School/Division: Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
Degree/Certificate: Master of Science
The Master of Science degree in Nutrition, Healthspan and Longevity is a Coordinated Program (CP) in Nutrition and Dietetics. The program received candidacy for accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) in 2015. The program can be completed in two years, as a full-time degree program, with courses and supervised practice completed over 4 semesters and one summer session or part-time over 3-years as a distance student only.
Students will be able to complete the degree program on campus or as a distance student, if residing >100 miles outside Los Angeles. Successful completion of 44 units is required for graduation (28 units of didactic course work, 10 units of supervised practice, and 6 units of research). Completion of the didactic and supervised practice (1000 hours) and the award of a master of science degree provides students with “eligibility” to write the national registration examination of the Commission of Dietetics Registration (CDR), granting use of the nationally recognized credential, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).
The program summative experience will be a capstone project resulting in a peer-reviewed publication or poster. Students will be required to present their work at a local, state, or national dietetics conference and/or in a peer-reviewed publication/newsletter, as a requirement of graduation.
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