About the Program
The Master of Clinical Nutrition–Coordinated Program is a full-time, post-baccalaureate program that begins once a year in September and ends 24 months later in August. It’s designed for students with a bachelor’s degree in any field who want to embark on a career as a registered dietitian.
The curriculum is a carefully structured sequence of six semesters designed to develop your knowledge and skills in clinical nutrition. You’ll study with expert faculty who are internationally recognized as clinicians, educators, researchers, and consultants. You’ll attend rotations in a variety of settings, including teaching hospitals associated with UT Southwestern Medical Center, community-based clinics, and wellness centers.
The Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education has set standards and required competencies and foundational knowledge that accredited programs must meet to prepare candidates for registration as a dietitian, including 1,200 hours of supervised clinical practice. The Master of Clinical Nutrition–CP meets these CADE requirements, eliminating the need for an additional internship after graduation. When you earn your degree at UT Southwestern, you’ll immediately be eligible to take the national registration examination and apply for licensure in Texas or the State of your choice. You’ll also be eligible for active membership in the American Dietetic Association.
Upon completion of program requirements and successful passing score on the national registration exam, graduates may apply for licensure in the state of Texas through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Dietitians.
The objectives of the Master of Clinical Nutrition–Coordinated Program are to offer a solid knowledge base in evidence-based nutrition therapy and related sciences and prepare team-oriented clinicians with the skills to excel in acute and chronic care, as well as in community-based intervention programs.
Specifically, successful graduates of this program will have the necessary skills to:
- Assess the nutritional needs of individuals, based on lifestyle and health status.
- Provide medical nutrition therapy for patients of all ages across a spectrum of settings, from intensive care to home care.
- Integrate interpretation of biochemical parameters and medications in the nutrition care process.
- Adapt nutrition counseling strategies to overcome barriers to lifestyle change.
- Function within interdisciplinary teams to provide nutritional support for patients with complex medical problems.
- Provide culturally competent nutrition education to populations with diverse nutritional needs.
- Incorporate knowledge of functional foods, phytochemicals and food processing, as well as knowledge of nutrient gene interactions.
- Serve as food and nutrition authorities for the public through mass media and other nutrition information channels.
- Interpret evidence-based research and formulate research hypotheses to advance evidence-based dietetics.
- Manage human, material, and financial resources in food and nutrition-related businesses.
Employment in Six Months
The majority of our graduates find employment in North Texas within six months of graduation. They work in variety of settings, including:
- Hospitals, long-term care and other clinical care facilities
- Community clinics, including Women, Infants, Children, and Community-Oriented Primary Care
- Pharmaceutical and nutritional product development companies
- Sports and wellness facilities
To ensure that graduates are eligible for registration and licensure, the Master of Clinical Nutrition–Coordinated Program has earned accreditation with an emphasis in Nutrition Therapy by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association. If you have a question about accreditation, please contact CADE directly.
Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education
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