Pharmacy, Natural & Health Sciences

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Is this program an ACEND-accredited pathway to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN)? 

Yes, the MSNGx Program is a traditional pathway to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) with an emphasis on nutrigenomics  

What is nutrigenomics? 

Also known as personalized nutrition or precision nutrition, nutrigenomics studies the relationship between an individual’s genes and how they affect their response to food and nutrients. 

Who should enroll in this program? 
The MSNGx program is ideal for you if you are looking for a career as a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). You will also gain knowledge in one of the fastest growing areas of nutrition science – nutrigenomics. 

What will I be able to do with this degree? 
Registered dietitian nutritionists have many career possibilities from clinical nutrition to foodservice and sports nutrition to public health. Registered dietitians can work nearly anywhere food is being consumed, sold or talked about. 

How can dietitians and other health care providers use nutrigenomics to help patients? 
Nutrigenomics helps RDNs and other health care providers to highly personalize nutrition recommendations to prevent, treat and manage health conditions. 

How will nutrigenomics affect the quality of health care? 
Nutrigenomics improves the quality of health care by targeting the scope of recommendations, improving efficiency as well as patient outcomes. 

Do I need to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for admissions into the program? 
No, we do not require students to take the GRE to be considered for the MSNGx Program at Manchester University! 

Can I transfer credits from a different institution? 
External graduate coursework may be considered for transfer credit if all of the following conditions are met: 

  • The coursework is completed at a regionally accredited institution within the last five years. 

  • The coursework is substantially similar to Manchester courses. 

  • The final grade posted for each potential transfer course is a 'B' grade (or better). 

  • The coursework does not duplicate, overlap or regress previous work. 

  • The university or college offering the courses allows these courses to be used for credit toward its own master's degree. 

*No more than 9 credits for work completed elsewhere may be counted toward the master's degree. The 9  credit limit applies to transfer of credits and credit for prior learning. 

The transfer work must first be officially approved by the MSNGx Council, then accepted into the University through the University’s registrar. Students should contact the director of the MSNGx Program directly for additional details regarding transfer credit policies. 

In order for approved transfer credit to be awarded, students must submit an official transcript that clearly indicates the following information for each course: 

  • Course codes or numbers 

  • Course titles or descriptions 

  • Final grades earned 

  • Course credits earned 

Can a student get credit for prior learning? 
Credit for prior learning may be considered for the master’s program. Students must submit a completed credit for prior learning application including a portfolio of evidence. 

Does Manchester University provide housing to graduate students? 
No, Manchester University does not provide housing for  graduate students.  

How many credit hours are required for the MSNGx degree? 
Students must complete 54 credits including a minimum of 1,000 hours of supervised experiential learning to receive a Master of Science in Nutrition and Nutrigenomics. This program can be completed in two years. 

Does the program have to be completed within a certain timeframe? 
This is a full-time, 20-month program (didactic and supervised learning).  

What is the online course format? 
Most of our courses have short videos that feature faculty members discussing topics or drawing concepts. We also have assignments that include reading literature and problem solving. The assignments will be assessed using an online submission system or discussion boards in our learning management system (LMS). Some faculty may hold live review sessions or discussions as well. Manchester University will be using Canvas for our LMS. 

What does the curricular structure look like? 
The curriculum consists of four 4-month semesters and one summer session. Each semester consists of 11-12 credit hours of coursework. Courses will need to be taken in order. Review the program curriculum here. This includes supervised experiential learning courses. Learn more about supervised experiential learning structure here.  

What academic support is available if I am struggling in a class? 
The best support can be found by contacting your faculty member or teaching assistant for the course. They will be able to provide specific instructions for improvement. Additionally, Manchester University has a Student Success Center that provides academic resources that empower students to overcome challenges, improve skills and gain a competitive edge. Online students will have access to Student Success resources via online interactions (i.e., video chat, email, etc.). 

Does Manchester University offer technical support for online master’s students? 
Yes! Students can request assistance via several mechanisms. The Manchester University ITS Help Desk is available M-F, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST and can be reached at 260-470-5454. Outside of business hours, requests can be submitted using an online form. Our learning management system, Canvas, provides 24/7 support. All students can use the Manchester University Canvas support line at 877-227-9487 or use Canvas' live chat option. 

What are your online learning center platforms? 
We use the learning management systems Canvas and CORE® to administer all coursework. 

How many hours per week will I spend on coursework? 
This is based on the credit hours of the course and the semester format. For every credit hour there should be one “contact hour.” A contact hour can take the form of watching videos, posting in discussion boards or taking assessments. Beyond the contact hours, individual efforts will vary. You can match or double the contact hours for a range of hours likely spent per week. 

Are there graduate assistantships available? 
This is a full-time program, and in the best interests of the students, working during the program is not recommended. 

Supervised Experiential Learning Questions

Can I choose my own preceptors? 
Yes! You may find preceptors in your preferred geographical area. Affiliation agreements must be established with each preceptor prior to beginning the experiential learning course. Preceptors will need to submit documentation to the program director demonstrating their education, experience and ability to provide quality experiences for students. If you plan to choose your own preceptors, the clinical preceptor must be identified and sign a letter of commitment during the student’s application process. 

Will Manchester provide preceptors? 
Manchester has established affiliation agreements with several preceptors around in the Northern Indiana for students in the area. Students outside of this region will need to secure their own preceptors.  

How many rotations are required? 
Six rotations are required throughout the MSNGx program. They include Community, Business, Foodservice Management, Sustainability, Long-term Care and Clinical. Rotations vary in length from 3 to 8 weeks. In addition to these rotations, a clinical shadow experience is included as part of the second semester courses at the site planned for each student’s clinical rotation. This is an opportunity for students to experience a day in the life of an RDN and become familiar with the facility, processes and procedures prior to being on their own seeing patients. 

How many hours are required? 
Students must complete a minimum of 1,000 hours to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration examination for Registered Dietitians. Total hours will vary because students must achieve the required competencies for each rotation in addition to completing the minimum number of hours. 

How soon can I take the national registration examination after completing the program? 
Students who have completed coursework and supervised experiential learning competencies will receive verification for eligibility to take the examination upon graduation.  



Accreditation Status:
Manchester University’s Master of Science in Nutrition and Nutrigenomics has been granted candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

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