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Clinical Dietetics

The clinical dietetics program is part of Grand Valley's Allied Health Sciences department (AHS) and College of Health Professions (CHP).


Degree Offered: Master of Science in clinical dietetics

Clinical dietetics focuses on using food as a medical intervention. Adequate nutritional status is vitally important to achieving quality and quantity of life throughout the lifespan, and is central to health and productivity.

Program Mission Statement

To develop high-potential students into exceptional masters' prepared, entry-level registered dietitians/nutritionists who positively impact the health of their clients, profession, and communities.

The programs 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 entry level registered dietitians/nutritionists. The program is 52-55 credits.

Track A is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®)120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190 Chicago, IL 60606-6995 Phone: (312) 899-0040 ext. 5400. Fax: (312) 899-4817. Email:

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • B- or better in undergraduate courses listed: biochemistry, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and advanced nutrition or medical nutrition therapy (MNT).
  • Personal statement of career goals and background experiences, including volunteer and work experiences completed outside of course requirements.
  • Written recommendations from at least two individuals who are in positions to attest to the applicant's ability to successfully complete the program.
  • Personal interview with the Admissions Committee.

Program Prerequisites:

  • Students who do not have an undergraduate degree from an ACEND-accredited dietetic program will need to complete certain prerequisites. An unofficial transcript of undergraduate work can be sent to the CHP academic advising office for review and feedback on courses that need to be completed before application to the program. Prerequisites need to be completed by the first day of the semester in the cohort year admitted.

Program Location

Clinical dietetics is offered on Grand Valley's Health Campus in Finkelstein Hall on the medical mile in Grand Rapids, MI.

Program Requirements

The following program is available:

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