About the Program
The Master of Clinical Nutrition – Coordinated Program is a full-time, post-baccalaureate program that begins once a year in August 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.
Three steps to becoming a registered dietitian
- Complete a minimum of a bachelor's degree in nutrition and dietetics accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
- Note, effective January 1, 2024, a graduate degree will be required to be eligible to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration's dietetic registration exam.
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) 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 ACEND 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 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Upon completion of program requirements and successful passing scores on the national registration exam, graduates may apply for licensure in the state of Texas through the Texas Department of Licensing and Registration.
The Master of Clinical Nutrition – Coordinated Program offers a solid knowledge base in evidence-based nutrition therapy and related sciences, and prepares 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
The Master of Clinical Nutrition – Coordinated Program has earned accreditation with an emphasis in Nutrition Therapy by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. If you have a question about accreditation, please contact ACEND directly.
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