MND/DI Program Information

Cox College Master of Science in Nutrition Diagnostics & Dietetic Internship (MND/DI) is a full-time, 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.  Coursework is provided via a combo of face-to-face educationat Cox College in Springfield Missouri as well as online education. The MND/DI provides supervised practice experiences in Springfield Missouri and the surrounding area.  The program is designed to meet the eligibility requirements for 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. You can review this document on becoming a registered dietitian from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics or visit the website www.eatrightacend.org for more information on becoming a registered dietitian.

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 44 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 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 MND 523 and MND/MSN 525.  Cohort status will be lost if the student drops out or does not maintain a “B” average. 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.

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 months of 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

Program outcomes data are available on request.

The MND/DI program is a 22-month program that starts in August and ends 22 months later in May.  All students in their cohort start together and finish together. The first year involves taking classes on Monday and attending supervised practice rotations Tuesday through Friday.  Supervised practice hours are also done during the first summer and some evenings and weekends during the first year.  The send year of the program involves more advanced supervised practice on Mondays and attending classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Additional supervised practice is done on a few weekends and evenings in the second year as well.

Year 2
Summer SemesterCreditsFall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
MSN 525/MND 525 Evidence Based Practice in Health Care4MND 580 Contemporary Topics in Food & Nutrition 2 2MND 630 Advanced Applied MNT 2 Clinical & Lecture 2
MND 570 Supervised Practice 3 1MND 600 Research Application in Nutrition Diagnostics 1 3MND 640 Advanced Nutrition Assessment 3
MND 610 Nutrition Focused Physical Exam 2 2MND 650 Advanced Geriatrics 2
MND 620 Advanced Applied MNT 1 Clinical & Lecture 2MND 660 Research Application in Nutrition Diagnostics 21
MND 670 Advanced Pharmacology Applications1
Total5Total9Total9
Total credit hours:  44
Supervised Practice ExperienceMinimum Practice Hours
Community
- MND 530 Supervised Practice 1192 hrs
- Throughout program64 hrs
Medical Nutrition Therapy
- MND 530/555 Evidence Based Practice in Health Care576 hrs
- MND 570 Supervised Practice 3 160 hrs
- MND 620 Advanced Applied MNT 1 Clinical & Lecture 144 hrs
- MND 630 Advanced Applied MNT 2 Clinical & Lecture 144 hrs
- Simulation, MSS case studies, MND 501 Nutritional Counseling and Education Methods24-28 hrs
Food Service/CM
- MND 530 Supervised Practice 1160 hrs
Total Supervised Practice Hours1464-1468 hrs

The community hours not assigned to MND 530/MND 555 are expected to be accrued over the length of the program.  This allows for students to choose some community events and/or rotations where they have particular interests.  In addition, it includes some required community events that do not fit into the typical work day or work week.  The experiences that are required by all students and the approximate hours associated with those experiences are listed below.  There are a number of optional and unplanned community events that occur during the year that the student can participate in and count as community hours.  An optional experience is the Baby Affair.

In addition, students are required to attend all meetings of the Southwest Missouri Dietetic Association; attendance does not count towards supervised practice hours, but meets competency CDR 2.9

Required Community Experiences Not Part of a Course
Supervised Practice ExperienceApproximate Practice HoursAdditional Information
KGBX Women’s show6-10 supervised practice hours includes food demo preparation and presentation, as well as booth hours
National Nutrition Month4-8 supervised practice hours includes recipe preparation and booth hours
Legislative Day6-10 supervised practice hours varies with issues brought forward and seminars attendedMeets Competency CDR 4.3. Write up required for the competency does not count towards supervised practice hours.
Hy-Vee Cooking School/FFDCooking demonstration6-7 supervised practice hours/session, includes recipe development & testing, preparation for and the actual demo & written submission/reflectionMeets Competency CDR 3.3See section below for additional experience expectations.
Bright Sky20 supervised practice hoursOccurs during Year 1
MND/DI Prerequisites/Corequisites
Course NumberPrerequisite*Prerequisite/Co-requisite**
MND 501BS in dietetics or equivalent
MND 517BS in dietetics or equivalent
MND 520BS in dietetics or equivalent
MND 523BS in dietetics or equivalent
MND 530BS in dietetics or equivalent
MND 535BS in dietetics or equivalent
MND 540MND 530 & MND 535
MND 545MND 535 or permission from the instructor
MND 550MND 535 or permission from the instructor
MND 555MND 530
MND 570MND 555
MND 580BS in dietetics or equivalent
MND 600MND 545 & MND 550
MND 610MND 545
MND 620MND 610
MND 630MND 620
MND 640MND 630 or permission from the instructor
MND 650MND 630, MND 640 or permission from the instructor
MND 660MND 600
MND 670MND 523
MSN 525/MND 525BS in dietetics or equivalent, Statistics course

* A prerequisite is defined as a course that must be completed before acceptance into a higher-level course.

* *A Pre/Co-requisite is defined as a course that may be taken prior to OR simultaneously with the higher level course.

The Cox College MND/DI program follows the Cox College academic calendar available here

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.

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, 1-800-877-1600 x5400 and the North Central Higher Learning Commission.