Pre-Candidate Accreditation Statement
Beginning Fall 2023, St. Catherine University’s Nutrition and Dietetics Department in the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health will open a new and innovative 21- month (4 semesters) program to prepare students to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN).
The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics ACEND* has designated St. Catherine University as a candidate for the Future Education Model graduate program. Upon successful completion of the eligibility application process the program will receive candidacy for accreditation status. The program is not accepting applications at this time but will be able to do so when candidacy for accreditation status is obtained.
*The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for programs in nutrition and dietetics integrate didactic coursework with supervised experiential learning in a competency-based curriculum designed to prepare nutrition and dietetics practitioners for future practice.
3+2 Dual Degree Program in Nutrition and Dietetics
St. Catherine University offers two pathways for completing the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. A dual-degree program is available to undergraduate students resulting in a B.S. degree in Applied Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, and a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. The entry level Graduate Program in Nutrition and Dietetics is available to students who have completed a B.A. or B.S.
Standard Application Process for the Dual-Degree Program in Nutrition and Dietetics
In this option, students enter the Applied Science in Nutrition and Dietetics major that includes all liberal arts core requirements, major supporting courses, major course work, and pre-requisites for the Master's of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics (MSND) program.
Students apply to the Master’s of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics during their junior year. Applicants must complete a dual degree application and meet all other admission criteria for consideration to the program including:
Completion of program prerequisites with a GPA of 3.0 or better
Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
Letter grades of C or better for all prerequisite courses
Successful completion and a competitive score of the MSND Admission Application (based in part on well-written essays, varied related experiences) during your junior year. The application score is based on committee review and an exemplary rating of all elements.
Positive recommendations from clinical/academic references
Meet with your nutrition and dietetics adviser each semester
Meet all other admission criteria required at the time of application to the program as outlined on the program website.
If accepted into the MSND for their senior year, students typically are awarded the St. Catherine baccalaureate degree after their first year in the MSND program. Following successful completion of all the MSND degree requirements, the master’s degree is awarded.
Students who are not accepted into the MSND program can seamlessly complete a major in Nutrition Science if desired.
|Required Supporting Courses|
|CHEM 1110||General Chemistry I with Lab 1||4|
|CHEM 1120||General Chemistry II with Lab 1||4|
|BIOL 2200||Introduction to Microbiology with Lab 1||4|
|BIOL 2610||Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 1||4|
|BIOL 2620||Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 1||4|
|EXSS 3200||Health Behavior Psychology 2||4|
|or PSYC 4450||Psychology of Eating|
|IPE 1030||Healthcare Teams Foundations and Medical Terminology||2|
|PHIL 3400||Biomedical Ethics||4|
|PSYC 1001||General Psychology with Lab 1||4|
|PSYC 2025||Lifespan Developmental Psychology||4|
|Select one from: 1||4|
|Statistical Analysis with Corequisite|
Also a graduate program prerequisite
Check prerequisites before planning a program of study
|FSNU 2300||Nutrition Foundations||4|
|FSNU 2992||Food is Medicine||2|
|FSNU 3400||Sports Nutrition||4|
Graduate courses taken after admission to the dual-degree program:
|FSNU 5XXX||Nutrition and Education Counseling||3|
|FSNU 5XXX||Food Science||3|
|FSNU 5XXX||Life Cycle Nutrition-Peds||3|
|FSNU 5XXX||Life Cycle Nutrition-Adults||3|
|FSNU 5XXX||Community Nutrition I||3|
|FSNU 5XXX||Advanced Nutrition||3|
|FSNU 5XXX||Medical Nutrional Therapy||3|
Students who do not gain entry to the MSDT program after their junior year complete the following courses for a major (B.S. degree) in nutrition science:
|or FSNU 4604||Internship|
|Choose four courses from:||16|
Life Cycle Nutrition-Peds
|Nutrition Education and Counseling|
|Current Issues in Foods and Nutrition|
|Medical Nutrition Therapy I|
|Choose three courses from:||12|
|Intercultural and Community Nutrition with Lab|
Life Cyle Nutrition-Adults
|Medical Nutrition Therapy II with Lab|
Applied Research 1
FSNU 6XXX is only available to seniors who are approved to participate in the program that allows seniors to enroll in a limited number of graduate level courses.
The following graduate courses are taken after the dual-degree student's Bachelor of Science degree is posted:
|FSNU 6XXX||Current Issues in Nutrition||3|
|FSNU 6XXX||Experimental and Culinary Food and Nutrition||3|
|FSNU 6XXX||Community Nutrition II||3|
|FSNU 6XXX||Foodservice Operations and Production||3|
|FSNU 6XXX||Medical Nutrition Therapy II||3|
|FSNU 6XXX||Applied Research||3|
|FSNU 6XXX||Foodservice and Nutrition Management||3|