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MSNH Registered Dietitian Concentration

Take your place at the forefront of natural health. And lead your patients to better choices and a healthier life.

Academics

MSNH Registered Dietitian Concentration

Take your place at the forefront of natural health. And lead your patients to better choices and a healthier life.

Feed Your Appetite for Career Success

Healthy lives begin with healthy diets. Yet, everyone’s dietary needs are different. Registered Dietitians make sense of it all to help prevent or treat disease, optimize health, and maximize human performance. With job growth predicted to be nearly twice the national average through 2022, dietitians face a bright future serving as integral members of a collaborative health care team.

By 2024, Registered Dietitians will require a master’s degree to become certified. Logan is one of only seven schools in the country to offer a graduate-level dietetics program compliant with the new learning models. Our RD program is built on a competency-based curriculum with online core coursework, specialized RD courses and an integrated supervised experiential learning (SEL) experience at a St. Louis-area Health Center. Logan’s program is a fast track to your RDN credential—on graduation, you will be automatically eligible to sit for the national exam.

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21% Job Growth

For RDs through 2022*

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Work-Life Balance

Dietitians report above-average job satisfaction

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$60,370

Median annual salary for a dietitian

*Bureau of Labor Statistics

Program Highlights

In our mission to educate dietitians who are prepared to meet emerging health care needs, Logan’s dietetics track brings much-needed medical nutrition therapy and education to patients facing a variety of chronic conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes and obesity.

The MSNHP degree is an interdisciplinary, comprehensive graduate program designed to analyze diet and health status, assess nutrition deficiencies and offer clients evidence-based nutrition and lifestyle recommendations. Graduates in the Dietetics track will be prepared to assess and design nutrition plans to maximize human performance, manage nutrition programs and provide clinical nutrition expertise as an integral member of a collaborative healthcare team.

Through the MSNHP program, you will gain advanced, practical knowledge of nutrition and maximizing human performance through the holistic integration of nutrition biochemistry, human metabolism and metabolic processes, health promotion and wellness, as well as the research methodologies used in nutrition. Graduates find careers in public health, education, nutrition and health communications, as well as consulting positions in nutrition-specific industries and businesses in private and public sectors designed to maximize human performance.

In 2017, the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) invited colleges, universities and organizations sponsoring nutrition and dietetics programs to apply to its early adopter demonstration program, which will test different education models to see if they are effective in producing RDs who are prepared for emerging health care needs.

Logan was among the first 21 applications accepted and will be offering one of seven new graduate-level dietetics programs in the country. Logan’s RD program will be offered online through the Master of Science degree in Nutrition & Human Performance starting in fall 2019.

Whereas a bachelor’s degree was previously required to practice as a dietitian nutritionist, by 2024 the new model will require RDs to earn a master’s degree to gain the greater depth of knowledge and skills that the industry needs. The goal of this change is to prepare RDs to fill gaps within the health care system and to increase RD integration within medical teams.

To meet the new requirements, Logan’s program provides a competency based curriculum with an online core coursework, specialized courses in the RD track, and an integrated supervised experiential learning (SEL) experience at Health Centers located in St. Louis. The dietetics track 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.

Accreditation

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 in Nutrition and Health Sciences RD track 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 Nutrition & Human Performance 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
Suite 2190
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
Phone (800)-877-1600 ext 5400
E-mail: acend@eatright.org
www.eatright.org/ACEND
To learn more, please email Program Director Dr. Theresa DeLorenzo at Theresa.DeLorenzo@logan.edu

We are now accepting applications for Spring 2020!

Deadlines for applications and all admission requirements:
Spring: Must be postmarked by Oct. 15
Fall: Must be postmarked by June 15

Applicants for the other tracks within the MS Nutrition and Human Performance program can apply on a rolling admission. The admission deadline for the other tracks can be found here.

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.

 

Admissions Requirements

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 NHP RD track application that can be found here
  • 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).

 

Prerequisites

  • Completed the prerequisite 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

 

Prerequisite Courses

  • 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 36 -39 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.

Required courses and course descriptions

 

Completion Requirements

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.

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
Health Insurance

Auto Insurance3

Varies by plan

Varies

Physical Examination, Immunizations

(MMR, Chicken pox, Hepatitis A, Flu) and TB test4

Background check and drug screen

$200 (flu and TB test renewed annually)

$120

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)

$ 11/year

$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.

 

Financial Aid
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 track?

No, you will need to apply submit an application for the MS-NHP RD track and be evaluated with all of the other applicants. You will have to drop the 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 MSNHP program will these count towards the RD track?

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. That may become an option in the future however.

How many hours will the supervised practice hours be per week?

You should plan on approximately 30 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 sports and fitness facilities.

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?

Since the coursework is tied to competencies, it is very unlikely that courses will be able to be transferred in for credit.

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?

Yes. See the university webpage.

Additional Resources

2019-2020 Course Descriptions

Review details of the courses you will take.

View Course Descriptions