Grand Valley State University's Master of Science in Clinical Dietetics program is an innovative program taught by nationally recognized faculty. The M.S. is part of Grand Valley's Allied Health Sciences Department and College of Health Professions.
A 52-55 credit coordinated graduate program designed for those who need supervised practice. Classes are taught using the hybrid model, with some in-seat laboratory experiences. Upon successful completion, this program provides eligibility to sit for the registration exam leading to the RDN credential. Program outcomes data are available on request from the program director.
CAREER OUTLOOK AND OPPORTUNITIES
According to 2020 EMSI data, job opportunities for dietitians are expected to increase 10% in West Michigan and 9% in Michigan. The median annual wage was $60,382 for dietitians in 2019 but varies by region and job title. Clinical dietetics graduates often hold the following job titles:
- Clinical Dietitians
- Registered Dietitians
- Nutrition Consultants
- Clinical Managers
Source: EMSI, 2020
The Skills Employers Want
The Master of Science in Clinical Dietetics at GVSU will develop the skills you need to land the job you want. Whether the skills are advanced or general, you will build a resume of qualifications that are sure to attract employers. The following skills correlate with those pulled from actual job postings.
- Medical Nutrition Therapy
- Nutritional Assessment
- Food Services
- Nutrition Intervention
- Nutrition Diagnosis
- Clinical Nutrition
- Customer Service
- Computer Literacy
- Interpersonal Skills
Source: EMSI, 2020
Why Study Clinical Dietetics at Grand Valley?
- Accredited. The Coordinated Graduate Program at Grand Valley State University is now accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to take students! Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-5400.
- Experiential Learning. Hands-on work in state-of-the-art facilities, including simulation, nutritional assessment, and human performance laboratories.
- In-Demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates employment opportunities are expected to increase 15% by 2026.
- Career-focused. Health care professionals with advanced degrees tend to attain a higher profile within the profession.
- Return on Investment. According to the 2019 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Compensation and Benefits Report, a clinical nutrition manager with a master's degree earns on an average of $13 more per hour than an RDN with a bachelor's degree.
Timeline for application review: January 15 – Review of applications begin the week of January 15, and continues until all seats (27) are filled. Early submission is highly recommended.
All seats for Fall 2020 have been filled.
- February 1 – Notification of candidates selected for an interview
- March 15 – Notification of admission decisions
Program Mission Statement
The mission of the program is to develop high potential students into exceptional masters- prepared registered dietitians who positively impact the health of their clients, profession, and communities. The curriculum is designed to provide for achievement of the competencies established for entry-level dietitians through excellence in both the classroom and supervised practice settings, encouragement of community service, and commitment to the Code of Ethics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
PROGRAM GOAL 1:
Prepare graduates to become competent, entry-level registered dietitian/ nutritionists to meet employment needs for the state and nation.
PROGRAM GOAL 2:
Prepare graduates who are committed to their community and profession.
Objective for Program Goal #1:
- Over a five-year period, at least 60% percent of the program graduates will be employed as RDNs in the state of Michigan.
- Of graduates who seek employment, at least 80% percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
- 100% percent of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
- At least 80% percent of program students complete program/degree requirements within three years (150% of the program length).
- The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
- Employer satisfaction with graduate preparation for entry-level practice will be rated at least a three out of five on the employer survey.
Objective for Program Goal #2:
- Over a five-year period, 60% of graduates will indicate on the alumni survey that they have participated in at least one community service activity during the past year.
- Over a five-year period, 50% of the graduates will indicate on an alumni survey that they have served the profession of dietetics in a leadership position including tasks such as committee work (involving food and nutrition) and/or serving as a preceptor.
Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited coordinated graduate at Grand Valley State University are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.
For more information about educational pathways to become an RDN please visit: https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend/students-and-advancing-education/information-for-students
The Clinical Dietetics M.S. application deadline is January 15. The $30 application fee is waived if you’ve already applied to Grand Valley. Visit our program requirements page for details.
GVSU Clinical Dietetics requires all prerequisite courses to be completed with LETTER (A, B, C) or NUMERICAL (4.0, 3.0, 2.0) grades. Prerequisite courses completed with Pass/Fail or Credit/No credit will not fulfill the program’s admissions requirements.
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