NSU is approved as a Candidate for Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®). Cohorts accepted for summer term only. Apply by March 1. Limited seats are available.
The demand is great for wellness and preventive services, which include nutrition, in almost all areas of health care practice. The Master of Science (M.S.) in Nutrition Professional Practice Concentration prepares students who wish to enter the field of nutrition and dietetics practice as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.
The graduate nutrition program brings together students from varied backgrounds to emphasize collaborative interprofessional practice. Students take a standard 15-credit-hour core in the fundamentals of human nutrition. Students can customize their programs with selected concentrations or take a variety of electives. The program engages online learners through synchronous meetings and self-directed activities in a flexible learning environment. All students are also required to complete a 6-credit-hour special project focused on an original individual or community-based research project.
As part of the M.S. in Nutrition degree, the professional practice concentration (MS-RDN) will be the only track by which students may become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. Additional required coursework beyond the standard degree program is provided to meet both professional competencies and experiential learning requirements of the ACEND Future Education Model (FEM). This will be a hybrid format offering a mixture of online courses and regular onsite meetings for the students in this concentration. Experiential learning will be arranged locally within the local tri-county areas to maximize the faculty oversight and involvement in meeting the FEM program standards. This curriculum also qualifies candidates to meet the guidelines for licensure in the State of Florida upon successful completion.
For More Information, please contact:
Program Director Stephanie N. Petrosky, M.H.A., RDN, LDN, FAND
The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) is the accrediting agency for educational programs to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). Accreditation is necessary to assure that the education and training received by students meet quality assurance standards and to ensure that students from an accredited program have been taught the same foundational knowledge requirements. See the ACEND website for more details on this process.
Also, many states regulate the practice of nutrition and dietetics profession. It is important that you know the requirements and implications of your future practice.
The professional practice of nutrition and dietetics applies the science of food and nutrition to the health and well-being of individuals and groups. Dietitians are the health professionals who translate the science and art of nutrition and food into the practice of caring for the health and well-being of people. A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) is a food and nutrition expert who has met minimum academic and professional requirements, and who have passed the Registration Examination for Dietitians, which is administered by The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
Please note that as of January 1, 2024, candidates seeking to take the certification examination for registered dietetians must have at least a master's degree along with the professional training and other program elements to qualify. Read more here.
The mission of the professional practice concentration (RDN) is to provide innovative education and training to effectively prepare competent, entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists who collaboratively lead nutrition practice to enhance human health and quality of life in the communities they serve.
Program outcomes are available upon request.
Nova Southeastern University's Master of Science in Nutrition, Professional Practice Concentration is approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) as a Candidacy program and may enroll students. As one of the first U.S. programs selected to demonstrate new education and training standards for the Future Education Model in Graduate Programs, students enrolled in the approved course of study will be considered graduates of an accredited program upon successful completion and will be candidates who meet registration eligibility criteria of the Commission on Dietetic Registration
Contact information for ACEND:
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2109
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Phone: 800-877-1600 X 5400
Summer Term (8 credits)
NUT 5000 Foundations of Professional Practice in Nutrition and Dietetics
NUT 5120 Nutrition Advocacy and Interprofessional Leadership
NUT 5200 Nutritional Biochemistry
Fall (14 credits)
NUT 5025 Nutrition Across the Lifespan
NUT 5110 Foundations of Community Nutrition
NUT 5130 Nutrition Counseling
NUT 5131 Counseling and Communications Lab
NUT 6400 Nutrition Assessment and Medical Nutrition Therapy
Winter (14 credits)
NUT 5100 World Culture, Food and Nutrition
NUT 5170 Management of Food and Nutrition Systems
NUT 6200 Evidence-based Research Outcomes in Nutrition
NUT 8001 Nutrition Practicum I - Community and Population Health
Summer (10 credits)
NUT 6105 Wellness and Healthy Weight
NUT 6150 Culinary Nutrition
NUT 6500 Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy
NUT 7000 Professional Seminar Fall (14 credits)
NUT 5075 Advanced Practice Principles of Functional Nutrition
NUT 6800 Special Project I
NUT 8002 Nutrition Practicum II - Leadership/Business/Management
Winter (14 credits)
NUT 6151 Culinary Nutrition Lab
NUT 6801 Special Project II
NUT 8000 Comprehensive Examination
NUT 8003 Nutrition Practicum III - Client/Patient Services
PLEASE NOTE: This program will accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the year and only admits a limited amount of candidates for a summer cohort each year (May start date).
The RDN Professional Practice Concentration follows all of the admission criteria of the Master of Science in Nutrition degree program with the following additions (*Unique to this concentration):
Prerequisites to Enter:
Please note that prospective candidates for the Professional Practice Concentration (MS-RDN) are admitted only once during the year into a summer cohort. When completing the application form online, candidates must specifically indicate the Professional Practice Concentration from the optional drop-down choices. Deadlines for applying are March 1 each year, which is an earlier deadline compared with the standard graduate nutrition program.
All applicants who meet the minimum criteria will be considered; however, not all applicants will be invited to interview. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow for adequate time to process the application review and to receive supplemental materials.
Upon receipt of the completed application and required materials, the Committee on Admissions will review the applicant's file and make recommendations to the program director. All final decisions on admission are made by the dean of the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine.
All qualified applicants will be evaluated against the admissions requirements. Due to the nature of this professional practice pathway, not all applicants will receive an invitation to interview.
Candidates who have completed all of the pre-requisite coursework and have a well-rounded application demonstrating a commitment to the profession of dietetics and nutrition will be given preference in the selection process. When writing a personal statement, it is best to address this in the comments provided. Other areas of strength will be the applicant's academic performance, community service, leadership attributes, letter of support and resume.
Candidates who are offered admission will be required to complete an Intent to Enroll form and submit a $200 seat deposit by the required deadline to validate the offer of admission and confirm the acceptance.
Candidates who are accepted and in the process of completing the final requirements may receive a pending decision or provisional offer of admission. Accepted students must submit all original transcripts and documents to the Office of Admissions in order to be fully admitted. Financial aid funds cannot be distributed until this obligation is fulfilled. Delays in this step may also affect a candidate's ability to successfully enter the program.
Accepted candidates will be admitted into a cohort that begins in the summer term (early May start date) and must attend an orientation on-site at the Fort Lauderdale campus.
Estimated Annual Expenses:
Books and Supplies: $1800
Student Services Fees: $1500
Travel: variable depending on course assignments
Health Insurance: $2200/year or waiver accepted
Background Testing/Immunizations: $200
ServSafe Training: $125
Professional Memberships: $58
Conference Registrations: $150
The M.S. in Nutrition degree program and all concentrations within the degree have been granted financial aid funding status to qualified students. Please consult the NSU Office of Financial Aid website or speak with a representative if you have any questions.
Generally, to qualify for federal, state, and institutional financial assistance, students must meet the following requirements:
The M.S. in Nutrition Professional Practice Concentration (MS-RDN) will use online technologies and learning management systems to deliver course content. However, the experiential learning portions of this concentration require onsite availability throughout the entire program. Therefore, a distance learning option is not offered.
Supervised Learning Experiences
Supervised practice experiences are coordinated through the program with educational affiliations arranged by Nova Southeastern University on behalf of the nutrition program. Students may work with the program director to engage unique learning experiences as appropriate to fulfill the experiential learning requirements and explore personalized practice options under a qualified preceptor. Students are not required to arrange their own preceptor or learning sites.
Graduation and Program Completion Requirements for RDN