Clinical Nutrition Master’s Degree – Entry level2018-11-06T21:27:26+00:00
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Jennifer Tomesko, Entry Level Clinical Nutrition Master's Degree program director

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Entry-Level Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition

Are you ready for 21st-century healthcare? By 2024, a master’s degree in clinical nutrition be required to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).

Learn more at an Open House: Please RSVP .

On campus
WHEN: Nov. 16, 2018  and  Jan. 2, 2019, from 12-2 p.m.
WHERE: 65 Bergen St, Room 301, Newark, NJ.

Virtual
WHEN: Nov. 14, 2018, 7-9 p.m. EST
Link to join:
https://shprutgers.zoom.us/j/166356551

WHEN: Jan. 2, 2019, 7-9 p.m. EST
Link to join:
https://shprutgers.zoom.us/j/655336560

To meet new requirements in the profession, the Department of Clinical and Preventive Nutrition Sciences is offering a new, innovative entry-level master’s degree in clinical nutrition to become RDNs. The program integrates online didactic coursework with supervised experiential learning in a competency-based curriculum designed to prepare nutrition and dietetics practitioners for future models of practice.

Students will learn critical thinking and scientific skills needed for clinical dietetics practice, management, research, and leadership. The master’s degree in clinical nutrition instills an appreciation for interprofessional collaboration and education, and provides opportunities to achieve expanded roles in health promotion, disease prevention, and intervention for a multi-cultural society.  Faculty members serve as role models in dietetics education, practice, and research, along with providing leadership and service to the profession.

Accreditation 

Rutgers School of Health Professions, Department of Clinical and Preventive Nutrition Sciences 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).  These accreditation standards integrate didactic coursework with supervised experiential learning in a competency-based curriculum designed to prepare nutrition and dietetics practitioners for future practice.  Program graduates will be eligible to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

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. Jennifer Tomesko at ELMSCN@shp.rutgers.edu  or attend one of our Open Houses. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Nov. 9 for the Nov. 14/16 Open House and by Dec. 19 for the Jan. 2 Open House.

On campus
WHEN:
Nov. 16, 2018
12-2 p.m.

Jan. 2, 2019
12-2 p.m.

WHERE: 65 Bergen St, Room 301,
Newark, NJ

Virtual
Nov. 14, 2018 7-9 p.m. EST
Link to join:
https://shprutgers.zoom.us/j/166356551

Jan. 2, 2019 @ 7-9 p.m. EST
Link to join:
https://shprutgers.zoom.us/j/655336560

Graduates from any bachelor’s degree program can apply for this entry-level master’s program. Our students will be prepared to meet a growing demand for well-educated Registered Dietitian Nutritionists who have expertise in evidence-based nutrition care.

We offer:

  • Innovative demonstration master’s degree program that integrates 11 credits of supervised experiential learning (SEL) which includes clerkships in acute, long term, rehabilitation and ambulatory care settings with 31 credits of didactic courses in an online learning environment and frequent virtual face to face sessions.
  • 42-credit program spanning 16 continuous months including courses and SEL.
  • Students complete 3, 3-day workshops on the Rutgers SHP Newark campus in March, June and December.
  • Students choose from local (Rutgers NJ sites) and remote tracks for SEL  All clinical sites are obtained by Rutgers for the students
  • Students have the opportunity to apply to study abroad during their Global & Public Health Nutrition course.
  • Applicants must apply to either the local or remote track. Remote applicants must be willing to relocate for SEL (in 2019 late March through December to complete Clinical Nutrition/Dietetics Clerkships I, II and III).  Local track refers to Rutgers affiliate sites located in New Jersey.   Remote track refers to  sites greater than 100 miles from the Rutgers SHP Newark campus. Please see our Supplemental ELMSCN Application.
  • Remote sites include: Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Madison WI, Lebanon and Wilkes Barre PA, and West Palm Beach FL
  • Maximum class size of 35; up to 20 students will be accepted for the local track and up to 15 students will be accepted for the remote track.
  • Upon completion of the program, students earn a Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition degree and are eligible to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s Credentialing Examination for Dietitian Nutritionists.
Goal One: Prepare graduates to be competent, entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) who will meet the employment needs of New Jersey, the nation, and international communities.

Objectives for Goal One:

  • At least 80% of the students admitted to the program will complete the program requirements within 2.25 years of admission to the program.
  • Within 12 months of graduation, at least 90% of program graduates will take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists.
  • Over a five-year period, at least 80% of program graduates will pass the CDR credentialing examination for dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) within one year of first attempt.
  • Within 12 months of program completion, at least 70% of program graduates will be employed in nutrition and dietetics or a related field.
  • During their first year of employment, program graduates will be ranked by at least 80% of employers who respond to our employer survey as “satisfactory” or better in professional knowledge and skills as compared to the expected competency of entry-level RDNs.
  • During the 16 month program 100% of students will participate in interprofessional education of client and patient-centered care activities

Goal Two: Prepare graduates to utilize and apply evidence-based and evidence-informed research in professional practice.

Objectives for Goal Two:

  • At least 85% of program graduates who respond to the alumni survey will indicate that they routinely use current evidence-based and informed research findings in professional practice.
  • At least 75% of program graduates who respond to the alumni survey will indicate that they apply the evidenced-based and informed research process to make decisions in professional practice.

Application deadline for master’s degree in clinical nutrition is Feb.  15, 2019 for Fall admission

Applicants for the master’s degree in clinical nutrition program  apply to either the local or remote track:

  • Local track refers to Rutgers affiliate sites for clerkships located in New Jersey.
  • Remote track refers to clerkships at sites greater than 100 miles from the Rutgers SHP Newark campus. Remote applicants must be willing to relocate for clinical clerkships in late March- through December to complete Clinical Nutrition/Dietetics Clerkships I, II and III.  Please see our  Supplemental Application below for available sites.

The maximum class size is 35; up to 20 students will be accepted for the local track and up to 15 students will be accepted for the remote track.

All applicants who submit the requisite application materials and meet the admission criteria will be reviewed.  Candidates for admission will be required to participate in a virtual (F2F) interview via a video conferencing platform.

  • SHP application can be found here
  • Resume or CV
  • Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) verification statement or transcripts demonstrating completion of all prerequisites
  • Minimum overall GPA from B.S. and all prerequisites of 3.0
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or academic advisors
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • B.S. degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university; international students must provide TOEFL or IELTS scores and international transcript evaluation records
  • Personal statement (up to 750 words) with short and long-term career goals
  • Supplemental application form indicating local or remote track (if remote track, please rank your top 3 city preferences.)
  • Candidates for admission will be scheduled for an interview with our selection committee via F2F virtual interview (to be scheduled following review of complete application

*International applicants must obtain an official evaluation of their credentials unless applicants have a degree or sufficient coursework from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university. International applicants must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and achieve a minimum score of 550 or higher on the TOEFL or 6.5 or higher on the IELTS. They must also submit an official copy of a transcript evaluation by a recognized transcript evaluation agency such as World Education Services (WES) or similar transcript evaluation service in addition to the previously stated admission requirements.  International applicants may only apply for the local track.

 Program prerequisites include either completion of a U.S. DPD or all of the prerequisites courses listed below.  Program prerequisites may be completed at any accredited institutions. Students will need to have achieved a grade of B or better in all prerequisite courses. 

Prerequisite Courses
Anatomy and Physiology
General Chemistry
Introduction to Nutrition
Macronutrient Metabolism
Experimental Foods
Microbiology
Organic Chemistry
Biochemistry
Introduction to Vitamins and Minerals Metabolism

Students will earn an MS upon successful completion of the 16-month program. Receipt of degree is dependent upon successful completion of the requirements for graduation with a grade of B or better. Graduates are eligible to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s (CDR) Credentialing Examination for Dietitian Nutritionists.

Required courses and course descriptions

Program Specific Costs
Program specific costs for students in both the local and remote track are the same with the exception of the travel requirements and possible costs for relocation for remote students during the SEL semesters.

Remote track students will also need to cover the costs of the 3, 3-day, 2-night visits to Rutgers for air/train fare, food and lodging whereas local students will only have local travel.

Total Program: 42 credits

2018-2019 year tuition:

$715 per credit NJ resident                         $30,030
$715 per credit out of state residents        $30,030
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2018-2019 Program Fees and Other Costs

Technology Fee
$100 per course x 14 courses = $1400

Health Insurance
$1963 per year unless waived for 1.5 years = $2,945

Student Membership in Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
$58 per year or $116 for two years

General Services Fee
$50 one-time fee

Criminal Background Check
$95.00 one-time fee

Clinical Service Fee – Includes Drug Testing
$150

Lab Coats
2 lab coats @ $25/coat = $50

Graduation Fee
$40 one-time fee

Housing
Estimated costs for students who chose campus lodging are below. Many local students within Rutgers SHP and DNS live in their own apartments. Housing costs vary, and information can be found at the following link:  https://housing.newark.rutgers.edu/180-west-market-street

Books
Students may purchase an average of 4-5 textbooks per semester. Estimated costs, of books @ $100 per text equates to $450.00 per semester (fall, spring, fall) and $300.00 (summer) = $1750.00.

iPad® fee $700

EHRGo® fee $ 120

International experience costs vary depending on the type of experiences selected.  They are not required and there are scholarships available through Rutgers Global.

Financial Aid
University Financial Aid Office

The perquisite courses we require are listed on our website. If you completed a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), you do not need to complete additional prerequisite courses. If you did not complete a DPD check the list of prerequisite courses in the Admissions tab. You can compare your transcript to this list.
You need a Bachelor’s degree to apply. Both degrees are acceptable as long as you have completed a DPD or the required prerequisite courses listed in the Admissions tab.
The prerequisite or DPD nutrition courses must be completed no more than 5 years prior to your application and the DPD or perquisite science courses must be completed no more than 7 years prior to your application. 
No, GREs are not required. 
The spring semester prior to matriculation into the program. 
Any accredited college or university. 
Yes, a GPA of 3.0 or higher for your bachelor’s degree and all prerequisites is required. 
Yes. See the university web page 
A clerkship refers to the Supervised Experiential Learning experiences, or supervised practice rotations. Clerkship I consists of 8 weeks (medicine/surgery, food service, and interprofessional education), Clerkship II and III are 11 weeks long (II includes rehab/long term care, ambulatory care, and health promotion/wellness; III includes higher acuity patients, critical care, and culminating staff relief).   
No, all sites are established and assigned to students. Local tracks will be at Rutgers affiliated sites. Remote sites will be at Veterans Affairs and other facilities. 
There are six remote clerkship sites. Las Vegas, Indianapolis IN, Madison WI, Lebanon and Wilkes Barre PA, and West Palm Beach FL 
You may select remote or local tracks however, students are placed at a facility based upon the Program Director or designee’s judgement of which facility will provide the best experience for the student. 
At this time, there are no additional mandatory requirements outside of the 3 sessions. However, there will be additional interprofessional educational experiences, that arise throughout the semester that students will benefit from by attending in person if they are in the local track or interested in traveling to them. These experiences are scheduled in advance to assure that students are available. 
This is a fulltime program; all classes are live faceto-face sessions during the week and students may need to meet with classmates to work on projects and assignments. During the Spring, Summer and final Fall semesters, fulltime clerkships are Mon-Thurs (four days per week), with the 5th day for classes which include virtual live sessions. Attendance is mandatory for all clerkships and class sessions. We recommend students focus on maximizing their learning experience. 
Yes, the live face-to-face class sessions are mandatory for all class sessions. 

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Jennifer Tomesko, Entry Level Clinical Nutrition Master's Degree program director

To learn more, please email Program Director Dr. Jennifer Tomesko