Graduates are awarded a professional Master of Medical Nutrition (MMN) degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC).
Graduates will also receive a Verification Statement of Completion and are eligible to take the national registration examination for dietitians administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Length of Program
The MMN program calendar is 1.5 years in length, including 4 contiguous semesters. It begins in mid-August and is completed in mid-December of the following year (fall-spring-summer-fall terms).
Students must successfully complete all didactic and clinical course requirements to be considered for the master’s degree in Medical Nutrition. Successful completion requires at least a 3.0 grade point average.
The curriculum is competency based. Students completing the MMN program are prepared for entry-level practice and are qualified to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing examination to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.
Academic Medical Center Learning Environment
The nutrition therapy rotations are provided at Nebraska Medicine, the primary clinical teaching site for UNMC. The clinical preceptors are experienced Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and Licensed Medical Nutrition Therapists with academic appointments in the UNMC College of Allied Health Professions. This academic medical center setting provides a unique and stimulating interprofessional learning environment.
Graduates of the Medical Nutrition program are well prepared for careers in dietetics and nutrition and are eligible to take the national registration examination for dietitians administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
About the Profession
The Master of medical Nutrition Program will prepare you to be a Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), a food and nutrition expert who works in a wide variety of employment settings. An RD understands the science of nutrition and is skilled in the art of teaching and counseling.
Educational and professional requirements for Registered Dietitians (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) include:
- Complete a minimum of a Baccalaureate degree granted by a US regionally accredited university or college, or foreign equivalent.
- Complete current minimum academic requirements (Didactic Program in Dietetics) as approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
- Complete a supervised practice program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. NOTE: The UNMC master of Medical Nutrition Program meets this supervised practice program requirement.
- Successfully Complete the Registration Examination for Dietitians administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
- Remit the annual registration fee.
- Comply with the Professional Development Portfolio (PDP) recertification requirements administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
To learn more about the educational requirements and accredited education programs, please visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Student Center website.
Registered dietitians/nutritionists who provide patient care must be licensed in most states - in Nebraska they are Licensed Medical Nutrition Therapists. These professionals generally work in hospitals or other health care facilities, such as outpatient clinics. They are key members of the health care team and perform such services as:
- Assessing and monitoring nutritional status of patients;
- Developing care plans to complement the patient's overall plan of medical care;
- Counseling patients and their families to help them achieve nutrition care goals relating to varied health conditions, and
- Working with the physician to manage enteral and parenteral nutrition support for patients who are not able to meet their nutritional needs with oral diet.
Registered dietitians have many other career opportunities, including:
- Food and nutrition related businesses and industries - foodservice systems management, communications, consumer affairs, product development, sales...
- Community nutrition - government sponsored public health programs, teaching the public, program development for target audiences, counseling in health clinics on topics related to pregnancy, infant feeding, geriatric care...
- Sports nutrition and corporate wellness programs - client education about food and fitness...
- Private practice - consulting with long-term care facilities, nursing homes, restaurants, distributors, athletes, providing medical nutrition therapy for individuals/groups...
- Teaching and research - conducting research in laboratories or clinical settings, teaching medical students and allied health students...
- Writing - newsletters, newspaper columns, magazine columns for the public...
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of dietitians and nutritionists is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Registered dietitians work in a wide variety of employment settings, including hospitals, research facilities or universities, food and nutrition related businesses and industries, community nutrition such as government sponsored public health programs or program development, sports nutrition and corporate wellness programs.
Certified Registered Dietitians’ salaries can range from $51,000 to $88,000 with a median salary of $59,410.
Medical Nutrition Education
Enrollment is limited and competitive. Evaluation of the qualifications of each applicant and the final selections for admission are made by the admissions committee, comprised of program faculty and administration.
To be considered for admission, students are required to have completed a:
- Bachelor's Degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university
- Must be completed with final transcripts submitted prior to August program orientation
- Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale is required
- Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)
- Verification Statement of Completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) must be submitted prior to August program orientation
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
- The General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (verbal, quantitative and analytical writing) is required. Scores must be sent using the UNMC Medical Nutrition Education Institution Code 6896, and received by the application deadline.
NOTE: There are no formal requirements for volunteer, observation, or employment experiences related to the field of nutrition and dietetics, although a broad exposure to the field is encouraged. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to professional development and service.
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The MMN program includes 50 semester credit hours of didactic and clinical coursework, which include approximately 1560 hours of supervised learning experiences.
Classes are conducted on Mondays and supervised practice experiences are scheduled Tuesdays-Fridays during the fall-spring-summer terms. The second fall term is devoted to specified coursework and independent study that includes completion of a major capstone project. Service-learning and community nutrition experiences also occur on selected evenings and weekend days throughout the program. The program is full-time, including scheduled courses, experiential learning, and independent projects. Additional preparation time, outside of scheduled experiences, will be required for the successful completion of classes and clinical rotations.
The MMN program for the 1.5-year program includes enrollment during the fall-spring-summer semesters (Year 1) and fall semester (Year 2)..
|MNED 710||NUTRITION SERVICES SCOPE ( 120 Supervised Experiential Learning hrs)||2|
|MNED 720||INTERPROFESSIONAL LEARNING AND LEADERSHIP I (50 Supervised Experiential Learning Hrs)||1|
|MNED 730||PEDIATRIC NUTRITION CARE (90 Supervised Experiential Learning Hours )||2|
|MNED 732||NUTRITION THERAPY - ADULT AND GERIATRIC PATIENT CARE (180 Supervised Experiential Learning Hrs)||3|
|MNED 775||RSCH METHDS MED NUTR||3|
|MNED 777||MEDICAL NUTRITION AND DIAGNOSIS RELATED CARE (60 Supervised Experiential Learning Hrs)||3|
|500 Supervised Experiential Learning Hours|
|MNED 734||NUTRITION THERAPY - EDUCATION & COUNSELING (120 Supervised Experiential Learning Hrs)||2|
|MNED 736||NUTRITION THERAPY - COMPLEX ISSUES & CONTINUUM OF CARE (120 Supervised Experiential Learning Hrs)||2|
|MNED 738||NUTRITION THERAPY - CRITICAL CARE & NUTRITION SUPPORT (120 Supervised Experiential Learning Hrs)||2|
|MNED 750||ADVANCED PRACTICE SELECTIVE (60 Supervised Experiential Learning Hrs)||2|
|MNED 787||MEDICAL NUTRITION AND THE NUTRITION CARE PROCESS (30 Supervised Experiential Learning Hrs)||3|
|450 Supervised Experiential Learning Hrs|
|MNED 773||CLINICAL NUTRITION MANAGEMENT (100 Supervised Experiential Learning Hrs)||2|
|MNED 779||NUTRITION THERAPY PRACTICUM (160 Supervised Experiential Learning Hrs)||3|
|MNED 785||APPLIED MEDICAL NUTRITION RESEARCH||3|
|MNED 790 CAPSTONE||2|
|260 Supervised Supervised Experiential Learning Hrs|
|MNED 724||INTERPROFESSIONAL LEARNING AND LEADERSHIP III (50 Supervised Experiential Learning Hrs )||1|
|MNED 790||MED NUTRITION CAPSTONE||4|
|EPI 820||EPIDEMIOLOGY IN PUBLIC HEALTH||3|
|MNED 760||INTEGRATIVE NUTRITION AND APPLIED GENETICS AND PHARMACOLOGY (100 Supervised Experiential Learning Hrs )||2|
|MNED 766||POPULATION SCIENCE, GLOBAL HEALTH, AND AGRICULTURE PRACTICES IN NUTRITION (100 Supervised Experiential Learning Hrs )||2|
|350 Supervised Experiential Learning Hours|
|Total Credit Hours||50|
Total Supervised Experiential Learning hours for the Program = 1560 hours