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.
- 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.
- Remote sites include: Albuquerque NM, 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.
Mission Statement: The mission of the ELMSCN is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in nutrition and dietetics education, clinical practice, research, and service. Our definition of clinical practice is adopted from the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) and is the provision of direct nutrition care to individuals and/or groups which encompass nutrition care in any practice setting. We will prepare students in an online learning environment with virtual face-to-face (F2F) seminars and innovative experiential learning to become registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) providing client and patient-centered, interprofessional, and evidence informed and based nutrition care
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 program graduates complete program/degree requirements within 2.25 years (150% of the program length).
- Of graduates who seek employment, 70% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
- 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.
- Ninety percent of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
- The program’s one -year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
- During the 16 month program 90% 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
Program outcomes data are available upon request.
Application deadline for master’s degree in clinical nutrition is February 15, 2021 for Fall 2021 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 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.) Remote applicants must be willing to relocate for SEL (in 2020, 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.
- 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.
|ELMSCN Prerequisite Courses
|Anatomy and Physiology
|Introduction to Nutrition
|Introduction to Vitamins and Minerals Metabolism; (Micronutrient course)
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.
SHP offers four prerequisite courses. Information on the courses can be found here
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
ELMSCN Program Calendar
||Mandatory ELMSCN Orientation (Class of 2022)
||Canvas Courses Open
||Fall I Classes Begin (Class of 2022)
||Labor Day (Holiday)
||3day Newark Workshop III (Class of 2021)
||Fall Semester Ends
||School Closed from 12/26/20 – 12/31/20
||New Years Day (Holiday)
||January Graduates degree conferred (Class of 2021)
||Spring I Classes Begin
||3day Newark Workshop I
||Clerkship I Begins
||Rutgers University Wide Commencement
||Memorial Day (Holiday)
||3day Newark Workshop II
||Clerkship II Begins
||Independence Day (Observed)
||Canvas Courses Open
||Fall II Classes Begin
||Labor Day (Holiday)
||Clerkship III Begins
||3day Newark Workshop III
*Dates are subject to change
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
2020-2021 year tuition:
$736 per credit NJ resident $30,912
$736 per credit out of state residents $30,912
2020-2021 Program Fees and Other Costs
Distance Learning Fee
$100 per course x 14 courses = $1400
$20 per credit x 42 credits = $840
$150 per semester x 4 semesters = $600
$2,312 per year unless waived for 1.5 years = $3,468
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
2 lab coats @ $40/coat = $80
$40 one-time fee
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
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.
University Financial Aid Office