,000 /yr + utilities. Most landlords also expect first and last month's rent security deposit.

Books: $200 - $300

Transportation: NYC public transit Metrocard minimum of $32 per week. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from assigned sites. Whenever possible, practice sites easily accessible by public transportation have been selected.

Food: Variable, average is about $2,000 - $2,500/yr. During internship placement, meals are the responsibility of interns, however some meals may be provided by rotation sites.

Insurance: Health Insurance average cost is $1,400/yr (not provided by CUNY) and Liability Insurance is $35/yr.

Incidentals: (Entertainment, apparel, other) - Average $2,700/yr.

FINANCIAL AID
Information about financial aid, loan deferments, scholarships, stipends, etc can be found by contacting the Hunter College Office of Financial Aid.

The IPND follows the Hunter College Academic Calendar. To view the most current academic calendar see “quick links” to the left of this page for all academic calendars or click HERE

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