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Master of Science Coordinated Program in Dietetics, Nutrition & Exercise Physiology

Faculty working with Students: 15
Students: 30
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 33.33%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10
Campus:
  • Spokane: Yes
Tests required:
  • 550 TOEFL Minimum score
  • 80 TOEFLI Minimum score

Degree Description:

The non-thesis Master of Science Coordinated Program in Dietetics, Nutrition, and Exercise Physiology (MS CPD NEP), is a coordinated program (didactic coursework and clinical rotations are conducted simultaneously) in dietetics with an exercise emphasis. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Successful completion of this MS program prepares students to test for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential. Since the emphasis area of the graduate dietetics program is exercise, some students may be required to take undergraduate nutrition and/or exercise physiology courses that prepares them to be dual credentialed as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and a Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM CEP). A minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice hours in various healthcare and community settings is required as a part of the master’s program.

Admission Requirements:

1. A cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or higher in undergraduate studies is required by the Graduate School.

2. A degree in nutrition, dietetics, exercise science, kinesiology, or related field, from an accredited institution, or a BS in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology (BS NEP) from WSU.

3. Equivalent coursework without a posted degree will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If you are a student with a bachelor’s degree in a non-science area, it is recommended you apply as a post-baccalaureate student to the BS NEP program through the Undergraduate Admission Office and the NEP Department after completing the prerequisites.

The BS NEP application can be found at https://spokane.wsu.edu/nep/bsnepoverview/apply/. Please consult the Academic Coordinator, Jill Wagner, if you have questions about the prerequisites or the admission process. Admission interviews are typically conducted in March, with notification in early April. Dr. Janet Beary, PhD, RDN, CHES, serves as the Program Director, and is available after students matriculate into the MS program. National and Washington state background checks, and a drug test, are required prior to enrollment into classes.

Student Learning Outcome:

All graduates will be able to:

  1. The program will prepare graduates to be credentialed entry-level dietitians.
  2. The program will prepare CP graduates to test for ACSM Exercise Specialist.
  3. The program will prepare graduates to demonstrate a commitment to positively contribute to the health of individuals and communities through active participation and/or leadership  in community/public service.

Student Opportunities:

Work with WSU Spokane faculty on research projects, attend professional dietetic-related conferences, workshops, and specialized trainings.

Career Opportunities:

Most Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) work at hospitals and medical centers, private practice or other healthcare facilities. Many work in community and public health settings, academia, and research. Others work in the food and nutrition industry, business, journalism, sports nutrition, corporate wellness programs, and other nontraditional settings.

Faculty Members:

Abshire, Demetrius A, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Beary, Janet, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Weight management, eating disorders, and diet’s effect on bladder symptoms.

Chaytor, Naomi, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Emotional, cognitive and functional correlates of chronic medical conditions

Davis, April, MS, RDN, CD, ACSM-CEP

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Duncan, Glen E, Ph.D., RCEP

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

The relationships among cardiovascular fitness, body fat content, and metabolic disease, lifestyle interventions designed to modify diet and increase habitual physical activity, and non-biological determinants of physical activity and obesity.

Knuth, Judy, M.S.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Kynast-Gales, Susan Anne, Ph.D., RDN

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Larsen, Julie

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Miller, Lindsay

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Monsivais, Pablo, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Niehuser, Shaekira

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Palmer, Guy Hughes, DVM, PhD

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Roll, John, PhD

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Human behavioral pharmacology, the development and refinement of behavioral interventions for addiction and other psychiatric disorders, as well as technology transfer issues.

Schultz, Jill Armstrong

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

VanDongen, Hans, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Sleep Research

Contact Information:

Jill Wagner
SHER 318
665 North Riverpoint Blvd
Spokane, WA 99210-1495
509-358-7811