APPLIED NUTRITION PROGRAMS

The Professional Science Master's (PSM) in Applied Nutrition offers students advanced nutritional sciences training and professional skill development through a combination of online coursework and in-person experiential learning opportunities. Advance your career with your choice of two different tracks: the Dietetics Emphasis or the Nutrition & Wellness Emphasis.

Applied Nutrition - Dietetics Emphasis

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Choose the PSM in Applied Nutrition - Dietetics Emphasis to pursue a career in the field of dietetics as a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit the national exam required to earn the RDN credential. This program was designed to be completed in 12 months.
 

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Applied Nutrition - Nutrition & Wellness Emphasis

Choose the PSM in Applied Nutrition - Nutrition & Wellness Emphasis to obtain advanced training in the application of nutrition science to human health and develop valuable professional skills like leadership, writing and communication, and project management. The program is designed to be completed in less than 2 years.

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Graduate Certificate in Applied Nutrition (GCAN)

Earn a Graduate Certificate in Applied Nutrition (GCAN) in only 8 months with the University of Arizona! This 14-credit online certificate provides knowledge and skills in the area of clinical nutrition.

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PSM in Applied Nutrition - Dietetics Emphasis


The Professional Science Masters in Applied Nutrition - Dietetics Emphasis is an ACEND-accredited Future Education Model - Graduate Program. The 12-month program combines online coursework through Arizona Online with supervised experiential learning at community, clinical, and food service sites. In order to become an RDN, graduates must complete the required coursework and supervised experiential learning hours (1000 hours). Following completion of the program, a national exam is required as the final step to earn the RDN credential.

The PSM in Applied Nutrition – Dietetics Emphasis program at the University of Arizona is a nationally accredited Future Education Model – Graduate Program by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL. 60606-6995, (800) 877-1600, email: ACEND@eatright.org. Program outcomes data are available upon request/once available.

The following courses are required to earn the Professional Science Masters in Applied Nutrition - Dietetics Emphasis.

Courses for the Applied Nutrition – Dietetics Emphasis costs $950 per unit for Residents and Non-Residents.

Applicants to the PSM in Applied Nutrition - Dietetics Emphasis program must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor degree from an accredited institution
  • DPD verification statement OR specified pre-requisite coursework 
  • Required pre-requisite coursework with a grade of C or higher:
    • Anatomy/physiology (1 semester upper division physiology course or two-semester of anatomy/physiology i.e. PSIO 201 & 202)
    • Biochemistry 1 semester (course must require organic chemistry as pre-requisite) 
    • Medical Nutrition Therapy/Clinical Nutrition minimum 1 semester (must include Nutrition Care Process and Terminology) 
    • Food Science 1 semester 
    • Macronutrient Metabolism 1 semester
    • Food Service Management 1 semester OR Serv-Safe Certification
  • Recommended pre-requisite coursework:
    • Statistics
    • Community/Public Health Nutrition
    • Counseling/Nutrition Counseling
    • Additional Coursework in Medical Nutrition Therapy/Clinical Nutrition
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA overall in undergraduate degree or over the last 60 units of enrollment
  • Additionally, because the program is delivered exclusively online, the following student characteristics are essential to successfully completing the program:
    • Self-directed, independent learner
    • Able to manage time effectively
    • Effective written and verbal communication
    • Able to utilize a wide range of resources effectively

In order to apply to this program, you have to already hold a Bachelor’s degree, or will be earning a bachelor’s degree by the end of the Spring Semester. Transcripts including degree posting are required to be sent to the Graduate College by 30 days after the start of the program in June.

In GradApp, you will be asked to upload the following information:

  1. Most recent transcripts from ALL Universities/Colleges attended. Note: if your degree is not yet posted, you will be required to submit an updated transcript with degree posted by 30 days after the start date of the program in June.
  2. Statement of Purpose.
  3. Three letters of recommendation. You will provide the email addresses for three recommenders, and GradApp will reach out to them with directions for uploading the letter.
  4. Didactic Program in Dietetics Verification Statement OR documentation of required pre-requisite coursework.
  5. If you are applying for the Distance Track, you will need to upload a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for clinical, community and food service management supervised experiential learning sites.
  6. Answers to supplemental questions.

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Domestic Applicants:

  • Summer: February 15

 

Applicants are required to submit the following:

  • Resume
  • Purpose statement
  • Official transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Distance track applicants must include in their application Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) for clinical, community, and food service preceptors / sites.

* GRE is not required for admission to this program. *


PSM in Applied Nutrition - Nutrition & Wellness Emphasis


The Professional Science Masters in Applied Nutrition - Nutrition & Wellness Emphasis serves the needs of students, educators, registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs), and health professionals interested in obtaining advanced training in the application of nutrition science to human health and developing valuable professional skills (e.g., leadership, writing and communication skills, project management) while gaining hands-on experience in business and the public sector.

Coursework for this 30-unit Master's degree program is offered 100% online through Arizona Online, providing maximum flexibility for students, including working professionals. The program is designed to be completed in less than 2 years.

Unlike existing Master's programs in Nutritional Science, the PSM in Applied Nutrition - Nutrition & Wellness Emphasis includes 9 credit hours of graduate-level capstone, during which students will work with a partner organization to complete approximately 270 ours of service that will serve as their graduate capstone project. Students also have the opportunity to complete 6 units of PLUS coursework tailored to their profession and/or professional development goals.

The following courses are required to earn the Professional Science Masters in Applied Nutrition - Nutrition & Health Emphasis.

Courses for the Applied Nutrition –Nutrition & Wellness Emphasis costs $650 per unit for Residents and Non-Residents.

Qualified Tuition Reduction (QTR) may be applied for this program.

Applicants to the PSM in Applied Nutrition - Nutrition & Wellness Emphasis program must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor degree in Nutrition from an accredited institution OR
  • If undergraduate degree is in a field other than nutrition, coursework in physiology, biochemistry, and nutrition are required for admission
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA overall in undergraduate degree
  • Additionally, because the program is delivered exclusively online, the following student characteristics are essential to successfully completing the program:
    • Self-directed, independent learner
    • Able to manage time effectively
    • Effective written and verbal communication
    • Able to utilize a wide range of resources effectively

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: June 1
  • Spring: October 1
  • Summer: March 1

International Applicants*:

  • Fall: February 1
  • Spring: August 1
  • Summer: February 1

* International applicants may be considered for conditional admission to this program at the department's discretion.

Applicants are required to submit the following:

  • Resume
  • Purpose statement
  • Official transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation

* GRE is not required for admission to this program.


Graduate Certificate in Applied Nutrition


Earn a Graduate Certificate in Applied Nutrition (GCAN) in only 8 months with the University of Arizona! This 14-credit online certificate provides knowledge and skills in the area of clinical nutrition. Created to provide students with training in advanced nutritional sciences, the GCAN will prepare graduates to successfully compete for jobs in the nutrition workforce as well as enhance placement into graduate or professional training programs. The GCAN is responsive to the challenges faced by today's nutrition professionals, and provides a path to advancement outside of the traditional, research-intensive M.S. degree.  This certificate may also serve to enhance the skill set of various healthcare professionals; including, but not limited to, doctors, nurses, chiropractors, medical assistants, health/wellness coaches and personal trainers.

This certificate program is designed to provide new insight and skill-building activities in areas to promote positive clinical outcomes in today's health care environment, including:

  • Statistical methods
  • Metabolism as it applies to various clinical conditions
  • Research methods in nutritional sciences
  • Advanced medical nutrition therapy (MNT)
  • Nutrition assessment & support
  • Nutrigenomics OR body composition

Though offered online, this graduate program demands appropriate time and effort during coursework. A three-credit course in a 7.5 week semester requires a minimum of 18 hours of time per week reserved for course work completion.

GCAN program applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor degree in Nutrition or related field from an accredited institution.
  • Undergraduate Physiology and Biochemistry courses are prerequisites for GCAN courses.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA overall in undergraduate degree.
  • International students must submit a Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based) Score of 79 or (Paper-based) Score of 550.  The minimum IELTS (overall band score) is 7.
  • Additionally, because the GCAN is delivered exclusively online, the following student characteristics are essential to successfully completing the program:
    • Self-directed, independent learner
    • Able to manage time effectively
    • Effective written and verbal communication
    • Able to utilize a wide range of resources effectively

Courses in the GCAN cost $650 per unit for both Residents and Non-residents. QTR may be applied to tuition for this program.

Students accepted into the GCAN must complete the following courses to earn the Certificate:

  • NSC 501
  • NSC 509
  • NSC 519
  • NSC 542
  • NSC 575 –or– NSC 545
  • NSC 502

All courses will be fully distributed through online course tool platforms and technology.

COURSE number (UNITS) course title TERM(S) OFFERED DESCRIPTION
NSC 501 (1 unit) Statistics for Applied Nutritional Sciences I Fall 7WK 1 This course will introduce the concepts of research methods with a focus on the varied research conducted in nutritional sciences. Students will be guided through a comprehensive compendium of the elements of research design in order to understand the application of these elements to Applied Nutritional Science.
NSC 502 (1 unit) Statistics for Applied Nutritional Sciences II Fall 7WK 2

This course will introduce basic statistical concepts and applied statistical strategies that are essential for conducting and critiquing research in nutritional sciences and related fields. The course will be delivered online structured with video lectures, self-check practices, discussion forum, assignments and quizzes. The experiences within the course will provide students the necessary competencies to appropriately summarize data (descriptive statistics) and implement statistical tests (inferential statistics) based upon appreciation of research design and data characteristics. All the analyses will be taught using an established statistical software program IBM SPSS Statistics 20. Some of the simple analyses will also be demonstrated using Excel as an alternative.

NSC 509 (3 units) Advanced Nutrition Metabolism and Disease Summer I This class will review the multi-facets of macronutrient metabolism and application to the prevention and development of common chronic diseases. The clinical applications of nutrient deficiencies and toxicities will also be reviewed. Metabolic alterations associated with obesity, metabolic syndrome, and other diseases will be discussed. The application of evidence-based guidelines and research for nutritional interventions will be discussed through weekly readings and assignments.
NSC 519 (3 units) Advanced Applied Nutritional Sciences Summer II This course will advance understanding of research design, methods, and implementation, interpretation of research findings, and advances in nutrition science research for selected chronic diseases.
NSC 542 (3 units) Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy Fall 7WK 1 This course focuses on providing medical nutrition therapy for select complex acute and chronic diseases. The course is based on students participating in an in-depth examination and discussion on each  topic using an evidence-based approach and related research. Using an online forum, students will discuss assigned topics applying analytic skills to provide robust discussions. Students will also present their research on an assigned topic.
NSC 545 (3 units) Assessment and Regulation of Human Body Composition Fall 7WK 2

Prerequisite(s): NSC 170C1 or NSC101 | PSIO 202

This course focuses on providing medical nutrition therapy for select complex acute and chronic diseases. The course is based on students participating in an in-depth examination and discussion on each  topic using an evidence-based approach and related research. Using an online forum, students will discuss assigned topics applying analytic skills to provide robust discussions. Students will also present their research on an assigned topic.

NSC 575 (3 units) Nutrigenomics for the Study of Disease Prevention and Intervention Fall 7WK 2, Spring 7WK 2

Prerequisite(s): MCB 181R and L | BIOC 460, 462, or 364 | MATH 110 or higher | NSC 308

Nutrigenomics is the application of genomics to human nutrition. This online course will explore relevant technologies, genetics, and nutrition. Designed by researchers in colleges and centers of excellence, it will be continually updated with the latest information.

  • Define and describe evidence-based nutritional science research methods and apply appropriate research methods to clinical case studies and research scenarios;
  • Synthesize current scientific literature from various sources to produce a review paper written in the style of a nutrition journal and produce a presentation appropriate for health professionals;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the metabolism and genetic interactions of the macronutrients, including application to health and disease;
  • Identify risk factors associated with the development of chronic disease and describe dietary management strategies for the prevention and management of the most common chronic diseases;
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically review and evaluate the literature related to nutrition and topics covered in the certificate courses using methods established by the A.N.D  Evidence Analysis Library;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the metabolic influences of select class topics regarding anthropometric, biochemical, clinical, and diagnostic parameters used for assessing systemic and nutrition health status
  • Apply an evidence-based approach to examine medical nutrition therapy for the prevention and management of related class topics;
  • Describe the fundamentals of data collection and measurement;
  • Identify appropriate statistical models and software for quantitative data analysis.

Domestic students may transfer up to 6 units of coursework taken as non-degree seeking students. This means that you may enroll in the required certificate courses prior to being admitted into the program. This does not mean that you may transfer other courses to count toward the certificate. The only courses taken as a non-degree-seeking student that may be applied to the GCAN are NSC 501, NSC 509, NSC 519, NSC 542, NSC 545, NSC 575 or NSC 502.

International students are not permitted to enroll in online classes outside of a certificate or degree program. In other words, international students must be accepted into the certificate program prior to enrolling in online courses.

For complete application requirements and instructions on how to apply to the graduate college, please click here. Students must be admitted into the graduate college prior to enrolling in courses.

Kayle Skorupski, MS, RDN-AP, CSG, CNSC
GCAN Coordinator
520-621-1396
kayleskorupski@email.arizona.edu