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2021-2022 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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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).

Website: gvsu.edu/grad/clinicaldiet

Degree Offered: Master of Science in clinical dietetics

Clinical dietetics is a systematic approach to treating medical conditions, complex disease processes and their associated symptoms through medical nutrition therapy (MNT). The registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) uses and applies advanced nutrition knowledge, MNT, and the nutrition care process to promote health and prevent disease.

Program Mission Statement

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

The program's supervised practice sites are diverse, providing access to different health systems, and a wide demographic of patients. These practice sites are available locally and regionally. 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: ACEND@eatright.org. eatright.org/ACEND

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.
  • 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* Course marked * require B- (2.7) grade or better. Recommend C or better in remaining prerequisites.

*In place of these program prerequisites, students may qualify for admissions with a verification statement from an ACEND-accredited undergraduate (DPD) dietetics program.

Program Location

Our program is located on the Health Campus in Raleigh Finkelstein Hall within the College of Health Professions in Grand Rapids, MI.

Program Requirements

The following programs are available:



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