Author Archives: Shawnee Kelly, MS, RD, LDN

Feb 15th Deadline! Apply to the MPS in Nutritional Sciences Experiential Track (RDN pathway)

Finalizing applications for post-graduate DI/Grad School programs? Consider applying to the Dept. of Nutritional Sciences  Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Nutritional Sciences Graduate Program 

The MPS program offers an Experiential Track which is a uniquely designed pathway for students seeking the RDN credential. We are looking to add 15 new students to our 2nd class of the Experiential Track (starting Summer 2020)!

Program Details:

  • MPS in Nutritional Sciences Graduate Degree with Experiential Track (RDN Pathway) 
  • ACEND-accredited Future Graduate Program 
  • Core MPS curriculum with emphasis in leadership and advanced practice with capstone project 
  • 39 credits in total (33 credits online + 6 credits in residence)
  • Online didactic coursework integrated with three semesters of in-residence supervised experiential learning (SEL) in food service management, clinical nutrition and community nutrition  
  • Two geographic locations for SEL: University Park, PA or Harrisburg/Hershey, PA. (indicate preference upon application)
  • 24-month long program; RDN exam eligible upon graduation 
  • Verification Statement not required to apply  
  • NO GRE’s required 

Application Timeline:

  • Application deadline is February 15th, 2020 to Penn State Graduate School (program is not using DICAS or D&D)
  • Interview offers will be extended by February 28th, 2020
  • Decision letters will be provided by March 23rd, 2020
  • Applicants will have until 9:00am ET on April 7th, 2020 to accept/decline the offer

Questions? Please contact Shawnee Kelly at smc28@psu.edu

 

PSU MPS Grad Program/Future Graduate Program (FG) Virtual Open House

Join us for a Virtual Open Houses to learn more about Penn State’s Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Nutritional Sciences graduate program offered online through the Department of Nutritional Sciences & Penn State World Campus.

The Virtual Open Houses will be held as follows:

  • Tuesday, January 21, 2019, 12:00-1:00pm ET

There are two pathways within the MPS graduate degree program:

  • MPS Degree Only (30 credits online)–completely online and can be completed in 24 months. Great for RDN’s, other health professionals, or recent graduates of sciences or health professions who are seeking cross-training in nutrition. Applications accepted every semester (fall, spring and summer)
  • MPS Degree with Experiential Track (ACEND accredited RDN Pathway–39 credits in total)–this option integrates the core 30 credit MPS curriculum with 3 semesters of in-residence supervised experiential learning in food service management, clinical nutrition and community nutrition at one of our two geographic locations: University Park, PA or Harrisburg/Hershey, PA. Upon graduation, students receive a verification statement and are eligible to sit for the RDN exam. 24 month long program. Application deadline Feb. 15th, 2020.

The virtual open house will cover the program overview along with details of both pathways noted above. This is a live streamed event, but will also be recorded for later viewing. You must register to attend live or to obtain the recording after the event. Please register here.

Additional Questions, please contact:

Shawnee Kelly, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND

MPS Coordinator & Assistant Teaching Professor

smc28@psu.edu

Penn State MPS/Future Graduate Program (FG) Virtual Open Houses

Join us for one of our upcoming Virtual Open Houses to learn more about Penn State’s Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Nutritional Sciences graduate program offered online through the Department of Nutritional Sciences & Penn State World Campus.

There will be two Virtual Open Houses with details as follows:

  • Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 12:00-1:00pm ET
  • Tuesday, January 21, 2019, 12:00-1:00pm ET

There are two pathways within the MPS graduate degree program:

  • MPS Degree Only (30 credits online)–completely online and can be completed in 24 months. Great for RDN’s, other health professionals, or recent graduates of sciences or health professions who are seeking cross-training in nutrition. Applications accepted every semester (fall, spring and summer)
  • MPS Degree with Experiential Track (ACEND accredited RDN Pathway–39 credits in total)–this option integrates the core 30 credit MPS curriculum with 3 semesters of in-residence supervised experiential learning in food service management, clinical nutrition and community nutrition at one of our two geographic locations: University Park, PA or Harrisburg/Hershey, PA. Upon graduation, students receive a verification statement and are eligible to sit for the RDN exam. 24 month long program. Application deadline Feb. 15th, 2020.

The virtual open houses will cover the program overview along with details of both pathways noted above. The virtual open houses are live streamed events, but will also be recorded for later viewing. You must register to attend to obtain the recording after the event. Please register here.

Additional Questions, please contact:

Shawnee Kelly, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND

MPS Coordinator &

Assistant Teaching Professor

smc28@psu.edu

Online MPS in Nutritional Sciences Informational Webinar Oct 1, 12-1pm ET

If you are interested in Penn State’s Master of Professional Studies in Nutritional Sciences graduate program offered online through the Department of Nutritional Sciences & Penn State World Campus, this webinar will provide you with an opportunity to get answers to any questions you may have, and also hear what the program is like.

Join us on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 12-1pm ET. You can register for the webinar to learn about:

  • The program curriculum
  • The new Future Graduate Model Program (RDN pathway)–the Experiential Track
  • What to expect as a student in the online program
  • Important requirements for applying to the program
  • The application process and recommendations for next steps

There will be plenty of time at the end of the webinar to ask your own questions, too. So, make plans to join us! Register here.

Check out this short video on our Vision for the Program! This program is a great if you want to:

  • Become an RDN (RDN examination eligible upon graduation from MPS Experiential Track
  • Enhance your preparation for entry into a dietetic internship at a later time
  • Prepare for the workforce by gaining the skills employers are seeking
  • Build your skill set while working in the field (full or part-time)
  • This program is appropriate for students in nutritional sciences, allied health professions, health-related majors (HHD), science or agricultural majors (i.e. Food Science).

Additional Questions, please contact:

Shawnee Kelly, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND

MPS Coordinator &

Assistant Teaching Professor

smc28@psu.edu

FEM Grad Program–Application deadline extended, Open Office Hours, Virtual Open House Upcoming

Future Education Model (FEM) Graduate Program Update 

Application Deadline Extended

The program will continue accepting applications on a rolling basis through the Post-Match period until we fill our first class (to begin May 13, 2019).

The accredited FEM program is the Experiential Track of the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Nutritional Sciences, which is a graduate degree program of the Department of Nutritional Sciences offered via Penn State’s World Campus. This is a 24-month program (39 credit minimum) that integrates online graduate coursework with 3 semesters of in-residence supervised experiential learning at either University Park, PA or Hershey, PA (and surrounding areas). Students can indicate preference for location upon admission. Upon graduation students are eligible to sit for the RDN examNo verification statement required to apply. GRE scores are required (unless students meet waiver eligibility). Applicants will apply directly through the Penn State Graduate School online application, and interviews will be conducted with eligible applicants.

Open Office Hours

We’ll be holding open office hours during the week of April 8th as below. Please drop in at any of these times if you’d like to discuss the program.

Date Open Hours Denise Lawson

121 Chandlee Lab

Shawnee Kelly

125 Chandlee Lab

Gina Pazzaglia

127 Chandlee Lab

April  8 10:00-3:00pm 10:00-12:00pm 12:00-3:00pm 12:00-2:00 pm
April 9 11:00-3:00pm 11:00-1:00pm 1:00-3:00pm 1:00-3:00 pm
April 10 10:00-3:00pm 10:00-12:30pm 12:30-3:00pm ————
April 11 11:00-1:00 & 2:00-4:00 pm 2:00-4:00pm ———— 11:00-1:00 pm
April 12 11:00-1:00 pm ————  11:00-1:00pm ————

Virtual Open House 

To learn more, please consider attending our next Virtual Open House that will be held on Monday, April 15, 4:00-5:00 pm ET via video conferencing. Complete this RSVP survey to register.

Gina Pazzaglia, PhD, RDN
MPS Director
Associate Teaching Professor

Shawnee Kelly, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND
MPS Coordinator
Assistant Teaching Professor

Denise Lawson, MS, RD
Dietetic Internship Director
Instructor

Reminder: Virtual Open House Feb. 20th 4-5pm! Nutritional Sciences Future Education Model Graduate Program (RDN Pathway)

Penn State Department of Nutritional Sciences received final ACEND-accreditation of our Future Education Model (FEM) Graduate Program. The newly accredited program is the Experiential Track of the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Nutritional Sciences Graduate Program, which is a graduate degree program of the Department of Nutritional Sciences offered via Penn State’s World Campus. Applications are now being accepted for the Experiential Track that begins summer 2019 (May 13, 2019). Applications due by March 1st!

Attend the Virtual Open House!

To learn more, consider attending our Virtual Open House on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019, 4:00-5:00pm ET. The Virtual Open House will be conducted via video conferencing. If you plan to attend, please complete this RSVP survey by Monday, February 18th. You will receive additional details one day prior to the open house regarding how to virtually connect.

Virtual Open House: Nutritional Sciences Future Education Model Graduate Program (RDN Pathway)

As you may know, the Penn State Department of Nutritional Sciences received final ACEND-accreditation of our Future Education Model (FEM) Graduate Program. The newly accredited program is the Experiential Track of the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Nutritional Sciences Graduate Program, which is a graduate degree program of the Department of Nutritional Sciences offered via Penn State’s World Campus. Applications are now being accepted for the Experiential Track that begins summer 2019, pending final University approval.

Attend the next Virtual Open House!

To learn more, consider attending our Virtual Open House on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019, 4:00-5:00pm ET. The Virtual Open House will be conducted via video conferencing. If you plan to attend, please complete this RSVP survey by Monday, February 18th. You will receive additional details one day prior to the open house regarding how to virtually connect.

Application Process & Deadlines

You will apply to the MPS in Nutritional Sciences Experiential Track using Penn State’s online Graduate School application. The Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS) will not be used for application to this program.

  • March 1: Application deadline
  • March 15: Applicants will be notified of selection for interviews via email
  • March 21, 22, 26, and 27: Interview dates (in-person or via video conferencing)
  • March 29: Admission offers will be extended on or before this date.  
  • April 9: Decisions of offer acceptance are due by 5pm

Note: As an applicant, you will know if you are being offered admission prior to the deadline for DICAS program ranking, and a response to an offer is not due until Tuesday, April 9th which is 1 day after DICAS match acceptances are due! We hope that this will be advantageous for your decision-making throughout the process.

Additional details about the accredited track, including program requirements, curriculum, application and selection processes, important dates, and costs can be found on our program website.

Please direct all inquiries to:

Shawnee M. Kelly, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND
Assistant Teaching Professor, Master of Professional Studies (MPS) Coordinator| smc28@psu.edu

 

Nutritional Sciences Future Education Model Graduate Program (RDN Pathway)–now accepting applications!

Happy New Year! We are excited to announce that The Penn State Department of Nutritional Sciences received final ACEND-accreditation of our Future Education Model (FEM) Graduate Program. The newly accredited program is the Experiential Track of the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Nutritional Sciences Graduate Program, which is a graduate degree program of the Department of Nutritional Sciences offered via Penn State’s World Campus. Applications are now being accepted for the Experiential Track that begins May 2019, pending final University approval.

Overview

The Experiential Track is a 24-month competency-based program that integrates advanced-level online MPS graduate coursework with three consecutive semesters of in-residence supervised experiential learning (in Hershey, PA or University Park, PA). The program begins Summer semester 2019. Online courses will begin on May 13, 2019 and in-residence supervised experiential learning will start in August 2019. The program has a leadership emphasis. Students will graduate with the MPS graduate degree and a verification statement and be prepared to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) Registration Examination for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. This track requires completion of a minimum of 39 credits, which includes the 30 MPS credits, plus a minimum of 9 additional course credits. Students are expected to participate full-time in the program during the semesters in which online graduate coursework and supervised experiential learning courses take place. Students may indicate their preference of location when applying to the program.

Important Note

To be eligible as an applicant for the Experiential Track of the MPS program, your undergraduate graduation conferral date must be before the start of the program, which is the first day of summer semester classes (May 13, 2019). If you have questions or need clarification, please contact the program prior to applying. We can assist you with determining your eligibility for the program.

Applications

 The application deadline is March 1st, 2019.  Applicants will apply directly through the Penn State Graduate School online application. Applicants will not apply through DICAS, and the program will not be participating in the Spring 2019 matching process. Additional details about the accredited track, including program requirements, curriculum, application and selection processes, important dates, and costs can be found on our program website.

Virtual Open House

To learn more, consider attending our Virtual Open House on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 4:00-5:00pm ET. The Virtual Open House will be conducted via video conferencing. If you plan to attend, please complete this RSVP survey and you will receive additional details one day prior to the open house regarding how to virtually connect.

If you are unable to attend and/or would like additional information about the program, please direct all inquiries to:

Shawnee M. Kelly, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND
Assistant Teaching Professor
Master of Professional Studies (MPS) Coordinator
Department of Nutritional Sciences
The Pennsylvania State University
125 Chandlee Laboratory, University Park, PA 16802
814-863-7131 (office) | smc28@psu.edu

Sincerely,

Gina Pazzaglia, PhD, RDN

MPS Program Director

Associate Teaching Professor

Graduate and Professional School Fair

Want to learn more about the Master of Professional Studies in Nutritional Sciences graduate program? Come visit our booth at the Graduate School and Professional School Fair on Wednesday, October 24th 11am-2pm at the HUB–Alumni Hall. 

Stop by as you are passing through the HUB to learn more about the online MPS and new Future Education Model program with the pathway to RDN!

 

2019 PAND Scholarships & Awards

The Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (PAND) offers student scholarships and awards. To be eligible, you must be a student member of the Academy with Pennsylvania selected as your state affiliation. Consider applying for the following awards/scholarships.

All award and scholarship applications are due January 10, 2019

Information on all awards and scholarships and how to apply can be found at: https://eatrightpa.org/for-the-public/scholarships-awards/ 

General Scholarship-$1000

Provides a scholarship to a member of PA Academy who wishes to become eligible for registration through a didactic program, an internship, ISPP, or a coordinated program. Scholarship award is presented at the Annual Meeting which is March 29-30, 2019 in Pittsburgh, PA.

Diversity Scholarship-$1000

Provides a scholarship to a student with a diverse background, traditionally underrepresented in the field of dietetics. Scholarship award is presented at the Annual Meeting which is March 29-30, 2019 in Pittsburgh, PA.

Student Stipend- $100

Are you a student who is planning to attend the Annual Meeting and Exhibition?  If so, consider applying for the student stipend.  It can help offset the cost of the annual meeting (March 29-30, 2019 in Pittsburgh, PA), and connect you to a member of PA Academy.

Outstanding Student Award

Recognizes emerging leadership and achievement of students enrolled in Academy-accredited and approved dietetics education programs (DPD) and encourages participation in the Academy. Award is presented at the Annual Meeting which is March 29-30, 2019 in Pittsburgh, PA.