2016-2017 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog
Clinical Dietetics - Program Description
College of Health Professions (CHP)
Degree: Master of Science in Clinical Dietetics (M.S.C.D.)
This graduate program in clinical dietetics had been developed for two distinct audiences: Students requiring supervised practice in order to take the national dietetic registration examination (Track A) and those interested in only a master's degree because supervised practice hours have already been met or are not desired (Track B).
Track B is developed for the practicing professional who seeks an advanced degree in clinical dietetics. Track B requires 39-42 credits. The track will address pathophysiology and the role of nutrition in prevention and treatment.
Track A's supervised practice sites are diverse, providing access to different health systems, and a wide demographic of patients. These practice sites are available locally, regionally, and internationally. In addition to the supervised practice sites, clinical applications will be taught in technologically superior simulation laboratories. The M.S. in clinical dietetics will use problem-based learning, meaningful and sustainable group projects, and multiple opportunities to demonstrate critical thinking as they emerge as highly trained and sought after registered dietitians and dietetic professionals.
At GVSU, undergraduate prerequisites can be met with a BMS, AHS, or exercise degree. All of these majors have embedded the dietetic requirements into their B.S. programs, please check with your academic advisor for this information. Students who have graduated from an ACEND-accredited undergraduate program are deemed to be prepared to apply for the M.S. in clinical dietetics. A grade of B- or better is required in the following undergraduate courses:
- Pharmacological Aspects of Biomedical Science (Pharmacology)
- Biological Chemistry (Biochemistry)
- Clinical Nutrition (Medical Nutrition Therapy)
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