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Clinical Dietetics, M.S.

The program is designed with two tracks. Track A is for students desiring a master's degree and the supervised practice necessary to become eligible for the national examination for registered dietitians. This track is accredited by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®). Track B is especially for credentialed Registered Dietitians (RDs) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) who desire a masters degree.

A Master of Science in Clinical Dietetics from Grand Valley State University provides the opportunity for registered dietitians to build on their broad knowledge, and attain deeper comprehension and skill in practice. Specialized knowledge allows RDN's to be more competitive in practice now and in the future. This is a benefit not only to the practitioner, but also for his/her patients and clients.

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Why Study Clinical Dietetics at Grand Valley?

  • Hands-on work in state-of-the-art facilities, including simulation, nutritional assessment, and human performance laboratories.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates employment opportunities are expected to increase 20% from 2010 to 2020; faster than the average for all occupations.
  • Health care professionals with advanced degrees tend to attain a higher profile within the profession.

Application Deadlines

Applications for Track A occur in January for a fall admission.

Rolling applications for Track B. Please check gvsu.edu/grad/clinicaldiet for deadline dates.

The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to GVSU.


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For More Information

College of Health Professions Department of Allied Health Sciences

Master of Science in Clinical Dietetics
Jody Vogelzang, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND, CHES
Program Director
500 Lafayette Ave. NE, Finklestein Hall 420A
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
vogelzjo@gvsu.edu
(616) 331-5059

Accreditation

The coordinated graduate program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Location & Format

Classes for the program are a combination of online and in-seat on the GVSU Health Campus, near the Grand Rapids Medical Mile.

Format: Hybrid

Coursework

The program is designed with two tracks. Track A is for students desiring a master's degree and the supervised practice necessary to become eligible for the national examination for registered dietitians. This track is accredited by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®). Track B is especially for credentialed Registered Dietitians (RDs) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) who desire a masters degree.

A Master of Science in Clinical Dietetics from Grand Valley State University provides the opportunity for registered dietitians to build on their broad knowledge, and attain deeper comprehension and skill in practice. Specialized knowledge allows RDN's to be more competitive in practice now and in the future. This is a benefit not only to the practitioner, but also for his/her patients and clients.

The Master of Science in Clinical Dietetics is a part-time, hybrid program, meeting both in-seat and online. Track A consists of 49-52 credits; Track B is 39-42 credits.

  • Physical Nutritional Assessment
  • Research methodology
  • Advanced medical nutrition therapy
  • Food, culture, and health
  • Grant writing (Track B)
  • Informatics (Track B)
  • Qualitative research (Track B)
  • Master's thesis or master's project

Career Options

Clinical dietitians are in demand in areas such as:

  • Hospitals and medical centers
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Dialysis clinics and rehabilitation centers
  • Clinical research