Effective Jan. 1, 2024, the minimum degree requirement for eligibility to take the registration examination for dietitians will change from a bachelor’s degree to a graduate degree. To meet the profession's new RDN requirements, Pacific is offering an entry-level master's degree in clinical nutrition at the Sacramento Campus and is open to students with a bachelor’s degree or higher, with or without academic and career experience in nutrition and dietetics. (Note: Students without a degree in nutrition will need to complete pre-requisite courses prior to admission; see below).
About the Program
Pacific's MSCN program embeds supervised clinical practice experiences with in-seat and hybrid (mixed classroom and online classes) course learning. The 16-month, full-time program (four consecutive trimesters) includes 1,200 experiential learning hours, which fulfills all requirements to sit for the Commission of Dietetic Registration's RDN examination upon program completion.
The scope of practice for RDNs continues to expand, and this program prepares students to learn the critical thinking and scientific skills needed to be a clinical dietetic practitioner. Registered Dietitian Nutritionists serve as food and nutrition experts for health care teams in clinical practice, and hold leadership roles in management, education and research. They practice in a variety of settings including hospitals, ambulatory and long-term care facilities, private practice, community agencies and food service corporations.
The mission of the Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition FG Program is to provide a graduate level, student-centered, interprofessional Nutrition and Dietetics education, that is integrated with leadership, innovative supervised experiential learning and research experiences that prepares students to become skilled and compassionate registered dietitian/nutritionist professionals who practice comprehensive clinical nutrition care using an evidence-based approach.
Prepare graduates who become employed entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs).
1.1. At least 80% of program graduates complete program/degree requirements within 2 years (150% of the program length).
1.2. Ninety percent of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
1.3. 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%.
1.4. Of graduates who seek employment, 70 percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
1.5. During graduates first year of employment, program graduates will be ranked by at least 80% of employers who respond to our employer survey as “satisfactory” or better in professional knowledge and skills as compared to the expected competency of entry-level RDNs.
1.6. During graduates’ first year of employment, 80% of program graduates who respond to our graduate survey, will rate the program as “meets expectations” or higher for the question on program preparation as an entry-level registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).
Prepare graduates who participate in interprofessional practice and apply an evidence-based approach to practice.
2.1 During their first year of employment, 100% of program graduates who respond to our graduate survey will report participating in interprofessional education of client and patient-centered care activities during the 16-month program.
2.2 During their first year of employment, 100% of program graduates who respond to our graduate survey will report how they will routinely use current evidence-based research in professional practice.
Program and student learning outcomes available upon request.
The MSCN program has a rolling admissions deadline, which means that applications will continue to be received and reviewed until the class is full. We recommend that you complete your application no later than Aug. 1, 2020. The program's goal is to make admission decisions as soon as possible to provide applicants sufficient time to plan.
Program prerequisites include either completion of an ACEND accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) or all of the prerequisite courses listed below. Program prerequisites may be completed at any accredited institution. Students will need to complete all of the following prerequisite courses:
- Anatomy (4 semester units or equivalent) with Lab
- Physiology(4 semester units or equivalent)* with Lab
- Introduction to Nutrition (3 semester units or equivalent)
- General Chemistry (4 semester units or equivalent) with Lab
- Macronutrient (carbohydrate, protein, fat) metabolism (3 semester units or equivalent)
- Experimental Foods (4 semester units or equivalent) with Lab
- Microbiology (4 semester units or equivalent) with Lab
- Organic Chemistry (3-4 semester units or equivalent) with or without Lab
- Biochemistry (3-4 semester units or equivalent) with or without Lab
- Introduction to Vitamins and Minerals Metabolism or Micronutrient Metabolism (3 semester units or equivalent)
* The Anatomy and Physiology individual course requirements can also be met by completing a year-long combined Anatomy and Physiology course.
Note: "Macronutrient Metabolism" and "Vitamin and Mineral Metabolism OR Micronutrient Metabolism" cannot be met with one course.
Each prerequisite course must be completed with a minimum grade of "C". The overall GPA for all prerequisite courses must be 3.00 or higher to be considered for admission.
Prerequisite courses older than seven years will not be accepted.
How to Apply
Prospective students apply to the MSCN program by using the GradCAS application, which includes four sections: Personal Information, Academic History, Supporting Information and Program Materials. The GradCAS help center is available for application troubleshooting.
Official transcripts from all institutions attended post-high school (this includes vocational/technical school transcripts), must be submitted to GradCAS as part of the application. Please do not send transcripts to the University of the Pacific during the application phase.
Provide a personal statement (essay) stating why you have chosen to pursue the MSCN degree and your professional goals upon completion of your MSCN degree (5,500-character maximum). Your personal statement will be uploaded in the Program Materials section of the application.
Two (2) Recommendations
Recommenders will be required to submit their recommendations in the GradCAS online system. One letter must come from a former faculty member.
Your Resume/CV is a required admission document. Upload your resume in the Documents section of the application.
Note: Standardized Tests, including the GRE, are not required for admission to the MSCN program.
Program prerequisites include either completion of a U.S. DPD or a Bachelor of Science program in Nutrition or all of the prerequisite courses listed below plus a baccalaureate degree or higher. Program prerequisites may be completed at any accredited institution. All pre-requisite course requirements are fully met with a Didactic Program in Dietetics Verification Statement from an ACEND accredited program.
- An applicant's overall GPA should be 3.0 or higher to be considered for admission.
- All prerequisite courses must be completed by the time of application and must be 3.00 or higher to be considered for admission.
- Prerequisite courses older than seven years will not be accepted.
- Experience in the food/nutrition field is encouraged.
|MSCN Prerequisite Requirements|
|Course||Course Delivery||Course Details|
|Anatomy (with Lab)||Online, Hybrid or In-Person||4 semester units or equivalent|
|Physiology (with Lab)||Online, Hybrid or In-Person||3 semester units or equivalent|
|General Chemistry (with Lab)||Online, Hybrid or In-Person||4 semester units or equivalent|
|Organic Chemistry (with or without Lab)||Online, Hybrid or In-Person||3-4 semester units or equivalent|
|Biochemistry (with or without Lab)||Online, Hybrid or In-Person||3-4 semester units or equivalent|
|Microbiology (with Lab)||Online, Hybrid or In-Person||4 semester units or equivalent|
|Introduction to Nutrition (from a Nutrition or DPD program)||Online, Hybrid or In-Person||3 semester units or equivalent|
|Experimental Foods (with Lab)||Online, Hybrid or In-Person||4 semester units or equivalent|
|Macronutrient (carbohydrate, protein, fat) Metabolism1||Online, Hybrid or In-Person||3 semester units or equivalent|
|Introduction to Vitamin and Minerals Metabolism OR Micronutrient Metabolism1||Online, Hybrid or In-Person||3 semester units or equivalent|
1 Note: "Macronutrient Metabolism" and "Vitamin and Mineral Metabolism OR Micronutrient Metabolism" cannot be met with one course.
Check out the Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition Tuition and Fees
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|MSCN PROGRAM COSTS (Estimated)||2020-2021 (per trimester)*|
|Tuition per trimester||$15,000|
|Application Fee (one time one)||$50|
|Graduate ASUOP Student Fee||$30|
|Professional Liability Insurance||No cost to student|
|Health Insurance||$1,671 per term
or may submit annual waiver if student has own comprehensive health insurance plan
|Physical Examination, Immunizations||$200 (flu and TB test renewed annually)|
|Background check and Toxicology Screen||$120|
|Housing/Meals/Transportation||$4,000 (location, accommodations-specific if single/shared)|
|Textbooks and Reference Materials||~$550-$600|
|Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Student Membership/California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Student Membership (renewed annually)||$65/year (CAND free for student Academy members) enable access to Evidence Analysis LibraryⓇ used for the systematic reviews in 8 courses|
|Nutrition Care Professionals (NCPro) (one time only)||
$120 — covers 18-month access
|ServSafe Manager Certification (one time only)||
You may choose either method below:
|Slip-Resistant Shoe Coverings (one time only)||$4.99-$13.99|
|Cut Gloves (one time only)||$8.99+|
|Professional Development/Conference Attendance (Food and Nutrition Conference Expo, California Academy Annual Meeting, or similar)||$1,000 Optional|
|RDN Exam Review Course||$400 (end of program)|
|Parking||There is no cost for parking on the Sacramento campus. There may be a cost to one of more affiliated supervised experiential learning sites (at student epense)|
|Graduation Fee||There is no graduation fee|
|Estimated Total Cost per Trimester||$21,986-$23,179 *highest includes one-time expenses|
|Estimate Total Costs for the Program||$89,132 (4 Trimesters)|
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Future Education Model Graduate Program in Clinical Nutrition
The University of the Pacific School of Health Sciences’ Nutrition and Dietetics Education Program has been granted candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Education (ACEND) in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312.899.0040 ext. 5400. www.eatrightpro.org/ACEND. This new and innovative MS in Clinical Nutrition Future Graduate (FG) Future Education Model (FEM) program will prepare Registered Dietitian Nutritionists/Nutrition.
The program is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year
Contact Anne Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 916.733.2804 for more information.
*The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) released the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for programs in nutrition and dietetics (see www.eatrightpro.org/FutureModel). These accreditation standards integrate didactic coursework with supervised experiential learning in a competency-based curriculum designed to prepare nutrition and dietetics practitioners for future practice.
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