Requirements and Curriculum

Requirements

  • 1,200 hours of supervised practice throughout the first 12-month period, simultaneously taking 54 credits for the comprehensive exam track, or
    55 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: 2 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, 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)
  • NTR 680: Thesis in Nutrition - Thesis only (2 credits)

Group A and B Comprehensive Exam Track

Graduate Courses Fall 2

  • CEP 532 Medical Statistics (3 credits) or STA 527 Medical Statistics (4 credits)
  • CHB 550 Public Health Population Well-Being (3 credits)
  • NTR 630 Nutrition Seminar (2 credits)
  • Elective - (3 credits)

Group A and B Thesis Track

Graduate Courses Fall 2

  • CEP 532 Medical Statistics (3 credits) or STA 527 Medical Statistics (4 credits)
  • CHB 550 Public Health and Population Well-Being (3 credits)
  • NTR 630 Nutrition Seminar (2 credits)
  • NTR 680 Thesis in Nutrition (2 credits)

Graduate Courses Spring 2

  • NTR 680 Thesis in Nutrition (2 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.