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MS Nutrition - Didactic Program (DP) Track

NEW! For prospective students, please note that we now offer an Integrated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (IPND) that combines the graduate-level didactic and supervised practice programs. Click HERE for more information

Hunter's 41-credit MS Nutrition Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DP) prepares students to obtain the Registered Dietitian (RD) credential and apply for active membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics). The program duration is 2 years/4 semesters full-time. Classes are offered Mondays-Thursdays, with students typically in class 2-3 days per week per semester. Courses meet 2.5 hours morning and afternoon hours.

A unique and dynamic community-oriented program, Hunter's DP is the only public center for graduate dietetics program in Manhattan, New York City (NYC). Our student-centered faculty are committed to disseminating evidence-based information, and preparing professional graduates with advanced nutrition training. Our ethnically diverse students are competitive in obtaining dietetic internships, and in their professional roles, have made significant and meaningful contributions to the dietetics profession and to communities in NYC and beyond.

Completing both a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DP) and a Dietetic Internship Program (DI), in addition to passing the registration examination for Registered Dietitians/Nutritionists, are key requirements to become a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist. The IPND allows sudents to complete both the DP and the DI in one program. Registration is governed by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Details on requirements can be found here.

ACCREDITATION

Hunter's DP, within the School of Urban Public Health, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) the credentialing arm of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 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

DIDACTIC PROGRAM MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the DP 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

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

       Objectives:

  • 1. Program Completion:
    Over a 5-year period, at least 80% of students enrolled will complete the program within 3 years (150% of stated time).
  • 2. Graduate Application and Acceptance into Supervised Practice:
     a. Over a 5-yr period, 90% of program graduates will apply for admission to a Supervised Practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
     b.
    Over a 5-yr period, 80% of program graduates will be admitted to a Supervised Practice program within 12 months of graduation.

  • 3. Graduate Performance on Registration Exam:
    Over a 5-year period, 80% of graduates will pass the CDR RDN Registration Exam within one year of their first attempt.
  • 4. Supervised Practice Program Director Satisfaction:
    Over a 5-year period, at least 80% of Supervised Practice Directors who respond to the Supervised Practice Director Survey will rate the preparation of MS-DP Program graduates as Good to Excellent.
  • 5. Graduate Satisfaction:
    Over a 5-year period, at least 80% of the graduates who respond to exit surveys will rate the quality of the MS-DP Program as Good to Excellent.

Goal 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 NYC.

      Objectives:

  • 1. 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 completion of Supervised Practice.
  • 2. Over a 5-year period, at least 80% of employers who respond to the employer survey will rate the preparation of MS-DP Program graduates as Good to Excellent.

Outcomes data is available upon request.

COST OF ATTENDANCE

Graduate Tuition and Fees for complete program - 41 Total Credits
Full-time                                
$11,090 per year /$25,650 per year (in-state/out-of-state tuition)

Part-time                                 $470 per credit/$855 (in-state/out-of-state tuition)

See Hunter Registrar website (aka One Stop) for tuition and fee costs

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.

The MS-DP 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 clickHERE.

Note: Current Hunter College seniors (undergraduate) may be eligible for an application fee waiver. When submitting the application, please select 'Pay by Check' but do not submit a payment. Contact gradadmissions@hunter.cuny.edu for how to request this waiver.

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