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Brooks College of Health Graduate Admission & Degree Requirements

School of Nursing

Department of Public Health

Department of Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences

Department of Nutrition

School of Nursing

BSN to DNP Nurse Anesthetist (DNP)

Nurse Anesthetist is a clinical specialty track within the School of Nursing. The nurse anesthetist curriculum is an extremely rigorous academic and clinical undertaking. It consists of a nine-semester continuous program of full-time graduate study. Graduates are eligible to take the National Certification Examination to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (C.R.N.A.) as well as to obtain the Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (in nurse anesthesia) credential from the Florida Board of Nursing. This program admits for the spring term.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the program must meet general University requirements for admission to graduate studies. In order to be considered for the Nurse Anesthetist track, the interested applicant must meet these additional requirements:
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a regionally accredited institution with a nursing curriculum based on AACN's Essentials of Baccalaureate Education (or other appropriate discipline from a regionally accredited institution*) 
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from undergraduate nursing major (generally the last 60 hours) 
  • GRE test scores within the last five (5) years
    • Prior to July 1, 2011: combined 1000 on verbal and quantitative portions, plus at least 3 out of 6 on the essay portion 
    • After July 1, 2011: 153 verbal, 144 quantitative, and a minimum of 3.5 out of 6 on the essay portion 
     
  • A minimum of two (2) year experience as a Registered Nurse in an critical care setting (resume or CV 1-2 pages in length that includes professional work experience with a brief explanation of each position’s responsibilities) 
  • Personal statement of 500 words or less describing one's purpose in seeking admission to the CRNA program and preparations made for such academic studies (typewritten in no smaller than 12pt font with 1” margins, not to exceed 3 pages) 
  • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse; out-of-state applicants will need to obtain FL licensure as a RN upon admission to the program (copy of actual RN license) 
  • Successful completion of undergraduate Health Assessment, Statistics, and Research courses with a grade of "B" or better in each 
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to render an opinion regarding your qualification to undertake the study of anesthesia and nursing at the graduate level 
Applicants who have met the minimum admission requirements may be invited for an interview. Applicants will not be admitted without an interview.

The UNF MPH Program courses are offered in a mixed-delivery (sometime referred to as "hybrid") format.  Each course is offered in one of three ways:  1) face-to-face; 2) distance learning (DL); or 3) hybrid.  Face-to-face courses meet on UNF campus, typically one night per week, 6:00-8:45pm. DL courses are offered online.  Hybrid courses are a combination of the first two methods, with no more than half of classes meeting face-to-face.  This format makes the UNF MPH Program very accessible to those working full time while still providing meaningful interaction with faculty and peer. Students can complete the program in two years if enrolled full-time, or three years if enrolled part-time. Students typically meet on campus one to two nights per week on average.  The Program admits one cohort of students each fall semester.

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BSN-DNP Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP)

The purpose of the BSN-DNP Family Nurse program is to prepare family care nurse practitioners to become skilled in meeting healthcare needs of individuals and families across the life span. Family nurse practitioners concern their practice with the treatment of common, uncomplicated problems and the prevention of disease and disability. Program graduates will be eligible to take the Family Nurse Practitioner certification examinations. Graduates will also be eligible for licensure as Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners by the Florida Board of Nursing.

The School of Nursing offers full- and part-time enrollment in this track. The Program-of-Study reflects the full-time option; please contact the program for information regarding the part-time track.

Admission Requirements 

 Applicants to the BSN-DNP FNP track must meet general University requirements for admission to graduate studies. In order to be considered for the Family Nurse Practitioner track, the interested applicant must meet these additional requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a regionally accredited institution with a nursing curriculum based on AACN's Essentials of Baccalaureate Education
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from undergraduate nursing major (generally the last 60 hours)
  • GRE test scores within the last five (5) years
    • GRE: 153 Verbal, 144 Quantitative, & at least 3.5 out of 6.0 Analytical, or
    • MAT: 410
    • Applicants with a previous graduate-level degree from a regionally accredited institution will not be required to submit any test scores for admission consideration.
     
  •  One (1) year experience as a Registered Nurse in a clinical setting (resume no longer than 2 pages in length to only include professional RN work experience with a brief explanation of each position's responsibilities, indication if they position was FT or PT, & an estimate of the hours worked overall in the position). 
  • Letter of Intent regarding academic and professional goals (typewritten, not to exceed 1 page; must indicate if full- or part-time enrollment is desired.
  • Clear and active licensure as a Registered Nurse in Florida; out-of-state applicants will need to obtain FL licensure as a RN upon admission to the program (copy of actual RN license) 
  • Successful completion of undergraduate Health Assessment, Statistics, and Research courses with a grade of "B" or better in each
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation, one professional and one academic, which address clinical skills and academic abilities
  • An interview may be requested of the applicant at the discretion of the program 

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Post- MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice (Generic) 

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)  generic track is a post-professional degree that prepares nurses at the highest level of practice. The 48-credit program includes a clinical residency as well as a nursing doctoral project. The purpose of the program is to enhance the preparation of advanced practice nurses by giving them the cutting-edge skills and education necessary to engage in an evidence-based practice while conducting research related to their practice. The program has specific admission requirements above and beyond the ones currently required by the university.

Admission Requirements 

The post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of North Florida is designed as a program for those who already possess, at a minimum, a Master of Science in Nursing and specialty certification. This program is offered in online format.

Admission Requirements 
The program will require specific admission requirements above and beyond the ones currently required by the University. Admission requirements for the Post-MSN DNP track include:

Masters degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution and program accredited by the ACEN (formally NLNAC) or CCNE
National certification in one of the following APRN roles: NE-BC, NEA-BC, CNE, CNM, CNS, CRNA, or NP (copy of certificate required);
Minimum graduate GPA of 3.30;
Current licensure as a Registered Nurse or advanced practice registered nurse in the candidate's state of practice (copy of actual licensure is required);
Current resume or curriculum vitae; and
Two (2) letters of reference, one professional and one academic, which address clinical skills and academic ability.

Post-MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

The post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice PMHNP program at the University of North Florida is designed as a program for those who already possess, at a minimum, a Master of Science in Nursing and are certified as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse who wish to obtain their DNP and become certified as a PMHNP. This program will lead to the completion of a Doctor of Nursing Science. The program requires 53 credits and 630 clinical hours. This program can be completed online.

Admission Requirements
The program will require specific admission requirements above and beyond the ones currently required by the University. Admission requirements for the Post-MSN PMHNP DNP track include:

  • Masters degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution and program accredited by the CCNE or ACEN (formerly NLNAC); 
  • Active national certification as a nurse practitioner (copy of actual certification is required); 
  • Minimum graduate GPA of 3.30; 
  • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse or advanced practice registered nurse in the candidate's state of practice (copy of actual licensure is required); 
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae; and, 
  • Two (2) letters of reference, preferably one professional and one academic, which address clinical skills and academic ability. 

Note: Agencies in the community may require proof of negative TB test, current CPR, or other immunization or background information. In those instances, it is the student's responsibility to provide the necessary documentation to the agency. 

Post Graduate Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

This track will no longer be available. The Post Graduate Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate is for individuals who currently have a master’s degree in nursing and who want to obtain a certificate that will allow them to take the national certification examinations as a family nurse practitioner in order to practice in that capacity.  In addition, individuals who are nationally certified as ANP, PNP, GNP, CNM, and WHNP may apply for this certificate program. Past education and current advanced practice experience will be considered when determining program requirements. Admission to this program is offered on a space-available basis.  (copied from webpage) 

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Department of Public Health 

Master of Health Administration

UNF's Health Administration Program, accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management (CAME), is designed to prepare students for careers in management and leadership in health services organizations. This 54-credit-hour program includes a combination of class room instruction and practical, real world experience; providing students with knowledge and skills essential for entry-level management roles or for advancement in established health care careers. To accommodate students' schedule, all the courses are offered in the evenings from 6:00-8:45pm. Graduates are typically employed in hospitals, doctors' offices, nursing care facilities, home health care services, outpatient care centers, and insurance companies.     

Admission Criteria

All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. No specific undergraduate major is required. However, applicants must have met prerequisite course requirements. Prerequisite coursework includes: Principles of Financial Accounting and Statistics. Additionally, students are expected to be proficient in word processing and spreadsheet applications.

Each applicant must submit the following:

  • Personal Statement: This is a brief essay (2-3 pages) outlining one's reasons for pursuing graduate education in health administration, career objectives, and any other information he or she would want the Admission Committee to know.   
  • Resume: Education and work background; honors; memberships in professional, school, and service organizations; etc.  
  • Letters of recommendation: Two letters of recommendation using the MHA Recommendation for Graduate Study form.    
  • Undergraduate Transcripts: An official transcript, indicating graduation from a regionally accredited college or university in this country or a recognized university abroad, is required. Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average in all undergraduate upper division work.  
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of at least 1000 or a minimum verbal score of 146 and a minimum quantitative score of 148 on the new GRE point scale; or a minimum 20 verbal and 22 Quantitative score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and a desired minimum total GMAT score of 500 (GRE / GMAT scores may be waived for applicants holding a professional doctoral degree (e.g., M.D., J.D., D.D.S) from a U.S. accredited school or for applicants with more than ten years of increasingly responsible positions in the healthcare industry).

    Applicants from countries where English is not the official language, or for an applicant whose bachelor’s degree is not from an accredited U.S. institution: Students must meet University requirements for scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum TOEFL score of 500 paper-based (61 internet-based) is required.
  •  Applicants from countries where English is not the official language, or for an applicant whose bachelor’s degree is not from an accredited U.S. institution: Students must meet University requirements for scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum TOEFL score of 500 paper-based (61 internet-based) is required.
  • Admission decisions are made based on evaluation of all admission materials. Applicants are judged primarily by a critical evaluation of their demonstrated academic ability and potential. Consideration is given to health care experience, motivation, and leadership potential. 

  
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Master of Public Health Program

The  MPH Program is the most widely recognized professional credential for leadership positions in public health. This degree is appropriate for those who wish to pursue careers in developing, planning, managing, or evaluating health promotion and disease prevention programs, or in conducting public health related research. The UNF MPH Program prepares students with a broad understanding of the core areas of public health combined with a focus on competencies specific to one of two concentrations: health promotion/health education and epidemiology. MPH graduates will be able to integrate and apply their knowledge to address public health problems, and will possess skills and competencies necessary for public health practice in a wide range of public and private institutions. Graduates are typically employed in governmental or non-profit health agencies, health care facilities, work site wellness programs or school settings. 

The UNF MPH Program is nationally accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Graduates are eligible to become Certified in Public Health (CPH) by passing the CPH exam offered by the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE). This certification is only available to graduates of CEPH accredited programs. Graduates are also eligible to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) by passing the exam offered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC).

The UNF MPH Program courses are offered in a mixed-delivery (sometime referred to as "hybrid") format.  Each course is offered in one of three ways:  1) face-to-face; 2) distance learning (DL); or 3) hybrid.  Face-to-face courses meet on UNF campus, typically one night per week, 6:00-8:45pm. DL courses are offered online.  Hybrid courses are a combination of the first two methods, with no more than half of classes meeting face-to-face.  This format makes the UNF MPH Program very accessible to those working full time while still providing meaningful interaction with faculty and peer. Students can complete the program in two years if enrolled full-time, or three years if enrolled part-time. Students typically meet on campus one to two nights per week on average.  The Program admits one cohort of students each fall semester.   

 Admissions Process  

MPH Program admissions are handled by the UNF Graduate School (http://www.unf.edu/admissions/applynow/). The UNF MPH Program only considers applications for new students for the fall term of each year.  The following information must be submitted to the UNF Graduate School by the published deadline.    

 Admission Criteria

 Minimum admissions requirements for the M.P.H. Program are listed below. Each student shall:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale or higher on all work attempted as an upper division undergraduate student (normally the last 60 hours) and any graduate level work or degree.
  • Official transcripts from all attended institutions.
  • GRE test scores: verbal-153, quantitative-144 (Prior to 2011: 1000 combined verbal and quantitative scores with no lower than 400 on either section).
  • Letter of intent describing: 
    • reasons for seeking an MPH degree
    • short and long-term goals
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendations

Applicants not meeting the GRE or 3.0 minimum requirements may contact the Master of Public Health Program Director (Dr. Johnson, tammie.johnson@unf.edu ) for additional admission criteria options.

NOTE:  Students should be aware that admission into any graduate program is granted on a competitive basis. Students meeting minimum requirements may be denied admission based on such factors as program capacity or academic discretion. Likewise, students may be considered for admission as an exception if stated admissions criteria are not met. 

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Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program is designed to provide comprehensive training for the preparation of professional clinical counselors in a variety of mental health settings. Curricular experiences encompass opportunities to explore the life-span, social, and cultural foundations of behavior; practice psychotherapeutic and diagnostic skills; and complete extensive field experiences in order to apply knowledge and skills in professional settings. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates have received the necessary course work to apply for licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Florida. 

Admission Criteria

All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. No specific undergraduate major is required.
Each applicant must submit the following:
   

  • Graduate student application (available at www.unf.edu/graduatestudies) and appropriate application fee.    
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended. A GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale or higher on all work attempted as an upper division undergraduate student (normally the last 60 hours) and any graduate level work or degree is required. Admission into the CMHC program is competitive and often exceeds the minimum GPA requirement.
  • Applicants are required to take the GRE (Graduate Record Examination); a competitive GRE score (300 and above- combined verbal and quantitative) is preferable. 
  • Letter of Intent: Your responses should be typewritten, double spaced,12-point font, and should not exceed 3 pages: (1) What motivates you to pursue a degree in clinical mental health counseling? (2) Describe your work and/or volunteer experiences in a helping role (3) What are your short-term and long-term educational, research, and professional goals? 
  • Resume: Your professional resume should summarize your education, employment, and volunteer work history related to mental health counseling, research activities, and any counseling-related presentations, or poster sessions you have facilitated at professional conferences.  
  • Three references are required.  References consist of completion of a required brief applicant rating form with the option of submitting a letter. It is preferable to have at least one reference is from a current or previous professor. Other references can be from counseling professionals, employers, supervisors, or an individual who can recommend your suitability for graduate study and for the profession of clinical mental health counseling.    

**An interview is also required. On-site interviews are preferred; however, telephone interviews may be conducted for applicants living outside of the greater Jacksonville area.  

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Department of Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences

Masters of Science in Health: Exercise Science and Chronic Disease

The MSH in ESCD  Exercise Science and Chronic Disease (ESCD) integrates an evidenced-based curriculum in an applied research environment. Students pursuing the MSH in ESCD are required to take nine core exercise science, epidemiology, and biostatistics courses for a total of 30 credit hours. The remaining credits will be will be satisfied with nine credits of elective coursework and either a six credit internship, project, or thesis option. Elective coursework is available in the areas of strength and conditioning, epidemiology, pharmacology, and nutrition. Students must declare a thesis or non-thesis option upon acceptance in to the program. The MSH in ESCD requires the completion of 45 graduate credit hours and should be completed in two years.

The MSH in ESCD curriculum will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work and provide leadership in the areas of health and fitness, preventive medicine, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, diabetes education, strength and conditioning, lifestyle coaching, and research. Thesis option students will begin preparation towards becoming independent investigators by developing the skills necessary to conduct original research. Thesis option students may be exposed to both primary data collection (human subjects) and secondary data analysis (existing data sets). Students planning on pursuing a thesis and terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D., M.D.) are strongly encouraged to pursue elective coursework in chronic disease and nutrition epidemiology. Thesis option students will be accepted each fall on a competitive basis and contingent upon graduate assistantship funding. Students are encouraged to sit for the national certifications offered by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). 

Admission Criteria

UNF admits 15-20 students into the program each fall semester. To be considered for admission, students must apply to the program by June 1st (postmark) of the year for which they wish to be admitted. Prior to enrolling in MSH courses, students must fulfill the following:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university recognized by the University of North Florida. The MSH program does not require a specific undergraduate major. Applicants who apply while still enrolled in an undergraduate degree program may be admitted contingent upon successful completion of the bachelors’ degree prior to enrolling in graduate courses.
  • Completion of all prerequisite courses. Applicants who apply while still enrolled in prerequisite courses may be admitted contingent upon successful completion of all courses.
  • Cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher in the last 60 semester hours taken during the last two years of undergraduate study. Students with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted if they meet a higher GRE criterion.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the past five years:
    •  If a GPA from the last two years of undergraduate study (60 semester hours) is above 3.0, a minimum combined score of 290 on the new GRE (146 or higher on the verbal and 144 or higher on the quantitative) or a minimum combined score of 900 on the previous GRE (400 or higher on the verbal and 500 or higher on the quantitative) is required.
    • If a GPA from the last two years of undergraduate study (60 semester hours) is below 3.0, a minimum combined score of 295 on the new GRE (148 or higher on the verbal and 147 or higher on the quantitative) or a minimum combined score of 990 on the previous GRE (420 or higher on the verbal and 570 or higher on the quantitative) is required.
        Interview with MSH faculty. A phone interview is available for applicants with extenuating circumstances. Applicants may take HSC4612 (offered in fall semester only) and HSC3500 (offered every semester) at UNF as a post-baccalaureate student. PET4550 (offered in spring semester only) is open to post-baccalaureate students on space available basis. Contact Brooks College of Health advising office at (904) 620-2812 regarding the post-baccalaureate application process. The three upper level courses are also offered at other Florida State Universities.
  • Interview with MSH Program Director. Telephone or Skype interviews are options for applicants who are not able to come to the UNF campus; however, visiting the campus for an in-person interview is encouraged.  

Doctor of Physical Therapy

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) is a fully accredited, post-baccalaureate entry-level degree that prepares the graduate to practice physical therapy. The 102-hour program is designed to give students in-depth knowledge of basic and clinical sciences relevant to physical therapy. Full-time internships in the second and third years (totaling 34 weeks) allow students to apply this knowledge as they engage in reflective practice through sound clinical decision making under the direction of expert clinicians. Graduates are eligible to take the physical therapy licensure examination following successful completion of the program. Students applying to the physical therapy program must have earned a baccalaureate degree prior to admission. While the student can select an undergraduate major of personal interest, specific course prerequisites are required of all students. Information regarding the physical therapy program and deadlines for admission are available from the Department of Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences.

Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
  • 3.0 GPA or higher in all undergraduate coursework attempted, plus science prerequisite GPA and non-science prerequisite GPAs each of no less than 3.0  
  • Completion of all science prerequisite coursework within 7 years prior to application, to include:  8 semester hours Biology 1 & Biology 2 with labs, 8 semester hours A& P 1 & 2 with labs, 8 semester hours Chemistry 1 & 2 with labs, 8 semester hours Algebra-based Physics 1 & 2 with labs, and 3 semester hours of Statistics;
  • Five (5) of the eight (8) courses comprising the science GPA must be completed at the time of deadline;
  • All prerequisites must be completed prior to entering the program, if admitted.
  • Applicants who apply while still enrolled in prerequisite courses may be admitted contingent upon successful completion of all courses with a grade of B or higher in each course.
  • GRE revised General Test scores, including the analytical writing portion, are required.  To be competitive, a verbal score of at least 149 and a quantitative score of 146 are recommend.  In addition, the analytical writing score must be at least 3.5 to be considered for admission.
  • It is recommended that 80 hours of observation under the direct supervision of physical therapists in a variety of settings be completed before application if selected for interview. However, letters of verification are not required.  Do not submit these to UNF as you apply; instead, you will discuss these in person at the interview if you are selected for one.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation are required and must be supplied on organizational letterhead to the UNF Graduate School.  At least one (1) must be from a course instructor who can speak to the candidate’s potential success in graduate level coursework.  At least one (1) must be from a licensed physical therapist who can speak to the candidate’s professional behavior.  The third letter may be from either of the first two categories.  These will not be accepted by the program through PTCAS. 
  • Ability to perform, with or without reasonable accommodations, each of the physical therapy essential functions in order to fully participate in the program and successfully complete the degree requirements.
  • A personal interview will be required for the top competitive candidates.  Competitiveness is expected to vary from year-to-year.
  • Students apply online through the www.unf.edu website. All materials needed for admission must be sent to the Graduate School.  If you have any questions about applying, please contact the Graduate School at 904-620-1360.

Admission Criteria

Students apply online through the www.unf.edu website, as well as with PTCAS at www.ptcas.org.  Please consult the official program webpages through www.unf.edu/brooks/movement_science  for additional details about applying.  If you have any questions about applying, please contact ptadmissions@unf.edu.

  • Complete the UNF online application for graduate admission;
  • Pay the UNF $30 application fee
    Submit hardcopy, official, sealed transcripts from all institutions at which you were ever enrolled (this includes AP, CLEP, IB, and military transcripts) to the Graduate School at:
    University of North Florida
    Attn: Graduate School
    1 UNF Drive
    Jacksonville FL 32224 
  • Submit hardcopy, sealed, official GRE scores to the Graduate School (institution code is 5490); scores are only kept by ETS for a 5-year period and we now required the revised version of the exam.
  • Complete the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) application and application fee at www.ptcas.org. Submit any observation hours and recommendation forms, as well as GRE scores and all official transcripts (separate from the ones submitted to the Graduate School) directly to PTCAS. Allow 4-6 weeks for processing.

Note: The receipt of materials submitted to the UNF Graduate School may be confirmed online in the myWings student portal or with the Graduate School at (904) 620-1360. Materials submitted to PTCAS may be confirmed online at www.ptcas.orgDo not submit any materials directly to the Physical Therapy program unless specifically directed to do so.

Department of Nutrition & Dietetics

Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics/Dietetic Internship

The Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics/Dietetic Internship is designed for those students who can think critically and wish to focus on the application of advanced nutrition knowledge in clinical or community practice. Fifteen students are admitted each fall to this 4-semester, full-time program. Students must complete both the Master’s Degree and Dietetic Internship experience simultaneously in order to receive a verification statement and be eligible to take the National Dietitian Registration Examination. The Dietetic Internship at the University of North Florida has been granted Accreditation by:


The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Association (formerly known as the American Dietetic Association): 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, Phone: 312-899-0040 ext. 5400.

Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics/Thesis and Non-Thesis Options 
The Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics/Thesis or Non-Thesis options are for Registered Dietitians or graduates of an ACEND accredited baccalaureate (DPD) program in nutrition and dietetics who wish to pursue graduate training. The coursework for all these programs is delivered using an accelerated distance learning format. These M.S./Nutrition thesis or non-thesis options allow students to pursue an independent research, thesis and or project as a culminating experience in their master’s program or 12 pre-approved credits through a series of project, field experience, and independent study courses, respectively.

To view admission and degree requirements for the MS thesis and non-thesis programs click here.

Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition

The Department of Nutrition & Dietetics now offers an online Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition (DCN). The DCN program is an advanced practice doctoral program with emphasis on advanced evidence based practice and chronic disease prevention and treatment in underserved and other populations in both clinical and community settings. In contrast to a PhD in Nutrition, which is generally focused on bench research, this degree focuses on practice and emphasizes production of applied scholarship and evidence-based outcomes in practice settings. The DCN will prepare practitioners for leadership roles in clinical, community or higher education settings through the course work, advanced practice residency, and the production of applied scholarship.

Graduates will gain expertise and skills in chronic disease prevention, clinical treatment, cultural competency, critical thinking, and outcomes research to become advanced level nutrition and dietetics practitioners and researchers. The curriculum will integrate evidence-based practice in nutrition and dietetics to provide the foundation for completion of an outcome based research project. The significance of developing an advanced practice Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition is evident from the increasing prevalence of dietary-related chronic diseases (such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, certain cancers, and renal disease). Graduates of the program will be rigorously trained to provide leadership in dietary prevention, intervention, and treatment of chronic disease at the individual and population level.

To view admission and degree requirements for the DCN program click here

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