Required Courses

The order in which MS CPD students take courses, and the total required credits, varies depending on the type of BS degree and other related courses on individual transcripts.

Graduation Requirements

  • Minimum of 36 Graduate-Level Credits
  • 440 Supervised Practice Hours in Clinical Nutrition
  • 200 Supervised Practice Hours in Food Service Management
  • 200 Supervised Practice hours in Community Nutrition
  • 180-hour Exercise Practicum
  • MS CPD Exit Exam
  • ACSM-EP Certification or Exercise Departmental Exam

Course Descriptions

For official NEP course descriptions, see the WSU catalog.

Sample Degree Plans

Below are degree plans that serve as a starting point for each type of bachelor’s degree.

Advising plans will be individualized for each student by the MS CPD Director and NEP Academic Coordinator.

MS Coordinated Program in Dietetics

Degree Plan
Entering with WSU BS NEP – Version 1

Fall Semester 1 (12–15 credits)Spring Semester 1 (14 credits)Summer Term 1
NEP 520 Research Methods I (3)NEP 505 Graduate Seminar (1)
NEP 537 Medical Nutrition Therapy I (4)NEP 542 Medical Nutrition Therapy II (3)
NEP 573 Nutrition in the Community (2)NEP 540 Clinical Supervised Practice (10)
TMP 550 Biochemistry (3)
NEP 582 (optional ex phys course) (3)
Fall Semester 2 (14 credits)Spring Semester 2Summer Term 2
NEP 501 Community Supervised Prac (5)
NEP 505 Graduate Seminar (1)
NEP 551 Mgmt Prac in Food Service (5)
NEP 701 Master’s Exit Exam (3)

MS Coordinated Program in Dietetics

Degree Plan
Entering with WSU BS NEP – Version 2

Fall Semester 1 (12–15 credits)Spring Semester 1 (14 credits)Summer Term 1
NEP 520 Research Methods I (3)NEP 501 Community Supervised Prac (5)
NEP 537 Medical Nutrition Therapy I (4)NEP 505 Graduate Seminar (1)
NEP 573 Nutrition in the Community (2)NEP 542 Medical Nutrition Therapy II (3)
TMP 550 Biochemistry (3)NEP 551 Mgmt Prac in Food Service (5)
NEP 582 (optional ex phys course) (3)
Fall Semester 2 (14 credits)Spring Semester 2Summer Term 2
NEP 505 Graduate Seminar (1)
NEP 540 Clinical Supervised Practice (10)
NEP 701 Master’s Exit Exam (3)

MS Coordinated Program in Dietetics

Degree Plan
Entering with BS in Nutrition

Fall Semester 1 (14 credits)Spring Semester 1 (12 credits)Summer Term 1 (10 credits)
NEP 320 Strength Training and Cond (3)NEP 476 Exercise Testing and Prescription (3)NEP 540 Clinical Supervised Practice (10)
NEP 463 Exercise Physiology (4)NEP 505 Graduate Seminar (1)
NEP 537 Medical Nutrition Therapy I (4)NEP 542 Medical Nutrition Therapy II (3)
TMP 550 Biochemistry (3)NEP 551 Mgmt Prac in Food Service (5)
Fall Semester 2 (9–12 credits)Spring Semester 2 (11 credits)Summer Term 2
NEP 479 Nutrition & Exer Practicum I (3)NEP 482 Nutrition & Exer Practicum II (3)
NEP 505 Graduate Seminar (1)NEP 501 Community Supervised Prac (5)
NEP 520 Research Methods (3)NEP 701 Master’s Exit Exam (3)
NEP 573 Nutrition in the Community (2)
NEP 582 (optional ex phys course) (3)

MS Coordinated Program in Dietetics

Degree Plan
Entering with BS in Exercise

Fall Semester 1 (12–15 credits)Spring Semester 1 (14 credits)Summer Term 1
NEP 340 Essentials of Food Prep (3)NEP 402 Vitamin and Mineral Metabolism (3)
NEP 400 Macronutrient Metabolism (3)NEP 427 Nutritional Assess and Coun (3)
NEP 520 Research Methods (3)NEP 435 Applied Pathophysiology (4)
TMP 550 Biochemistry (3)NEP 450 Management and Facilities (3)
NEP 582 (optional ex phys course) (3)NEP 505 Graduate Seminar (1)
Fall Semester 2 (13 credits)Spring Semester 2 (13 credits)Summer Term 2 (13 credits)
NEP 458 Nutrition Through Lifecyle (3)NEP 501 Community Supervised Prac (5)NEP 540 Clinical Supervised Practice (10)
NEP 505 Graduate Seminar (1)NEP 542 Medical Nutrition Therapy II (3)NEP 701 Master’s Exit Exam (3)
NEP 537 Medical Nutrition Therapy I (4)NEP 551 Mgmt Prac in Food Service (5)
NEP 573 Nutrition in the Community (2)
NEP 479 Nutrition & Exer Practicum I (3)

Exercise Certification Details

BS NEP program graduates must provide a copy of their ACSM-EP® certification, or take the Exercise Departmental Exam, which needs to be completed no later than the first semester after admission into the MS CPD.

Non-BS NEP program graduates with a background in exercise science must have the ACSM-EP® certification or take the Exercise Departmental Exam no later than the first semester after admission into the CPD. Non-BS NEP graduates with a background in nutrition must take the Exercise Departmental Exam after the student has the completed Exercise Practicum. Non-BS NEP graduates are eligible to sit for the national ACSM-EP® certification exam following graduation from the MS CPD, if desired.

  • The student needs to give a copy of the ACSM-EP® Certificate to the MS CPD director to be kept on file or receive a passing score (≥70%) on the Exercise Departmental Exam, per ACEND guidelines and requirements.