The Master of Clinical Nutrition – Registered Dietitian/Licensed Health Professional Track curriculum combines 18 hours of required courses with 18 hours of electives. The result is a flexible program that arms you with the latest research on nutrition and human health and allows you to pursue your own clinical and management areas of interest.

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The curriculum emphasizes an integrative approach to nutrition care and medical nutrition therapy. The elective component includes six hours of clinical nutrition electives and 12 hours of general electives. For the clinical nutrition electives, you’ll select from the courses listed on the right below.

For your remaining elective hours, you can continue to select from this list or branch out with offerings from other UT Southwestern departments and schools. Topics include evidence-based medicine, clinical pathology, pharmacology, health promotion/disease prevention, clinical research, and public health.

Clinical Nutrition Required Courses

  • CN 5310 Nutrition Care Process
  • CN 5311 Medical Nutrition Therapy in Chronic Care
  • CN 5312 Medical Nutrition Therapy in Acute Care
  • HCS 5330 Health Care Research
  • CN 5340 Nutrition in Metabolism
  • CN 5390 Nutrition Research

Clinical Nutrition Elective Courses

  • CN 5002 Special Topics (one credit hour)
  • CN 5202 Special Topics in Sports Nutrition (one credit hour)
  • CN 5222 Nutrition in Wellness
  • CN 5223 Nutrition in Media Communications
  • CN 5233 Business of Health Care
  • CN 5242 Nutrition in Aging
  • CN 5313 Medical Nutrition Therapy in Pediatrics
  • CN 5332 Food Service Management
  • CN 5341 Nutrition in Growth and Development

We’ve designed the curriculum to strengthen your knowledge and skill in critically important areas and to give you the freedom to focus on topics that interest you most.

Degree Plan


Total Program Hours

Fall | 7 Credit Hours 
Spring | 7 Credit Hours 
Summer | 4 Credit Hours 
Fall | 9 Credit Hours 
Spring | 6 Credit Hours 
Summer | 3 Credit Hours 

Because there’s great flexibility in course selection and load, each student’s degree plan is unique. We’ve included this plan as an example. For detailed course descriptions, please view our catalog.

Special Requirements

To enroll in any required course in the curriculum, a student must complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher. Failure to meet degree plan specifications may prohibit a student from enrolling in the subsequent semester or from graduating from the program.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the Master of Clinical Nutrition Program, a candidate must:

  1. Demonstrate a high order of scholarly achievement in clinical nutrition, including appropriate research and professional competencies. (The program’s Student Progress Committee determines whether adequate mastery has been acquired.)
  2. Complete satisfactorily a minimum of 24 semester hours in the UT Southwestern School of Health Professions
  3. Discharge all financial obligations to the medical center. (In the event of nonpayment, the Dean may take one or more actions: a) deny readmission; b) withhold the student's grades and official transcript; and/or c) withhold the degree to which the student would otherwise be entitled.)
  4. Complete the academic requirements listed in the degree plan, including completion of any academic deficiencies in prerequisite courses, by the times stated in the student's official letter of acceptance, and submit official documentation of successful completion to the Office of the Registrar
  5. Complete all required courses in the degree plan with a grade of C or higher (P for Pass/Fail courses)
  6. Maintain at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average with no academic deficiencies and no incompletes
  7. Pay a graduation fee designated to partially offset the costs associated with the diploma and diploma cover production, regalia, and the commencement ceremony. All students completing a degree or certificate must pay the fee whether they attend the commencement ceremony or not.