MS Degree

The Master’s Degree/Dietetic Internship and Residency:

  • Encompasses 39 hours (41 with GA) of study over 16 months in clinical and cellular nutrition, behavioral sciences, management, research, and culminates with a residency, and defense of a thesis or project (optional).
  • Provides a clinical nutrition-centered program for those having a BS in dietetics or a BS in another discipline and completion of a DPD.
  • Has a mission and program goals and outcome measures used to demonstrate the program’s effectiveness:

 

Mission Statement

Consistent with the missions of our university, school, and unit, the mission of the Dietetic Internship and Residency program is to prepare graduates to be able to work as entry level dietitians by providing excellent education, research, and practice experiences.

Program Goals and Outcome Measures

Goal 1

To provide an educational experience that gives graduates both the practical and didactic knowledge and skill to practice as an entry level RD.

Outcome Measures

  • At least 85% of our students will successfully complete the program within 16 months.  95% of our students will complete the program within 24 months.
  • Of the graduates who intend to work as an RD, at least 75% will successfully complete the RD exam within six months of graduation and 100% will successfully complete the RD exam within one year of graduation.
  • At least 80% of our graduates will successfully pass the RD exam on their first attempt.

Goal 2

To provide a course of study that gives graduates the skills and knowledge to incorporate scientific information into their future practice.

Outcome Measures

  • At least 90% of the first post-graduate employers of our graduates will report at least a 4 (out of a possible 5) when asked about the ability of our graduates to incorporate scientific knowledge and evidence into their practice.
  • When surveyed at one year post-graduation, at least 85% of the DI graduates will report at least a 3 (out of a possible 4) on their program preparation to incorporate scientific knowledge and evidence into their practice.

Goal 3

To develop within our graduates, the skills and motivation to pursue lifelong professional learning.

Outcome Measures

  • When surveyed at one year post-graduation, at least 85% of the DI graduates will report active RD status and active AND membership.
  • When surveyed at one year post-graduation, at least 50% of the DI graduates will report membership in at least one DPG.

Data demonstrating our program outcomes are available on request from the program director.

Accreditation Status

The Dietetic Internship at the University of Memphis is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312/899-0040 X5400.

Completed Classwork


Typical Four Year Sequence

Note: In cases of students who already have completed a dietetic internship, course substitutions for Clinical Practice Courses can be made to enable practitioners to pursue advanced specialty interests.
Curriculum Course Sequence:

Semester One-Fall

NUTR7412 Cellular Nutrition I

NUTR7405 Pharmacology for Nutrition Professionals

NUTR7205 Nutrition in Acute and Chronic Illness I

HMSE7010 Research Methods

NUTR7402 Internship

Semester Two- Spring

NUTR7422 Cellular Nutrition II

NUTR7305 Nutrition in Acute and Chronic Illness II

HPRO7780 Seminar in Counseling

NUTR7522 Clinical Nutrition and Food Service Management

NUTR7402 Internship

Semester Three- Summer

NUTR7415 Professional Issues in Nutrition

NUTR7481 Clinical Internship in Nutrition

Semester Four- Fall

NUTR7481 Clinical Internship in Nutrition

NUTR7482 Residency

EDPR7541 Statistical Methods

HMSE7996 Thesis (optional)
OR
HPRO7950 Masters Project (optional)

Note: Courses above add up to more than the 39 hours in the program because NUTR7402 is a legal requirement for external GA's, not actually part of your program.  EDPR7541 can be taken in the Summer or the second Fall.  Registered Dietitians who wish to complete the master's portion of the program will be given 10 hours credit for their internship, if the hours have been practicing as an RD.  They should contact Dr Ruth Williams-Hooker regarding admission.