What's a typical day like for a graduate student in the Masters Program in Nutrition? Recent graduates report a concerted effort to balance schoolwork and rest. Strong family support and exercise are all keys to reduce stress and enjoy the camaraderie of the program. The curriculum can be intense and the days can be quite long, but the experience is worth it. Recent graduates report high satisfaction with the program and highly encourage others to apply.
During Phase 1 students report awakening between 4:00 and 6:00 a.m. for exercise, personal hygiene, and breakfast before classes. Classes begin at approximately 8:00 am or later, and a student can expect to spend 6-7 hours per day in the classroom or lab. Approximately three hours per night is devoted to homework, and about 6-12 hours per weekend studying or working on group projects. During the first semester, most of the work is on an individual basis with more group projects assigned in the second semester. The Phase 1 curriculum also affords several learning opportunities through field trips. For an insider view of phase 1 please view video.
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Students' Phase 2 experiences vary based on their assigned Phase 2 site. However, all Phase 2 students receive the same base hours in topics such as food service management, medical nutrition therapy, research, leadership, and administration as accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) in order to prepare them for the Registration Examination. A typical day generally begins at 7:30 AM and lasts until 4:30 PM (or until an assignment is completed). Phase 2 emcompasses supervised practice rotations, projects, research,and hands on practice in order to acquire the required competencies to become a registered dietitian in the military.