College of Health Professions (CHP)
Department of Public Health
Master of Science in clinical dietetics
This graduate program in clinical dietetics (CD) has been developed for two distinct audiences: Students requiring supervised practice to take the national dietetic registration examination (Track A) and those interested in only a master’s degree because supervised practice hours have already been met or are not desired (Track B).
Track A’s supervised practice sites are diverse, providing access to different health systems, and a wide demographic of patients. These practice sites are available locally, regionally, and internationally. In addition to the supervised practice sites, clinical applications will be taught in technologically superior simulation laboratories. The M.S. in clinical dietetics will use problem-based learning, meaningful and sustainable group projects, and multiple opportunities to demonstrate critical thinking as they emerge as highly trained and sought after registered dietitians and dietetic professionals. The program is 49 to 52 credits.
Track B is developed for the practicing professional who seeks an advanced degree in clinical dietetics. Track B requires 39 to 42 credits. The track will address pathophysiology and the role of nutrition in prevention and treatment.
Students who do not have an undergraduate degree from an ACEND accredited dietetic program will need to complete certain prerequisites. An unofficial transcript of undergraduate work can be sent to the CHP academic advising office for review and feedback on courses that need to be completed before application to the program. A grade of B- or better is required in the following undergraduate courses:
- Pharmacological aspects of biomedical science (pharmacology)
- Biological chemistry (biochemistry)
- Clinical nutrition (medical nutrition therapy)
Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall, 500 Lafayette Ave.; Pew Grand Rapids Campus
Master of Science in Clinical Dietetics