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Nutrition Post-Graduate Practice Experience

The Maryland University of Integrative Health Nutrition Post-Graduate Practice Experience provides up to 1000 hours of supervision for practice experience in the field of nutrition for graduates of the Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health and the Post-Masters Certificate in Nutrition and Integrative Health from Maryland University of Integrative Health. The experience is offered in two formats: 1. Supervised Placement or 2. Self-Directed Mentorship.

Program Highlights
Prepare for Board Certification

This experience is specifically designed to prepare post-graduates to pursue board certification in nutrition as a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS). The Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists℠ (BCNS) requires 1000 hours of documented supervised nutrition practice experience, along with the successful completion of the CNS examination to attain the CNS credential.

According to the BCNS, the objective of the CNS credential is to demonstrate that the individual has the advanced knowledge and clinical experience suited for the practice of science-based clinical nutrition.  Participation in the Nutrition Post-Graduate Practice Experience does not guarantee certification as a CNS practitioner.

Program Format
  1. Supervised Placement: MUIH has partnerships with clinics, hospitals, assisted living centers, and integrative centers for placement of MUIH graduates. Graduates will interview at the placement site(s) of their choice and the site will determine which candidate is the best fit for the position. Placement sites will provide approximately 20 hours a week.

This format includes:

  • Access to the Natural Care Center in Laurel, Maryland to provide nutrition counseling for self-recruited clients.
  • Professional Liability Insurance through MUIH.
  • Maryland-licensed supervisor to oversee clinical care.
  1. Self-Directed Mentorship: Graduates will work independently to find their own opportunities of their interest and in their local area.


Both options provide “CNS-Approved Supervision” for guidance and mentorship.

Throughout the experience, each graduate will participate in mentoring sessions with a CNS-Approved Supervisor to achieve an optimum learning experience while ensuring the desired practice experience hours are reached.

What qualifies for practice experience?

Please visit the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists for an outline of the required competencies.

Schedule & Fees

The placement format is 6 months in duration with start dates in January and July. The cost is $1200.

The mentorship format is available in 3 months duration with start dates in January, April, July, or October at $600. The 6 months duration with start dates in January and July is $1000.


Elizabeth Owens, MS, CNS, LDN
Rachel Lucke, MS, CNS, LDN
Yevgeniya Libkhen, MS, CNS, LDN


Registration information coming soon for a July 2018 start date.

For More Information

For more information about the Nutrition Post-Graduate Practice Experience, contact the Manager of Experiential Programs at nutritioninternship@muih.edu.

For more information on MUIH’s other nutrition programs, click here.