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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.

 

Penn State Online Masters in Nutritional Sciences: Informational Webinar Sept 27

Nutritional Sciences Informational Webinar

Thursday, September 27, 2018 – 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EDT

If you are interested in Penn State’s Master of Professional Studies in Nutritional Sciences 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.

Register for the webinar to learn about:

  • The Nutritional Sciences courses and curriculum
  • 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 way to:

  • Enhance your preparation for entry into a dietetic internship
  • 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 nutrition, allied health, health-related, or science majors.

Application Deadlines

  • July 15, 2018 for Fall 2018
  • November 15, 2018 for Spring 2019
  • April 15, 2019 for Summer 2019

Application Process

Required Materials:

  • Official transcripts from each institution attended
  • GPA (minimum of 3.0 on 4.0 scale)
  • GRE scores
  • 3 professional references
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume

For more information and how to apply, visit our website.

Additional Questions, please contact:

 

Shawnee Kelly, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND

MPS Coordinator &

Assistant Teaching Professor

smc28@psu.edu

Penn State Online Masters in Nutritional Sciences: Informational Webinar June 21

Are you thinking about a graduate degree after graduation? The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Nutritional Sciences is a graduate degree offered through Penn State’s World Campus and the Department of Nutritional Sciences and is 100% online.  The unique focus of our high-quality MPS gives you the opportunity to learn from expert faculty who are leaders in the field and the flexibility of earning your degree while living anywhere.

Informational Webinar

Join us on Thursday, June 21, 2018- 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EDT to learn more about the program. Click here to register!

The MPS in Nutritional Sciences is a 30-credit (24 month) program designed to help prepare you for evidence-based advanced practice. Our online program features a curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking and interactive technology to engage you in the learning process. The coursework is focused on the development of leadership skills in various nutrition practice settings including clinical, research, community, and management. Our curriculum has been developed to create a skill set that you can use to apply to your experiences and issues in the workplace. The courses are based on a student-centered, highly interactive learning model. We use diverse, innovative teaching and learning methods that consider various learning styles and will help you tailor your education to your career needs and set you apart from your peers.

 

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

  • Enhance your preparation for entry into a dietetic internship
  • 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 nutrition, allied health, health-related, or science majors.

Application Deadlines

  • July 15, 2018 for Fall 2018
  • November 15, 2018 for Spring 2019
  • April 15, 2019 for Summer 2019

Application Process

Required Materials:

  • Official transcripts from each institution attended
  • GPA (minimum of 3.0 on 4.0 scale)
  • GRE scores
  • 3 professional references
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume

For more information and how to apply, visit our website.

Additional Questions

Please contact:

Gina Pazzaglia, PhD, RDN, MPS Director & Associate Outreach Professor/Instructor, gps3@psu.edu

Shawnee Kelly, MS, RDN, MPS Coordinator & Senior Instructor, smc28@psu.edu

 

 

 

Learn more about the Online MPS in Nutritional Sciences: Walk In Hours Week of April 9th

Stressing about the DI Match coming up? Looking for a plan B? Thinking about a graduate degree later on? Don’t put your education on hold! Consider a summer 2018 or fall 2018 start in The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Nutritional Sciences!  You can be enrolled in the MPS and start building the advanced practice and leadership skills that employers are seeking, even while starting a DI in the upcoming months or year. Summer 2018 application deadline extended to April 25th!

Want to learn more about the MPS? Visit Drop-In Hours next week!

Visit MPS Coordinator, Shawnee Kelly, in 125 Chandlee Lab, to discuss the MPS program. Drop-in hours will be held on the following dates/times:

April 9: 10:00am-4:00pm

April 10: 10:00am-noon, 1:00-2:00pm

April 11: 11:00am-1:00pm; 2:30-3:30pm

Or by appointment—just email me the date/times you are looking for and we’ll set up a meeting: Shawnee Kelly, smc28@psu.edu

More about the MPS

The MPS is a graduate degree offered online through Penn State’s World Campus and the Department of Nutritional Sciences.  The unique focus of our high-quality MPS gives you the opportunity to learn from expert faculty who are leaders in the field and the flexibility of earning your degree while living anywhere.

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

  • Enhance your preparation for entry into a dietetic internship by building advanced skills in dietetics and leadership!
  • Prepare for the workforce by gaining the skills employers are seeking
  • Take your skill set to an advanced level while working in the field (full or part-time) or while completing a Dietetic Internship (full or part-time)
  • This program is appropriate for students in nutrition, allied health, health-related, or science majors.

The MPS in Nutritional Sciences is a 30-credit (24 month) program designed to help prepare you for evidence-based advanced practice. Our online program features a curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking and interactive technology to engage you in the learning process. The coursework is focused on the development of leadership skills in various nutrition practice settings including clinical, research, community, and management. Our curriculum has been developed to create a skill set that you can use to apply to your experiences and issues in the workplace. The courses are based on a student-centered, highly interactive learning model. We use diverse, innovative teaching and learning methods that consider various learning styles and will help you tailor your education to your career needs and set you apart from your peers.

Application Process

Required Materials:

  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • GPA (minimum of 3.0 on 4.0 scale)
  • GRE scores
  • 3 professional references
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume

For more information and how to apply, visit our website.

Additional Questions

Please contact:

Shawnee Kelly, MS, RDN, MPS Coordinator and Assistant Teaching Professor, smc28@psu.edu 

MPS in Nutritional Sciences Webinar: March 1st Noon-1pm EST

Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Nutritional Sciences

Informational Webinar

Thursday, March 1, 2018 – 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST

If you are interested in Penn State’s Master of Professional Studies in Nutritional Sciences program offered online through 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.

Register for the webinar to learn about:

  • The Nutritional Sciences courses and curriculum
  • 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!

Additional Questions

Visit our website, or contact us:

Gina Pazzaglia, PhD, RDN, MPS Director & Associate Outreach Professor/Instructor, gps3@psu.edu

Shawnee Kelly, MS, RDN, MPS Coordinator & Senior Instructor, smc28@psu.edu

 

 

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