Quick Facts - MSN/DPD
Master of Science in Nutrition with Didactic Program in Dietetics (MSN/DPD)
- Bachelor's degree
- Cumulative 3.0 GPA minimum in undergraduate coursework and nutrition classes
- 3.25 GPA in the prerequisite classes and science coursework. See the prerequisite tab for more detailed information
- Recommend some volunteer experience relevant to nutrition
Length of Program
2 years, full time
Tuition and Fees
First year: $22,470
This degree program prepares a student to be eligible to apply for dietetic internships. The successful completion of a dietetic internship, in turn, supports eligibility to sit for the registration examination for dietitians. The Registered Dietitian (R.D.) credential offers a scope of practice in medical nutrition therapy in hospitals, clinics, private practice and public health organizations. Registered dietitians with a master’s degree may also work in corporate wellness, food service management, food and nutrition consulting and writing, and community health. Additionally, a graduate degree supports academic careers in universities, administrative positions in government and public health organizations, and research positions in clinical and other types of research laboratories.
Program Summary - MSN/DPD
The master's didactic program in dietetics (MSN/DPD) is designed to fulfill the academic and competency requirements for registered dietitian eligibility. The Bastyr MSN/DPD allows students to complete a didactic program while pursuing a Master of Science in Nutrition.
The program requirements are over and above the degree requirements outlined by the University. Verified graduation from the DPD program provides students with the technical and academic knowledge to compete for a dietetic internship (DI), the second step to becoming a RD with the third step being the successful pass on the RD Exam.
The mission of the program is to graduate students that will be agents of change in bringing the perspective of whole foods, environmental awareness of food choices and complementary medicine into their dietetic related practices.
Program Goals and Objectives
Program Goal 1:
The Bastyr University MSN/DPD program will prepare graduates to become successful dietetic interns.
Objectives of Goal 1:
- At least 95 percent of students entering the program will successfully complete the Bastyr University MSN/DPD program within 3 years (150 percent of allotted program completion time) while accomplishing the following graduation requirements:
a. Complete the degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
b. Pass the DPD exit exam with a score of 75 percent or greater. Students who enter the program prior to 2014 must pass the DPD Exit Exam with a score of 70% or greater.
c. Complete 300 nutrition-related volunteer/paid hours with signed verification.
- At least 80 percent of MSN/DPD students who successfully complete the program will apply for a dietetic internship within 12 months post-graduation.
- At least 80 percent of MSN/DPD graduates who seek an internship will obtain one within 12 months post-graduation.
- Results from the Dietetic Internship Director Survey will reflect that MSN/DPD graduates have ‘more than satisfactory knowledge or competence’ (at least ‘4’ or higher on a scale of 1 to 5) in at least 80 percent of professional competencies evaluated.
- Summary reports from the Commission on Dietetic Registration will consistently reflect that at least 95 percent of all first-time exam-takers will have passed the Registration Examination for Dietitians.
- Specified percentages of respondents from the MSN/DPD Alumni Survey conducted every 2 years will rate their level of preparedness post-graduation as a ‘3’ (‘adequately prepared’) or higher on a scale of 1 to 5 in each of the following dietetic practice areas:
a. Medical Nutrition Therapy (75 percent)
b. Food Service Management (85 percent)
c. Nutrition Education (90 percent)
d. Nutrition Counseling (90 percent)
e. Food Science (85 percent)
f. Research (50 percent)
Program Goal 2:
The Bastyr University MSN/DPD program will prepare qualified graduates with the knowledge and tools to incorporate whole foods nutrition, environmental awareness and integrative medicine into their dietetic/nutrition practice.
Objectives of Goal 2:
- Specified percentages of respondents from the MSN/DPD Alumni Survey conducted every 2 years will rate their preparation as ‘3’ (‘adequately prepared’) or higher on a scale of 1 to 5 in each of the following areas:
a. Whole foods nutrition (70 percent)
b. Environmental awareness (70 percent)
c. Integrative medicine (70 percent)
- Specified percentages of respondents from the MSN/DPD Alumni Survey conducted every 2 years will report their ability to incorporate the following into their dietetic/nutrition practice at least ‘occasionally’ or more, or at least ‘3’ on a scale of 1 to 5:
a. Whole foods nutrition (80 percent)
b. Environmental awareness (60 percent)
c. Integrative medicine (60 percent)
- At least 85 percent of respondents from the Dietetic Internship Director Survey conducted annually will rate MSN/DPD graduates as ‘4’ (‘more than satisfactory’) or higher on a scale of 1 to 5 in competencies related to whole foods, environmental awareness and integrative medicine.
Verified graduation from the MSN/DPD enables a student to apply for dietetic internships (DI). Although the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science will assist all graduates in supervised practice placement, completion of the DPD does not guarantee acceptance into a dietetic internship.
Graduates are able to critically evaluate the scientific literature and incorporate current research and innovative advances in nutrition into the fundamentals of nutritional science and dietary planning. Graduates are also able to support the ecological well-being of the planet through promotion of improved eating habits.
Successful completion of the Bastyr MSN/DPD requires maintenance of a 3.00 GPA on a 4.0 scale, completion of 300 hours of volunteer/work experience* and achievement of a passing score on the exit examination.
* For more information, contact the admissions office.
MSN/DPD students must complete a minimum of 78 credits. All MSN/DPD students must have a minimum 3.00 grade point average with a minimum of 52 credits in residence. In addition, 300 hours of paid work and/or volunteer experience in clinical nutrition, food service management and community nutrition are required to graduate. Finally, students must pass the DPD exit exam (minimum score of 70 percent) administered during the final quarter of their program. MSN/DPD students must complete their degree within five years following matriculation into the program. A student will not receive his/her verification statement until all requirements for the MSN/DPD are met.
The MSN/DPD at Bastyr University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-5400. Bastyr University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Admission Requirements - MSN/DPD
Priority consideration will be given to applicants with the following GPA scores:
- 3.25 in prerequisite coursework (all classes listed as specific prerequisites)
- 3.25 cumulative GPA in science prerequisites with a B or better in Human Physiology, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry and Microbiology
- 3.0 in nutrition coursework
- 3.0 cumulative undergraduate coursework
Exceptional candidates who do not meet these priority standards will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
|Human Physiology (upper level)A full series of anatomy and physiology will meet this requirement.||1 course (5 quarter credits)|
|Chemistry (science-major level with lab)The chemistry courses must include at least one course in organic chemistry.||3 courses|
|Nutrition||1 course (5 quarter credits or 3 semester credits)|
|BiochemistryThe biochemistry course must be upper-level and must cover intermediary metabolism.||1 course|
|Intro to Psychology||1 course|
|College Algebra||1 course|
All applications are reviewed on an individual basis and decisions regarding admissibility will be made by the Admissions Committee. Please contact the admissions office for more information.
Want to take these prerequisite courses with us? Find out more about our Post-Baccalaureate Program.
Want to know which classes fulfill these prerequisites? Check these lists: Course equivalency guides
Curriculum - MSN/DPD
The MSN/DPD curriculum integrates the student's knowledge and skills related to the physical, behavioral, cultural, ecological, legislative, community and clinical aspects of human nutrition. The course work focuses on four main areas: nutrition, foods, basic sciences and counseling skills. Basic and advanced nutrition classes build the didactic knowledge of the community and clinical nutrition. Core food courses build competencies in knowledge of whole foods and food composition, handling, preparation and distribution. Clinical practicum develops experiences, attitudes and values important to the competent dietetic intern.
The curriculum table that follows lists the tentative schedule of courses each quarter. Next to each course is the number of credits per course (Crdt.), the lecture hours each week (Lec.) and the lab/clinic hours each week (L/C).
Expected Learning Outcomes
The Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science has established the following expected learning outcomes for all Master of Science in Nutrition programs:
- Biological/Medical Sciences
- Quantitative Reasoning/Critical Thinking/Research
- Whole Foods and Natural Medicine
- Physical Activity
- Promotion of the University's and the Department's mission and vision
Expected learning outcomes specific to MSN-Didactic Program in Dietetics are:
- Effectively utilize the nutrition care process in nutrition assessment, counseling and medical nutrition therapy
- Provide culturally appropriate group and individualized nutritional intervention strategies
- Demonstrate how to locate, interpret, evaluate and use professional literature and databases to make ethical evidence-based practice decisions
- Apply management and business theories to the delivery of community nutrition programs and food management services
- Explain the impact of health related public policy and health care delivery systems to the delivery of food and nutrition services
- Continuously develop professional competence according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics code of ethics and scope of practice as reflected in the classroom, by supervisor feedback and through self-assessment
- Display ethical behaviors in all aspects of nutrition counseling and interdisciplinary collaboration of care
Curriculum and course changes in the 2013-2014 Bastyr University Catalog are applicable to students entering during the 2013-2014 academic year. Please refer to the appropriate catalog if interested in curriculum and courses required for any other entering year.Click here to download the PDF file.
Clinical Training - MSN/DPD
Time spent in a classroom and studying for tests is just one component of a nutrition education. As a student pursuing the Master of Science in Nutrition with Didactic Program in Dietetics (MSN/DPD), you also will have the opportunity to put the scientific theories and counseling skills learned in the classroom into practice with supervised clinical training at Bastyr Center for Natural Health.
This real-world experience prepares you to become a registered dietitian, with guidance through this process by experienced whole-food dietitians from Bastyr's faculty.
Diverse Patient Population
With an average of 35,000 patient visits annually, Bastyr Center offers a valuable opportunity for you to interact with a variety of clients, ranging in age from children to seniors. Through this clinical experience, you'll learn to recognize health conditions and assist and support clients in dealing with their concerns, including:
- Chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease
- Weight-related dietary changes
- Digestive disorders
- Food allergies and sensitivities
- Disordered eating
- Immune dysfunction
This clinical training at Bastyr Center, combined with the external work experience required of MSN/DPD students, gives you a competitive edge that results in a higher dietetic internship placement rate compared with other schools across the nation.
Patient Contacts/Training Hours
- To graduate, you must complete 96 hours of clinical training at Bastyr Center.
- In addition to clinical training, you also must complete a total of 300 hours of paid work and/or volunteer experience in clinical nutrition, food service management and community nutrition.
Bastyr University malpractice insurance is in effect for MSN/DPD students (at no cost to students) during the course of their program.
Registered Dietitian Requirements
In addition to successful completion of a DPD, to become a registered dietitian (RD) a student must accomplish the following:
- Obtain a minimum of a baccalaureate degree from an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited program and U.S. regionally accredited college or university.
- Complete a ACEND-accredited supervised experience in dietetic practice (DI).
- Successfully pass the registration examination for dietitians.
For more information regarding careers in the field of dietetics, visit www.eatright.org and click on "Courses and Students."
Tuition for Master's & Doctoral Degrees
Average first-year tuition and fee costs for a typical credit load in the 2013/2014 academic year.The "first year" is considered fall, winter and spring quarters.
Average Credits1st year
Tuition & FeesFees include a $25 quarterly student activity fee. See the University Catalog for a full schedule of fees.
Books & Supplies
TotalThe budget used to determine financial-aid eligibility allows for an additional $21,600 for a 9-month period of living expenses for graduate students.
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