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Clinical Dietetics

Master of Science (M.S.)

The program is designed with two tracks. Track A is for students desiring a master's degree and the supervised practice necessary to become eligible for the national examination for registered dietitians. This track is accredited by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®). Track B is especially for credentialed Registered Dietitians (RD's) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN's) who desire a master's degree. A Master of Science in Clinical Dietetics from Grand Valley State University provides the opportunity for registered dietitians to build on their broad knowledge, and attain deeper comprehension and skill in practice. Specialized knowledge allows RDNs to be more competitive in practice now and in the future. This is a benefit not only to the practitioner, but also for his/her patients and clients.

Coursework

The Master of Science in Clinical Dietetics is a part-time, hybrid program, meeting both in-seat and online. A consists of 49 to 52 credits; Track B is 39-42 credits.

  • Physical Nutritional Assessment
  • Research methodology
  • Advanced medical nutrition therapy
  • Food, culture, and health
  • Grant writing (Track B)
  • Informatics (Track B)
  • Qualitative research (Track B)
  • Master's thesis or master's project

Career Options

Clinical dietitians are in demand in areas such as:

  • Hospitals and medical centers
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Dialysis clinics and rehabilitation centers
  • Clinical research

Why Study Clinical Dietetics at Grand Valley?

  • Hands-on work in state-of-the-art facilities, including simulation, nutritional assessment, and human performance laboratories.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates employment opportunities are expected to increase 20% from 2010 to 2020; faster than the average for all occupations.
  • Health care professionals with advanced degrees tend to attain a higher profile within the profession.
  • According to the 2015 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Compensation & Benefits Report, a Director of Clinical Nutrition earns an average of $79,500/year with a bachelor's degree, and $87,000/year with a master's degree.

Application Deadlines

Applications for Track A occur in January for a fall admission. Rolling applications for Track B. Please check gvsu.edu/grad/clinicaldiet for deadline dates.

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