Master of Science in Nutrition Diagnostics

Dear Prospective Graduate Student,

Thank you for your interest in the Cox College Master’s in Nutrition Diagnostics!   The program is designed to provide the opportunity to develop skills in application of medical nutrition principles.   Our program’s unique concentration in nutrition diagnostics will provide practicing RDs with additional practice skills necessary to be better prepared to meet the emerging trends and priorities within the dietetics profession.

The program is accredited 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, 312/899-4876.

This web site includes a program overview and information describing the curriculum, estimated costs, application, and admission procedure.

Cox College is located in southwest Missouri in the heart of the Ozarks. Springfield, MO is a delightful community that is easily accessible to St Louis, Kansas City, Tulsa and Fayetteville. If you have additional questions after viewing the web site, please contact me at 417/269-3040 or at Kristen.Williams@coxcollege.edu.

Sincerely,

Kristen Williams, MS, RD, LD
Dietetic Internship Director
Associate Professor

About the Master of Science in Nutrition Diagnostics

The Cox College Master’s in Nutrition Diagnostics is a two-year program for Registered Dietitians and individuals who have completed an internship program and are eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians.  The program is designed to enhance and expand practice skills in clinical nutrition utilizing Kight’s advanced level practice modeling in nutrition diagnostics.  The 37 credit program includes coursework along with advanced practice clinical hours in the second year of the program.  The program can be completed on a part time basis; however, most courses that follow the first semester require pre or co requisites, as the program builds from one semester to the next semester.

The advanced practice experiences in the second year will provide a more in depth focus on complex patients and greater experience in utilizing the advanced practice nutrition diagnostics modeling.  These experiences incorporate the nutrition focused physical exam, nutriokinetic/nutriodynamic modeling and are supervised by the college clinical faculty.  Both semesters of the second year include coursework, along with the advanced supervised practice rotations (288 practice hours).  The student must successfully complete the objectives for each supervised practice experience and meet all requirements for the MND, including writing and presenting a research project.

Mission and Philosophy

MND Mission – The Cox College Master’s in Nutrition Diagnostics is dedicated to excellence in the preparation of competent dietetic professionals committed to serving their communities, their profession and to transforming the future of nutrition in healthcare.

MND Philosophy – structure a learning environment to promote critical thinking and inquiry, self-improvement, self-reliance, collaboration and lifelong learning.

What is Nutrition Diagnostics?

Nutritional diagnosing (Kight) is evidence-based ruling out and ruling in of nutritional health related problems that RDs are uniquely qualified to identify and process.

  • allows the study of nutritional problems and their causes
  • allows us to diagnose nutritional health problems, utilizing nutrition/dietetic-specific human condition codes (a scientifically standardized language and classification system) that give direction for classifying treatments provided – i.e. describe nutritional diagnosis(es) and etiology(ies)
  • provides a framework for use of a Nutrition Focused Physical Exam to identify physical signs and symptoms of nutrient deficiencies (or excesses)
 
The Nutrition Diagnostic concentration is designed to meet the following competencies:
  • Consider the interrelationships of nutrition with biochemical, physiological and anatomical changes associated with acute, chronic, and terminal illness to determine nutrition diagnoses & etiologies, macro/micronutrient needs and formulate appropriate medical nutrition therapy plans utilizing Kight’s NCP, the 5 axes of evidence & Nutriokinetic/Nutriodynamic modeling.
  • Utilize assessment techniques (including NPE, body composition/ changes, ADLs as appropriate) to evaluate physiologic, pathophysiologic, and functional status to determine nutritional status of patients across a myriad of settings.
  • Perform Nutrition Focused Physical Exam (NPE) to assess nutritional status and identify:
    a. protein calorie malnutrition
    b. micronutrient based lesions
 

MND/DI Requirements

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MND 501 Nutritional Counseling and Education Methods 1
MND 502 Contemporary Topics in Food & Nutrition 1 1
MND 503 Supervised Practice 3
MND 504 Introduction to Nutrition Diagnostics & Nutrition Assessment 2
IP 501 Introduction to Critical Thinking 1
IP 502 Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology 3
IP 503 Pharmacologic Concepts for Practice 2
MND 505 Nutrition Focused Physical Exam 1 2
MND 506 Nutriokinetics/Nutriodynamics 3
MND 507 Applied MNT1 4
MND 508 Applied MNT2 1
IP 514 Research Concepts 3
MND 509 Contemporary Topics in Food & Nutrition 2 2
MND 510 Research Application in Nutrition Diagnostics 1 3
MND 511 Nutrition Focused Physical Exam 2 3
MND 512 Advanced Applied MNT 1
MND 513 Applied Nutriokinetics/Nutriodynamics 3
MND 514 Advanced Nutrition Assessment 2
MND 515 Advanced Geriatrics 3
MND 516 Research Application in Nutrition Diagnostics 2 1
IP 603 Advanced Pharmacology Applications 1

 

Supervised Practice Experience Practice Hours
MND 512 Advanced Applied MNT 128 hrs
MND 513 Applied Nutriokinetics/Nutriodynamics 160 hrs


Two Year Plan of Study

Year 1

Summer Semester Credits Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
MND 501 Nutritional Counseling and Education Methods 1 IP 501  Introduction to Critical Thinking 1 MND 505 Nutrition Focused Physical Exam 1 2
MND 502 Contemporary Topics in Food & Nutrition 1 1 IP 502 Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology 3 MND 506 Nutriokinetics/Nutriodynamics 3
    IP 503  Pharmacologic Concepts for Practice 2    
    MND 504 Introduction to Nutrition Diagnostics & Nutrition Assessment 2    
Total 2 Total 8 Total 5

 

Year 2

Summer Semester Credits Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
IP 514 Research Concepts 3 MND 509 Contemporary Topics in Food & Nutrition 2 2  MND 513 Applied Nutriokinetics/Nutriodynamics 3
    MND 510 Research Application in Nutrition Diagnostics 1 3 MND 514 Advanced Nutrition Assessment 2
    MND 511 Nutrition Focused Physical Exam 2 3 MND 515 Advanced Geriatrics 3
    MND 512  Advanced Applied MNT 1 MND 516 Research Application in Nutrition Diagnostics 2 1
        IP 603  Advanced Pharmacology Applications 1
Total 3 Total 9 Total 10

Total credit hours – 37

MND courses only offered in the semester indicated and must be taken in sequence.

Successful Completion

  • Satisfactory completion of all supervised practice rotations, as evaluated by MND/DI program director, college faculty and preceptors.
  • Attendance at all required internship/program meetings, including, but not limited to, SWMDA meetings.
  • Completion of all courses required in the MND plan of study & all course grades of “B” or above.
  • Completion of all other degree requirements.

 

Successful completion of the program should equip the student with the skills and ability to apply the knowledge in nutrition and dietetics as measured by the Registration Examination for Dietitians. The graduate of Cox College’s Master’s in Nutrition Diagnostics/Dietetic Internship program is prepared to practice in multiple areas of dietetics, including foodservice systems management, therapeutic clinical practice, and normal and preventive nutrition in a variety of settings. The program concentration and Master’s in nutrition diagnostics will prepare the graduate for an emerging area of clinical practice.

Applying

Applicants must complete the Cox College Graduate Application.
Applicants having completed an internship must provide evidence of eligibility to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians or RD status.

Provide official college transcripts.

Provide a 1-2 page personal statement addressing the following:

  • Describe the significant professional responsibilities you have held.
  • State your professional goals and reasons for desiring to enroll in this MND.
  • Describe your strengths that will help you succeed in the program and in reaching your professional goals.
  • Indicate your personal practice interests as specifically as possible, including any previous practice experience you may have acquired.
  • Demonstration of good communication skills, professionalism, self-direction, flexibility, potential to complete the entire curriculum, and motivation to work in a fast-paced academic program and site environment.
  • Describe  weaknesses and/or opportunities for improvement.

Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
Completion of statistics course.

Non-Degree Seeking Status

Registered or registered eligible students may take up to 10 hours of graduate coursework (as courses are available) without admittance to the MND program. Non RD/non-RD eligible individuals may take course on a case by case basis.  Contact program faculty for details. The following are required to take any MND coursework:

  1. Applicants must complete the Cox College Graduate Application.
  2. Applicants having completed an internship must provide evidence of eligibility to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians or RD status.
  3. Provide official college transcripts.
    1.  
  4. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  5. Permission of program faculty