Curriculum

The Master of Clinical Nutrition–Coordinated Program curriculum combines comprehensive academic training with the supervised clinical practice hours you need to be eligible for registration as a dietitian. You’ll study the impact of nutrition through the entire human life cycle, from birth to advanced age, and explore its role in the causes and treatment of a variety of medical conditions.

The curriculum emphasizes an integrative approach to nutrition care and medical nutrition therapy. We’ve designed the course work and clinical training to deliver broad-based knowledge and hands-on experience that will prepare you for a successful career in a wide range of clinical, community, consulting, and industry settings.

We’ve sequenced the curriculum to create an effective and efficient path for learning. All of the courses in a given semester are prerequisites for the courses that follow in the next semester. Some sequencing may change from year to year without notice.

During the School of Health Professions graduation ceremony, Clinical Nutrition student Tanika Carr listens to the commencement speaker.

Degree Plan

17 Total Credit Hours Per Term

71 Total Program Hours

  • CN 5002 Special Topics | 1 Credit Hours
  • CN 5310 Nutrition Care Process | 3 Credit Hours
  • CN 5422 Nutrition in Health Promotion | 4 Credit Hours
  • CN 5331 Food Science and Technology | 3 Credit Hours
  • CN 5340 Nutrition in Metabolism | 3 Credit Hours
  • HCS 5106 Professional Development | 1 Credit Hours
  • CN 5250 Nutrition Care Process Practicum | 2 Credit Hours

16 Total Credit Hours Per Term

71 Total Program Hours

  • CN 5311 Medical Nutrition Therapy in Chronic Care | 3 Credit Hours
  • CN 5332 Food Service Management | 3 Credit Hours
  • CN 5341 Nutrition in Growth and Development | 3 Credit Hours
  • CN 5002 Special Topics | 1 Credit Hours
  • HCS 5330 Health Care Research | 3 Credit Hours
  • CN 5351 Chronic Care Medical Nutrition Therapy Practicum | 3 Credit Hours

9 Total Credit Hours Per Term

71 Total Program Hours

  • CN 5312 Medical Nutrition Therapy in Acute Care | 3 Credit Hours
  • CN 5242 Nutrition in Aging | 2 Credit Hours
  • CN 5452 Acute Care Medical Nutrition Therapy Practicum | 4 Credit Hours

12 Total Credit Hours Per Term

71 Total Program Hours

  • CN 5313 Medical Nutrition Therapy in Pediatrics | 3 Credit Hours
  • CN 5353 Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy Practicum | 3 Credit Hours
  • CN 5360 Education and Community Nutrition Practicum | 3 Credit Hours
  • CN 5370 Food Service Practicum | 3 Credit Hours

13 Total Credit Hours Per Term

71 Total Program Hours

  • CN 5223 Nutrition in Media Communications | 2 Credit Hours
  • CN 5233 Business of Health Care | 2 Credit Hours
  • CN 5954 Integrated Nutrition Practicum | 9 Credit Hours

4 Total Credit Hours Per Term

71 Total Program Hours

  • CN 5390 Nutrition Research | 3 Credit Hours
  • CN 5002 Special Topics | 1 Credit Hours
Some sequencing may change from year to year without notice. For detailed course descriptions, please download 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 71 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. Receive practical evaluations reflecting an acceptable level of performance and professional conduct and complete all required supervised practice.
  8. 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.