College of Human Ecology
Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
William Forsythe, Chairperson, 148 Rivers Building
Post-baccalaureate programs offered in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics include a dietetic internship program and a MS in nutrition. These programs can be combined and completed in two full years of study. More information is available for each program on the department homepage, www.ecu.edu/che/nutr.
Dietetic Internship ProgramThe dietetic internship is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of The American Dietetic Association. CADE is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. Enrollment is limited and admission is competitive. Admission requires verification of completion of a bachelor’s degree that meets Didactic Program in Dietetics requirements of The American Dietetic Association; GRE test scores; the overall GPA or the GPA for the last 60 s.h. of course work; and The American Dietetic Association computer matching. The application deadline is mid-February. Once admitted to the dietetic internship program, students are required to apply for non-degree graduate student status before beginning the program. The dietetic internship program provides supervised dietetic practice in three required areas: clinical nutrition; foodservice management; and community nutrition, which includes a rural health component. The program requires 12 s.h. of supervised dietetic practice (NUTR 4801, 4802, 4803, 4804); 1 s.h. of orientation to the professional dietetic practice (NUTR 4800); and 6 s.h. of approved NUTR courses at the 5000 or 6000 level. Students may apply the 5000- and 6000 level credits toward the MS in nutrition and dietetics. Additional information and an application are available from the dietetics program director.
MS in NutritionThe MS in nutrition provides advanced study in the practice of nutrition and dietetics. Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School. Decisions regarding admission to the nutrition and dietetics degree are based on the following criteria: courses required for the undergraduate nutrition minor; GRE test scores; and the overall or last 60 s.h. GPA. Applicants may be required to take additional courses as part of the MS degree in order to make up deficiencies. Students may choose a thesis or a non-thesis option, both of which require a minimum of 33 s.h. credit as follows. The non-thesis option may be taken completely online.