Quick Facts - MSN/DPD
Master of Science in Nutrition with Didactic Program in Dietetics (MSN/DPD)
Kenmore, Washington campus
- Bachelor's degree
- Cumulative 3.0 GPA minimum in undergraduate coursework and nutrition classes
- 3.25 GPA in the prerequisite classes and science coursework. See the prerequisite tab for more detailed information
- Recommended: volunteer experience relevant to nutrition
Length of Program
2 years, full time
This degree program prepares students to be eligible to apply for dietetic internships. The successful completion of a dietetic internship, in turn, supports eligibility to sit for the registration examination for dietitians. The Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential offers a scope of practice in medical nutrition therapy in hospitals, clinics, private practice and public health organizations. Registered dietitians with a master’s degree may also work in corporate wellness, food service management, food and nutrition consulting and writing, and community health.
Additionally, a graduate degree supports academic careers in universities, administrative positions in government and public health organizations, and research positions in clinical and other types of research laboratories.
See examples of how our graduates use their nutrition degrees.
Program Summary - MSN/DPD
Program Summary - MSN/DPD
The master's didactic program in dietetics (MSN/DPD) fulfills the academic and competency requirements for registered dietitian eligibility. The Bastyr MSN/DPD allows students to complete a didactic program while pursuing a Master of Science in Nutrition.
The program requirements are over and above the degree requirements outlined by the University. Verified graduation from the DPD program provides students with the technical and academic knowledge to compete for a dietetic internship (DI), the second step to becoming a RDN with the third step being the successful pass on the RDN Exam.
The mission of the MSN-DPD program at Bastyr University is to prepare graduate students for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) who will be agents of change in bringing the perspective of whole foods, environmental awareness of food choices, and integrative medicine into their dietetic-and nutrition-related practices.
Program Goals and Objectives
Program Goal 1:
The Bastyr University MSN/DPD program will prepare graduates to become successful dietetic interns.
Objectives of Goal 1:
- At least 95 percent of students entering the program will successfully complete the Bastyr University MSN/DPD program within 3 years (150 percent of allotted program completion time) while accomplishing the following graduation requirements:
- Complete the degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
- Pass the DPD exit exam with a score of 75 percent or greater.
- Complete 300 nutrition-related volunteer/paid hours with signed verification.
- Complete self-tracking of specified learning outcomes.
- At least 80% of MSN-DPD graduates will apply for admission to a supervised practice program within 12 months post-graduation.
- At least 80% of MSN-DPD graduates who seek an internship will be admitted to a supervised program within 12 months post-graduation.
- Results from the supervised practice program director survey will reflect that MSN/DPD graduates have ‘more than satisfactory knowledge or competence’ (at least ‘4’ or higher on a scale of 1 to 5) in at least 80 percent of professional competencies evaluated.
- Summary reports from the Commission on Dietetic Registration will consistently reflect that at least 95% of all graduates over a 5-year period will have passed the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists on the first attempt.
- Specified percentages of respondents from the MSN/DPD Alumni Survey conducted every 2 years will rate their level of preparedness post-graduation as a ‘3’ (‘adequately prepared’) or higher on a scale of 1 to 5 in each of the following dietetic practice areas:
- Medical Nutrition Therapy (75 percent)
- Food Service Management (85 percent)
- Nutrition Education (90 percent)
- Nutrition Counseling (90 percent)
- Food Science (85 percent)
- Research (50 percent)
Objectives of Goal 2:
- Specified percentages of respondents from the MSN/DPD Alumni Survey conducted every 2 years will rate their preparation as ‘3’ (‘adequately prepared’) or higher on a scale of 1 to 5 in each of the following areas:
- Whole foods nutrition (70 percent)
- Environmental awareness (70 percent)
- Integrative medicine (70 percent)
- Specified percentages of respondents from the MSN/DPD Alumni Survey conducted every 2 years will report their ability to incorporate the following into their dietetic/nutrition practice at least ‘occasionally’ or more, or at least ‘3’ on a scale of 1 to 5:
- Whole foods nutrition (80 percent)
- Environmental awareness (60 percent)
- Integrative medicine (60 percent)
- At least 85 percent of respondents from the supervised practice program director survey conducted annually will rate MSN/DPD graduates as ‘4’ (‘more than satisfactory’) or higher on a scale of 1 to 5 in competencies related to whole foods, environmental awareness and integrative medicine.
Program outcomes data available upon request.
Verified graduation from the MSN/DPD enables a student to apply for dietetic internships (DI). Although the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science will assist all graduates in supervised practice placement, completion of the DPD does not guarantee acceptance into a dietetic internship.
Graduates are able to critically evaluate the scientific literature and incorporate current research and innovative advances in nutrition into the fundamentals of nutritional science and dietary planning. Graduates are also able to support the ecological well-being of the planet through promotion of improved eating habits.
Successful completion of the Bastyr MSN/DPD requires maintenance of a 3.00 GPA on a 4.0 scale, completion of 300 hours of volunteer/work experience,* achievement of a passing score (75 percent) on the exit examination, and completion of self-tracking of specified learning outcomes.
MSN/DPD students must complete a minimum of 78 credits. All MSN/DPD students must have a minimum 3.00 grade point average with a minimum of 52 credits in residence. In addition, 300 hours of paid work and/or volunteer experience in clinical nutrition, food service management and community nutrition are required to graduate. A grade of 75% or greater is required to pass the DPD exit exam. Students must also complete self-tracking of specified learning outcomes. MSN/DPD students must complete their degree within five years following matriculation into the program. A student will not receive his/her verification statement until all requirements for the MSN/DPD are met.
The MSN/DPD at Bastyr University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-5400. Bastyr University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Admission Requirements - MSN/DPD
Priority consideration is given to applicants with the following GPA scores:
- 3.25 in prerequisite coursework (all classes listed as specific prerequisites)
- 3.25 cumulative GPA in science prerequisites with a B or better in Human Physiology, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry and Microbiology
- 3.0 in nutrition coursework
- 3.0 cumulative undergraduate coursework
Exceptional candidates who do not meet these priority standards will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
|Human Physiologyfull series of anatomy and physiology will meet this requirement.||1 course (5 quarter credits)|
|Chemistry (science-major level with lab)Chemistry courses must include at least one course in organic chemistry.||3 courses|
|Nutrition||1 course (5 quarter credits or 3 semester credits)|
|Biochemistrybiochemistry course must be upper-level and must cover intermediary metabolism.||1 course|
|Introduction to Psychology||1 course|
|College Algebra||1 course|
No grade lower than a C will be accepted for any prerequisite courses. Prerequisite science courses must have been completed within the last 7 years. All applications are reviewed on an individual basis and decisions regarding admissibility are made by the Admissions Committee. Please contact the admissions office for more information.
Want to take these prerequisite courses with us? Find out more about our Post-Baccalaureate Program.
Want to know which classes fulfill these prerequisites? Review these Course equivalency guides
Curriculum - MSN/DPD
The MSN/DPD curriculum integrates the student's knowledge and skills related to the physical, behavioral, cultural, ecological, legislative, community and clinical aspects of human nutrition. The course work focuses on four main areas: nutrition, foods, basic sciences and counseling skills. Basic and advanced nutrition classes build the didactic knowledge underlying community and clinical nutrition. Core food courses build competencies in knowledge of whole foods and food composition, handling, preparation and distribution. Clinical practicum develops experiences, attitudes and values important to the competent dietetic intern.
The curriculum table below lists the tentative schedule of courses each quarter. Next to each course is the number of credits per course (Crdt.), the lecture hours each week (Lec.) and the lab/clinic hours each week (L/C). Course descriptions are available in the Course Catalog.
Expected Learning Outcomes
The Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science has established expected learning outcomes in the following areas for all Master of Science in Nutrition programs:
- Biological/Medical Sciences
- Quantitative Reasoning/Critical Thinking/Research
- Whole Foods and Natural Medicine
- Physical Activity
- Promotion of the University's and the Department's mission and vision
Expected learning outcomes specific to the MSN-Didactic Program in Dietetics are called knowledge requirements for registered dietitians (KRDNs) and include:
- KRDN 1.1 Demonstrate how to locate, interpret, evaluate and use professional literature to make ethical, evidence-based practice decisions.
- KRDN 1.2 Use current information technologies to locate and apply evidence-based guidelines and protocols.
- KRDN 1.3 Apply critical thinking skills.
- KRDN 2.1 Demonstrate effective and professional oral and written communication and documentation.
- KRDN 2.2 Describe the governance of nutrition and dietetics practice, such as the Scope of Nutrition and Dietetics Practice and the Code of Ethics for the Profession of Nutrition and Dietetics; and describe interprofessional relationships in various practice settings.
- KRDN 2.3 Assess the impact of a public policy position on nutrition and dietetics practice.
- KRDN 2.4 Discuss the impact of health care policy and different health care delivery systems on food and nutrition services.
- KRDN 2.5 Identify and describe the work of interprofessional teams and the roles of others with whom the registered dietitian nutritionist collaborates in the delivery of food and nutrition services.
- KRDN 2.6 Demonstrate an understanding of cultural competence/sensitivity.
- KRDN 2.7 Demonstrate identification with the nutrition and dietetics profession through activities such as participation in professional organizations and defending a position on issues impacting the nutrition and dietetics profession.
- KRDN 2.8 Demonstrate an understanding of the importance and expectations of a professional in mentoring and precepting others.
- KRDN 3.1 Use the Nutrition Care Process to make decisions, identify nutrition-related problems and determine and evaluate nutrition interventions.
- KRDN 3.2 Develop an educational session or program/educational strategy for a target population.
- KRDN 3.3 Demonstrate counseling and education methods to facilitate behavior change and enhance wellness for diverse individuals and groups.
- KRDN 3.4 Explain the processes involved in delivering quality food and nutrition services.
- KRDN 3.5 Describe basic concepts of nutritional genomics.
- KRDN 4.1 Apply management theories to the development of programs or services.
- KRDN 4.2 Evaluate a budget and interpret financial data.
- KRDN 4.3 Describe the regulation system related to billing and coding, what services are reimbursable by third party payers, and how reimbursement may be obtained.
- KRDN 4.4 Apply the principles of human resource management to different situations.
- KRDN 4.5 Describe safety principles related to food, personnel and consumers.
- KRDN 4.6 Analyze data for assessment and evaluate data to be used in decision-making for continuous quality improvement.
The attached PDF is the curriculum for students starting in Fall 2016. Please note that changes to the curriculum may still occur before the start of the Fall 2017 academic year. For the 2016-2017 course catalog, click here.
Clinical Training - MSN/DPD
Time spent in classrooms and studying for tests is just one component of a nutrition education. As a student pursuing the Master of Science in Nutrition with Didactic Program in Dietetics (MSN/DPD), you also will put scientific theories and counseling instruction into practice through supervised clinical training at Bastyr Center for Natural Health.
This real-world experience prepares you to become a registered dietitian, with guidance through this process from experienced whole-food dietitians on Bastyr's faculty.
Diverse Patient Population
With an average of 35,000 patient visits annually, Bastyr Center allows student clinicians to interact with a variety of clients, ranging in age from children to seniors. Through this clinical experience, you'll learn to recognize health conditions and support clients in dealing with their concerns, including:
- Chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease
- Weight-related dietary changes
- Digestive disorders
- Food allergies and sensitivities
- Disordered eating
- Immune dysfunction
Clinical training at Bastyr Center, combined with the external work experience required of MSN/DPD students, gives you a competitive edge that results in a higher dietetic internship placement rate compared with other schools across the nation.
Patient Contacts/Training Hours
- To graduate, you must complete 96 hours of clinical training at Bastyr Center.
- In addition to clinical training, you also must complete a total of 300 hours of paid work or volunteer experience in clinical nutrition, food service management and community nutrition.
Bastyr University malpractice insurance is in effect for MSN/DPD students (at no cost to students) during the course of their program.
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Requirements
In addition to successful completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) a student must accomplish the following:
- Obtain a minimum of a baccalaureate degree from an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited program and U.S. regionally accredited college or university.
- Apply for a dietetic internship (DI) through a computer match process.
- Complete an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program, i.e., dietetic internship (DI).
- Successfully pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing examination for dietitians.
To practice as an RDN, one must also obtain state-specific certification or licensure, as applicable. For more information regarding careers in the field of dietetics, visit www.eatright.org
Tuition for Master's & Doctoral Degrees
Average costs for the first three quarters with a typical credit load in the 2016-17 academic year.The first year is considered fall, winter and spring quarters.
Average CreditsFirst year.
Tuition & FeesFees include a $25 quarterly student activity fee. See the University Catalog for a full schedule of fees.
Books & Supplies
TotalThe budget used to determine financial-aid eligibility allows for an additional $21,600 for a 9-month period of living expenses.
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PLEASE NOTE: For financial aid purposes, cost of attendance includes costs above plus $21,600 per nine months to cover room & board, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses.