Dec 11, 2019  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog

Nutrition and Dietetics


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The Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics offers two options: Dietetic Internship and Nutrition Education. While both programs of study provide students with a focus on nutrition education and research, the Dietetic Internship Option includes the Accreditation Council for Education of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited Dietetic Internship that will allow the successful student to take the Registration Examination for Dietitian Nutritionists.

Dietetic Internship Option


Program Mission:  The MSND: Dietetic Internship Option with its Nutrition Education Emphasis integrates research- and theory-driven nutrition education through high-impact supervised practice experiences to prepare entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists to enter the diverse workforce and devote their careers to empowering individuals, families and communities through lifelong learning and professional engagement and service. (https://www.eiu.edu/dieteticsgrad/mission-goals-outcomes.php)

The Dietetic Internship is granted accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-5400.

Admission Requirements: To be eligible for the MSND: Dietetic Internship Option, applicants must all of the requirements to the Graduate School (see “Admission to Graduate Degree and Certificate Program”).

A complete Graduate School application packet for the MS in Nutrition and Dietetics is completed online through MyEIU and includes the following: 

Letter of Intent that addresses the following:

  • Explain how the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics: Dietetic Internship Option will assist you in achieving your career goals

Two recent letters of recommendation:

  • At least one recommendation must address your academic performance.
  • Letters of recommendation should discuss the applicant’s areas of strengths and weaknesses in the following areas:
    • Ability to interact and work effectively with others
    • Critical thinking skills and ability
    • Communication Skills, including both written and oral skills as well as with peers and superiors
    • Professionalism
    • Work Ethic

Minimum GPA as required by the Graduate School (see “Admission to Graduate Degree and Certificate Programs”)

Additionally, applicants must be matched with EIU’s Dietetic Internship through the D & D Digital Match process.  All Dietetic Internship materials must be submitted through the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) by February 15 for the spring match and September 25 for the fall match. A Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Verification Statement must be submitted to the DI Coordinator before the Dietetic Internship sections can be taken.

Degree Audit: The graduate plan of study is the EIU Degree Audit, which is generated automatically in the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) at the time of degree or certificate candidacy. Modifications to the standard EIU Degree Audit are submitted by the graduate coordinator to the certification officer in the Graduate School at the time modifications are approved.  The Degree Audit serves as an unofficial summary of requirements for the program. Degree and certificate candidates are advised to review the comprehensive summary of the Degree Audit process specified on the “Requirements for All Degree and Certificate Candidates” section of the Graduate Catalog. Individual programs may require candidates to submit plans of study in addition to the Degree Audit, candidates should consult with the graduate coordinator.

Degree Requirements


The MSND: Dietetic Internship Option requires 33 semester hours. Please note that no more than 30% of your graduate degree credits (10 hours) may come from online courses. The 1200 hour, full-time dietetic internship will be completed in courses FCS 5981 through FCS 5984, and must be completed within 45 weeks. All hours will be completed in the United States.

 

Nutrition Education Option


Program Mission: The MS in Nutrition and Dietetics: Nutrition Education Option is designed to provide students with advanced theory and application of nutrition education research and practice. The MSND: Nutrition Education Option may be completed online or on campus.

Admission Requirements: To be eligible for degree candidacy, applicants must meet all of the requirements for admission to the Graduate School (see “Admission to Graduate Degree and Certificate Programs”).

A complete graduate school admission packet for the MS in Nutrition and Dietetics includes the following and is completed through MyEIU:

Letter of Intent that addresses the following:

  • Explain how the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics: Nutrition Education Option will assist you in achieving your career goals

 

Two recent letters of recommendation:

  • At least one recommendation must address your academic performance.
  • Letters of recommendation should discuss the applicant’s areas of strengths and weaknesses in the following areas:
    • Ability to interact and work effectively with others
    • Critical thinking skills and ability
    • Communication Skills, including both written and oral skills as well as with peers and superiors
    • Professionalism
    • Work Ethic

Minimum GPA as required by the Graduate School (see “Admission to Graduate Degree and Certificate Programs”)

 

Degree Audit: The graduate plan of study is the EIU Degree Audit, which is generated automatically in the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) at the time of degree or certificate candidacy. Modifications to the standard EIU Degree Audit are submitted by the graduate coordinator to the certification officer in the Graduate School at the time modifications are approved.  The Degree Audit serves as an unofficial summary of requirements for the program. Degree and certificate candidates are advised to review the comprehensive summary of the Degree Audit process specified on the “Requirements for All Degree and Certificate Candidates” section of the Graduate Catalog. Individual programs may require candidates to submit plans of study in addition to the Degree Audit, candidates should consult with the graduate coordinator.

Electives


Electives: 21 semester hours, to be selected in consultation with Graduate Advisor.

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