Applied Health Sciences

AHS Mission Statement

The mission of Applied Health Sciences Department is to prepare allied health students for entry-level employment and/or advanced graduate study in disciplines associated with health, wellness and rehabilitation.

The department seeks to meet present and future health and allied health care needs of both the regional and global communities as well as promote the well-being for their citizens.

We prepare future allied health professionals by providing students with essential discipline specific and interdisciplinary skills, which are necessary for successful careers  in Community Health, Exercise Science, Pre-Health Professions, Wellness, Nutrition and Dietetics.

Student learning is enhanced through engagement with community stakeholders during clinical experiences on and off campus, including hands-on laboratory experiences, practicums, internships, supervised practice experiences, research experiences and service learning opportunities not only in the region, but throughout the Commonwealth.

The Applied Health Sciences Faculty are dedicated to discovering and disseminating knowledge through research, scholarly activity and service to aid in meeting the needs of the students and university.

For more information about AHS programs, please contact one of our Program Directors or review the program guides below.  

 

Undergraduate Programs

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Exercise Science

The Exercise Science program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (caahep.org ) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
 1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-210-2350
 caahep.org

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Pre-Health Professional Track

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First Year

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Credits
Fall BIO 101 or 221 (4) EXS 100T (1) MAT 140 (4) ENG 105 (4) COM 161 (3) 16
Spring BIO 227/228 (4) EXS 101 (3) U.S. Studies Elective: Global Awareness (3) MAT 145 (3) PSY 180 (3) 16

Second Year

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Credits
Fall BIO 229/230 (4) EXS 370 (3) NTN 230 (3) BIO 120 (1) STA 135 (4) 15
Spring EXS 350/351 (4) EXS 200 and 201 (3) EXS 301 (3) BIO 220 (2) HUM 211 (3) 15

Third Year

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Credits
Fall EXS 353/354 (4) EXS 385 (3) EXS 333 (3) CHE 111 CHE 201 (5) 15
Spring EXS 375 (3) CIV 201 or 202 (3) PHI 202 or HEA 260 (3) *Profession specific courses (prerequisites) (6) 15

Fourth Year

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Credits
Fall EXS 415 (3) EXS 469 (3) EXS 471 (3) *Profession specific courses (prerequisites) (6) 15
Spring EXS 445 (1) *Profession specific courses (as needed per RACR) (variable)     variable

Restricted Electives

BIO 120

Scientific Etymology

 BIO 220

Clinical Terminology

 BIO 300

Introductory Microbiology

 CHE 202

General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis

 CHE 312

Organic Chemistry I

 EXS 275

Exercise Instruction

 EXS 295

Acute Care of the Physically Active

 EXS 304

EBP in Musculoskeletal Evaluation

 EXS 400

Research Design and Stats for Allied Health

 EXS 435

Neuro A&P for Applied Health Sciences

 PHY 130

General Physics I

 PHY 131

General Physics I Laboratory

 PHY 132

General Physics II

 PHY 133

General Physics II Laboratory

 PSY 260

Lifespan Development

 PSY 307

Abnormal Psychology

 SOC 133

Introduction to Sociology

 ATR 500-level courses

 Career Elective (advisor approved)

 Exercise Science Pre-Health Professional Track PDF

 

 Pre-Health Professional Track for MSU’s Accelerated OT Option

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First Year

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Credits
Fall BIO 101 or 221 (4) EXS 100T (1) STA 135 or MAT 140 (4) ENG 105 (4) U.S. Studies Elective: Global Awareness (3) 16
Spring BIO 227/228 (4) EXS 101 (3) PSY 180 (3) MAT 145 (3) COM 161 (3) 16

Second Year

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Credits
Fall BIO 229/230 (4) EXS 370 (3) NTN 230 (3) BIO 120 (1) STA 135 (4) 15
Spring EXS 350/351 (4) EXS 200 and 201 (3) CHE 111 or CHE 201 (5) BIO 220 (2)   14

Third Year

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Credits
Fall EXS 353/354 (4) EXS 301 (3) EXS 333 (3) PSY 260 (3) CIV 201 or 202 (3) 16
Spring EXS 415 (3) PSY 307 (3) EXS 375 (3) PHI 202 or HEA 260 (3) HUM 211 (variable) variable
If accepted to the MSOT program, begin graduate classes at the Paducah Regional Campus in the summer.

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy First Year

 
Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Class 6 Credits
Summer OTR 600 (3) OTR 603 (3) OTR 606 (3) OTR 610 (3) OTR 613 (2)   14
Fall OTR 620 (3) OTR 623 (1) OTR 626(3) OTR 630 (3) OTR 635 (3) OTR 640 (1) 14
Spring OTR 643 (3) OTR 646 (3) OTR 650 (3) OTR 653 (3) OTR 655 (1)   13

MSOT Second Year

Semester Class 1 CLass 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Credits
Summer OTR 660 (3) OTR 663 (3) OTR 665 (3) OTR 667 (3) OTR 670 (1) 13
Fall OTR 672 (6) OTR 674 (3)       9
Spring OTR 676 (6) OTR 678 (3)       9

Pre-Health Professional Track for MSU's Accelerated OT Option PDF 

 The Pre Health Professional Track in the Exercise Science program blends core exercise science courses with key courses required for graduate programs in occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, or other healthcare programs.  Graduate program requirements can vary by institution and by discipline. Sophomore undergraduate students are encouraged to explore graduate school requirements for each potential institution they wish to attend.  Academic advisors are available to assist students with incorporating these requirements into his/her academic plan.

There is no guaranteed admittance into graduate school by completing these prerequisites, as each student is responsible for meeting each graduate school's requirements and successfully completing the admission process. To improve success, students should demonstrate exceptional academic performance, possess leadership skills and organizational involvement, demonstrate knowledge of the profession, have good communication abilities, and demonstrate service to the community.

Murray State offers a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, which is located under "Graduate Programs." While Murray State does not offer the following graduate programs, the EXS Pre Health Professional Track provides a strong foundation for students pursuing physical therapy, athletic training, and physician assistant, and other professional health-related programs.

 

Athletic Training

As members of a sports medicine team, athletic trainers provide services comprising of prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, and therapeutic interventions. Job settings for athletic trainers include secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports, rehabilitation clinics and hospitals, physicians’ offices, performing arts programs, military, law enforcement, and industrial medicine. For more information about a career in athletic training, visit the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (https://www.nata.org/).

Physical therapy

Physical therapy is a health care profession that focuses on improving optimal health, movement, and function. Physical therapists apply scientific principles to prevent, diagnose, and provide interventions to minimize or alleviate dysfunction. To practice physical therapy, one must graduate from an accredited physical therapy program and pass a national board examination to obtain licensure. Physical therapists work in a variety of settings and with individuals throughout the lifespan. For more information about a career in physical therapy, visit the American Physical Therapy Association website

Physician Assistant

The profession of physician assistant (PA) has grown rapidly over the past few years and offers many options for the graduate to work in numerous areas of medicine under the supervision of a physician.  For more information about a career as a physician assistant, visit the American Academy of Physician Assistants

Academic Bulletin

Exercise Physiology Track

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First Year

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 CLass 4 Class 5 Credits
Fall BIO 101 or 221 (4) EXS 100T (1) MAT 140 (4) ENG 105 (4) COM 161 (3) 16
Spring BIO 227/228 (4) EXS 101 (3) U.S. Studies Elective: Global Awareness (3) MAT 145 (3) CIV 201 or 202 (3) 16

Second Year

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Credits
Fall BIO 229/230 (4) EXS 370 (3) STA 135 (4) PSY 180 (4) 15
Spring EXS 350/351 (4) EXS 200 and 201 (3) CHE 111 or CHE 201 (5) NTN 230 (3) 15

Third Year

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5  Credits
Fall EXS 353/354 (4) EXS 301 (3) EXS 333 (3) EXS 385 (3) *Profession specific courses (advisor approved) (3) 16
Spring EXS 415 (3) EXS 375 (3) HUM 211 (3) PHI 202 or HEA 260 (3) *Profession specific courses (advisor approved) (3) 15

Fourth Year

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Credits
Fall EXS 471 (3) EXS 445 (1) *Profession specific courses (advisor approved) variable
Spring EXS 469 (variable)   *Profession specific courses (advisor approved) variable

Restricted Electives

EXS 356

Health Promotion Programming

EXS 400

Research Design and Statistics for Allied Health

EXS 433

Advanced Practices in Strength and Conditioning

EXS 446

Senior Seminar II

EXS 465

Advanced Exercise Physiology

EXS 470

Professional Experience II

GCM 151

Introduction to Graphic Communications 

or

GCM 153

Electronic Imaging

HEA 303

Health Behavior

HEA 311

Epidemiology

LST 240

The Legal Environment in Business

MGT 350

Fundamentals of Management

MGT 358

Entrepreneurial Business Plan Development

MGT 370

Sports Business

MKT 360

Principles of Marketing

NLS 402

Financial Resource Management and Fund Development

NTN 333

Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle

Advisor-approved career elective

Exercise Physiology Track PDF

 Exercise Science graduates who have completed the Exercise Physiology Track work with other health care professionals to provide clients with information designed to manage or prevent health issues through physical activity and healthy lifestyle education. Graduates are skilled at evaluating behaviors that impact health, identifying health risk factors, performing fitness assessments, and prescribing exercise programs. The Exercise Physiology Track also prepares students for professional certifications in fitness or strength and conditioning (e.g. ACSM and NSCA) and for graduate study in the field. Individuals with an exercise science degree work in a variety of settings such as fitness facilities, hospital wellness centers, cardiac rehab, commercial settings, rehabilitation facilities, and other agencies.  

Academic Bulletin

Faculty

Doctor Amelia Dodd, Chair of Applied Health Sciences and Director for Exercise Science
Amelia Dodd, PT, DPT
Program Director
Exercise Science
402 North Applied Science
adodd@murraystate.edu
Phone: (270) 809.6463
Fax: (270) 809.3815
about Amelia

Courses Taught at Murray State:

  • EXS: 099: Transitions
  • EXS: 101: Concepts and Careers
  • EXS 250: Anatomical Concepts in Wellness
  • EXS 350: Exercise Physiology
  • EXS: 370: Kinesiology
  • EXS 420/421: Rehabilitation Techniques /Lab

Education

  • Doctor of Physical TherapyUniversity of Kentucky 2010
  • Masters in Physical TherapyUniversity of Louisville 2001
  • BS Exercise ScienceMurray State University 1998

Certification and Licensure

  • PT licensed in Kentucky

Clinical/ Professional Focus

  • Rehabilitation
  • Wellness and Health Promotion

Professional Experience Prior to Murray State:

  • 2002-2006 Staff Physical Therapist, Center for Rehab and Sports Medicine, Murray Calloway County Hospital
  • Fall 2005 Adjunct Lecturer in Wellness and Therapeutic Sciences Department, Murray State University
  • 2001 Staff physical therapist, Western Baptist Hospital

Professional Organizations

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • Kentucky Physical Therapy Association (KPTA)
 
 
Doctor Brenda Reeves, Professor for Exercise Science
Brenda Reeves
Exercise Science
405C North Applied Science
breeves3@murraystate.edu
Phone: (270) 809.5688
Fax: (270) 809.3815
about Brenda

Courses Taught at Murray State

  • EXS 351: Exercise Physiology Laboratory
  • EXS 353: Exercise Prescription
  • EXS 354: Exercise Prescription Laboratory
  • EXS 415: Exercise Concepts in Special Populations
  • EXS 445: Senior Seminar
  • EXS 460: Practicum

Education

  • PhD in Exercise Physiology, University of Toledo, 1995
  • MEd in Exercise Science, Bowling Green State University, 1991
  • BA in Psychology, Bowling Green State University, 1982

Clinical/ Professional Focus

  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Wellness and Health Promotion

Professional Experience Prior to Murray State:

2013-2016, Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Director for M.S. in Exercise Physiology Program at Carroll University, WI
2010-2013, Clinical Assistant Professor in Exercise Science Program and Associate faculty in the DPT Program at Carroll University, WI
2007-2010, Professional Instructor in Sport Sciences Department and Lifetime Wellness Coordinator at Ashland University, Ohio
2005-2007, Assistant Professor in Health, Recreation and Kinesiology Department at Longwood University, Virginia
2004-2005, Assistant Professor in Sports and Exercise Sciences Department at West Texas A&M University, Texas
2000-2004, Director of Wellness and Recreational Services at Grand Valley State University, Michigan
1998-2000, Associate Director of Health, Recreation and Wellness at Grand Valley State University, Michigan
1996-1998, Visiting Professor in Physical Education Department at Grand Valley State University, Michigan
1994, Fitness Program Manager and Exercise Physiologist for The Toledo Hospital, Ohio

Professional Organizations

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
 
 
Jeremy Erdmann
Jeremy B. Erdmann 
Exercise Science
405A North Applied Science
jerdmann@murraystate.edu
Phone: (270) 809.4517
Fax: (270) 809.3815
about Jeremy

Courses Taught at Murray State:

EXS 250: Anatomical Concepts in Wellness
EXS 295: Acute Care of the Physically Active
EXS 296: Acute Care of the Physically Active Lab
EXS 301: Care and Prevention of Injuries
EXS 304: Evidence-based Practice in Musculoskeletal Evaluation
EXS 305: Bracing, Splinting, and Taping
EXS 371: Clinical Experience: Application
EXS 372: Clinical Experience: Integration
EXS 402: Evaluation of the Lower Extremity
EXS 471: Administration in Exercise Science
EXS 473: Clinical Experience: Autonomy

Education:

1999 MA in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation with an emphasis in Sport Psychology
1996 BS in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Athletic Training

Certification and Licensure:

1998 Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure as an Athletic Trainer
1997 Board of Certification (BOC) for the Athletic Trainer

Clinical/ Professional Focus:

Athletic training education
Educational leadership
Low back - evaluation and rehabilitation
Chronic knee injuries - evaluation and rehabilitation

Research Focus:

Athletic training education
Sport psychology for the athletic trainer
Exercise in cancer recovery

Professional Experience Prior to Murray State:

Spring 1999 - Fall 2001 Athletic Trainer (Clinic - Outreach) Jackson Purchase Medical Center, Mayfield, KY

Professional Organizations:

Member of the Collegiate Athletic Trainers' Society (CATS)
Member of the Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association (SEATA) since 1997
Member of the Kentucky Athletic Trainers' Society (KATS) since 1997
Member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) since 1996

 
 
Kristan Erdmann
Kristan M. Erdmann
Exercise Science
401 North Applied Science
kerdmann@murraystate.edu
Phone: (270) 809.5741
Fax: (270) 809.3815
about Kristan

Education

EdD in Educational Leadership
MS in Sports Administration
BS in Athletic Training

Courses Taught at Murray State

EXS 296 Acute Care for the Physically Active Lab
EXS 301 Care and Prevention of Injuries
EXS 305 Bracing, Taping, and Splinting
EXS 371 Clinical Experience: Application
EXS 372 Clinical Experience: Integration
EXS 380 Sport Medicine Pharmacology
EXS 385 Sport and Exercise Psychology
EXS 390 Therapeutic Modalities
EXS 447 Senior Seminar in Athletic Training
EXS 471 Administration in Exercise Science

Licensure

Licensed Athletic Trainer - Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure
Licensed Emergency Medical Technician - Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services

Professional Experience Prior to Murray State

Clinical Education Coordinator at Union College; Barbourville, KY
Adjunct Instructor at Eastern Kentucky University; Richmond, KY
Athletic Trainer at Drayer Physical Therapy Institute; Lexington & Richmond, KY
Athletic Trainer at Kentucky Hand and Physical Therapy; Lexington, KY
Athletic Trainer at Montgomery County High School; Mt. Sterling, KY

Research Focus

Leadership education in athletic training
Functional movement in performing artists

Professional Organizations

National Athletic Trainers’ Association
Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association
Kentucky Athletic Trainers’ Society

 
 
Priscilla Maghrabi
Priscilla Maghrabi 
Exercise Science
402 North Applied Science
pmaghrabi@murraystate.edu 
Phone: (270) 809.6285
Fax: (270)809.381
about Priscilla

Courses Taught at Murray State:

EXS 101 Concepts and Careers in Exercise Science & Athletic Training
EXS 353 Exercise Prescription
EXS 354 Exercise Prescription Lab
EXS 375 Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise
EXS 380 Sport Medicine Pharmacology
EXS 390 Therapeutic Modalities
EXS 400 Research Design and Stats
EXS 403 Evaluation of Upper Extremities
EXS 445 Senior Seminar
EXS 480 Special Problems in Exercise Science
HEA 191 Personal Health

Education:

PhD in Kinesiology: Exercise Science from University of Arkansas
MS in Post-Professional Athletic Training from Florida International University
BS in Athletic Training from Eastern Kentucky University

Research Focus:

Measurement and evaluation of clinical skills
Orthopedic assessment

Professional Experience Prior to Murray State:

Lecturer at University of Central Arkansas in Athletic Training (BS) and Exercise Science (BS and MS)
Lecturer at Northern Kentucky University in Athletic Training (BS)
Assistant Professor at Clarke University in Athletic Training (BS) and Physical Therapy (DPT)
Assistant Athletic Trainer for Clarke University Athletics, women's basketball and out of season athletes

 

 Program Outcomes

Year (Tracking Period) Declared EXS Students Number of Graduates Graduate Satisfaction Graduate Placement Employer Satisfaction
2017 CY 157 40 100% 65% 100%
2016 CY 174 45 100% 82% 100%

Professional Organizations

Student Organizations

EXS Club - Exercise Science

Nutrition & Dietetics

 Mission Statement

The mission of the Nutrition & Dietetics program at Murray State University is to prepare future food and nutrition professionals possessing strong skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, and oral and written communication. For those students in the dietetics track, it is further the mission of the Nutrition & Dietetics program to prepare graduates for successful entry into an accredited Dietetic Internship. Graduates of the Nutrition & Dietetics program at Murray State University will be leaders and innovators in their respective disciplines.

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Dietetics Track of B.S. in Nutrition

Dietetics Guide

The Dietetics track prepares students to become Registered Dietitians (RD), the primary professionals in the field of food and nutrition.

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Introduction

Offering career preparation in dietetics that includes clinical nutrition, food and nutrition management, community nutrition, and consultation and business practice. 

Dietitians are known as the food and nutrition experts. A degree in dietetics will prepare you for many career directions and opportunities. Dietitians are able to use their skills to help individuals achieve better health with nutritional intervention. Dietitians have diverse employment opportunities such as hospitals and other health care settings, government agencies, the military, schools and universities, food industries, public health and wellness programs, sports nutrition, businesses, health coaching organizations, private consulting practice and communications. 

The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics at Murray State University is to prepare graduates for successful entry into a dietetic internship and for roles as nutrition and food experts in their communities by fostering critical thinking, effective communication, cultural competency, and a commitment to lifelong learning through evidence-based practices, innovative education, and experiential learning.

Nutrition Focused Physical Exam

Students performing an oral checkupStudents performing an eye exam
Students checking eye pressureStudents performing a dietetics physical exam

Students in the dietetics program learn to perform Nutrition Focused Physical Exams (NFPE).  By examining a patient’s oral cavity, eyes, hands, and a number of body parts, students learn to diagnose nutrient deficiencies, muscle wasting, and loss of body fat.  In doing so, dietetics professionals become the leading healthcare professional in diagnosing malnutrition.

Interdisciplinary Education

Student in health care fields learning about the others workStudent in dietetics learning about nursingStudents working on a nursing dummyStudent working on a nursing training dummy

Interdisciplinary workshops allow dietetics students the opportunity to interact with students and faculty in other healthcare-related disciplines.  By engaging in experiential learning opportunities with other disciplines, graduates of the dietetics program are prepared to enter the fast-paced, interdisciplinary environment of today’s healthcare system.

University Resources

Accreditation and Credentialing

Accreditation Information  

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
1-800- 877-1600
312-899- 0040, ext. 5400
http://www.eatrightpro.org/ACEND

 

Each DPD must continually meet accreditation standards in order to maintain its accreditation. A report (self-study) must be prepared by the program and evaluated by ACEND every seven years for the program to be re-accredited; the Murray State DPD was re-accredited in 2013. In addition to the self-study submitted every seven years, yearly reports are also required to ensure the program is maintaining its quality. For information about accreditation visit: www.eatright.org/acend

Admissions Criteria

Admissions Criteria for the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

  • Successfully completed a minimum of 45 hours and have a minimum of 15 in-progress hours
  • A cumulative GPA ≥ 3.0 
  • Earned a “B” or better in each of the following courses: NTN 230 Introductory Nutrition, NTN 231 Principles of Food Science and Preparation, NTN 330 Advanced Nutrition
  • Earned a “C” or better in each of the following courses: BIO 115 Cellular Basis of Life, CHE 105 Introductory Chemistry, CHE 210 Brief Organic Chemistry, MAT 140 College Algebra
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and a C or better in all DPD required courses is requisite for successful completion of the DPD and issuance of a Verification Statement from the DPD Director.  A Verification Statement establishes eligibility for a Dietetic Internship, which is a necessary step in the pathway toward becoming a Registered Dietitian.

Becoming a Registered Dietitian

Steps to Becoming a Registered Dietitian

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is a degree track of the B.S. degree area called Nutrition & Dietetics. The other degree track in this area is Nutrition and Foods. The dietetics track (DPD) is the first step in the process to become a Registered Dietitian. An individual must earn a B.S. degree and successfully complete all the required DPD courses in order to receive a Verification Statement from the DPD Director. A Verification Statement is necessary to proceed to the next step in the credentialing pathway.

The second step in the credentialing pathway is to complete an accredited Dietetic Internship (DI) that provides a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice experience in order to ensure competence for entry level practice. Dietetic Internship (DI) programs are located in universities and health care facilities throughout the nation. The process of getting accepted into an internship program is very competitive.  Students must have good grades, volunteer experiences, work experiences, as well as other positive characteristics in order to be considered for an internship.

After successful completion of an accredited Dietetic Internship (DI), a person must then pass the Registration Examination for Dietitians to be credentialed as a Registered Dietitian (RD). Credentialing as a Registered Dietitian (RD) is required in order to get licensure as a dietitian in the state of Kentucky. A credential of Licensed Dietitian (LD) is a legal requirement to practice in the state, while a credential of Registered Dietitian (RD) is a professional requirement recognized nationally. In order to maintain the RD credential, a dietitian must complete 75 continuing education credits every 5 years. So the learning never stops!

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master's degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). In the state of Kentucky, graduates also must obtain licensure to practice. Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited DPD at Murray State are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervise practice program. For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN please visit Eat Right Pro.

For more information regarding accredited Dietetic Internships (DIs) and credentialing as a Registered Dietitian visit www.eatright.org/acend.

Curriculum

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First Year

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Class 6 Credits
Fall CHE 105 (4) ENG 105 (4) MAT 140 (4) NTN 100T (1) PSY 180 (3)   16
Spring BIO 115 (3) CIV 201 or 202 (3) CSC 199 (3) NTN 200 (1) NTN 231 (3) Elective (3) 16

Second Year

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Credits
Fall BUS 140 (3) CHE 210 (3) COM 161 (3) NTN 230 (3) NTN 303 or EXS 200/201 (3) 15
Spring CHE 330 (3) GDS 201 or SOC 133 (3) NTN 330 (3) NTN 350 (3)   12

Third Year

Semester Class  1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Class 6 Credits
Fall BIO 120 (1) BIO 229 (3) BIO 230 (1) NTN 333 (3) NTN 432 (3) STA 135 (4) 15
Spring BIO 220 (1) BIO 300 (4) NTN 434 (1) NTN 440 (3) NTN 445 (3) University Studies Elective (3) 15 

Fourth Year

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Class 6 Class 7 Credits
Fall HUM 211 (3) MGT 350 (3) NTN 371 (1) NTN 372 (3) NTN 450 (4) NTN 499 (1)

University Studies Elective (3)

18
Spring NTN 373 (3) NTN 412 (3) NTN 422 (3) NTN 460 (1) Elective (3)     13

Suggested Electives

  • BIO 501 Immunology (3) [prerequisite: BIO 300]
  • EXS 350 Exercise Physiology (3) [prerequisite: BIO 229 & BIO 230, or permission of instructor]
  • EXS 351 Exercise Physiology Laboratory (1) [prerequisite: BIO 229 & BIO 230, or permission of instructor; corequisite:  EXS 350]
  • EXS 356 (HEA 356) Health Promotion Programming (3) [prerequisite: EXS 101 or HEA 110 or instructor permission]
  • EXS 385 Sport and Exercise Psychology (3) [prerequisite: PSY 180)
  • HCA/HIA 301 Overview of the Health Care Delivery System (3) [no prerequisites]
  • HEA 311/511 Epidemiology (3) [will need permission from instructor]
  • HEA 330 Death and Dying: Issues for Caregivers (3) [will need permission from instructor]
  • HEA 350 Foundations of Community Health Education (3) [will need permission from instructor]
  • HEA 360 Health Education Services (3) [will need permission from instructor]
  • HEA 448 Health Policy (3) [will need permission from instructor]
  • HEA 475 Health Assessment and Evaluation (3) [will need permission from instructor]
  • PSY 404 Drugs, Alcohol and Behavior (3) [prerequisite: PSY 180]
  • PSY 471 Behavior Modification (3) [prerequisite: PSY 180]
  • SOC 325 Sociology of Food (3) [no prerequisite]
  • SOC 340 Sociology of Medicine (3) [no prerequisite]
  • SOC 421 Issues in Social Gerontology (3) [no prerequisite]
  • SWK 395 Substance Abuse Prevention (3) [prerequisite: junior standing]
  • SWK 425 HIV Disease:  The Individual and Society (3) [prerequisite:  junior standing]

 

Dietetics Course Sequence

Curriculum for Dietetics Track

University Studies Requirements: 38-43 hours

Scientific Inquiry, Methodologies, and Quantitative Skills:                                               

CHE 105 (4)  Intro Chemistry I                        

STA 135  Introduction to Probability and Statistics 

MAT 140 College Algebra 

Social and Self-Awareness and Responsible Citizenship:   

PSY 180 (3) General Psychology                                            

University Studies Approved Electives: 

CSC 199 (3)  Introduction to Information Technology

GDS 201  Introduction to Gender and Diversity Studies                                              

            Or

SOC 133 (3)  Introduction to Sociology 

Core Requirements: 40 hours                                               

BUS 140 (3)  Foundations of Business 

BIO 115  (3) The Cellular Basis of Life 

MGT 350 (3) Fundamentals of Management 

NTN 100T (1) Transitions 

NTN 200 (1)  Introduction to the Profession                             

NTN 230 (3)  Nutrition                                                   

NTN 231 (3)  Principles of Food Science and Preparation 

NTN 303 (3)  Research Methods in Nutrition and Foods            

NTN 333 (3)  Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle                  

NTN 371 (1) Quantity Food Production Practicum (NOTE: This is a 40-hour practicum self-arranged by the student in consultation with the DPD director and course instructor.)

NTN 372 (3)  Quantity Food Production and Purchasing                          

NTN 373 (3)  Management of Food Service Personnel and Facilities

NTN 412 (3)  Community Nutrition & Health                    

NTN 422 (3)  Meal Management

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NTN 432 (3)  Experimental Foods                                

NTN 499 (1)  Senior Seminar                          

Dietetics Option Requirements: 34 hours

BIO 120 (1) Scientific Etymology   

BIO 220 (1) Clinical Terminology 

BIO 229 and 230 (4)  Human Physiology  and Lab    

BIO 300 (4)  Introductory Microbiology       

CHE 210 (3)  Brief Organic Chemistry                                                   

CHE 330 (3)  Basic Biochemistry                                   

NTN 330 (3) Advanced Nutrition 

HEA 415 (3)  Communications for Health Professionals

           Or 

NTN 350 (3) Nutrition Counseling and Education

NTN 434 (1)  Clinical Dietetics Practicum (NOTE: This is a 40-hour practicum self-arranged by the student in consultation with the DPD director and course instructor.)                    

NTN 440 (3)  Medical Nutrition Therapy I

NTN 445  (4) Pathophysiology for Nutrition-Related Diseases 

NTN 450 (3)  Medical Nutrition Therapy II

NTN 460 (1) Advanced Clinical Cases

Limited Electives: 6  hours                      

Total Curriculum Requirements: 120 hours

Goals and Mission

DPD Mission, Goals and Outcome Statements

The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics at Murray State University is to prepare graduates for successful entry into a dietetic internship and for roles as nutrition and food experts in their communities through a strong knowledge base, critical thinking and communication skills and an emphasis on lifelong learning.  Program outcomes data are available upon request.

The goals and outcomes of the DPD at Murray State are as follows:

 

Goal: The goals and outcomes of the DPD at Murray State are as follows:

  1. At least 80% of the program/degree requirements within three years (150% of program length).
  2. 75% of the program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
  3. 50% of program graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
  4. The program's one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
  5. At least 75% of directors of supervised practice programs will be satisfied with Murray State University DPD graduates' preparedness for supervised practice.

*Program outcome data are available upon request.

Dietetics Course Sequence

Nutrition and Foods Track of B.S. in Nutrition

Nutrition and Foods Guide

The Nutrition and Foods track provides a curriculum for students interested in a general knowledge of nutrition and food for positions not requiring the RD credential. Elective hours in this track allow for a minor.

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Nutrition and Foods Track

The Nutrition and Foods track curriculum offers preparation for a variety of career possibilities in food and nutrition.

The nutrition and foods track provides a broad education in nutrition and food production. This track allows a student to choose supporting electives in an area where the nutrition knowledge may be applied or to choose electives leading to a minor. Graduates may be employed in government agencies, schools, the Cooperative Extension Service, the media, food companies, and other positions where the RD credential is not required.

Curriculum

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First Year

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Class 6 Credits
Fall CHE 105 (4) ENG 105 (4) MAT 117 (3) NTN 100T (1) BUS 140 (3)   15
Spring BIO  101 (3) CIV 201 or 202 (3) CSC 199 (3) NTN 200 (1) PSY 180 (3) University Studies Elective (3) 16

Second Year

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Credits
Fall BIO 227/228 (4) or EXS 250 (3) HUM 211 (3) COM 161 (3) NTN 230  (3) NTN 303 or EXS 200/201 (3) 15/16
Spring NTN 231 (3) GDS 201 or SOC 133 (3) BIO 229/230 (4) NTN 350 or FCS 462 (3) University Studies Elective (3) 16

Third Year

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Credits
Fall NTN 371 (1) NTN 372 (3) NTN 432 (3) STA 135 (4) NTN 333 (3) 14
Spring NTN 373 (3) NTN 330 (3) HEA 191 (3) Elective (3) Elective (3) 15

Fourth Year

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Credits
Fall  CHE 210 (3) MGT 350 (3) HEA 415 (3) NTN 499 (1) Elective (3) 13
Spring NTN 412 (3) NTN 422 (3) Elective (3) Elective (3) Elective (3) 15

Suggested Electives

  • BIO 501 Immunology (3) [prerequisite: BIO 300]
  • EXS 350 Exercise Physiology (3) [prerequisite: BIO 229 & BIO 230, or permission of instructor]
  • EXS 351 Exercise Physiology Laboratory (1) [prerequisite: BIO 229 & BIO 230, or permission of instructor; corequisite:  EXS 350]
  • EXS 356 (HEA 356) Health Promotion Programming (3) [prerequisite: EXS 101 or HEA 110 or instructor permission]
  • EXS 385 Sport and Exercise Psychology (3) [prerequisite: PSY 180)
  • HCA/HIA 301 Overview of the Health Care Delivery System (3) [no prerequisites]
  • HEA 311/511 Epidemiology (3) [will need permission from instructor]
  • HEA 330 Death and Dying: Issues for Caregivers (3) [will need permission from instructor]
  • HEA 350 Foundations of Community Health Education (3) [will need permission from instructor]
  • HEA 360 Health Education Services (3) [will need permission from instructor]
  • HEA 448 Health Policy (3) [will need permission from instructor]
  • HEA 475 Health Assessment and Evaluation (3) [will need permission from instructor]
  • PSY 404 Drugs, Alcohol and Behavior (3) [prerequisite: PSY 180]
  • PSY 471 Behavior Modification (3) [prerequisite: PSY 180]
  • SOC 325 Sociology of Food (3) [no prerequisite]
  • SOC 340 Sociology of Medicine (3) [no prerequisite]
  • SOC 341 Social Gerontology (3) [no prerequisite]
  • SOC 421 Issues in Social Gerontology (3) [no prerequisite]
  • SWK 395 Substance Abuse Prevention (3) [prerequisite: junior standing]
  • SWK 425 HIV Disease: The Individual and Society (3) [prerequisite:  junior standing]

Nutrition and Food Course Sequence

NUTRITION & DIETETICS

University Studies Requirements: 42-44 hours


Oral and Written Communication: 7 hours                                        

COM 161 (3)  Introduction to  Public Speaking          

ENG 105 (4) English Composition                                                           

Global Awareness, Cultural Diversity and the World’s Artistic Traditions:  3 hours

University Studies elective (3)                                               

Scientific Inquiry, Methodologies, and Quantitative Skills: 11 hours

BIO 101 (4) Biological Concepts                                               

CHE 105 (4)  Intro Chemistry I

                        OR                                                                                   

CHE 201 (5) General College Chemistry                                   

MAT 117 (3)  Mathematical Concepts  (or  higher math)            

Social and Self-Awareness and Responsible Citizenship: 6 hours

Ethics, Social Responsibility and Civic Engagement elective (3)            

PSY 180 (3) General Psychology                                               

World’s Historical, Literary, and Philosophical Traditions: 6 hours

CIV 201 or CIV 202 (3)                                                           

HUM 211 (3) The Western Humanities Tradition                       

University Studies Approved Electives:  9  hours

SOC 133 (3)  Introduction to Sociology                                               

CSC 199 (3)  Introduction to Information Technology                       

University Studies approved elective (3)

Core Requirements: 45-46 hours                                               

NTN 099 (1)  Freshman Orientation   

NTN 200 (1)  Introduction to the Profession                            

NTN 220 (2) Food Safety and Sanitation

NTN 230 (3)  Nutrition                                                   

NTN 231 (3)  Principles of Food Science and Preparation   

NTN 303 (3)  Research Methods in Nutrition and Foods          

­­NTN 333 (3)  Nutrition Through Life Cycle                  

 NTN 371 (1) Quantity Food Production Practicum

NTN 372 (3)  Quantity Food Production and Purchasing                          

NTN 373 (3)  Management of Food Service Personnel and Facilities

NTN 412 (3)  Community Nutrition & Health                    

NTN 422 (3)  Meal Management

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NTN 432 (3)  Experimental Foods                                

NTN 499 (1)  Senior Seminar

BPA 140 (3)  Foundations of Business                                                

FCS 462 (3) Teaching Methods

MGT 350 (3) Fundamentals of Management  

PSY 300 (3)   Principles and Methods of Statistical Analysis

                       OR

STA 135 (4) Introduction to Probability and Statistics             

                       OR

CIS 243 (2) Business Statistics I  

                       AND                                

CIS 343 (2) Business Statistics II                                   

Nutrition and Foods Option Requirements: 19-20 hours

BIO 227 and 228 (4) Human Anatomy and Lab                                                           

OR

EXS 250 (3) Anatomical Concepts in Wellness    
                   
BIO 229 and 230 (4) Human Physiology and Lab      

CHE 210 (3)  Brief Organic Chemistry
                             
HEA 191 (3) Personal Health                                                           
                                       
HEA 415 (3)  Communications for Health Professionals

NTN 430 (3) Advanced Nutrition                                               

Electives:  10-14 hours

Total Curriculum Requirements………………………….120 hours

Nutrition and Foods Course Sequence

Nutrition Minor

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Nutrition Minor

The Nutrition & Dietetics program at Murray State University offers a nutrition minor for individuals wanting to attain a strong foundation in the nutrition sciences but not interested in seeking credentialing as a Registered Dietitian.
Curriculum for the Nutrition Minor:

FCS 359  Methods of Teaching Family and Consumer Sciences 
NTN 230  Nutrition
NTN 231  Principles of Food Science and Preparation
NTN 330  Nutrient Metabolism
NTN 333  Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle
NTN 412  Community Nutrition and Health
NTN 445  Pathophysiology for Nutrition-Related Diseases

 

Faculty and Facilities

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Faculty

Doctor Karen Byrd, Professor for Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Management
Karen Byrd, PhD, RD, LD
200 N AS, Suite C
kbyrd2@murraystate.edu
Office - 270.809.3124
Fax - 270.809.6950
about Karen

Education

PhD in Hospitality Management, Purdue University
Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), Xavier University
BA in Dietetics, Ball State University

Courses taught at Murray State

NTN 303: Research Concepts
NTN 371: Food Production Practicum
NTN 372: Quantity Food Production and Purchasing
NTN 374: Foodservice Practicum
NTN 422: Meal Management
NTN 642: Management Practice in Dietetics
NTN 643: Community Nutrition
NTN 651: Medical Nutrition Therapy II
NTN 652: Clinical Practice in Long-Term Care
NTN 653: Advanced Clinical Practice
NTN 656: Nutrition Research Literature Review

Certification and Licensure

Registered Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetic Registration
Licensed Dietitian with the Kentucky State Board of Licensure
Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute
ServSafe: Food Protection Manager Certification, Certified Instructor and Registered Proctor

Professional Experience Prior to Murray State

Senior Director of Nutrition Services, Kindred Healthcare, Louisville, KY
Senior Director of Nutrition Services, Advantage DME, Sparks, MD
Corporate Director of Dietetics, Integrated Health Services, Owings Mills, MD
Director of Nutrition Services, Eagle Creek Nursing Center, West Union, OH

Research Focus

Relationships amongst foodservice, nutrition and health
Behavioral economics and food choices
Menu nutrition labeling

Professional Organizations

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Kentucky Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Association of Healthcare Foodservice
Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management
Project Management Institute

 
Doctor Kathy Stanczyk, Director for Nutrition ,Dietetics, and Food Management
Kathy Stanczyk, PhD, RD, LD
200 N AS, Suite A
kstanczyk@murraystate.edu
Office - 270.809.3388
Fax - 270.809.6950
about Kathy

Education

PhD in Post Secondary and Adult Education
MS in Family and Consumer Sciences, Dietetics
BS in Biological Sciences

Courses taught at Murray State

NTN 303 - Research Concepts in Foods and Nutrition
NTN 330 - Advanced Nutrition
NTN 333 - Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle
NTN 350 - Nutrition Counseling and Education
NTN 440 - MNT I
NTN 445 - Pathophysiology for Nutrition-Related Diseases
NTN 450 - MNT II
NTN 460 - Advanced Clinical Cases in Dietetics
NTN 610 - Research and Writing for Nutrition Professionals
NTN 656 - Nutrition Research Literature Review
NTN 660 - Research Project in Nutrition I
NTN 661 - Research Project in Nutrition II

Certification and Licensure

Registered Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetic Registration
Licensed Dietitian with the Kentucky State Board of Licensure

Professional Experience Prior to Murray State

Didactic Program Director at the University of Tennessee at Martin
Nutrition Support Specialist at St. Joseph Mercy Health System in Ann Arbor, MI
Clinical Dietitian at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, MI
Clinical Dietitian at Lutheran Medical Center in St. Louis, MO

Research Focus

Critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills in dietetics students
Problem-based learning
Integrative learning

Professional Organizations

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Kentucky Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Western District of the Kentucky Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

 
Doctor Lori Crouch, Professor for Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Management
Lori Crouch, MS, RD, LD

200 N AS, Suite C
lcrouch1@murraystate.edu
Office - 270.809.3964
Fax - 270.809.6950
about Lori

Education

MS in Dietetics from Murray State University
BS in Dietetics from the University of Kentucky

Courses Taught at Murray State

Clinical Instructor with the Dietetic Internship Program
NTN 200 Introduction to the Profession
NTN 231 Principles of Food Science and Preparation 
NTN 499 Senior Seminar

Certification and Licensure​

Registered Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetic Registration
Licensed Dietitian with the Kentucky State Board of Licensure

Professional Experience Prior to Murray State

Consulting Clinical Dietitian, Murray, Kentucky. 1988 to 2000.
Clinical Dietitian, Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, Ohio. 1985 to 1988.

Professional Organizations

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Kentucky Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Western District of the Kentucky Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
 

Facilities

Oakley Applied Science Building


Commercial Foods Lab & Oakley Dining Room


Students learning cooking techniquesStudents cooking food to serve to customers
Salad served in the Oakley dining roomShortcake dessert
Strawberry kabob dessertvegetables and main course
Student interacting with customersStudent serving food to customers
The Quantity Food Production Lab is used in the senior capstone course, Meal Management. In this course, students are responsible for conceptualizing, marketing, producing, serving, and evaluating a 3-course meal prepared in our quantity food production kitchen and served in our Oakley Dining Room.


Food Science Lab

Student working in the kitchen student measuring out milk
Students working in the food lab Student measuring out sugar

The Food Science Lab is used for NTN 231, Principles of Food Science and Preparation and NTN 432, Experimental Foods. In NTN 231, emphasis is placed on understanding and applying the basic physical and chemical properties of foods. Students develop skills in recipe interpretation, cooking methods, and food safety and sanitation. In NTN 432, students develop objective and sensory methods of evaluating chemical and physical qualities of food. Students modify recipes to develop new food products, design and conduct experiments, interpret results, and prepare findings from research by developing a research poster.

Oakley Dining Room

Join us each Spring in the Oakley Dining Room for a delicious three course meal!
Students in the Meal Management course (NTN 422) operate the Oakley Dining Room. The Meal Management course is required for students majoring in nutrition and dietetics.
 

For each meal, the students start with an idea for a theme, build a menu around it, and then execute this multi-component project. This capstone course is an amalgamation of what these students have learned throughout their undergraduate education including courses in nutrition, food preparation, food science, and business management.  In the execution of their meals, the students develop professional skills such as critical thinking, time management, cost analysis, marketing, and customer service.

Each week a different student serves as the Oakley manager responsible. Other students in the class are responsible for preparing and serving the meal as instructed by the manager. These meals are definitely a group effort!
 

Service starts on March 13, 2019, and will be provided each Wednesday of the Spring semester, excluding the week of Spring Break. Dates and themes are listed below. Click on the theme name for each date to learn more about the theme, the menu, and the meal price.  Meals are served at 11:30 a.m.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling (270) 809-5742 or visiting http:/bit.ly/OakleyReservation.

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Menus

Wednesday, March 13, 2019: Jack and Joan's Cupboard
Manager: Megan Claspell
Wednesday, March 20, 2019: no meal service due to Spring Break
Wednesday, March 27, 2019: A Taste of Bluegrass
Manager: Karly Stom
Wednesday, April 3, 2019: Italian - "Benvenuto a Italia"
Manager: Sarah Frederickson
Wednesday, April 10, 2019: The Master's Club Luncheon
Manager: Jane Watts
Wednesday, April 17, 2019: Mexican Fiesta
Manager:  Bridgette Holt
Wednesday, April 24, 2019: A Celebration of Earth Day
Manager:  Bailey Lankster
Wednesday, May 1, 2019: Mother’s Day Brunch
Manager: Bethany Meredith

Partnerships

 This year, the nutrition and dietetics program has partnered with the Dr. Alyx Shultz and Dr. Steve Still in the Hutson School of Agriculture to include fresh herbs, vegetables, or honey in the recipes. The fresh herbs and vegetables were grown as part of the Mabel’s Garden initiative to reconnect classroom knowledge, food production, and community involvement. The honey was harvested from the apiary at the Murray State Arboretum.


The program would also like to thank the Kentucky Poultry Federation, Jamie Guffey, Executive Director, for a generous donation and Lyons Magnus (https://www.lyonsmagnus.com/) for their donation of Designer Dessert Sauces. The program also appreciates the culinary skills workshop provided to the students this semester from Chef Bob Adams and Rayona Baker from Gordon Food Service (GFS). 

Additional Information

The menu is fixed and we are unable to make substitutions. Seating will begin at 11:30 a.m. It may take
up to 15 minutes to seat all guests. Seating may not be available after noon despite having a reservation.
Unfortunately, we are unable to accept credit or debit cards. Cash or checks only.


Parking: Visitors to Murray State University may park at the Curris Center. Murray State requests that
visitors register their vehicle at https://murraystate.nupark. com/portal.


Digital Media Notice: Photographs, video images, or other media could be captured during the dining
experience. By placing a reservation, you agree to release Murray State from any and all liability related
to dissemination of your image.

 Estimate Your Lifespan

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Longevity Quiz 

|Adapted from Living to 100: Lessons in Living to Your Maximum Potential at Any Age (Basic Books, 1999) by Thomas Perls, MD, and Margery Hutter Silver, EdD, with John F. Lauerman.

  1. Do you smoke or chew tobacco, or are you around a lot of secondhand smoke? Yes (-20) No (0)
  2. Do you cook your fish, poultry, or meat until it is charred? Yes (-2) No (0)
  3. Do you avoid butter, cream, pastries, and other saturated fats as well as fried foods (e.g. French fries)? Yes (+3) No (-7)
  4. Do you minimize meat in your diet, preferably making a point to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and bran instead? Yes (+5) No (-4)
  5. Do you consume more than two drinks of beer, wine, and/or liquor a day? (A standard drink is one 12 ounce bottle of beer, one wine cooler, one five ounce glass of wine, or one and a half ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits.) Yes (-10) No (0)
  6. Do you drink beer, wine, and/or liquor in moderate amounts (one or two drinks/day)? Yes (+3) No (0)
  7. Do air pollution warnings occur where you live? Yes (-4) No (+1)
  8. Do you drink more than 16 ounces of coffee a day? Yes (-3) No (0)
    a. Do you drink tea daily? Yes (+3) No (0)
  9. Do you take an aspirin a day? Yes (+4) No (0)
  10. Do you floss your teeth every day? Yes (+2) No (-4)
  11. Do you have a bowel movement less frequently than once every two days? Yes (-4) No (0)
  12. Have you had a stroke or heart attack? Yes (-10) No (0)
  13. Do you try to get a suntan? Yes (-4) No (+3)
  14. Are you more than 20 pounds overweight? Yes (-10) No (0)
  15. Do you live near enough other family members (other than your spouse and dependent children) that you can and want to drop by spontaneously? Yes (+5) No (-4)
  16. Which statement applies to you: a. "Stress eats away at me. I can’t seem to shake it off." Yes (-7) b. "I can shed stress." This might be by praying, exercising, meditating, finding humor in everyday life, or other means. Yes (+7)
  17. Did both of you parents die before age 75 of nonaccidental causes or require daily assistance by the tie they reached age 75? Yes (-10) No (0) Don’t Know (0)
  18. Did more than one of the following relatives live to at least age 90 in excellent health: parents, aunts/uncles, grandparents? Yes (+24) No (0) Don’t Know (0)
  19. Are you a couch potato (do no regular aerobic resistance exercise? Yes (-7)  a. Do you exercise at least three times a week? Yes (+7)
  20. Do you take vitamin E (400-800 IU) and selenium (100-200 mcg) every day? Yes (+5) No (-3)

Scoring

Step 1: Add the negative and positive scores together. Example: -45 plus +30 = -15. Divide that score by 5 (-15 divided by 5 = -3)

Step 2: Add the negative or positive numbers to age 84 if you are a man or age 88 if you are a woman (example: -3 + 88 = 85) to get your estimated life span.


The Science Behind the Quiz

  • Question 1 Cigarette smoke contains toxins that directly damage DNA, causing cancer and other diseases and accelerating aging.
  • Question 2 Charring food changes its proteins and amino acids into heterocyclic amines, which are potent mutagens that can alter your DNA.
  • Question 3,4 A high-fat diet, and especially a high-fat, high-protein diet, may increase your risk of cancer of the breast, uterus, prostate, colon, pancreas, and kidney. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables may lower the risk of heart disease and cancer.
  • Question 5,6 Excessive alcohol consumption can damage the liver and other organs, leading to accelerated aging and increased susceptibility to disease. Moderate consumption may lower the risk of heart disease.
  • Question 7 Certain air pollutants may cause cancer; many also contain oxidants that accelerate aging.
  • Question 8 Too much coffee predisposes the stomach to ulcers and chronic inflammation, which in turn raise the risk of heart disease. High coffee consumption may also indicate and exacerbate stress. Tea, on the other hand, is noted for its significant antioxidant content.
  • Question 9 Taking 81 milligrams of aspirin a day (the amount in one baby aspirin) has been shown to decrease the risk of heart disease, possibly because of its anti clotting effects.
  • Question 10 Research now shows that chronic gum disease can lead to the release of bacteria into the bloodstream, contributing to heart disease.
  • Question 11 Scientists believe that having at least one bowel movement every 20 hours decreased the incidence of colon cancer.
  • Question 12 A previous history of stroke and heart attack makes you more susceptible to future attacks.
  • Question 13 The ultraviolet rays in sunlight directly damage DNA, causing wrinkles and increasing the risk of skin cancer.
  • Question 14 Being obese increases the risk of various cancers, heart disease, and diabetes. The more overweight you are, the higher your risk of disease and death.
  • Question 15,16 People who do not belong to cohesive families have fewer coping resources and therefore have increased levels of social and psychological stress. Stress is associated with heart disease and some cancers.
  • Question 17,18 Studies show that genetics plays a significant role in the ability to reach extreme old age.
  • Question 19 Exercise leads to more efficient energy production in the cells and overall, less oxygen radical formation. Oxygen (or free) radicals are highly reactive molecules or atoms that damage cells and DNA, ultimately leading to aging.
  • Question 20 Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and has been shown to retard the progression of Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and stroke. Selenium may prevent some types of cancer.

Public & Community Health

Mission: To prepare leaders for tomorrow's health care challenges
Vision: To become a nationally recognized, competitive program

Public & Community Health Profession  

Public and Community Health Brochure

Healthcare is the largest industry in the United States and the second largest employer. The Bachelor of Science in Public and Community Health at Murray State University is a dynamic major that is interdisciplinary in nature and provides options that allow students to prepare for various careers in public and community health organizations, such as hospitals, governmental agencies, non-profits, and worksite wellness programs. These programs prepare students to sit for professional certifications/licensures as well as for graduate studies in related fields. 

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Degree Sequences and KCTCS Degree Pathways

The links on this page are the advising plans for each of the Public and Community Health degree tracks. It is recommended to reach out to the program director to receive dual advising if you are interested in one of the Public and Community Health degree tracks. The courses in parentheses are the course equivalency through the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). 
 
These degree pathways are specific for those working toward an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree through KCTCS. If you are working toward an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, please work with the program director on an individualized transfer degree plan.

HCA Degree Pathway:

 The below tabs and file contain the degree pathway into the Public and Community Health degree, Healthcare Administration track. The courses in parentheses are the course equivalency through KCTCS. 
 
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First Year

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Credits
Fall ENG 105 (4) BIO 101 (4) HEA 100T (1) HEA 191 (3) PSY 180 (3) 15
Spring COM 161 (3) MAT 140 (4) Global Awareness (3) HEA 201  (3) HUM 211 (3) 16

Second Year

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Credits
Fall BUS 215 or COM 380 (3) CSC 101 or 199 (3) HEA 260 or PHI 202 (3) University Studies Course Elective (3) 15
Spring University Studies Quant Courses (3-5) HEA 301 (3) HEA 302 (3) HEA 303 (3) CIV 201 or 202 (3) 15-17

Third Year

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Credits
Fall HEA 310, PSY 300, or STA 135 (3-4) HCA 405 (3) HEA 356 (3) NLS 351 (3) Elective (3) 15-16
Spring HIA 301 (3) HEA 311 (3) HEA 411 (3) HCA 410 (3) HCa 415 (3) 15

Fourth Year

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Class 6 Credits
Fall HIA 401 (3) EXS 400, NTN 303, PSY 301, or SWK 303 (3) HEA 475 (3) HEA 490 (1) Elective (3) Elective (1) 14
Spring HEA 499 (6) HCA 395 or COM 340 (3) HCA 450 (3) Elective (3)     15

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HEA Degree Pathway:

The below tabs and file contain the degree pathway into the Public and Community Health degree, Health Education and Promotion track. The courses in parentheses are the course equivalency through KCTCS. 

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First Year

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Credits
Fall ENG 105 (4) BIO 101 or higher (4) HEA 100T (1) HEA 191 (3) PSY 180 (3) 15
Spring COM 161 (3) MAT 140 (4) Global Awareness (3) HEA 201 (3) HUM 211 (3) 16

Second Year

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Credits
Fall CSC 101 or 199 (3) HEA 260 or PHI 202 (3) NTN 230 (3) HEA 350 (3) University Studies  (3) 15
Spring Universities Studies Quant Course (3-5) HEA 301 (3) HEA 302 (3) HEA 303 (3) CIV 201 or 202 (3) 15-17

Third Year

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Credits
Fall HEA 310, PSY 300, or STA 135 (3-4) HEA 304 (3) HEA 356 (3) Elective (3) University Studies (3) 15-16
Spring HIA 301 (3) HEA 311 (3) HEA 411 (3) HEA 412 (3) Elective (3) 15

Fourth Year

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Class 6 Credits
Fall HIA 401 (3) EXS 400, NTN 303, PSY 301, or SWK 303 (3) HEA 470 (3) HEA 475 (3) HEA 490 (1) Elective (1) 14
Spring HEA 499 (6) HEA 460 (3) HCA 450 (3) Elective (3)     15

HEA Degree Pathway PDF

HIA Degree Pathway:

The below tabs and file contain the degree pathway into the Public and Community Health degree, Health Informatics Administration track. The courses in parentheses are the course equivalency through KCTCS. 

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First Year

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Credits
Fall ENG 105 (4) BIO 101 or higher (4) HEA 100T (1) HEA 191 (3) CSC 101 (3) 15
Spring COM 161 (3) MAT 140 or higher (4) Global Awareness (3) HEA 201 (3) HUM 211 (3) 16

Second Year

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Class 6 Credits
Fall BIO 120 (1) CSC 145, 232, or 235 (3) HEA 260 or PHI 202 (3) HEA 310 or STA 135 or PSY 300 (4) PSY 180 (3)   14
Spring University Studies Quant Course (3-5) HEA 301 (3) HEA 302 (3) HEA 303 (3) HIA 301 (3) BIO 220 (1) 16-18

Third Year

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Credits
Fall HCA 405 (3) TSM 351 (3) CIV 201 or 202 (3) HIA 303 (3) University Studies (3) 15
Spring HEA 311 (3) HEA 411 (3) HIA 402 (3) HCA 410 (3) HCA 415 (3) 15

Fourth Year

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Class 6 Credits
Fall EXS 400, NTN 303, PSY 301, or SWK 303 (3) CIS 317 (3) HCA 450 (3) HIA 401 (3) HEA 490 (1) Elective (1) 14
Spring HEA 499 (6) HIA 410 (3) HIA 302 (3) Elective (3)     15

HIA Degree Pathway PDF

KCTCS MIT Degree Pathway:

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First Year @ KCTCS

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Credits
Fall MIT 103 (3) ENG 101 (3) OST 110 (3) CIT 105 (3) PSY 110 (3) 15
Spring ACC 201 (3) BIO 135 (4) MIT 104 (3) MIT 217 (3) PHI 110 (3) 16

Second Year @ KCTCS

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Class 6 Credits
Fall CIT 130 (3) MIT 204 (3) MIT 224 (3) MAT 150 (3) MIT 230 (3) OST 235 (3) 18
Spring MIT 295 (3) MIT 205 (3) MIT 228 (3) COM 181 (3) OST 210 (3)   15

Third Year @ Murray State

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Credits
Fall HEA 191 (3) HEA 201 (3) HEA 310 (3) HCA 395 (3) HCA 450 (3) 15
Summer @ KCTCS ENG 102 (3) Global Awareness Requirement (3)       6
Spring HEA 301 (3) HEA 302 (3) HEA 303 (3) HEA 311 (3) HCA 410/HIA 310 (3) 15

Fourth Year @ Murray State

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Credits
Fall HEA 356 (3) HEA 490 (1) HCA/HIA 415 (3) HIA 401 (3) SWK 303 (3) 13
Summer @ KCTCS Heritage (3) Social/Behavioral Science (3)       6
Spring HEA 448 (3) HEA 475 (3) HEA 499 (3) NLS 351 (3)   12

 KCTCS MIT Degree Pathway.

Faculty

Dr. Angela Geraci
Angela Geraci, PhD, MPH, CHES
Public and Community Health
ageraci@murraystate.edu
270.809.5745
Fax: 270.809.3815
about Angela

Hello, I am Dr. Angela Geraci. I am an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Health Sciences. As an individual, I believe those seeking a degree in the public health field need to garner an altruistic nature to help individuals, communities, and the broader areas (state, policy, global) in order to create change. I seek to create change by educating students in “real world” application and possible research projects. I also hold certification as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). I identify as a qualitative/mixed methods researcher. 

Education:

  • PhD. in Human Development, with an emphasis in Applied Gerontology, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
  • Master of Public Health (MPH), emphasis in Mental Health Promotion, National University, San Diego, CA
  • B.A. in Speech-language and Hearing Sciences, minor in Women’s Studies, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

Research Interests:

I have a passion regarding the public health field and the multidisciplinary aspect of it. Therefore, my research interests are broad as I have worked with both undergraduate and graduate students regarding topics spanning from caregivers’ perceptions of childhood obesity to nutrition and gastro-intestinal disorders, and depression, to program evaluation about self-care and stress among military personnel. 

The majority of my own personal research involves obesity and/or bariatric surgery and psychosocial issues, as well as investigating assisted living facilities in the state of California. However, as aforementioned, I am open to working with others on topics regarding their passion, as I also identify as a life-long learner.

 
Dr. Azaher A. Molla
Azaher A. Molla, MD, PhD, MPH, MSc
Public and Community Health
amolla@murraystate.edu
270.809.4698
Fax: 270.809.3815
For more, please see my CV
about Azaher

Hello, I am an Assistant Professor of Public and Community Health in the Department of Applied Health Sciences.

Courses Taught at Murray State:

  • HIA 401: Healthcare Quality Management
  • HCA 415: Healthcare Financial Management
  • HCA 410: Healthcare Strategic Planning

Education:

  • The Oregon State University, PHD. (Public Health, concentration Health Policy)
  • The University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, MSc (Health Economics)
  • The Tulane University, Certificate (Tropical Epidemiology)
  • The University of Dhaka, PGDHE (Post Graduate Diploma in Health Economics)
  • The Mahidol University, MPH (Master of Primary Health Care Management)
  • The Zaporozhye State Medical University, Ukraine, MD (Doctor of Medicine)

Previous Teaching and Research:

  • Oregon State University, Research Analyst
  • University of Dhaka, Assistant and Associate Professor
  • Government of Bangladesh, Medical Research Officer

Professional Conference:

I have attended at professional conferences including Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), Sept 27, 2016, International Health Economics Association (iHEA) July 7-11, 2017, and American Public Health Association (A.P.H.A) Atlanta, GA, Nov. 4-11, 2017.

Journal Publications:

I have Published 12 articles in peer-reviewed journals with Impact factors 8.05 and 28 citations including 3 in high index journals.

Research Interest:

As a specialist in public health policy and health economics, I am interested in healthcare financial analysis for the county, community, and states. I firmly believe there is a way to manage health systems finance that would lessen the burden of out-of-pocket expenditure.

 
Dr. Miranda Terry
Miranda Terry, PhD
Program Director
Public and Community Health
mterry4@murraystate.edu
270.809.3839
Fax: 270.809.3815
about Miranda
 Hello, I am Dr. Miranda Sue Terry. I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Health Sciences and am the Public and Community Health Program Director. As a public and community health professional, I believe in being highly connected and involved in the community. This allows me to be an agent of change to create a better, safer, and healthier community for all.    

 Education:

• PhD in Community Health, Specialization in Disability Studies, minor in Gender and Women's Studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
• M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
• B.A. in Psychology from Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
 

Research Interests:

My research interests are diverse spanning Disability Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies, and include accessibility, the intersections of abuse, disability, and health, parental rights of people with disabilities, and policy research. My overall research objective is to improve the rights and lives of people with disabilities.
 

Health & Wellness Community Outreach Lab

The Health and Wellness Community Outreach Lab is coordinated by Dr.
Miranda Terry. The mission of the lab is to improve the health and
quality of life on campus and in the local community and PADD region.

The goals of the Health and Wellness Community Outreach Lab are to
collaborate with campus, community, and regional partners to:
(a) plan, implement, evaluate community health events;
(b) address food insecurity,
(c) identify and eliminate barriers to health and health care,
(d) increase quality of life and optimize well-being, and
(e) to understand the cultural context in which people live in order
to promote healthy, inclusive communities across various social
groups.

Community Collaborations

Murray-Calloway County Need Line 

Research / Project Collaborations

Graves County Health Department -- "Barriers to Preventative Healthcare Screenings"

Wellness Consortium Obesity Workgroup Community Challenges

Student Health Educators Association 

Student Health Educators Association (SHEA)

SHEA recruitment flyer

Kimberly Whitaker

Kimberly Whitaker, SHEA President, from Owensboro, KY

Advice for prospective students:

Make friends with people in your major! They will be so much help throughout the next few years. There will be something you don't understand that you need someone to explain to you, or you'll get sick and need to copy someone's notes, there will be group projects and you'll need people to partner with, or you'll forget about a test and someone will remind you. Making friends or at least being well acquainted with them will be extremely helpful.

Favorite thing about Murray State University:

The community. People are very friendly and helpful here and that is what drew me to this University in the first place.

Why I selected a major in PCH:

I have always been interested in healthcare and PCH was a perfect fit for me because it covers so many different healthcare related things. This major allows me to learn a little bit about everything where as some other majors focus on one specific area in healthcare. This major also offers you so many different opportunities for jobs after graduation. 

Matthew Allen

Matthew Allen, SHEA Vice-President, from Tompkinsville, KY.

About me:

My name is Matthew Allen. I am a student in the Public and Community Health program with a concentration in Healthcare Administration. I also have a minor in psychology.

Advice for Prospective Students:

My advice to prospective students is to do what makes them happy.

Favorite thing about Murray State:

My favorite thing about Murray State University is the professors. Within my experience, the faculty want you to succeed regardless if they are your advisor. A lot of people ask the question, "Why do you like your program?" My answer stays the same. The PCH program is a very hands-on program, which allows you to explore all aspects of healthcare.

Chelsey Delaney

Chelsey Delaney, SHEA secretary, from Murray, KY.

About me:

My name is Chelsey. I am a PCH major with a minor in psychology. I love coffee and watching Netflix.

Favorite thing about Murray State:

My favorite part about Murray State University is how fun and integrated campus is. There's always something to do on campus and always something going on.

Advice for Prospective Students:

Some advice I'd give to prospective students would be to get a planner and write everything down because you're going to have plenty of activities and projects to keep up with that you don't want to forget about any of them because they all apply to something you'll be doing in whatever career you decide to do with your degree.

Health & Wellness Peer Education Program

Mission: To train student leaders to empower and engage the campus community through outreach and advocacy to health make Murray State University a healthier and safer environment for all students.

Abigail Cox
Abigail Cox, Peer Education Co-Adviser, Training Coordinator
 
Miranda Terry
Dr. Miranda Terry, Peer Education Co-Adviser, Faculty Director
 
Matthew Allen
Matthew Allen, Peer Education Student Coordinator and Graduate Assistant
 
Upcoming Events
Great American Smokeout

Details about the Great American Smokeout can be found on the university events calendar: https://www. murraystate.edu/calendar/ index.php?eID=5208 or on the Great American Smokeout Flyer.

Event: Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 9am-3pm in the Curris Center Dance Lounge.
 
About event: This event will provide health education about statistics related to tobacco use in Kentucky and the consequences of tobacco use as well as provide health promotion for those individuals who wish to quit their tobacco use by providing Quit Kits, information about tobacco cessation classes in Calloway County, and other useful resources to assist them in reaching their goal.
 
 Past Events

Safe Spring Break event, March 13-17, 2017 from 11am - 2pm at the Curris Center

Peer Educator Information Sheet

Become a Peer Educator Flyer

Health & Wellness Peer Educator Application

Health & Wellness Recommendation Form

Student Awards & Recognitions

Kimberly Whitaker

Pictured: Kimberly Whitaker

Public and Community Health would like to honor Kimberly Whitaker with the "Outstanding Student in Public and Community Health"  award. She was also named "Major of the Year" by SHAPE.

Major of the Year award

Miranda Terry and Matthew Allen

Pictured: Dr. Miranda Terry (left) presents Matthew Allen (right) the October 2016 Department of Applied Health Sciences Outstanding Student in Philanthropy award.

Matthew Allen was recognized as the Outstanding Student in Philanthropy by the Department of Applied Health Sciences in October 2016. He is heavily involved in campus. He was co-founder of and serves as Vice President of Student Health Educators Association (SHEA), serves as the Student Coordinator of the Health and Wellness Peer Education program, serves as a Residential College Adviser at Hester, and assists the Women's Center and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Offices on campus with their programming.

In addition to these campus activities, he also organized a Pet Drive (think food drive but for pet supplies) for the Humane Society of Calloway County during the Fall 2015 semester and volunteers for several community agencies, for example, he assisted with the balloon pop game at "National Day of Play" Celebration on October 1st.

According to his advisor and SHEA faculty advisor, Dr. Miranda Terry, “Matt goes above and beyond the regular workload of a college student. He likes to do community health programming, which has made him think about pursing a graduate degree in Student Affairs. He does all of this while maintaining a very high (almost 4.0) GPA while he pursues an undergraduate degree in Public and Community Health and a minor in Psychology.”

Alumni Highlights

L.R. CUBS presentation

Lindsey Robertson, August 2016 graduate, presenting her internship project "Think Sharp" to Calloway United Benevolent Services (CUBS) on August 31, 2016.

A Moment with Alumna Lindsey Robertson, August 2016 graduate...

 How did you select your major? What was your favorite thing about your major? Why should prospective students consider public and community health?

 Public Health was brand new to Murray State when I joined. There were actually only 2 other students in the program at the time. I had gone to Career Services because I was not satisfied in my previous major and did not know where to turn. They asked what my interests were and said that I sounded like the perfect match for Public Health. I reviewed the course list and spoke with the head of the department who told me everything that I can do with this degree. It was exactly what I was looking for in the first place. I knew then that Public Health was the only program for me.

My favorite part about this major are the variety of classes in the curriculum. We gain skills in nutrition, diseases, program planning, and communication. I love that you become friends with others in the program, because you end up in many of the same classes. I love our organization, SHEA, and the fact that we plan to be a powerful voice in the community in the not so distant future.

Others should consider this major because Public Health is a growing field with endless possibilities. Every professor is highly motivated to help you become successful. This major is perfect for a person who is interested in the preventative end of the medical field rather than the clinical. You will gain valuable skills and build lifelong friendships along the way.

The PCH program requires an internship. What was the best part of this experience? Discuss your internship project and what your ultimate hope is for it and ideal community impact.

I interned with the Executive team of Murray Calloway County Hospital. This was an amazing experience. I learned all about the administrative side of health care while rotating between the six executives each day over the course of an entire summer. I attended their meetings, helped plan events, experienced the day-to-day of many of the departments, and even got to present to them myself. My favorite part of this experience was building my internship project and all of the support I received while doing so. These people went far out of their way to make sure my project was successful. I was very pleased with the overall experience.

For my internship project, I built a program designed to provide safe needle disposal locations to the diabetic community of Murray-Calloway County. I got to present this project to the executive team, all of the hospital directors, and to groups such as ASAP and CUBS. The project is still on going. I hope that the impact for the community will be that less needles in our community will end up in the trash and ultimately landfills, but most importantly, out of the hands of those who would wish to abuse them.

What advice and recommendations would you like to give current and prospective students?

My advice to incoming, or even current students, would be to get as involved as you possibly can. There are so many opportunities on campus, and honestly I wish I had taken advantage of more of them. Take an on-campus job, join a club, study abroad, take summer internships, do anything you can to give yourself the advantage after graduation. You only get a short time on campus, so make the most of it!

What are your goals and ambitions for work and/ or graduate school?

I love program planning and health promotion, as well as community outreach. I hope that I can incorporate these interests into a future career. For the time being, I have an entry-level position for the hospital where I hope to improve my computer skills, gain knowledge about our healthcare system, and work towards a master’s degree

Public & Community Health Student Resources

The Public and Community Health program is offered at the main campus in Murray and the regional campuses in Henderson, Hopkinsville, Madisonville, and Paducah.

PCH Program Informational Fliers:

Suggested Curriculums:

Public and Community Health Minor:

Program Items:

Other Useful Links:

What can I do with a B.S. in PCH?

Public and community health is one facet of the healthcare field, which is the largest industry in the country. The job outlook for each of the track areas according to the U.S. Department of Labor anticipates a faster than average job growth by 2024: Healthcare Administration and Managers by 17%; Health Educators
and Community Health Workers by 13%; and Medical Records and Health
Information Technicians by 15%.

The Bachelor of Science in Public and Community Health is a broad degree that provides you the opportunity to develop an understanding of current health issues and organizations, consumer health, environmental health, substance use and abuse, human sexuality, and evaluation and administration of health programs. This degree exposes students to a wide range of public and community health careers while providing the foundational courses required for professional post-graduate work, such as public health, health education, physical therapy, occupational therapy, environmental health and more! This diverse combination of courses positions graduates for great flexibility towards graduate employment opportunities. The degree also is a good base to entry to graduate entry masters courses in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Physiotherapy, and Pharmacy, as well as other postgraduate program. A Public and Community Health degree is a great base, which develops many skill
sets that are transferable and in demand from a wide range of employers. These include:

  •  Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
  •  Outstanding research and information sourcing skills
  •  Strong critical thinking, judgment and decision making skills
  •  Understanding of the delivery of healthcare, medical services, primary care and community health services
  •  Understanding of business practices in public and community health (as all health care organizations are businesses!)
  •  Regulation, government, policy and funding
  •  Exceptional interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills
  •  Appreciation for diversity and a global understanding that can bridge cultural differences
  •  Ability to use appropriate technologies for research and administrative purposes.
  •  Strong team work skills with the ability to work collaboratively

Due to the flexible nature of the Bachelor of Science in Public and Community Health degree, it allows you to explore the many fields and special interest areas such as:

  • Epidemiology
  • Addiction studies
  • Working within indigenous contexts
  • Chronic diseases
  • Food processing
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Marketing/ public relations
  • Health promotion strategies and evaluation
  • Injury management
  • Psychology
  • Industrial relations
  • Management
  • Chemistry and Physics
  • Coordinator
  • Manager
  • Histology
  • Human Resources
  • Quality Control
  • Community Health
  • Long Term Healthcare
  • Public Health
  • And many other areas!


Who employs Public and Community Health graduates?

Many of the skill and knowledge sets mentioned above are required by all employers. This allows public and community health graduates to uniquely create their own career path and capitalize on their strengths, interests and unique qualities and to market themselves towards employment. Self-awareness is the key to understanding what type of opportunity you are most suited towards. Your preferred career future may change over time as your life roles change, develop new and enhance existing skill and knowledge sets and engage in lifelong learning such as professional development, networking and work shadowing activities. Depending on which area you have studied, this will equip you to enter graduate employment within a specialized area. To gain a stronger understanding of the types of roles, tasks, duties and responsibilities each of these positions require, start using online search engines to identify positions with these titles and analyze the job description. Often a similar role with one organization or company may have different titles. These are just some of the areas you may work in as a Public and Community Health graduate:

  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Project Officer
  • Member Liaison Officer
  • Community Development Officer
  • Community Education Coordinator
  • Health Lifestyles Coordinator
  • Health Promoter
  • Health Planning Coordinator
  • Indigenous Health Worker
  • Health and Wellbeing Coordinator
  • Health Advisor
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Disabilities Worker
  • Research Assistant
  • Policy Analyst
  • Policy Writer
  • Partnerships Manager
  • Elder Care Coordinator
  • Health Educator
  • Wellness Coordinator
  • Community Nutrition Aid

        Networking with industry professionals and finding out about the pathways other public and community health graduates have taken will assist with you uncovering the wide variety of opportunities available to yourself. Working with a mentor, who is an experienced industry professional, may assist with uncovering these opportunities and expanding your occupational knowledge. Professional Associations are also an excellent way to find out more about the types of career pathways within specific health specializations. 

 

Where should I start looking for jobs?

Register with websites for specific job alerts. Consider both broad and narrow search terms that are related to your area of interest within public and community health. This will ensure that email alerts of appropriate jobs are sent directly to you. Networking is also a proven means of employment. Letting people know that you are seeking employment and that you are a competitive candidate will result in opportunities. Keep in mind that your first employment opportunity will be a stepping stone to your career. You will need experience and sometimes that means starting at entry level until you attain that experience – volunteering while you are a student in the program is another way to gain valuable experience. If there are particular jobs that you want, contact those places to interview them on what they are looking for in a qualified candidate. What companies are interested in Public and Community Health graduates? There are many different companies that hire Public and Community Health graduates. Some to considered are : 

  • State Government
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Insurance Companies
  • Department of Health
  • Disability Services Commissions
  • Department of Human Services
  • American Red Cross
  • Family Planning
  • Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
  • Prostate Cancer Foundation
  • Beyond Blue
  • Inspire Foundation
  • Starlight Foundation
  • Sports Facilities

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Internship and Career Opportunities

PCH Professional Organization Links

American Public Health Association – APHA

The American Public Health Association is the oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world; protecting all Americans, their families and their communities from preventable, serious health threats. APHA strives to assure community-based health promotion and disease prevention activities and preventive health services are universally accessible in the United States. (Retrieved November 18, 2014 from:  APHA)

 

Southern Health Association – SHA of the American Public Health Association

The Southern Health Association is a regional organization representing the southeastern states of: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Hamilton and Kanawha Tennessee Counties. The Southern Association of the American Public Health Association looks to promote a greater degree of scientific effort in the protection and improvement of public health and promotion of public health services. (Retrieved November 18, 2014 from: SHA)

 

Kentucky Public Health Association – KPHA

The Kentucky Public Health Association (KPHA) is a nonprofit, independent, voluntary organization. The Kentucky Public Health Association is an affiliate of the Southern Health Association and the American Public Health Association.(Retrieved November 18, 2014 from: KPHA)

           

Society for Public Health Education – SOPHE

The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) promotes healthy behaviors, healthy communities, and healthy environments through its membership, network of local chapters, and partnerships with other organizations.  SOPHE members work in elementary/secondary schools, universities, voluntary organizations, health care settings, worksites, and local/state/federal government agencies. (Retrieved November 18, 2014from:  SOPHE)  

 

Society of Health and Physical Educators – SHAPE America

The Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) SHAPE America is the largest organization of professionals involved in school-based health, physical education and physical activity. (Retrieved November 18, 2014 from: SHAPE)

 

Southern District Society of Health and Physical Educators – SD SHAPE America

The Southern District Society of Health and Physical Educators (SD SHAPE America) supports and promotes the aims of SHAPE America.  SD SHAPE America also assists in strengthening the state associations of the thirteen district states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. (Retrieved November 18, 2014 from: SD SHAPE)

 

National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. – NCHEC

The NCHEC enhances the professional practice of Health Education by promoting and sustaining a credentialed body of Health Education Specialists.  NCHEC certifies health education specialists, promotes professional development, and strengthens professional preparation and practice.  (Retrieved November 18, 2014 from: NCHEC)

 

HPCareer

HPCareer.net works exclusively in health promotion and wellness, supporting both the profession and the industry via the following: Career Advertising, Partner Network, Continuing Education, and Web Site and Online Community Development, Support and Management. (Retrieved November 18, 2014 from: HPCareer)

 

Graduate Programs

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Occupational Therapy

 

Program overview

Occupational Therapy Program Guide

Occupational therapy (OT) is a medically-based profession that focuses on promoting independence for clients to increase their successful performance with activities of daily living (ADL). Occupational therapists provide skilled services to individuals of all ages who may experience any combination of physical, developmental, cognitive, emotional, and social difficulties. Graduates of the occupational therapy program will be familiar with the processes and procedures necessary to tailor rehabilitation individually for each client, through evaluation and treatment, and to restore or improve function in occupational performance within the context of the client’s life environments and relationships. If you are accepted into the OT program, you will develop and implement OT interventions including: restoration of performance abilities; instruction in compensatory techniques; adaptation of tasks, processes or environments; disability prevention techniques; and health promotion strategies.

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) degree is offered within the Department of Applied Health Sciences, School of Nursing and Health Professions, Paducah Regional campus. Murray State University offers a unique curriculum designed to introduce you to the profession of occupational therapy through current research, clinical experiences, and interprofessional collaboration with other health care professionals. The MSOT program is a 24-month continuous, year-round curriculum that strengthens your critical inquiry, cultural competence, and patient care skills through didactic and clinical education. Level II Fieldwork is completed full-time, the last two semesters of the program. Upon completion of all curriculum requirements with a minimum GPA of 3.0, graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

2018-19 Graduate Programs Tuition & Fees

 

Accreditation

The entry-level MSOT program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is acoteonline.org. The program must have a pre accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered Here (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure to practice occupational therapy; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Level II Fieldwork must be completed within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.

**Note: All states regulate occupational therapy practice and a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

 

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Admission Requirements

Murray State University is currently accepting applications for the second cohort of students to begin 1st Summer Semester 2019. Applications are available July 18, 2018 - January 15, 2019 on OTCAS Login

Admission options

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Accelerated Route

The accelerated, or 3+2 route, provides you an opportunity to complete a bachelor’s and master’s degree within five years. Only Murray State Exercise Science students that complete specific requirements* will be eligible to apply for the accelerated option. If accepted into the professional program, conferral of the bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science will occur after the fourth year of study and conferral of the MSOT degree will occur upon completion of all MSOT program requirements. 

Murray State's Accelerated route eligibility requirements:

  • 30 or fewer credit hours to complete the requirements of an EXS baccalaureate degree
  • overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.2 at the time of admission

Related University Policy

NOTE: Federal regulations permit undergraduate students to receive financial assistance only for coursework required for their current degree program. Students who are enrolled in both undergraduate and graduate coursework in the same semester will receive less financial aid than if only enrolled for undergraduate coursework. Students are strongly advised to contact Murray State University’s Office of Financial Aid to find out how their financial aid amount would be adjusted. University scholarship, tuition waivers, athletic certification, and veteran’s benefits may also be impacted. Graduate tuition will be charged for all coursework upon accelerated graduate admission.

Traditional route

The traditional route is if you have earned a bachelor’s degree in any area from an accredited university. If you have completed (or will complete prior to admission) all MSOT program requirements, including specific prerequisite coursework, etc. you are eligible to apply for MSOT program admission.

*You must meet the Murray State University requirements for graduate programs.

Admission requirements

Grade point average (GPA)

GPA requirements vary depending on the applicant’s route of entry

  • Accelerated route: A cumulative and prerequisite GPA of greater than or equal to 3.2 on a 4.0 scale is required.
  • Traditional route: A cumulative and prerequisite GPA of greater than or equal to 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required.

Occupational therapy-related experience

The applicant must provide documentation of at least 80 clock hours of observation, volunteer, or paid experience in two or more occupational therapy settings. At least half of the required hours must be under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist.

Recommendations

The applicant must provide three professional recommendations. At least one of the recommendations must be from a licensed OT who has supervised the applicants work, volunteer or observation time in the clinical setting. The other two references must be from a professional interaction. References must provide insight as to the applicant’s professionalism and potential as a graduate student.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

The applicant must provide scores from the GRE taken within the past five years. Murray State University designation code: 1494

Application submission

Prior to the deadline, the applicant must apply through Occupational Therapy Centralized Application System (OTCAS) and designate Murray State University to receive the application. 

English proficiency requirements

Students who are not native speakers of English must demonstrate competence in written and spoken English. This can be done by submitting a satisfactory score on the GRE as well as the TOEFL or IELTS, taken within two years of the date of application. The MSOT program at Murray State requires a TOEFL (iBT) score of 90 with no less than 20 on each sub-score. An overall score of 6.5 with no section below 6.0.

An Applicant with coursework/degree(s) from outside the United States must have his/her transcripts reviewed by Murray State's International Admissions Office or an approved credentialing agency. An original report must be submitted.

Application procedure

  • Create an account to submit application at otcas.org and complete all sections as directed.
  • Enter all current and completed college courses; you will need a personal copy of transcripts from all colleges & universities attended to complete parts of the application.
  • Download Transcript Request Forms for each college attended to arrange for an official transcript to be sent to OTCAS [in the 'Colleges Attended' section].
  • Complete all sections in the 'Program Materials' area. Click on each tab at the top of the program page for instructions.
  • Submit your completed application to OTCAS designating Murray State University, KY, by January 15, 2019.
  • Qualified candidates will be invited for a formal interview in February 2019 at Murray State University--Paducah Regional Campus, 4430 Sunset Ave., Paducah KY 42001. 
  • Wait to hear from Murray State Occupational Therapy Program via email regarding the status of your application.
  • When you are invited and accept a seat, please apply for Graduate School at Murray State University

Prerequisites

All students must successfully complete prerequisite coursework with a grade of B or better. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities the applicant attended must be submitted. At least 6 of the 8 required courses must be complete to be considered for admittance. The remaining courses, if applicable, must be completed satisfactorily prior to the start of OT coursework, and by the end of Murray State University Spring Semester. All courses must be taken from an accredited university/college.

  • Human Anatomy (BIO 227/228) and Human Physiology (BIO 229/230), minimum 4 credit hours each, both require lab. *Please note, Anatomy and Physiology I and II courses are acceptable, but not offered at MSU 
  • College Chemistry (CHE 111 or 201) or Physics with lab (no introduction courses); minimum 4 credit hours
  • Psychology (PSY 180) minimum 3 credit hours
  • Lifespan/Developmental Psychology (PSY 260) minimum 3 credit hours
  • Abnormal Psychology (PSY 307) minimum 3 credit hours
  • Statistics (STA 135) minimum 3 credit hours
  • Medical Terminology (BIO 120 & 220) minimum 2 credit hours

Occupational Therapy Curriculum PDF

Required after acceptance

Admittance will be contingent upon receipt of official documentation providing proof of satisfactory completion of the following:

  • Current Basic Life Support certification
  • Professional Liability Insurance (admitted students will be provided detailed requirements of coverage)
  • Physical examination
  • Drug screen
  • Immunization record (including Hepatitis B or signed HBV waiver, influenza, and TB)
  • Criminal background check
  • Child and Family Service Review

Students in the MSOT program must have a laptop computer that includes wireless connection to the internet. Murray State University uses a distance learning platform and Canvas for online work. Students will be required to upload documents and assignments, download & access videos and other electronic information for class materials.

Accelerated and Traditional Routes

Accelerated Route

The accelerated, or 3+2, route provides students an opportunity to complete a bachelor’s and master’s degree within five years. Only Murray State Exercise Science students that complete specific requirements* will be eligible to apply for the accelerated option. If accepted into the professional program, conferral of the bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science will occur after the fourth year of study and conferral of the MSOT degree will occur upon completion of all MSOT program requirements.

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First Year

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Credits
Fall BIO 101 or 221 (4) EXS 100T (1) STA 135 or MAT 140 (4) ENG 105 (4) U.S. Studies Elective: Global Awareness (3) 16
Spring BIO 227/228 (4) EXS 101 (3) PSY 180 (3) MAT 145 (3) COM 161 (3) 16

Second Year

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Credits
Fall BIO 229/230 (4) EXS 370 (3) NTN 230 (3) BIO 120 (1) STA 135 (4) 15
Spring EXS 350/351 (4) EXS 200 and 201 (3) CHE 111 or CHE 201 (5) BIO 220 (2)   14

Third Year

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Credits
Fall EXS 353/354 (4) EXS 301 (3) EXS 333 (3) PSY 260 (3) CIV 201 or 202 (3) 16
Spring EXS 415 (3) PSY 307 (3) EXS 375 (3) PHI 202 or HEA 260 (3) HUM 211 (variable) variable

If accepted to the MSOT program, begin graduate classes at the Paducah Regional Campus in the summer.

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy First Year: Traditional Route Starts Here

Semester Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Class 6 Credits
Summer OTR 600 (3) OTR 603 (3) OTR 606 (3) OTR 610 (3) OTR 613 (2)   14
Fall OTR 620 (3) OTR 623 (1) OTR 626(3) OTR 630 (3) OTR 635 (3) OTR 640 (1) 14
Spring OTR 643 (3) OTR 646 (3) OTR 650 (3) OTR 653 (3) OTR 655 (1)   13

MSOT Second Year

Semester Class 1 CLass 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Credits
Summer OTR 660 (3) OTR 663 (3) OTR 665 (3) OTR 667 (3) OTR 670 (1) 13
Fall OTR 672 (6) OTR 674 (3)       9
Spring OTR 676 (6) OTR 678 (3)       9

MSOT Accelerated Sequence PDF

Traditional Route

The traditional route is for students that have earned a bachelor’s degree in any area from an accredited university. Applicants that have completed (or will complete prior to admission) all MSOT program requirements, including specific prerequisite coursework, are eligible to apply for MSOT program admission.

MSOT Traditional Sequence PDF

Fieldwork

Students are assigned fieldwork settings based on multiple considerations including: student's interest, site availability, student's academic needs, etc. Fieldwork experiences are crucial to allow students the opportunity to apply knowledge they have gained within the education program to real-life situations with clients. The Fieldwork Coordinator will work closely with all students to ascertain the highest degree of success possible.

There is a possibility that you may need to relocate for some portion of fieldwork. There are two types of fieldwork for the occupational therapy program:

  • Level I: Shorter in length of time, focused on various populations and in conjunction with curriculum focus each semester, various facilities, likely will be within a reasonable geographical area from Paducah Regional Campus

  • Level II: Performed in various settings including hospitals, nursing homes, out-patient facilities, school systems, psychiatric facilities, child & adult developmental care facilities, community-based settings, wellness facilities, etc, nationwide

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to the MSOT Program?
Create an account with www.OTCAS.org and supply the requested information

 What is the application deadline?
Applications are OPEN for the 2019 cohort.
 Applications for the next cohort will are available mid-July 2018 through mid-January 2019 .

How many students will be accepted?
Maximum of 24 students each year.

How many students will apply?
The new MSOT Program uses a competitive admission process and we anticipate 200+ applicants during the second year’s application cycle (2019).

When will I hear if I’m accepted?
If qualified, you will be invited for an interview in February, after applications close mid January. 

What is conditional acceptance?
You must complete all prerequisites and coursework by the end of Murray State University’s Spring 2019 semester, must meet GPA requirements, be accepted by Murray State Graduate School (you will be notified when to apply to the Graduate School), and have all additional documentation submitted prior to beginning graduate coursework.

What if I’m not accepted?
According to applicant rankings, you may be invited to be placed on an alternate list. Your application will not roll over to the next application cycle—you must apply each year to be considered.

What are the prerequisites?

  • Human Anatomy (BIO 227/228) and Human Physiology (BIO 229/230), minimum of 4 credit hours each, both require lab. **Please note, Anatomy and Physiology I and II courses are acceptable, but not offered at MSU.
  • College Chemistry (CHE 111 or 201) or Physics with lab (no introduction courses); minimum of 4 credit hours 
  • Psychology (PSY 180), minimum 3 credit hours
  • Lifespan/Developmental Psychology (PSY 260), minimum 3 credit hours
  • Abnormal Psychology (PSY 307), minimum 3 credit hours
  • Statistics (STA 135), minimum 3 credit hours
  • Medical Terminology (BIO 120 & 220), minimum 2 credit hours 

Which bachelor’s degree should I have prior to acceptance? 
You must earn a baccalaureate degree before enrolling into the program and can be in any field of your choice, as long as prerequisites are met.

What is OTCAS?
Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) allows you to submit requested Occupational Therapy Program application documentation to one centralized service.

How do I submit GRE scores to OTCAS?
The report/score you receive from GRE will be your ‘unofficial’ submission to OTCAS. Click here to access OTCAS.

Is there a minimum GRE required?
You are not required to meet a minimum GRE score, but scores will be utilized to assess eligibility, along with GPA, references, and other required information.

 What type of health information will I need to provide if I’m accepted?

  • Current Basic Life Support certification for Health Professionals
  • Professional Liability Insurance (admitted students will be provided detailed requirements of coverage)
  • Physical examination
  • Drug screen
  • Immunization record (including Hepatitis B or signed HBV waiver, influenza, and TB)
  • Criminal background check
  • Child and Family Service Review

What are observation hours?
You must provide documentation of at least 80 clock hours of observation, volunteer, or paid experience in two or more occupational therapy settings. At least half of the required hours must be under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist.

Do I need to apply to Murray State University Graduate Program?
Yes, please apply after you are invited and accepted into a the OT cohort. Apply for Graduate School

How long is Fieldwork? Will I need to relocate for Fieldwork?
 You will be assigned fieldwork settings based on multiple considerations including: your interest, site availability, your specific academic needs, etc.  Fieldwork experiences are crucial to allow you the opportunity to apply knowledge you have gained within the education program to real-life situations with clients.  The Fieldwork Coordinator will work closely with everyone to ascertain the highest degree of success possible. You must complete Level II Fieldwork within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.

There is a possibility that you may need to relocate for some portion of fieldwork. There are two types of fieldwork for the occupational therapy program:

  •              Level I: Shorter in length of time, focused on various populations and in conjunction with curriculum focus each semester, various facilities, likely will be within a reasonable geographical area from Paducah Regional Campus
  •              Level II: Performed in various settings including hospitals, nursing homes, out patient facilities, school systems, psychiatric facilities, child & adult developmental care facilities, community based settings, wellness facilities, etc, nationwide

Where will classes be held?
Classes will be at Murray State University, Paducah Regional Campus, in Paducah KY

Are there additional fees?
Graduate application fee; one time $250.00 fee if accepted into the OT program; membership to American Occupational Therapy Association ($75.00 year); membership to Kentucky Occupational Therapy Association (KOTA) $30.00 year; membership to Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA); additional supplies required for clinical practice (i.e. goniometers, gait belts, etc.)

Is the new OT Program accredited?
The entry-level MSOT program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.  The program must have a pre accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

Mission, Goals, Objectives

Mission

The mission of the MSOT program is to educate health science professionals at the graduate level in a positive and productive educational learning environment and prepare them to successfully pass the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy Education examination.  The Occupational Therapy program is dedicated to improving the health of society, providing leadership in the healthcare community, and contributing to the body of health sciences knowledge. Graduates of the program will impact the lives of clients they work with by using occupation to promote independence with activities of daily living and by helping clients lead satisfying and productive lives. This program will foster the student’s ability to promote occupational therapy in current and emerging practice areas. 

Objectives

  1. The Occupational Therapy program will graduate students that meet current health needs and result in productive employment for its graduates.
  2. The students and faculty will contribute to the body of health sciences knowledge through engagement in scholarly activities that result in publications, grants, and presentations.
  3. Faculty will promote, demonstrate, and expect high levels of professional and ethical standards through student participation in service learning opportunities.  

Program Goals

Graduate therapists who will:

  • Demonstrate entry level knowledge of basic clinical skills essential to the practice of occupational therapy.
  • Provide scholarly contributions to the knowledge base of the profession through written and oral communication.
  • Implement occupational therapy services that maintain and promote health and wellness to diverse population.
  • Apply research to clinical evidence based practice.
  • Achieve success in fieldwork settings, the national board examination and become licensed to practice occupational therapy.
  • Participate in advocacy and educational roles with clients and their families, students, and others in the community and clinical setting.

Facilities

Program Location

Classes will be housed at Murray State University, Paducah Regional Campus

The MSOT program will be offered at the Murray State Paducah Regional Campus with clinical experiences occurring both regionally and nationally.  Students must be prepared to relocate out of the Western Kentucky area for one Level II fieldwork placement, and students must be prepared to bear any costs associated with relocation. These costs include, but are not limited to, transportation to city where the fieldwork site is located and housing. Students must also be prepared to travel more than an hour each way to assigned fieldwork sites.

Paducah Regional Campus

4430 Sunset Ave.
Paducah KY 42001

Front of the Murray State Paducah Campus

Baptist Health Paducah- Outpatient Laboratory

 Murray State University is proud to partner with Baptist Health Paducah to provide additional lab space in the Baptist Health Rehabilitation Center, an outpatient rehab facility.  This partnership will provide additional exposure to equipment and the clinical setting, thus enhancing real-life experiences.  

Faculty

Dr. Sherri Powers
Dr. Sherri Powers, DOT, MSOT, BSOT, OTR/L
Program Director
Occupational Therapy
Office Suite 205C
spowers8@murraystate.edu
270.809.1687
Fax: 270.809.5473
about Sherri

Dr. Sherri Powers is the Director of the Occupational Therapy Program at Murray State University-- Paducah Campus, with specialties in pediatrics, geriatrics, and leadership. She is interested in research/scholarly projects relating to improving function for her patients and improving the occupational therapy student’s grasp of occupational therapy concepts. More specifically, Dr. Powers focuses on the geriatric population with urinary incontinence issues and nursing home staff educational & programming needs, as well as textbook reading and learning strategies for college students. Additionally, Dr. Powers has implemented research projects focusing on occupational therapy delivery models for children in the school system. Dr. Powers graduated from Temple University, Philadelphia PA with a doctorate in occupational therapy (DOT) in 2010, focusing on Pediatrics, Ergonomics, and Leadership; received both MSOT (2007) and BSOT (2004) in occupational therapy from University of Southern Indiana, Evansville IN; and, an AAS in occupational therapy assistant from SICCM, Herrin IL in 1999. Dr. Powers has several years’ experience teaching in both OT & OTA programs, has multiple publications & presentations, earned Master Teacher designation 2011, and has a certified therapy dog which she utilizes in pediatric and geriatric settings for animal-assisted occupational therapy service provision.

 
Candace Alvey
Dr. Candace Alvey, OTD, BS/MSOT, OTR/L
Assistant Professor
Occupational Therapy
Office Suite 205A
calvey@murraystate.edu
270.809.1685
Fax: 270.809.5473
about Candace

Dr. Candace Alvey is an assistant professor in the occupational therapy program at Murray State University, Paducah campus. She received both her BSOT (2009) and MSOT (2010) from the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana. She received her DOT (2018) from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. Dr. Alvey has been practicing OT for the past 8 years with experience in acute, subacute, outpatient, and long-term care settings. She has special interest in research concerning the geriatric population with focus on oral care and the effects of poor oral hygiene on the health and well-being of those living in a skilled nursing facility. Dr. Alvey is a National rated women's gymnastics official where she officiates competitions through the collegiate level. Dr. Alvey had the honor of being selected to officiate both the 2018 Southeast Conference Championship in St. Louis, Missouri and the 2018 Regional Championship in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 
Kim Parr
Ms. Kim Parr, MSOT
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
Occupational Therapy
Office Suite 205B
kparr2@murraystate.edu
270.809.1686
Fax: 270.809.5473
about Kim

Kim Parr is the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and Instructor for the Occupational Therapy Program at Murray State University--Paducah Regional Campus. She has been in the field of Occupational Therapy since 1999 with experience in most areas with specialty focus in pediatrics and orthopedic therapy. Ms. Parr has previous teaching experience at the Associate level in Occupational Therapy. Ms. Parr obtained her MSOT (2006) and BSOT (2005) from the University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN and her AAS in Occupational Therapy (1999) from Shawnee Community College, Ullin, IL. Ms. Parr is currently pursuing her post-professional doctorate in Occupational Therapy.

 
Madison Cole
Ms. Madison Cole
Adjunct Professor
Occupational Therapy
about Madison

Mrs. Madison Cole has been an occupational therapist for 4 years. She graduated from Spalding University with a Masters of Occupational Therapy and a Bachelors of Health Science. Since graduation, Mrs. Cole has been in a variety of settings—home health, skilled nursing, acute, inpatient rehab, and outpatient orthopedics and pediatrics. She is currently employed full time with the Paducah City Schools as their district Occupational Therapist.

 
Verlinda Henshaw
Dr. Verlinda Henshaw, OTD, MS, OTR/L
Adjunct Professor
Occupational Therapy
about Verlinda

Dr. Henshaw is the Executive Director of Rehabilitation Services for Southern Illinois Healthcare/Shirley Ryan Ability Lab in Southern Illinois. She is adjunct faculty with specialty in orthopedics, occupational medicine and administration. Dr. Henshaw owned and operated a company that provided outpatient therapy services as well as on-site industrial services for companies prior to merging with Southern Illinois Healthcare. She graduated from University of St. Augustine, St. Augustine, Florida with a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy focusing on the acute care of orthopedic conditions and administration. She received a Master Degree in Occupational therapy from San Jose State University and a Bachelor degree in Occupational therapy from University Illinois of Chicago. She was the former Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and Program Director for an occupational therapy assistant program. Dr. Henshaw is focused on program development for rehabilitative services of the future.

 

Nutrition & Dietetics

Mission Statement

The mission of the Nutrition & Dietetics program at Murray State University is to prepare future food and nutrition professionals possessing strong skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, and oral and written communication. For those students in the dietetics track, it is further the mission of the Nutrition and Dietetics program to prepare graduates for successful entry into an accredited Dietetic Internship. Graduates of the Nutrition and Dietetics program at Murray State University will be leaders and innovators in their respective disciplines.

 

Faculty and Facilities

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Faculty

Doctor Karen Byrd, Professor for Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Management
Karen Byrd, PhD, RD, LD
200 N AS, Suite C
kbyrd2@murraystate.edu
Office - 270.809.3124
Fax - 270.809.6950
about Karen

Education

PhD in Hospitality Management, Purdue University
Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), Xavier University
BA in Dietetics, Ball State University

Courses taught at Murray State

NTN 303: Research Concepts
NTN 371: Food Production Practicum
NTN 372: Quantity Food Production and Purchasing
NTN 374: Foodservice Practicum
NTN 422: Meal Management
NTN 642: Management Practice in Dietetics
NTN 643: Community Nutrition
NTN 651: Medical Nutrition Therapy II
NTN 652: Clinical Practice in Long-Term Care
NTN 653: Advanced Clinical Practice
NTN 656: Nutrition Research Literature Review

Certification and Licensure

Registered Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetic Registration
Licensed Dietitian with the Kentucky State Board of Licensure
Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute
ServSafe: Food Protection Manager Certification, Certified Instructor and Registered Proctor

Professional Experience Prior to Murray State

Senior Director of Nutrition Services, Kindred Healthcare, Louisville, KY
Senior Director of Nutrition Services, Advantage DME, Sparks, MD
Corporate Director of Dietetics, Integrated Health Services, Owings Mills, MD
Director of Nutrition Services, Eagle Creek Nursing Center, West Union, OH

Research Focus

Relationships amongst foodservice, nutrition and health
Behavioral economics and food choices
Menu nutrition labeling

Professional Organizations

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Kentucky Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Association of Healthcare Foodservice
Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management
Project Management Institute

 
Doctor Kathy Stanczyk, Director for Nutrition ,Dietetics, and Food Management
Kathy Stanczyk, PhD, RD, LD
200 N AS, Suite A
kstanczyk@murraystate.edu
Office - 270.809.3388
Fax - 270.809.6950
about Kathy

Education

PhD in Post Secondary and Adult Education
MS in Family and Consumer Sciences, Dietetics
BS in Biological Sciences

Courses taught at Murray State

NTN 303 - Research Concepts in Foods and Nutrition
NTN 330 - Advanced Nutrition
NTN 333 - Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle
NTN 350 - Nutrition Counseling and Education
NTN 440 - MNT I
NTN 445 - Pathophysiology for Nutrition-Related Diseases
NTN 450 - MNT II
NTN 460 - Advanced Clinical Cases in Dietetics
NTN 610 - Research and Writing for Nutrition Professionals
NTN 656 - Nutrition Research Literature Review
NTN 660 - Research Project in Nutrition I
NTN 661 - Research Project in Nutrition II

Certification and Licensure

Registered Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetic Registration
Licensed Dietitian with the Kentucky State Board of Licensure

Professional Experience Prior to Murray State

Didactic Program Director at the University of Tennessee at Martin
Nutrition Support Specialist at St. Joseph Mercy Health System in Ann Arbor, MI
Clinical Dietitian at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, MI
Clinical Dietitian at Lutheran Medical Center in St. Louis, MO

Research Focus

Critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills in dietetics students
Problem-based learning
Integrative learning

Professional Organizations

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Kentucky Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Western District of the Kentucky Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

 
Doctor Lori Crouch, Professor for Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Management
Lori Crouch, MS, RD, LD

200 N AS, Suite C
lcrouch1@murraystate.edu
Office - 270.809.3964
Fax - 270.809.6950
about Lori

Education

MS in Dietetics from Murray State University
BS in Dietetics from the University of Kentucky

Courses Taught at Murray State

Clinical Instructor with the Dietetic Internship Program
NTN 200 Introduction to the Profession
NTN 231 Principles of Food Science and Preparation 
NTN 499 Senior Seminar

Certification and Licensure​

Registered Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetic Registration
Licensed Dietitian with the Kentucky State Board of Licensure

Professional Experience Prior to Murray State

Consulting Clinical Dietitian, Murray, Kentucky. 1988 to 2000.
Clinical Dietitian, Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, Ohio. 1985 to 1988.

Professional Organizations

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Kentucky Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Western District of the Kentucky Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
 

Facilities

Oakley Applied Science Building


Commercial Foods Lab & Oakley Dining Room


Students learning cooking techniquesStudents cooking food to serve to customers
Salad served in the Oakley dining roomShortcake dessert
Strawberry kabob dessertVegetables and main course
Student interacting with customersStudent serving food to customers
The Quantity Food Production Lab is used in the senior capstone course, Meal Management. In this course, students are responsible for conceptualizing, marketing, producing, serving, and evaluating a 3-course meal prepared in our quantity food production kitchen and served in our Oakley Dining Room.


Food Science Lab

Student working in the kitchen Student measuring out milk
Students working in the food lab Student measuring out sugar

The Food Science Lab is used for NTN 231, Principles of Food Science and Preparation and NTN 432, Experimental Foods. In NTN 231, emphasis is placed on understanding and applying the basic physical and chemical properties of foods. Students develop skills in recipe interpretation, cooking methods, and food safety and sanitation. In NTN 432, students develop objective and sensory methods of evaluating chemical and physical qualities of food. Students modify recipes to develop new food products, design and conduct experiments, interpret results, and prepare findings from research by developing a research poster.

Oakley Dining Room

 Join us each Spring in the Oakley Dining Room for a delicious three course meal!
Students in the Meal Management course (NTN 422) operate the Oakley Dining Room. The Meal Management course is required for students majoring in nutrition and dietetics.
 

For each meal, the students start with an idea for a theme, build a menu around it, and then execute this multi-component project. This capstone course is an amalgamation of what these students have learned throughout their undergraduate education including courses in nutrition, food preparation, food science, and business management.  In the execution of their meals, the students develop professional skills such as critical thinking, time management, cost analysis, marketing, and customer service.

Each week a different student serves as the Oakley manager responsible. Other students in the class are responsible for preparing and serving the meal as instructed by the manager. These meals are definitely a group effort!
 

Service starts on March 13, 2019, and will be provided each Wednesday of the Spring semester, excluding the week of Spring Break. Dates and themes are listed below. Click on the theme name for each date to learn more about the theme, the menu, and the meal price.  Meals are served at 11:30 a.m.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling (270) 809-5742 or visiting http:/bit.ly/OakleyReservation.


Menus

Wednesday, March 13, 2019: Jack and Joan's Cupboard
Manager: Megan Claspell
Wednesday, March 20, 2019: no meal service due to Spring Break
Wednesday, March 27, 2019: A Taste of Bluegrass
Manager: Karly Stom
Wednesday, April 3, 2019: Italian - "Benvenuto a Italia"
Manager: Sarah Frederickson
Wednesday, April 10, 2019: The Master's Club Luncheon
Manager: Jane Watts
Wednesday, April 17, 2019: Mexican Fiesta
Manager:  Bridgette Holt
Wednesday, April 24, 2019: A Celebration of Earth Day
Manager:  Bailey Lankster
Wednesday, May 1, 2019: Mother’s Day Brunch
Manager: Bethany Meredith

Partnerships

 This year, the nutrition and dietetics program has partnered with the Dr. Alyx Shultz and Dr. Steve Still in the Hutson School of Agriculture to include fresh herbs, vegetables, or honey in the recipes. The fresh herbs and vegetables were grown as part of the Mabel’s Garden initiative to reconnect classroom knowledge, food production, and community involvement. The honey was harvested from the apiary at the Murray State Arboretum.


The program would also like to thank the Kentucky Poultry Federation, Jamie Guffey, Executive Director, for a generous donation and Lyons Magnus (https://www.lyonsmagnus.com/) for their donation of Designer Dessert Sauces. The program also appreciates the culinary skills workshop provided to the students this semester from Chef Bob Adams and Rayona Baker from Gordon Food Service (GFS). 

Additional Information

The menu is fixed and we are unable to make substitutions. Seating will begin at 11:30 a.m. It may take
up to 15 minutes to seat all guests. Seating may not be available after noon despite having a reservation.
Unfortunately, we are unable to accept credit or debit cards. Cash or checks only.


Parking: Visitors to Murray State University may park at the Curris Center. Murray State requests that
visitors register their vehicle at https://murraystate.nupark. com/portal.


Digital Media Notice: Photographs, video images, or other media could be captured during the dining
experience. By placing a reservation, you agree to release Murray State from any and all liability related
to dissemination of your image.

 

 

 Dietetic Internship Program

Dietetic Internship Handbook 2018-2019

Dietetic Internship Handbook 2019-2020

The Murray State University Dietetic Internship Program is designed to meet the competencies for entry-level dietetics practice and to prepare interns for the Registration Examination for Dietitians. The program has a Medical Nutrition Therapy concentration and provides interns with a minimum of 1200 supervised practice hours in a variety of healthcare settings. The program is 10 months in duration, and is completed during the summer, fall and spring semesters. Interns will receive 23 hours of graduate credit upon completion of the program. Murray State had clinical agreements with supervised practice sites across Kentucky and Tennessee.

Interns complete supervised experiences in Medical Nutrition Therapy, Management Practice in Dietetics, Community Nutrition and Long-Term Care. An Advanced Practice experience is completed after all clinical rotations. This experience allows the intern to function independently as an entry-level dietitian in the hospital setting.

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Dietetics Internship Program

 

 Welcome 2018-19 Internship Class!

Dietetics Internship Class of 2018-19

Front row, left to right: Caprisse Johnson, Kendra Blankenberger, Jessica Lincoln, and Tori Lilly

Back row, left to right: Allie Taylor, Lauren Boyd, Jessica Orscheln, Crissy Rybicki, and Amanda Herrmann

The Murray State University Dietetic Internship is designed to meet the competencies for entry level dietetics practice and to prepare students for the Registration Examination for Dietitians. The program has a Nutrition Therapy concentration and provides students with a minimum of 1200 supervised practice hours in a variety of healthcare settings.
Prior to beginning the fall rotation, successful completion or evidence showing successful completion of a graduate writing course must be documented. This can be accomplished by:

  1. Taking the NTN 610 Scholarly Writing for Nutrition Professionals, 5 weeks (online), 3 credit hours.
  2. Submission of Master’s degree thesis or scholarly publication in a peer reviewed dietetics professional journal.
  • Each intern is assigned to one of twelve supervised practice sites in Kentucky, Indiana, and/or Tennessee. Once students are selected to Murray State's internship, they are able to rank their supervised training site preferences. Although student preference is considered, placement at a requested practice site cannot be guaranteed.
  • After orientation to the internship program on Murray State University's campus, students begin supervised practice at the assigned facility. Approximately 40 hours of supervised practice are completed per week. Distance education components are used to deliver internet-based instruction. Use of a personal computer with internet connection is required for the completion of distance learning activities.
  • Interns complete supervised experiences in clinical nutrition, foodservice management, community nutrition and long-term care. An Advanced Clinical Practice experience is completed after clinical rotations. This experience allows the student to function independently as an entry level dietitian in the hospital setting. Preceptors in each healthcare institution oversee the experience and provide general management and mentorship. Murray State University Clinical Instructor Lori Crouch, M.S., R.D., L.D., assists students with project development, scheduling of experiences outside of the primary training site, and provides general guidance and direction in meeting curriculum requirements. The Clinical Instructor meets with students at their training sites throughout the course of the internship program.
  • Twenty-three hours of graduate credit are earned during the internship program. Students wishing to pursue the Master's degree must pass the Registration Examination for Dietitians before continuing with graduate studies.
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Mission, Goals, and Objectives

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Dietetic Internship Program at Murray State University is to prepare entry-level dietitians to deliver quality nutrition care in clinical, community, food-service, and long-term care settings. The program seeks to meet present and future nutritional needs of both rural and urban communities in Kentucky and the region. The program at Murray State assumes the responsibility for providing advanced dietetic education opportunities in Western Kentucky. The region will benefit by having competent dietetic professionals serving in various health related facilities and businesses.

Program Goals:

  • To prepare program graduates to meet employment requirements for entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists.
  • To assist in meeting employment needs for registered dietitian nutritionist in Kentucky and the region by providing trained dietetics professionals.

Program Objectives:

  • Eighty percent (80%) of program interns complete program requirements within 16.5 months (150% of program length of 11 months).
  • Eighty percent (80%) of program graduates will take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  • Eighty-percent (80%) of program graduates will pass the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionist within one (1) year following their first attempt.
  • Eighty percent (80%) percent of program graduates, who are not pursuing full-time graduate studies and respond to the Post Internship Survey, will be employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of program completion.
  • 100% of program graduates employed as registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN) who respond to the Post Internship Survey will report preparation to be an entry-level RDN as “satisfactory” or better.
  • 100% of employers of Murray State University (MSU) Dietetic Internship graduates, who respond to the employer survey, will rate the MSU graduate competency as an entry-level RDN as “satisfactory” or better.
  • 100% of employers of Murray State University (MSU) Dietetic Internship graduates, who respond to the employer survey, will rate the MSU graduate as “satisfactory” or better for “knowledge needed for their current position.”

Accreditation

The Dietetic Internship Program is fully accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) , 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995 

Any questions regarding accreditation may be directed to the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at 1-800-877-1600 or visit the AND web site at 

www.eatright.org/acend

Application Procedure

Applicants must first apply for admission to the Murray State Dietetic Internship Program.

Following admission to the Dietetic Internship Program, applicants must then apply for admission to the Murray State Graduate School. Applicants should not apply to the Murray State Graduate School until they have been admitted to the Dietetic Internship Program.

Application for Admission to the Dietetic Internship Program

  • Applicants to the internship program must use the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS). The online application must be completed by the deadline time and date given by DICAS. The fee to use DICAS is $40 for the first application and $20 for each additional application. The DICAS application for the Spring match is generally available after December 1st and can be accessed here.
  • Personal Statement: Applicants must also submit a personal statement in 1,000 words or less through DICAS. The following questions should be addressed:
    • Why do you want to enter the dietetics profession?
    • What are some experiences that have helped to prepare you for your career?
    • What are your short-term and long-term goals?
    • What are your strengths and weaknesses or areas needing improvement?
    • What attracted you to the Murray State University dietetic internship program?
  • Recommendations

    Three recommendations are required. At least one recommendation should come from a Medical Nutrition Therapy professor. When completing the online application, applicants must provide the name, email address and other contact information for each reference. Submission of this information will trigger an email message requesting completion of a recommendation form. All recommendation forms will be submitted online.

  • Transcripts

    Official transcripts from all universities attended should be mailed to the address below. Photocopies or “Issued to Student” copies will not be accepted.

    DICAS - Transcript Dept.
    PO Box 9118
    Watertown, MA 02472
     
  • Grade Point Average (GPA)

    Applicants should have an overall undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher (based on a 4.0 system), an overall graduate GPA of 3.5 or higher (if applicable), and an overall DPD GPA of 3.4 or higher. Students meeting the GPA requirement that have a D or lower on their transcript in any course that has not been replaced with a higher grade will not be considered a viable candidate.

  • GRE Scores

    Applicants must have taken the GRE within the past three years and have a score of 145 on both the verbal and quantitative tests, and a 4 on the written essay portion. Official scores must also be sent to #1494 Murray State University. A scanned copy of the score should be attached as supplemental information to the electronic application. Applications without scanned scores may not be reviewed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at this email

 Dietetic Internship Program
Nutrition & Dietetics
 
200N Oakley Applied Science
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071
(270) 809-3387
Fax: (270) 809-6950

Computer Matching

All applicants to the Murray State University Dietetic Internship (DI) program must participate in computer matching. Computer matching enables a student to be assigned to a requested internship program that has also expressed interest in the student. A private company called D & D Digital Systems conducts the matching process. Students should request instructions and a mark/sense cards from their undergraduate program or from D & D Digital Systems to participate in computer matching and to prioritize their preferences for internship locations. Your preferences must be mailed to D & D Digital Systems by February 15th. There is a fee for participation in computer matching that must be paid with your prioritized preferences for internship locations.

Requests for additional materials may be made to:

D & D Digital Systems
304 Main St., Suite 301
Ames, IA 50010
(515) 292-0490

www.dnddigital.com/ada/

 D & D will notify each student applicant about the dietetic internship program to which he or she has been “matched”. The student must notify the matched Dietetic Internship Program Director by phone, email or fax by 5:00pm on Appointment Day to confirm acceptance of the internship assignment.

Second Round Match Procedure

Should open positions exist, Murray State University follows the recommended procedures outlined by D & D Digital for second round match. Students wishing to be considered for open positions during this process should make their application available to Murray State University. Applicants should also email the Director of the Dietetic Internship Program notifying them the application has been made available. Appointments for open positions may begin being offered as soon as the updated match/no match list is made available.

Application for admission to the Murray State Graduate School

Once you receive notification that you are admitted to the Dietetic Internship Program, you will then apply to the Murray State Graduate School. This application should be accompanied by the application fee payable to Murray State University. The Graduate School application and information may be obtained by contacting:

 

Graduate School

(270) 809-3779

 

Clinical Training Sites

A meal made by the dietetic internship program

Dietetic Intern's promotion of their theme meal during the Management Practice in Dietetics rotation

 

Availability of supervised practice sites varies from year to year. In any given year, not all sites are utilized.

Program Highlights

Registered Dietitians and the Murray State University Interns attended the Western District Kentucky Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics meeting held at Murray State on Thursday, August 9th. A variety of speakers presented on topics such as ethics and considerations for the practicing dietitian, interdisciplinary experiential learning in an enteral nutrition workshop, nutrition information on restaurant menus, and a final presentation by Gordon Food Service including discussion on trends and how to incorporate into meal planning, improving satisfaction with customers, and the art of adding flavor with spices. Participants were able to sample several food products and build spice blends for home use. The Murray State Dietetic Interns also presented their posters on a variety of alternative medicines to the registered dietitians in attendance. 
 
Kendra Blankenberger at Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Intern Kendra Blankenberger discusses her poster on Licorice Root with Registered Dietitians Allison Choate and Ruth Bartolo 
Caprisse Johnson at Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
 
Intern Caprisse Johnson discusses her poster on Echinacea with Registered Dietitian Cadelia Turpin 
Amanda Herrmann at Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
 Intern Amanda Herrmann discusses her poster on Evening Primrose Oil with Registered Dietitians Alissa Bryan and Suzanne Seeley
Chef Bob Adams from Gordon Food Service
Chef Bob Adams from Gordon Food Service doing a cooking demonstration
Interns making spice mixtures 
Interns enjoy making their own spice mixtures compliments of Gordon Food Service  

  
 
 
 Students talking with Representative Imes

 Apples With ImesStudents on the Stairs of the Capitol

The Murray State Dietetic Interns visit Frankfort each year for the Kentucky Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Legislative Day at the Capitol. The interns begin their day by hearing presentations from elected officials who provide a brief background into some of the current legislation dealing with nutrition and health care. Interns have the opportunity to meet with local and regional legislative representatives to discuss the importance of their support for nutrition-related bills. Interns are then able to observe committee meetings and attend Legislative sessions. A highlight of the day is when the interns are given a tour of the Capitol and hear the history behind our state capitol and leaders.

 

Interns prepare a special meal for clinical training site employees.

Interns prepare a special meal for clinical training site employees.

 

Students at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference(FNCE)

Interns​ ​are able to ​​attend educational sessions as well as the food and​ ​nutrition expo

Murray State Dietetic Interns attend The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference (FNCE) when it is located within a reasonable driving distance from Kentucky. Interns are able to attend educational sessions as well as the food and nutrition expo. Interns gain valuable networking and professional growth opportunities during this event.

Estimated Expenses

Internship Application Fee

The fee to use DICAS is $40 for the first application and $20 for each additional application.

Graduate School Application Fee

Those applicants accepted into the dietetic internship program must apply to the Graduate School. The Graduate School application fee is $40. Applicants should not apply to the Graduate School until they have been accepted into the Dietetic Internship Program.

Estimated Tuition

Other Expenses

  • Murray State Dietetic Internship Program Fee: $300
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics FNCE meeting when location is within a reasonable driving distance from Kentucky; cost varies
  • Registered Dietitian (RD) Registration Exam Prep Course: $430
  • Kentucky Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition (AND) FNCE registration fee: cost varies
  • Additional costs include: supplies and administrative costs; housing;  travel to and from sites, meetings, and other required functions; health insurance; textbooks; reference materials; living expenses; and additional miscellaneous expenses.

Graduation and Program Requirements

The verification statement and post/baccalaureate certificate is granted only under the following circumstances:

  1. The dietetic intern has demonstrated competence as an entry-level practitioner through satisfactory completion of all scheduled supervised practice rotations.
  2. The dietetic intern has completed all required courses with a grade of B or better unless an exception has been approved by the program director.

 

Internship Program Schedule of Courses

Summer Semester   Duration (Weeks) Credit Hours Earned
NTN 610 Scholarly Writing for Nutrition Professionals 5 (Online) 3
NTN 615 Supervised Professional Practice Primer 5 (Online) 2
    TOTAL: 10 TOTAL: 5
Fall Semester   Duration (Weeks) Credit Hours Earned
NTN 640 Dietetic Clinical Training Primer, Murray State Campus 1 1
NTN 641 Medical Nutrition Therapy I 7 4
NTN 642 Foodservice Management 5 2
NTN 643 Community Nutrition 5 2
    TOTAL: 18 TOTAL: 9
Spring Semester   Duration (Weeks) Credit Hours Earned
NTN 651 Nutrition Therapy II 8 4
NTN 652 Dietetics Clinical Practice in Long Term Care 4 2
NTN 653 Advanced Clinical Practice Experience 5 3
    TOTAL: 17 TOTAL: 9

 

Insurance Requirements

Health Insurance

All interns must be covered by health insurance while enrolled in the program. Evidence of coverage must be provided prior to beginning the Murray State internship program.

Professional Liability

Healthcare Professional Liability Malpractice Insurance will be purchased by interns through Murray State University in the amount of 1,000,000/3,000,000. The cost of premiums vary each year.

Accreditation

The Dietetic Internship Program is accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

 

ACADEMY OF NUTRITION AND DIETETICS
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
 

Any questions regarding accreditation may be directed to the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at 1-800-877-1600, ext. 5400 or 312-899-0040, ext. 5400 or visit the Academy's website at www.eatright.org

For additional information and questions, email us at: kbyrd2@murraystate.edu.

 

 

Master of Science Degree

2018-19 Graduate Programs Tuition & Fees

 The Master of Science in Nutrition is an online, 38 credit hour program with two concentrations:  Dietetic Internship Concentration and Non-Internship Concentration.  Both concentrations are designed to meet societal need for highly trained nutrition professionals. Aging demographics, obesity, accelerated rates of nutrition-related diseases such as diabetes, and advances in nutrition and genetic research are fueling the demand for highly trained nutrition professionals. 

For more information related to the two concentrations, including their respective curriculums, please click on the appropriate arrow below:

 

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Dietetic Internship Concentration of M.S. in Nutrition

Concentration Description

Graduate students accepted to the Dietetic Internship Concentration will earn 24 graduate-credit hours while completing supervised practice training.  Upon completion of supervised practice training, individuals will complete additional coursework in statistics, nutrition-related topics, and nutrition research.  The M.S. in Nutrition prepares completers of the Dietetic Internship to effectively compete in a growing job market in which entry-level dietitians are now earning master’s degrees. By 2024, a master’s degree will be the minimum education requirement to be eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians. 

Internship Curriculum

NTN 610   Research and Writing for Nutrition   Professionals
NTN 615   Supervised Professional Practice Primer
NTN 620  Nutrition for the Aging Adult
NTN 640 Dietetics Clinical Training Primer
NTN 641   Nutrition Therapy I
NTN 642  Management Practice in Dietetics
NTN 643  Community Nutrition
NTN 651   Medical Nutrition Therapy II
NTN 653   Advanced Clinical Practice

Curriculum Completed After Dietetic Internship

HEA 610   Biostatistics in Public Health
NTN 623   Leadership and Management in Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics (or approved elective)
NTN 656  Nutrition Research Literature Review
NTN 660  Research Project in Nutrition I
NTN 661  Research Project in Nutrition II

Non-Internship Concentration of M.S. in Nutrition

Concentration Description

Graduate students enrolled in the Non-Internship Concentration will complete a 38-credit hour program that includes courses in nutrient metabolism, lifecycle nutrition, pathophysiology, nutrition for the aging adult, performance nutrition, trends in the food supply, statistics, and nutrition research.  Students in the Non-Internship Concentration also have the opportunity to take elective courses aligned with their professional goals.  

Curriculum

HEA 610   Biostatistics in Public Health
NTN 610   Research and Writing for Nutrition   Professionals
NTN 620   Nutrition for the Aging Adult
NTN 621  Performance Nutrition
NTN 622   Trends in the Food Supply
NTN 623   Leadership and Management in Food,   Nutrition, and Dietetics
NTN 630*  Nutrient Metabolism
NTN 633*   Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle
NTN 645*  Pathophysiology for Nutrition-Related   Diseases
NTN 656  Nutrition Research Literature Review
NTN 660  Research Project in Nutrition I
NTN 661  Research Project in Nutrition II
 Approved Elective

 *If a student has successfully completed these courses at the undergraduate level, challenge tests can be taken to demonstrate content proficiency.  Students to successfully pass a challenge test can replace the course with an elective that has been approved by his/her faculty advisor.

NOTE:  Above curriculum establishes eligibility in the state of Kentucky for licensure as a Certified Nutritionist.  For information related to licensure in the various states, please visit the following link:  https://www.cdrnet.org/ state-licensure-agency-list

 

 

Transfer Credit and GPA

A total of 12 graduate hours may be transferred from a regionally accredited graduate school. All transfer credit must be approved by the student’s advisor and collegiate graduate coordinator. All transfer credit must have been earned within the eight-year period allowed for the degree. The student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.00 on graduate-level work at Murray State University and a grade of B or better in any course that the student wishes to transfer to Murray State University. It is the responsibility of the student to initiate a request for transfer of credit. Graduate transfer credit will not be posted to the student’s transcript or included in the calculation of the student’s GPA until the graduation transcription is prepared.

Admission Requirements

For both concentrations, applicants must meet the Murray State University requirements for admission.  Please visit the following link for more information:  http:// murraystate.edu/students/ Graduate/index.aspx

Additional requirement for admission to the Dietetic Internship Concentration is as follows:

*Students must be accepted to the MSU Dietetic Internship Program accredited with the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Director of the Graduate Program in Nutrition

Kathy Stanczyk, PhD, RD, LD
Department of Applied Health Sciences
School of Nursing and Health Professions
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071
kstanczyk@murraystate.edu
(270) 809-3388

Director of the Dietetic Internship Program

Karen Byrd, PhD, RD, LD
Clinical Instructor
Department of Applied Health Sciences
School of Nursing and Health Professions
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071
kbyrd2@murraystate.edu
(270) 809-3124

For a personalized curriculum toward completion of the M.S. in Nutrition, please contact Dr. Kathy Stanczyk at kstanczyk@murraystate.edu or (270) 809-3388.