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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 CNS-Approved 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. Placement Sites or 2. Self-Directed Mentorship.

Program Highlights
Prepare for Board Certification

This experience is specifically designed to prepare post-graduates to pursue board certification 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. Placement Sites:
    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. Mentorship is offered for educational purposes and as a second opinion on clinical care only. Graduates who choose this option are encouraged to purchase professionally liability insurance and check licensing requirements as determined by their state, if applicable.

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.

Additional Information

Both options provide remote “CNS-Approved Supervision” for guidance and mentorship. Completion of all 1,000 hours needed is not guaranteed. Hours completed during the course will be verified by the CNS-Approved Supervisor through several evaluations methods. Completion of hours does not guarantee a favorable recommendation for certification. Recommendations are based on the candidate’s performance, competencies and professionalism exhibited throughout the course

Throughout the experience, each graduate will participate in remote mentoring sessions with a CNS-Approved Supervisor to achieve an optimum learning experience while ensuring the desired practice experience hours are reached.  Graduates will also participate in monthly online web conferences with the CNS-Approved Supervisor and peers. These discussions focus around participants’ questions and concerns, case studies, clinical research and practice management to deepen their competencies as entry-level nutritionists.

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 six months in duration with start dates in January and July. The cost is $1200.

The mentorship format is available in three months duration with start dates in January, April, July, or October at $600. The six 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 is now open for Placement Sites starting in January 2019. Registration is a two-step process and begins by participating in an Interview Phase. To learn more and join the Interview Phase, please register here:

There is no cost for participating in the Interview Phase. Participating in the Interview Phase does not guarantee you will have a Placement Site.  Registration for the Interview Phase will remain open through October 20 only. 

Registration for the Self-Directed Mentorship starting in January 2019 will be open for registration in November 2018.

For More Information

For more information about the Nutrition Post-Graduate Practice Experience, contact the Manager of Experiential Programs at

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