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).
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.
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
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
Phone (800)-877-1600 ext 5400
To learn more, please email Program Director Dr. Jennifer Tomesko at ELMSCN@shp.rutgers.edu .
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: 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.
The program is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in nutrition and dietetics in clinical practice, research, and community outreach. We prepare students through web-based education and innovative SEL to become registered dietitian/nutritionists providing patient and client-centered, interprofessional, and evidence 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).
- Seventy percent of program graduates 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.
- 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.
- 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 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
Program outcomes data are available upon request.
Application deadline for master’s degree in clinical nutrition is Feb. 15, 2020 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 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.
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.
|Anatomy and Physiology
|Introduction to Nutrition
|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
2018-2019 Program Fees and Other Costs
$100 per course x 14 courses = $1400
$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
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
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 full–time program; all classes are live face–to-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, full–time 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.