Master of Science in Nutrition Diagnostics/Dietetic Internship

INFORMATION FOR SECOND ROUND MATCH APPLICANTS

The Master of Science in Nutrition Diagnostics/Dietetic Internship is no longer accepting applications.

Thank you for your interest.

 

Dear Prospective Graduate Student/Intern,

Thank you for your interest in the new Cox College combined Master of Science in Nutrition Diagnostics and Dietetic Internship Program!   The Dietetic Internship originated in 2006 utilizing an advanced practice approach to nutrition diagnostics.  The addition of the master’s program adds the coursework and advanced supervised practice work to meet the demands of future practice roles identified by the AND Phase 2 Future Practice and Education Task Force.  The combined Master’s in Nutrition Diagnostics/Dietetic Internship will provide the advanced education that will support specialty and advanced practice as defined by the Council on Future Practice in their 2011 Visioning Report.  This program is designed to advance practice in nutrition diagnostics by providing both the didactic and supervised practice components to support advanced application of diagnostics skills and is truly an “innovative quality education model” supporting the recommendations of the Task Force. Our program’s unique concentration in nutrition diagnostics, along with the graduate program in this area will provide future 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 and the North Central Higher Learning Commission.

This web site includes a program overview and information describing the curriculum, rotation sites, 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
MND/DI Director
Associate Professor

About the Master of Science in Nutrition Diagnostics/Dietetic Internship

The Cox College Master of Science in Nutrition Diagnostics & Dietetic Internship (MND/DI) is a two-year combined program for individuals who have completed at least a bachelor’s degree, as well as accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) coursework requirements. The MND/DI provides the supervised practice experience that is required to be eligible to take the registration examination for dietitians. The combined program offers students the opportunity to complete a Master’s in Nutrition diagnostics as a component of the required supervised practice component.

The MND/DI program has a concentration in nutrition diagnostics and is designed to meet the competencies for entry-level practice as an RD. The program is designed to enhance and expand practice skills in clinical nutrition utilizing Kight’s advanced level practice modeling in nutrition diagnostics.  The program requires completion of a 45 credit Master’s Degree, a research project utilizing the nutriokinetic/nutriodynamic modeling and approximately 1450-1470 hours of supervised practice experiences that span the two year length of the program.

The first year of the combined MND/DI program combines supervised practice and graduate coursework. Students complete rotations in food service and clinical management, community areas and in basic medical nutrition therapy the fall semester, along with coursework.  The spring semester supervised practice experiences are limited to medical nutrition therapy, providing the necessary experiences that prepare the intern to complete a 4 week staff relief experience in the summer semester.  Supervised 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.

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.  Upon satisfactory completion of both the MND degree and the dietetic internship, students will be provided with an AND Verification Statement indicating their eligibility to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians.

MND/DI as a Cohort Program

The Cox College MND/DI cohort program is designed for 8 students to experience the supervised practice experiences and graduate courses as a community of learners.  The support gained by these experiences leads to academic success, as well as higher retention/increased likelihood of program completion.  The cohort of students will start at the same time and graduate at the same time, completing requirements for supervised practice and the graduate program in a two year time frame.  At that time, all students will receive the AND Verification Statement (indicating eligibility to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians) and the Master’s degree in Nutrition Diagnostics.

All students will take the same courses at the same time, as well as complete the supervised practice rotations in the same time frame.  The only exception is the ability to transfer graduate credits for IP courses 502, 503 or 514 (see policy on prior learning and graduate credit transfer).  Cohort status will be lost if the student drops out or does not maintain a grade of “B” or above in all courses. The student may be given the option to restart as a student in the next cohort.

The curriculum, including supervised practice experiences and graduate coursework is outlined for the entire two year time frame, including two summers. Cost for the program is calculated on a yearly tuition and fees basis.

Successful completion of the program will equip the graduate with the knowledge and ability to apply that learning in the dietetic field as initially measured by the Registration Examination for Dietitians. The graduate of Cox College’s Master’s in Nutrition Diagnostics/Dietetic Internship program (MND/DI) will be 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, however, the program concentration and graduate degree in nutrition diagnostics will prepare the graduate to practice in an emerging area of clinical practice.

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 Focused Physical Exam and Simulation

A unique and significant component of nutrition diagnosing is the addition of Nutrition Focused Physical Exam (NPE).  Acquiring the skill set necessary to perform this exam takes learning the proper exam technique, practice of the technique along with knowledge of anatomy, pathology, pharmacology, nutritional biochemistry.  Experience gained in practice leads to development of critical reasoning skills and a growing ability to identify nutrient based lesions and make reliable nutrition diagnoses.  The MND/DI utilizes the college simulation lab to learn and practice the exam.  Below are examples of our students practicing the NPE.

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 Student Handbook Download

Mission and Philosophy

MND/DI Mission - The Cox College Master of Science in Nutrition Diagnostics/Dietetic Internship 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/DI Philosophy – structure a learning environment to promote critical thinking and inquiry, self-improvement, self-reliance, collaboration and lifelong learning.

Goals and Objectives

Prepare graduates to become competent entry level dietitians

  • First time pass rate of 80% or greater over a 5 year period on the RD exam
  • 80% of employers will rate graduate preparation for the profession as adequately or well prepared
  • 90% of students will complete the program with their cohort

Develop skill in the nutrition diagnostic approach to the practice of clinical nutrition

  • 80% of employers will rate graduate practice experiences in nutrition diagnostics as adequate or very adequate
  • 80% of graduates will rate preparation in nutrition diagnostics as adequate or well prepared
  • Over a 5 year period, 70% of graduates seeking gainful employment in dietetics will find employment within in 12 monthsof program completion

 

Prepare graduates to effectively utilize current and pertinent scientific literature in practice as a clinical nutrition practitioner

  • 80% of employers will agree/strongly agree that graduates are able to incorporate scientific research in their clinical practice
  • 80% of graduates will agree/strongly agree that they feel competent to evaluate and incorporate current and relevant literature in their clinical practice
  • 25% of graduates will pursue advanced/specialty positions/certifications or further graduate education over a 5 year period

 

Support the need for clinical nutrition practitioners in southwest Missouri and the Midwest region.

  • 25% of graduates will seek employment in southwest Missouri or the Midwest region
  • 90% of students will complete the program with their cohort
  • First time pass rate of 80% or greater over a 5 year period on the RD exam
  • Over a 5 year period, 70% of graduates seeking gainful employment in dietetics will find employment within in 12 months of program completion

 

The Cox College Master of Science in Nutrition Diagnostics/Dietetic Internship Program provides an atmosphere in which the student can apply and augment the knowledge base acquired from the academic setting. The program strives to prepare qualified dietetic professionals by imparting to each student the educational standards established by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The accepted principles of clinical nutrition, food service management, and community dietetics are taught on an individualized level. This program is designed to graduate students who have become entry-level professionals and who possess a state-of-the-art knowledge base, professional skills, and the ability to think critically and independently.

MND/DI Curriculum

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 503 Community rotations – 8 weeks 256 hrs
MND 503 Food Service/Clinical Management rotation– 5 week 160 hrs
MND 503 Introduction to MNT rotation – 3 weeks 96 hrs
MND 507 Applied MNT1 512 hrs
MND 508 Applied MNT2 160 hrs
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 507 Applied MNT1 4
    MND 503  Supervised Practice: 3    
    8 wk Community rotations      
    5 wk Food Service/Clinical Management rotation      
    3 wk Introduction  to MNT rotation      
    MND 504 Introduction to Nutrition Diagnostics & Nutrition Assessment 2    
Total 2 Total 11 Total 9

 

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 508  Applied MNT2 1 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 4 Total 9 Total 10

Total credit hours – 45

MND courses only offered in the semester indicated.

Successful Completion

The ACEND competencies reflect the minimal level of expertise the intern must achieve as stated in the Cox College Master’s in Nutrition Diagnostics/Dietetic Internship Student Handbook. In addition to the minimal level of expertise required by ACEND, satisfactory performance is required in the following if a student wishes to receive a verification statement and graduate degree from Cox College (verification statement granted upon completion of all of the criteria listed below):

  • 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.
  • Satisfactory completion of all courses required in the MND/DI plan of study
  • Graduate GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • 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

Admission to the MND/Dietetic Internship requires concurrent admission to the Cox College Graduate Department.  Applicants must complete two different online application forms, one for the internship (DICAS system – see below) and the Cox College Graduate Application.

  • In addition, before beginning the MND/Dietetic Internship, all students must provide official transcripts showing completion of at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and also a signed verification statement from an ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics.
  • The MND/ Dietetic Internship utilizes the online DICAS application system and D&D Digital computer matching application process.
  • The program is using the on-line centralized internship application, DICAS, e-mail DICASinfo@DICAS.org. The on-line application must be completed for our program by 11:59 pm Central Time on February 15. The fee to use DICAS is $40 for the first application submitted and $20 for each additional application.
  • Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent to: DICAS – Transcript Dept., PO Box 9118, Watertown, MA, 02472.
  • When completing the application form, applicants must include the name and contact information (specifically an e-mail address) for each reference. This will trigger an e-mail message requesting completion of a reference form. The form will be completed on-line. Students submitting more than one application will need to use the same individuals as references for each application.
  • Applicants must also register online with D&D Digital for computer matching and select dietetic internship priority choices by 11:59 pm Central Time on February 15. There is a $50 computer matching fee. The matching code for Cox College is 173. For more information on the computer matching process go to www.dnddigital.com, or contact them at:D&D Digital Systems, Inc.
    304 Main Street, Suite 301
    Ames, IA 50010
    Phone: 515-292-0490

Applicants Must

  • Admission to the MND/Dietetic Internship requires concurrent admission to the Cox College Graduate Department.  Applicants must complete the online application form for the Cox College Graduate Department and pay the $45 application fee to the college.  This application can be found under Admissions. 
  • Provide an AND Verification Statement or Declaration of Intent to Complete a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) – submitted with the DICAS online application.
  • Provide official transcripts showing completion of at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (bachelor’s degree must be completed before beginning program in August) – submitted with the DICAS online application.
  • Request 3 letters of recommendation – submitted with the DICAS online application.
    • DPD Director
    • Food, Nutrition or Dietetics Professor/Instructor
    • Work supervisor – preferably in food, dietetics area
  • Provide a resume or curriculum vita – submitted with the DICAS online application
  • Provide a 1-2 page personal statement addressing the following – submitted with the DICAS online application
    • Describe the significant professional responsibilities you have held.
    • State your professional goals and reasons for desiring to enroll in this MND/DI program.
    • 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 and college algebra for admit to the Graduate Department
  • The Graduate Records Exam (GRE) will NOT be required for admission.

 

Selection procedure

Selection of the successful applicants will be made by a committee composed of the Internship Director and the college faculty who are RDs. Selection of the successful applicants is based on the committee’s assessment of the individual’s potential in the program and potential as a practicing dietitian. The committee will use grade point average (overall, science, MNT/nutrition core courses), the personal statement, past work experience (employment in nutrition/dietetics in the past 3 years is emphasized), and letters of recommendation as well as face to face or Skype interviews (conducted for students who are greater than 250 miles from Springfield)  to make this assessment.

 

More Information and Details 

 

Note: Participants in the Accredited Internship are graduate students at Cox College and are governed by all policies, rules and requirements of the College and the Graduate Department. Policies, rules and requirements of the MND/DI are in addition to those of the College and Graduate Department and do not negate any College or Graduate Department policies.