The answer to this question depends on your education and credentials before starting the program and what plans you have after its completion. We recommend that prospective students explore their local job market as to availability of jobs and required qualifications as there is much variation from state to state. While our program culminates in an MS in Clinical Nutrition, it does not include all coursework nor clinical work for the Registered Dietitain (RD) or Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN) credential. (Note: RDN is the newer name for the RD. They are the same credential) Please see our FAQs for more information about possible credentials in the field.
If you have an undergraduate degrees in a field other than nutrition: Some grads have found jobs in public health, wellness programs, community nutrition initiatives, nutrition education, research, and/or coordinating clinical trials. Jobs in hospitals, long-term care, rehabilitation, and assisted living centers usually require the RD or RDN credential. In a limited number of states, graduates with this background have found employment as clinical nutritionists in doctor's practices. Due to the limitation of having an MS but not the RDN credential, some graduates have continued in other programs to complete additional courses in food science, food service and dietary management to be qualifed to apply to dietetic internship (DI) programs and thus be able to take the RDN exam Admissions to DI programs is extremely competitive. (The number and type of additional courses depends on previous background and evaluation of your transcripts by the specific program).
If you already have an undergraduate degree in nutrition: Those with undergraduate degrees in nutrition (that include all coursework needed for entry into DI programs) have found that our master’s degree program is excellent preparation for entrance into DIs and a way to demonstrate capability of handling graduate level work. For many this lead to attainment of a DI and ultimately the RDN.
If you are already a Registered Dietitian (RD) Dietitian/Nutritionists (RDN): Students starting with this credential overwhelmingly feel t the program significantly expands their knowledge and skills. For many, gaining the MS has lead to higher pay, leadership positions and/or expanded job opportunities.
If you have or hope to have a credentials in another health professions: It is within the scope of practice for physician assistants, physicians and nurse practitioners to conduct nutrition counseling. Thus, after finishing the program and gaining knowledge in this area, professionals in these disciplines can incorporate nutrition counseling into their practices as many of our graduates have done. Some of our alumni completed our program before going on to other professional schools: They felt our graduate program bolstered their application profile and played a part in ultimate acceptance to their chosen professional programs in addition to enabling them additional skills and knowledge.
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