Graduation & Program Completion Requirements

Dietetics Specialization

This specialization will include didactic graduate-level courses in addition to supervised practice by the University's Dietetic Internship Program. Graduates of the program will earn a Masters of Science (M.S.) in Nutrition and a Dietetic Internship Program (DI) Verification Statement upon completion of the M.S. in Nutrition. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be approved for eligibility to take the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) registration examination.

  • Students are required to complete 30 total units including didactic coursework (24 units) and 1,000 supervised practice (6 units).
  • Students are required to satisfactorily complete all ACEND 2022 Competencies for the RDN in a minimum of 1,000 hours of documented supervised practice in the University's Dietetic Internship Program.

Graduates of the Dietetic Specialization Program will earn a M.S. in Nutrition and a Dietetic Internship Program (DI) Verification Statement will be provided after successful completion of the M.S. in Nutrition and after successfully completing a minimum of 1,000 hours of documented supervised practice experiences necessary to acquire the ACEND 2022 Core Competencies for the Registered Dietitian.

A. REQUIRED COURSES (21 units)

  • NUTR 701: Advanced Metabolism (3 units)
  • NUTR 702: Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy (3 units)
  • NUTR 703: Leadership in Nutrition and Dietetics (3 units)
  • NUTR 704: Evidence-Based Principles and Practice (3 units)
  • NUTR 732: Nutrition Assessment Techniques (3 units)
  • NUTR 796: Professional Paper (3 units)
  • CHS 701: Social and Behavioral Dimensions of Health (3 units)

B. ADDITIONAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS (3 units)

  • CHS 712: Epidemiology in Public Health OR
  • CHS 702: Program Development in public health practice OR
  • CHS 755: Health Policy

C. SUPERVISED PRACTICE (6 units)

  • NUTR 727: Nutrition Practicum (6 units)

TOTAL UNITS (30 UNITS)

All graduate students must maintain a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0. If their GPA drops below 3.0, they are either placed on probation or dismissed. Undergraduate courses will not count towards graduate GPA.

Probation: students whose cumulative graduate GPA is between 2.99 and 2.31 are put on probation. Students are placed on academic probation for one semester. If they fail to raise their cumulative GPA to 3.0 by the end of one semester, they are dismissed from their graduate program. Thesis, dissertation, S/U graded credits, and transfer credits have no impact on a student’s GPA.

Dismissal: students whose cumulative graduate GPA is 2.30 or lower are dismissed from graduate standing. Dismissed students are no longer in a graduate program but may take graduate-level courses as a Grad Special. Students wishing to complete their degree must obtain approval to take graduate-level courses, raise their graduate GPA to at least 3.0 and then re-apply to a graduate program. Any courses taken to raise their GPA will be included in the graduate special/ transfer credit limitation (9 credits for master’s degrees).

Graduate Prepared Applicants

Graduate prepared interns will receive a DI Verification Statement after successfully completing a minimum of 1,000 hours of documented supervised practice experiences necessary to acquire the ACEND 2022 Core Competencies for the Registered Dietitian

Dietetic Internship Program Administrators

CABNR WEB: Dietetics Internship Advisors
Karon Felten
Karon Felten
Instructor/Lecturer, Director of Dietetics Internship Program
775-784-6446
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CABNR WEB: Dietetics Internship Advisors
Arezou Saeedi
Arezou Saeedi
Assistant Director of Dietetic Internship Program
775-784-6433
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