NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine—Nutrition Program 127 Nutrition Program The Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (KPCOM) offers an innovative Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Nutrition in response to the growing demand for qualified nutrition experts who are prepared at a mastery level. Ongoing changes in the American health care system have increased demand for wellness and preventative services, which include nutrition in almost all areas of practice. Nutrition assessment and intervention for chronic diseases are important components of health care reformmandates. NSU’s program is designed to further the education of those who want to integrate nutrition into other health professions and complement the academic preparation for those who wish to enter the field of nutrition and dietetics. This 30-credit-hour, online degree program incorporates technology and tools in distance learning through synchronous meetings and self-directed activities tomaximize the student’s experience in the courses. The generalist curriculum offers a wide variety of topics, so that students may customize their program of study or select concentrations in several areas to further specialize. In addition, all students are encouraged to spend time on campus for orientation and at the end of the program to present their final projects and to participate in graduation ceremonies. The rich, interprofessional platform of NSU’s Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Professions Division provides an excellent environment for this degree program. Optimizing the nutritional status and well-being of clients is an integral part of the practice of medicine and other health professions. Elective courses are open to students from other related programs, such as osteopathic medicine, public health, and biomedical informatics. This degree program is intended to provide a strong educational foundation in human nutrition, applied sciences, and health promotion for health care practitioners, and to prepare nutritionists and dietitians to work in a variety of settings at the mastery level of practice. Some of the settings where our students find jobs include hospitals, long-term care facilities, physician offices/private clinics, outpatient care centers, schools and universities, home health, corporations, athletic training centers or gyms, health departments, food production centers and plants, health care insurance companies, and private consulting businesses. The job outlook for appropriately trained dietitians and nutritionists is better than the average for other health-related disciplines. With the aging of America and the growth worldwide of people over age 65, nutritionists also play a key role in senior health, positive aging, preventative care, and managing chronic disease. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019), employment in the nutrition field is expected to increase 8 percent during the next seven years. Job growth is primarily expected in the areas of wellness, prevention of disease with diet and foods, and greater integration of nutrition practice into primary care. Career outlooks incorporate a variety of specialties and settings. The M.S. in Nutrition degree will meet the future standards of practice for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, which take effect in 2024 and require a minimum level of preparation with a master’s degree in nutrition or similar field. Those applicants seeking eligibility for entry-level practice should consider the Professional Practice Concentration (74 credit hours). This is a coordinated graduate degree program, providing about 1,200 hours in supervised experiential learning, that has been approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) to prepare registered dietitian nutritionists. Please consult local licensing and scope of practice laws to determine what training and credentials are required in the intended state of practice. Possible career options include • health educator or school nutritionist • nutrition and culinary entrepreneur • nutrition consultant over the life cycle • specialized clinical dietitian/nutritionist • health/lifestyle coach or consultant • college instructor • corporate wellness educator • employee health and wellness coordinator • media and communications specialist • personal trainer/health and fitness instructor The M.S. in Nutrition is approved by the Board of Certified Nutrition Specialists (BCNS) to fulfill all the current academic requirements for the Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) credential. The BCNS requires a graduate degree in the field of nutrition from a regionally accredited university, specific coursework, and 1,000 hours of supervised practice experience. The BCNS reviews each candidate individually—including descriptions of current courses being taken, transcripts, and experience—to determine eligibility. To learn more about becoming a CNS, visit https://theana.org/certify/CNScandidate.