Student Progress Committee (SPC)
The SPC is charged with monitoring all Clinical Nutrition students both academically and professionally, promoting students who have successfully completed a semester, as well as reviewing the cases of students who meet the disciplinary criteria. The committee is comprised of faculty members from University programs and Colleges that provide instruction to the Clinical Nutrition students. Certain circumstances may also require the inclusion of University faculty members from programs not associated with the Clinical Nutrition program or its students, as well as the Student Conduct and Community Standards Office. The SPC may review student records and discuss student records with appropriate faculty members and/or preceptors in determining an appropriate course of action for students experiencing academic and/or professional conduct difficulties in the Program.
Since the Program only offers courses once per academic year, if the SPC recommends that a student repeat an entire term, the student must take a leave of absence from the Program until those courses are offered again. A place will be held for the student to return to the Program at the beginning of the term that must be repeated.
All students must make satisfactory progress toward curriculum completion within the Clinical Nutrition program. Students must meet the minimum standards and requirements set by the Program and University of the Pacific to remain in good academic standing including a 3.0 minimum GPA and meeting all assigned competencies. The Program has additional criteria that define academic progress. Failure to meet any defined criteria may result in disciplinary action and the changing of a student’s academic standing.
A student will be recommended for the Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition (MSCN) Degree provided he/she has fulfilled the following:
1. Completion of all prescribed academic requirements with:
- A cumulative weighted grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the MSCN Program with no incomplete or unsatisfactory grades, AND
- Achievement of all ACEND FEM Graduate Program Competencies, as demonstrated by attaining a “4” rating (on a scale of 1-5) on a minimum of:
Once competencies are achieved, the student must also demonstrate sustained performance for the duration of the program.
- one performance indicator for each competency with ≤ eight performance indicators, and
- one performance indicator per performance indicator category for those competencies with > eight performance indicators.
2. Demonstration of no deficiencies in ethical, professional, or personal conduct, which would make it inappropriate to award the degrees and receipt of a final overall satisfactory rating on the Professional Evaluation.
3. Compliance with all legal and financial requirements of University of the Pacific.
4. Completion of the academic requirements within the required 150% of time frame following matriculation. MSCN graduate students are expected to complete the program in no less than 16 consecutive months and no more than 24 consecutive months. The MSCN Program is a full-time program at this time. Should special circumstances arise such as a prolonged illness, pregnancy and others, each student will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Any coursework that becomes greater than 5 years in time will need to be repeated. The ability to complete SCPE rotations outside of the student’s cohort will depend upon availability of preceptors and sites.
5. Completion and submission of the “Application for Graduation” to the Office of the Registrar
Upon fulfilling all program graduation requirements, a student will be provided six (6) Verification
Statements. Original Verification Statements may be required for transfer of AND Membership status from Student to Active member, licensure/certification and employment. Students should retain a personal file copy for future use. Additional Verification Statements will be available from the Program Director upon request.
Students who successfully complete the Clinical Nutrition graduate program by achieving the program goals, abiding by the program policies, and reaching the expected level of competence for dietetics practice will receive a Registration Eligibility Application Name/Address Verification Form and instructions. The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) copy is to be completed and returned to the Program Director. The Program Director will forward the Computerized Registration Eligibility Application to CDR. It is the responsibility of each Student to complete the application from Pearson Vue, provide the required fee, and schedule an examination appointment.
Students who have not completed all Program requirements will not be given Verification
Statements, nor will their names be submitted to CDR to sit for the RDN Exam. Both of these steps are required before taking the RDN national examination.
After successfully completing current eligibility requirements and being validated by CDR, individuals are eligible to take the registration examination for dietitians.