Feed Your Appetite for Career Success
If you are passionate about health, food and helping people make personalized, positive lifestyle changes, a career as a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) may be right for you. As one of the first in the country to offer a graduate program under the Future Education Model, Logan University’s competency-based Master of Science in Applied Nutrition & Dietetics (MSAND) is a solid track to your RDN credential.
By 2024, Registered Dietitians will need a master’s degree to become registered. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics states: “RDNs are the food and nutrition experts who can translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living. RDNs use their nutrition expertise to help individuals make unique, positive lifestyle changes. They work throughout the community in hospitals, schools, public health clinics, nursing homes, fitness centers, food management, food industry, universities, research and private practice. RDNs are advocates for advancing the nutritional status of Americans and people around the world.”
RDNs are equipped to meet the emerging health care needs of patients facing an array of chronic conditions, including obesity, diabetes and hypertension. As a result, the employment of RDNs is projected to grow eight percent by 2029, which is more than twice as fast as the national average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
8% Job Growth
For RDNs through 2029*
More than twice as fast as the national average
Dietitians report above-average job satisfaction
Median annual salary for a dietitian
*Bureau of Labor Statistics
It is our mission to prepare students to become entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN). The MSAND degree is a comprehensive graduate program, where you will gain advanced, practical knowledge of the gut microbiome, nutrigenetics, and natural therapies. It is designed to equip students to meet emerging health care needs, such as bringing much-needed medical nutrition therapy to patients facing a variety of chronic conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes and obesity.
Built on a competency-based curriculum, Logan’s MSAND program starts with online core coursework taught by industry professionals. The program culminates with 30 weeks of supervised experiential learning (SEL) outside the classroom at a variety of unique St. Louis-area sites, allowing students to apply what they have learned in real-world settings.
Once you have earned your Master of Science in Applied Nutrition & Dietetics from Logan, you will receive a verification statement to sit for the national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
In 2017, the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) invited colleges and universities to apply to its early adopter demonstration program under the Future Education Model. Logan was among the first 21 applications accepted and is offering one of the first seven new Future Graduate programs in the country. This is a competency-based program that starts with online coursework and culminates with two trimesters of supervised experiential learning rotations in the St. Louis, MO area. When students meet all graduation requirements, they will receive a verification statement to sit for the RD exam.
Whereas a bachelor’s degree was previously required to practice as a dietitian, by 2024 all RDs will need to earn a master’s degree to gain the greater depth of knowledge and skills that the industry needs. The Future Graduate program includes enhanced competencies to elevate the scope of practice including a focus in disease prevention, genomics, telehealth, behavioral counseling, diet prescription, informatics, and research.
To meet the new requirements, Logan’s program provides a competency based curriculum with an online core coursework, specialized courses, and an integrated supervised experiential learning (SEL) experience at Health Centers located in St. Louis. The MS-AND will bring much-needed medical nutrition therapy and nutrition education to clinics serving patients with many chronic conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and obesity, to name a few.
Logan will prepare students to meet the challenges in the health care system today and in the future, including the need to develop skills working in interprofessional teams while providing opportunities to achieve expanded roles in health promotion, disease prevention, and intervention.
Logan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Logan University is a member of the North Central Association, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504, 800-621-7440
Logan University, College of Health Sciences MS-AND is an accredited demonstration program under the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards.
The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) released the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for programs in nutrition and dietetics (see www.eatrightpro.org/FutureModel ). The successful completion of all graduate course work and supervised experiential learning will lead to a Master of Science (MS) degree in Applied Nutrition and Dietetics and receipt of a Verification Statement. Program graduates will be eligible to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.
Program graduates should check licensing laws in the state in which they intend to practice. For the State of Missouri, passing the CDR Registration Exam for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and successful submission of a licensing application and fee will result in licensure (LD) in the State of Missouri.
For further information on ACEND accreditation, contact:
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
Phone (800)-877-1600 ext 5400
To learn more, please email Program Director Dr. Theresa DeLorenzo at Theresa.DeLorenzo@logan.edu
MSAND AT LOGAN
The Graduate Program in Applied Nutrition and Dietetics is dedicated to preparing entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists who are able to meet the challenges of the healthcare environment by providing person-centered care, evidence-informed practice delivered as an interprofessional team approach with cultural competence.
Deadlines for applications and all admission requirements:
Spring: Must be postmarked by Oct. 15
Fall: Must be postmarked by June 15
The maximum class size for the RD track is 15 for each entrance (Fall, and Spring). All applicants who submit the requisite application materials and meet the admission criteria will be reviewed by the Selection Committee. The candidates chosen by the Selection Committee with the highest scores on a point based entrance rubric will be required to participate in a virtual interview via a video conferencing platform.
An applicant must have:
- Earned a baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). If the baccalaureate degree was earned at an unaccredited institution, an accredited post-baccalaureate degree is an acceptable alternative.
- Requested that an official transcript be sent directly to Logan University from the institution awarding the qualifying entrance degree. If the applicant attended multiple institutions, an official transcript must be sent from each institution directly to Logan.
- Earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in his or her qualifying bachelor’s degree.
- An applicant with qualifying post undergraduate coursework may have those courses and cumulative GPA re-evaluated by the Admissions Committee.
- Completion of a personal statement (up to 750 words) to include:
- Why Logan?
- Any experience in the nutrition field?
- Why do you want to become an RD?
- Short term and long term goals
- Two letters of recommendation: One letter of recommendation from a current or former employer, and one letter of recommendation from a current or former instructor.
- MS-AND application that can be found on the Logan website
- Resume or CV
* An international student seeking admission to Logan must provide the following documentation in addition to other admissions requirements:
- Proficiency in English. Students who have not earned the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree taught in English are required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score. TOEFL scores of 500 or higher on paper- based exams or 79 on the iBT Test are acceptable. A breakdown of the sub-scores for the iBT Test can be found in the Academic Catalog (p. 20).
- Completed the pre-requisite coursework listed below from an accredited institution with grades of C (2.5 on a 4.0 scale) or higher in each course.
- Prerequisites must be completed by the end of the prior spring semester for a fall entrance, and by the end of the summer prior for a spring entrance.
- Anatomy and Physiology I (3 credit hours)
- Anatomy and Physiology II (3 credit hours)
- General Chemistry (3 credit hours)
- Organic Chemistry (3 credit hours)
- Biochemistry (3 credit hours)
- Microbiology (3 credit hours)
- Human Nutrition or equivalent (3 credit hours)
Students will earn an MS upon successful completion of the 40 semester credit hour program.
Receipt of degree is dependent upon successful completion of the requirements for graduation with a grade of B or better. Furthermore, students must earn a C or better on assignments within courses to demonstrate competency. Remediation will be required for those competencies not meeting criteria. Graduates are eligible to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s (CDR) Credentialing Examination for Dietitian Nutritionists.
To receive the Master of Science degree in Nutrition & Human Performance and a Verification Statement in order to sit for the national dietitian registration exam, students must do the following.
- Successfully complete all required coursework with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
- Successfully complete supervised experiential learning rotations, hours, and competencies.
- Meet all financial responsibility to the university;
- Complete all program requirements within five years;
- Apply for graduation;
- Complete the graduation checkout process.
[ACEND Application Required Element 8.3b]
Goal 1. The MSAND program will prepare students to become competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists.
- Objective 1.1a. At least 80% of MSAND students will complete the program within 3 years (150% of time to planned completion) [2.4a: program completion]
- Objective 1.1b. At least 80% of part-time MSAND students will complete the program within 5 years (150% of time to planned completion) [2.4a: program completion]
- Objective 1.2. Over a five-year period, at least 80% of program graduates will take the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR) credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion. [2.4d.1: registration exam]
- Objective 1.3. Over a five-year period, the pass rate for program graduates taking the registration examination for dietitian nutritionists will be >80%. [2.4d.2: registration exam]
Goal 2. The MSAND program will prepare graduates with the skills necessary to effectively practice in nutrition-specific industries and businesses in private and public sectors designed to maximize human performance.
- Objective 2.1. At least 80% of employed MSAND graduates who respond to a survey will rate themselves as prepared or very well prepared (>3 on a 4-point scale) for their first dietetics-related position.
- Objectives 2.2. Over a five-year period, at least 90% of program graduates who seek employment will be employed within 12 months of program completion [2.4b: graduate employment]
- Objective 2.3. Over a five-year period, at least 80% of employers responding to a survey will rate their satisfaction as satisfied or highly satisfied (>3 on a 4-point scale) with the preparation of program graduates for entry-level practice. [2.4c: employer satisfaction]
Goal 3. The MSAND program will produce graduates who recognize the importance of ongoing professional development as a means to benefit and serve society.
- Objective 3.1. Over a five-year period, at least 80% of program graduates who respond to an alumni survey will report being a member of a professional organization.
- Objective 3.2. Over a five-year period, at least 90% of program graduates who respond to an alumni survey will report actively seeking current research findings for application in their practice.
- Objective 3.3. Over a five-year period, at least 50% of program graduates who respond to an alumni survey will report actively seeking specialty certification in nutrition/dietetics or a related field.
* Program outcomes data are available upon request. [ACEND Application Required Element 8.3c]
2019-2020 Program Tuition, Fees and Other Costs
|Tuition||$450/credit hour (2018-2019)|
|Application Fee||$ 50 (non-refundable)|
|Tuition Fee||$100 (non-refundable, applied towards tuition)|
|Technology Fee2||$ 50/trimester|
|Textbooks and Reference Materials||$ Varies (~$40/credit hour)|
|Professional Liability Insurance||No cost to student|
|Varies by plan
|Physical Examination, Immunizations
(MMR, Chicken pox, Hepatitis A, Flu) and TB test4
Background check and drug screen
|$200 (flu and TB test renewed annually)
|Housing/Meals/Transportation||$1,000/month (depends upon location and if accommodations are shared)|
|Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Student Membership/MOAND Student Membership||$58/year
(free for student Academy members)
|MOAND – St. Louis Chapter membership
Professional Development/Conference Attendance (FNCE/MOAND or similar)
$800 – $1,200
|RDN exam review course||$400|
|Parking||There is no cost for parking on the Logan University campus or its affiliated supervised experiential learning sites.|
|Graduation Fee||There is no graduation fee.|
University Financial Aid Office
Upon completion of this program, will I be eligible to sit for the RD exam?
Yes, once you complete the program you will receive a verification statement that you are eligible to take the RD exam.
I am already in the Nutrition program, can I change to the RD program?
No, you will need to apply submit an application for the MS-AND and be evaluated with all of the other applicants. You will have to drop the MS-NHP program first, and re-apply. If you are not one of the top 15 applicants, you may re-enter the MS-NHP the next trimester to continue with your nutrition degree.
If I have already completed some of the courses in the MS-NHP program will these count towards the MS-AND?
It depends on when you took the courses. Some of the courses have been revised to include ACEND competencies so they may have to be repeated if you took them before the course revision.
Can I do my supervised practice hours closer to where I live?
Right now, we are only set up to have students complete their rotations in St. Louis.
How many hours will the supervised practice hours be per week?
You should plan on approximately 30-40 hours per week when you are completing the supervised practice hours.
I graduated with a BA, do I need a BS to apply?
You need a Bachelor’s degree to apply. Both degrees are acceptable as long as you have completed the required prerequisite courses listed in the Admissions tab.
If I don’t receive a C on an assignment will I be dropped from the program?
If you receive a C on an assignment associated with a competency, you will be assigned a remediation plan to allow you to demonstrate competence.
What type of settings will I be doing the supervised experiential learning (SEL) in?
SEL will be completed in clinical, community, health education, food service, and informatics.
If I don’t get into the program in the Fall can I apply again in the Spring?
Yes you can apply again the next trimester as we will be taking the top 15 applicants.
If I have completed graduate nutrition courses elsewhere, can these be transferred in for credit?
Transfer credit requests are sent to Admissions and will be reviewed by the program director for course similarity.
Do I need to take the GRE?
No, GREs are not required.
Are there any courses I need to take prior to beginning the program?
Yes, you need to complete 3 credit hours (semester) in each of the following categories: Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Human Nutrition or equivalent.
When must I complete the prerequisite courses by?
The spring semester prior to a fall entrance, or the summer prior to a spring entrance.
Where can I take the prerequisite courses?
Any accredited college or university.
Is there a GPA requirement for my application?
Yes, a GPA of 3.0 or higher for your bachelor’s degree.
Is financial aid available for this program?
Program Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate professional behaviors and effective communication in all nutrition services.
- Apply foundational sciences to meet the nutritional needs of individuals, groups, and populations in a variety of settings.
- Integrate person-centered, evidence-informed care and critical thinking into dietetics practice.
- Exhibit leadership and management skills to guide dietetics practice and achieve operational goals.
Meet the Team
Master of Science in Applied Nutrition & Dietetics
Theresa DeLorenzo, DCN, RD
Program Director of Nutrition and Human Performance
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Helen Halley, MS, RD, LD, CSO, CNSC
Clinical Coordinator – Nutrition and Human Performance, Dietetics
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Sophia (Dia) Finder, MEd, RD, LD
Clinical Coordinator – Applied Nutrition and Dietetics
- College of Health Sciences
Claudia Kelley, PhD, MPH, MS, RD, RN, CDE
Adjunct Instructor Nutrition and Human Performance
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Li-Ling Peng, MA, RD (TW)
Jessica Hilton, MS, RD
Health Professions Educator Resident
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Michelle Gimbar, MS, RDN
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Connye Kuratko, PhD, RD
Sarah Carter, PhD
Assistant Professor for the DHPE Program
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Sasha Hope, MS, DCN
Assistant Professor for Nutrition and Human Performance
Devorah Lucas, DBH, RDN, CDE
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