Course work for this program is offered through distance learning technology, whereby the students complete all the degree requirements without having to attend classes on the CMU campus in Mt. Pleasant.
On-line chat sessions are held each week for each course offered during a specified semester. Attendance/participation in the chat sessions is mandatory. A computer enabled for microphone/headset use is required.
An advanced training
Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics is designed to provide advanced training in human nutritional sciences for new and experienced professionals. Its objectives are to enhance the graduate's knowledge base and expertise in the continually advancing field of nutrition and clinical dietetics. In addition, the program is designed to provide graduates with the quantitative and methodological knowledge necessary to better interpret the scientific literature to conduct their own nutritional research.
Central Michigan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Higher Learning Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.
NOTE: Completion of this M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics program alone does not result in the attainment of the registered dietitian (R.D.) designation unless the student is already eligible
(possesses a verification statement and will be completing or has completed an internship) and completes the Plan B internship option. CMU's dietetic internship (CMUDI) is not available in a distance format. Students accepted into CMUDI must reside in the mid-Michigan area while completing the internship.
The pathway to becoming a registered dietitian (R.D.) requires completion of an ACEND accredited/approved didactic program in dietetics (DPD) followed by completion of an internship program. An alternative pathway requires completion of a coordinated program (CP) including a supervised practice experience. Upon completion of one of the above options, application for registration eligibility is required in addition to successful completion of the R.D. examination. These paths are not offered through this MS
Additional information on the pathway to becoming a registered dietitian may be obtained at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics web site located at
eatright.org (click on becoming a RD).