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Integrated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics

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 900 hours.


A unique and dynamic program, the Program is the only public center 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.

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 students to complete both the DP and the DI in one program. Students/interns will need to have a master's degree in order to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist after January 1, 2024. Registration is governed by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Details on CDR and about the 2024 requirement for a master's degree in order to be eligible to take the CDR credentialing exam for registered dietitian nutritionists can be found at https://www.cdrnet.org/certifications/registered-dietitian-rd-certification

It is also important to note that, all U.S. states and territories with licensure and certification laws accept the RDN credential for state licensure and certification purposes.  For more information on state certification/licensure please find a listing of state and U.S. territory licensure and certification laws here : Licensure Listings

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

Graduate Tuition and Fees for complete program - 53 Total Credits

Full-time                                   $11,090 per year/$25,650 per year (in-state/out-of-state tuition)

Academic Excellence Fee*            $150 per credit

 

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

Academic Excellence Fee*             $150 per credit

 

* Whereas the $150/cr translates to an additional total of $7,950 for the 53-credit program, the added tuition based on full time student status will be ~$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 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.

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

 *Note: The IPND program calendar follows the institutional Academic Calendar - see "quick links" to the left on this page for all academic calendars, or HERE for current academic calendar.

 

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