Requirements and Curriculum

Requirements

  • 1,200 hours of supervised practice throughout the first 12-month period, simultaneously taking 55 credits for the comprehensive exam track, or
    56 credits for the thesis track, for a total of 5 or 6 semesters depending
    on the track, you can achieve your master's degree (MS) in nutrition.

Curriculum

You will be placed in either Group A or Group B; each group will have approximately 10 to 12 interns.

Clinical Nutrition - Group A (Fall), Group B (Spring) Supervised Practice

  • Clinical Orientation: 2 weeks
  • Acute Care: 9 weeks
  • Long-term Care: 3 weeks
  • Additional Rotations:
    • Renal: 1 week
    • Clinical Nutrition Management: 1 week 

Total Hours: 424; practice consists of 4 days per week at 6-8 hours/day

Summer 1

  • NTR 540: Clinical Practice in Nutrition (7 credits)

Didactic (Fall 1)

  • Focus: Topics in RD exam Domain II and related topics
  • Practice Exam for Domain II

Graduate Courses (Fall 1)

  • NTR 500: Nutrient Metabolism in Health and Disease (3 credits)
  • NTR 523: Nutrition Assessment (or pre-approved elective) (3 credits)
  • NTR 540: Clinical Practice in Nutrition (6 credits)

Food Service and Management - Group B (Fall), Group A (Spring) Supervised Practice

  • Food Service and Management Orientation: 2 weeks
  • Institutional Food Service: 3 weeks
  • Community Food Service: 7 weeks
  • Additional Rotations:
    • WIC: 1 week
    • Pediatrics: 1 week
    • Special/Other: 1 week
      Site examples include: Pre-natal clinics, Diabetes clinics, Supervised Teaching, private practice, eating disorder clinics, physician offices as well as locations covering wellness and sports nutrition.

Total Hours: 328; practice consists of 4 days per week at 6 hours/day

Didactic (Spring 1)

  • Focus: Topics in RD exam Domain III and Domain IV and related topics
  • Practice Exam for Domains III and IV

Graduate Courses (Spring 1)

  • NTR 501: Vitamins and Minerals (or pre-approved elective) (3 credits)
  • NTR 540: Clinical Practice in Nutrition (6 credits)
  • NTR 600: Pathophysiology of Nutrition Related Diseases (3 credits)

Nutrition and Community Wellness, Research (Summer) Supervised Practice

  • Community Wellness: 8 weeks
    Site examples include: UB Child Care Center, the Massachusetts Avenue Project, Food Bank of WNY, Erie County Department of Health, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of WNY, UB Student Wellness Center, Cornell Cooperative Extension and Wellness Institute.
  • Research: 8 weeks
  • NTR 524 Team Project: 2 weeks
  • Special/Other: 1 week

Total Hours: 448; practice consists of 5 days per week at 8 hours per day; includes 3 days per week for community wellness and 2 days per week for research

Didactic (Summer 2)

  • Focus: Topics in RD exam Domain I, related topics, community nutrition topics found throughout the other domains and community wellness (public health) topics
  • Practice Exam for Domain I

Graduate Courses (Summer 2)

  • NTR 603: Nutrition Interventions (2 credits)
  • NTR 524: Nutrition Assessment Instruments (1 credit)
  • NTR 540: Clinical Practice in Nutrition (7 credits)
  • NTR 675: Research - Comprehensive Exam Only (2 credits)

Group A and B Comprehensive Exam Track

Graduate Courses Fall 2

  • STA 527 Medical Statistics (4 credits)
  • NTR 568 Epidemiology of Public Health for Health Professionals (3 credits)
  • NTR 630 Nutrition Seminar (2 credits)
  • Elective - (3 credits)

Group A and B Thesis Track

Graduate Courses Fall 2

  • STA 527 Medical Statistics (4 credits)
  • NTR 568 Epidemiology of Public Health for Health Professionals (3 credits)
  • NTR 630 Nutrition Seminar (2 credits)
  • NTR 680 Thesis in Nutrition (3 credits)

Graduate Courses Spring 2

  • NTR 680 Thesis in Nutrition (3 credits)

Credit for previous, recent graduate coursework will be considered on an individual basis.

You will complete the courses throughout 5 semesters for the comprehensive exam track or 6 semesters for the thesis track. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for graduate coursework.