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Catalog 2013-2014
Brooks College of Health
 

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

Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

The purpose of the MSN program  is to prepare primary care nurse practitioners to become skilled in meeting health care needs of individuals and families across the life span. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the family nurse practitioner certification examinations and to apply for licensure as Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners by the Florida Board of Nursing.

Admission Requirements 

Applicants to the M.S.N. Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program must meet general University requirements for admission to graduate studies. In order to be considered for the Nurse Practitioner track, the interested applicant must meet these additional requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a regionally accredited program, based on AACN’s Essentials of Baccalaureate Education
  • Two years experience as a Registered Nurse in a clinical setting (resume 1-2 pages in length that includes professional work experience with a brief explanation of each position’s responsibilities)
  • An official, competitive score on the GRE taken during the last five years. In the prior version a score of 500 or higher on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE. In the new version of the GRE a minimum score of 153 in the verbal section and 144 in the quantitative section. A minimum of a score of 3 out of 6 on the essay OR a minimum or MAT score of 410 within the last five years
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from undergraduate nursing major (last 60+ hours)
  • Written statement of academic and professional goals (typewritten in no smaller than 12 point font or equivalent with 1” margins [all sides], not to exceed 3 pages)
  • Current Licensure as a Registered Nurse in the state of Florida (copy of actual R.N. license)
  • Successful completion of Health Assessment, Statistics, and Research Courses within the past 10 years
  • Malpractice insurance (photocopy of policy front page, which includes dates and amount of coverage; required only upon admission)
  • Clinical references and interview may be requested of the applicant

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Clinical Nurse Specialist

The purpose of the M.S.N. Clinical Nurse Specialist (C.N.S.) track is to prepare nurses to develop a concentrated area of clinical knowledge and to teach in nursing and health profession programs, health care institutions and agencies, and in the community. The program combines courses from the School of Nursing with some from the College of Education and Human Services to provide a solid foundation in teaching and learning.

Admission Requirements 

Applicants to the M.S.N. Clinical Nurse Specialist program must meet general University requirements for admission to graduate studies.  In order to be considered for the Clinical Nurse Specialist track, the interested applicant must meet these additional requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a regionally accredited program, based on AACN’s Essentials of Baccalaureate Education
  • Two years experience as a Registered Nurse in a clinical setting (resume 1-2 pages in length that includes professional work experience with a brief explanation of each position’s responsibilities)
  • An official, competitive score on the GRE taken during the last five years. In the prior version a score of 500 or higher on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE. In the new version of the GRE a minimum score of 153 in the verbal section and 144 in the quantitative section. A minimum of a score of 3 out of 6 on the essay within the last five years
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from undergraduate nursing major (last 60+ hours)
  • Written statement of academic and professional goals (typewritten in no smaller than 12pt font or equivalent with 1” margins [all sides], not to exceed 3 pages)
  • Current Licensure as a Registered Nurse in the state of Florida (copy of actual R.N. license)
  • Successful completion of Health Assessment, Statistics, and Research Courses within the past 10 years

Clinical references and interview may be requested of the applicant 

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Nurse Anesthetist

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 seven 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. 

Admission Requirements 

This is a limited and competitive admissions program, and it is expected that the number of applicants will exceed the available positions. Application materials will be reviewed by the admissions committee, and those selected for interview will be invited. Applicants to the M.S.N. Nurse Anesthetist  program must meet general University requirements for admission to graduate studies. In order to be considered for the M.S.N. Nurse Anesthetist program, the interested applicant must meet these additional requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a regionally accredited program, based on AACN's Essentials of Baccalaureate Education (or other appropriate discipline from an accredited institution).
  • A minimum of one year experience as a Registered Nurse in a critical care setting.
  • Admission to the graduate nursing program.
  • An official, competitive score on the GRE taken during the last five years. In the prior version a score of 500 or higher on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE. In the new version of the GRE a minimum score of 153 in the verbal section and 144 in the quantitative section. A minimum of a score of 3 out of 6 on the essay OR a minimum within the last five years
  • Written statement of academic and professional goals.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale from undergraduate nursing major (last 60+ hours).
  • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in Florida.
  • Successful completion of Health Assessment, Statistics, and Research courses.
  • References and interview will be required.

Note: R.N.s who have a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than nursing may also be eligible for admission through the M.S.N. bridge option. For these students the bridge courses are integrated into the Nurse Anesthetist Program Curriculum, thus not lengthening the program of study. As an alternative, bridge courses may be taken prior to admission to the program and prior to beginning Nurse Anesthetist courses.

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The Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program

This program 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. 

  Admission Requirements  

  •  Master’s degree in nursing from a regionally accredited program
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in the master’s program
  • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the state of Florida (copy of actual R.N. license)
  • Two years employment as a Registered Nurse in a clinical setting within the last 4 years (resume 1-2 pages in length that includes professional work experience with a brief explanation of each position’s responsibilities)
  • Written statement of academic and professional goals (typewritten in no smaller than 12pt font or equivalent with 1” margins [all sides], not to exceed 3 pages)
  • Successful completion of a health assessment course within the past 10 years   

 Clinical references and interview may be required.

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Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)  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 program has admission requirements above and beyond the ones currently required by the University. Admission requirements for the DNP program include:

  • Masters degree in nursing from a regionally accredited program and certification in area of clinical practice (N.P., C.R.N.A., Nursing Administration, or C.N.S.).
  • Minimum graduate GPA of 3.30.
  • An official, competitive score on the GRE taken during the last five years. In the prior version a score of 500 or higher on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE. In the new version of the GRE a minimum score of 153 in the verbal section and 144 in the quantitative section. A minimum of a score of 3 out of 6 on the essay OR a minimum or MAT score of 410 within the last five years
  • Negative background check and negative drug screening (required only upon admission).
  • Active licensure as a registered nurse or advanced practice registered nurse in the jurisdiction in which one practices.

A portfolio to include seven items:  

  • Current resume or CV
  • Statement describing educational preparation
  • Description of past clinical experiences, including role and function
  • Identification of scholarly endeavors
  • Description of professional and community activities
  • Statement identifying a clinical question arising from one’s current nursing practice environment with regard to something needing change or improvement
  • Current nursing license and certification proof
  • Three (3) letters of reference, addressing academic ability and practical skills

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Department of Public Health 

 Master of Health Administration

UNF's Health Administration Program 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.      

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 the health promotion and education concentration area. 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).

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: Prior to July 1, 2011:  1000 combined verbal and quantitative scores with no lower than 400 on either section; After July 1, 2011:153 verbal and 144 quantitative.
  • 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 requirement may contact the Master of Public Health Program Director (Dr. Moore, mmoore@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 Health (Specialization in Aging Services Management)  

The mission of the University of North Florida's Aging Services Management Program is to prepare graduates for entry and mid-level administrative and management positions in organizations providing health and social services to the aging population. This program combines classroom theory, scholarly research, and community-based activity to establish a foundation for lifelong learning while contributing to the well-being of Northeast Florida's senior population. 

Admission Criteria

All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. No specific undergraduate major is required. One prerequisite course is required: Principles of Financial Accounting (ACG2021). 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 Aging Services Management.     
  •  Resume: Education and work background; honors; memberships in professional, school, and service organizations; etc.  
  • Undergraduate Transcripts: An official transcript, indicating graduation from a regionally accredited college or university in this country or a recognized university abroad, is required.   
  • GPA and GRE Scores: Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average in all undergraduate upper division work, and a minimum of 146 on the verbal and 147 on the quantitative sections of the current   GRE. Combined verbal and quantitative scores from GRE’s taken prior to fall 2011 must be a minimum of 850.   

 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program 

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 MHC program is competitive and often exceeds the minimum GPA requirement.
  • Applicants are required to take the GRE (Graduate Record Examination); a competitive GRE score is preferable. ETS conversion scores are used. See ETS website for the new GRE Concordance Table for verbal and quantitative conversion scores. Recent applicants had average GRE scores of 1066.
  • Letter of Intent: Your responses should be typewritten, double spaced,12-point font, and should not exceed 5 pages: (1) What motivates you to pursue your degree in 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 posters, and presentations you have made at professional conferences.  
  • Three letters of reference are required. It is preferable to have at least one letter from a current or previous professor. Other letters 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 is a graduate that degree integrates advanced training in exercise science and epidemiology. The field of Exercise Epidemiology examines the relationship(s) between physical activity, sedentary behavior and fitness level with chronic diseases ubiquitous in today’s society. Students pursuing the MSH in ESCD are required to take seven exercise science and epidemiology core courses for a total of 24 credit hours. The remaining credits will be satisfied with nine to 10 credits of elective course work and either a six credit internship/project or thesis. Students must declare a thesis or non-thesis option upon acceptance into the program. The MSH in ESCD requires the completion of 38 or 39 graduate credit hours dependent upon the student’s elective focus and can be completed in two years.

 Admission Criteria

UNF admits 12-15 students into the program each fall semester. To be considered for admission, students must apply to the program by July 1st (postmark) of the year for which they wish to be admitted. Prior to enrolling in MSH courses, students must have the following credentials:

  • 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.

 

 

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

This degree is designed for those students who wish to emphasize the application of advanced nutrition knowledge in clinical or community based health programs. Fifteen students are admitted each fall to this 4-semester, full-time program. Students must complete both the Master’s Degree and Internship experience in order to receive a verification statement and sit for the National Registration Examination. There are three options to this 43- semester hour program: Thesis option, Non-Thesis option, or Clinical Practicum (Internship) option. 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.

  • 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.
  • Official transcripts from all attended institutions
  • GRE scores: Prior to July 1, 2011: combined score of 1000;  After July 1, 2011: 153 verbal, 144 quantitative  
  • Letter of intent:
    -2 pages in length
    -double-spaced with 1" margins
    -indicating whether or not you are a registered dietitian (required)
    -professional experiences and goals
    -how UNF's master's program is aligned with your goals 

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