Clinical Nutrition – Master of Science2018-10-03T14:08:20+00:00
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Rena Zelig, DCN, RDN, CDE, CSG Assistant Professor, Director, Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition Program

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or Program Director
Dr. Rena Zelig  

M.S. in Clinical Nutrition

The Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition is an advanced-level, clinically focused, graduate degree program designed exclusively for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). We prepare graduates with the advanced knowledge, expanded skills, and intellectual maturity necessary to become progressive, innovative, and interprofessional practitioners and leaders in the dynamic health care environment. Our M.S. in Clinical Nutrition program is online, with virtual face-to-face meetings.

Questions?  Email ms-cn@shp.rutgers.edu  or  Program Director Rena Zelig or call 973-972-8525

Students gain the critical thinking and scientific skills needed for advanced-level clinical practice, management, and leadership positions.  Our M.S. in Clinical Nutrition program instills an appreciation for interprofessional collaboration and education, and provides opportunities to achieve expanded roles in health promotion, disease prevention, and intervention for a 21st Century multi-cultural society.

We offer:

  •  A graduate-degree program exclusively for RDNs, with part-time and full-time options
  • A curriculum integrating advanced clinical practice topics, critical thinking, scientific writing, evidence-based practice and research
  • A Nutrition Focused Physical Examination (NFPE) course that integrates online learning with an in-person workshop
  • Students complete a research thesis as part of the 31-credit program
  • A university ranked #1 in best colleges for health professions education by College Factual
  • Advances knowledge and expands skills necessary to execute the role of innovative and progressive dietetics practitioners
  • Provides an outcomes-oriented, student-centered approach to graduate education
  • Promotes collaboration and interdisciplinary education through advanced level courses
  • Promotes the design, conduct, and analysis of clinical nutrition/dietetics research
  • Advocates professional leadership and service

Upon graduation, students will have the skills to:

  • Provide medical nutrition therapy, utilizing the Nutrition Care Process model inclusive of standardized language for nutrition diagnosing, assessment, care planning, and monitoring of medically complex patients with acute, chronic, and terminal illnesses;
  • Collaborate with health care team members in the interdisciplinary and interprofessional management of specialized nutrition modalities, conditions and illnesses;
  • Establish nutrition practices for health promotion, disease prevention, and management independently or in collaboration with health care provider organizations;
  • Design and conduct dietetics/nutrition research in a variety of settings;
  • Become intelligent, critical consumers of research and scholarly work, able to incorporate the current scientific knowledge and emerging trends in science into practice;
  • Utilize effective management, leadership, and information technology skills to guide dietetics practice into the future.
  • Interpret and apply evidence-based research literature in clinical practice;
  • Design, implement, and evaluate health and medical nutrition therapy interventions in a multi-cultural society;
  • Assume roles as competent clinical practitioners;
  • Become lifelong learners, using self-assessment and continuing education to persistently advance individual knowledge and skills;
  • Comply with the Code of Ethics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and display ethical behavior in practice, education, and scholarly activities.

Graduates of the MSCN have many career options and opportunities available after completing the program.  They are prepared to assume leadership roles and receive recognition for excellence in clinical practice and leadership.

Alumni publish in peer-reviewed journals, present at international and national forums, conduct research, and hold leadership positions in professional organizations. Graduates practice in diverse care settings, including acute care, ambulatory care, and long-term care.

The MSCN prepares students to be advanced-level RDNs in practice.  Alumni work in clinical management, academia, industry, and specialty and advanced practice.

Based on our most recent alumni survey:

  • 58% of alumni have presented an oral or poster presentation at a national or international meeting
  • 54% of alumni have published a manuscript in a peer-reviewed journal or newsletter, authored a book, book chapter or other professional publication
  • 51% of alumni are involved in research activities
  • 21% of alumni received honors or awards since graduating from the MSCN program
  • 14% of alumni hold leadership positions in professional organizations

For Student and Alumni Abstracts, click here.
For Student and Alumni Poster Presentations, click here.

Questions? Email ms-cn@shp.rutgers.edu

Admission is offered twice a year for the Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition program. The application deadlines are April 1 for the following Fall admission and Oct. 1 for the following Spring admission.

Admission Requirements

  • Prospective students must be Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs).
  • International applicants must hold an equivalent credential that meets US standards set by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (www.cdrnet.org).
  • A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required for admission. Applicants with a lower GPA may be considered on an individual basis.
  • At least six months of clinical experience as an RDN.
  • Application materials include
    •  SHP application
    •  An official copy of the transcript from the highest nutrition degree earned, and a certificate of completion/transcript from preprofessional practice                  program, if applicable
    •   Copy of RDN card
    •   Resume or CV
    •   A letter of intent describing short and long-term goals for completing the MSCN program
    •   One letter of recommendation from an individual with a graduate degree who is familiar with your professional work

    Applicants who meet the admission criteria for the M.S. in Clinical Nutrition will be scheduled for an interview with select faculty in the Rutgers SHP Department of Clinical and Preventative Nutrition Sciences.

    Questions? Email ms-cn@shp.rutgers.edu 

The Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition can be completed on a part- or full-time basis. The courses are offered in an online learning environment, supplemented with face-to-face virtual meetings and a minimum of three on-campus visits. Our curriculum integrates critical thinking, scientific writing, and evidence-based practice in nutrition and dietetics, which provides a foundation for students to complete a research thesis. Requirements for graduation include successful completion of 31 credits, including a research thesis.

Questions? Email ms-cn@shp.rutgers.edu 

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The M.S. in Clinical Nutrition is an advanced-level, clinically-focused, graduate degree program designed exclusively for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), utilizing an online learning environment and virtual face-to-face meetings. Our program instills an appreciation for interprofessional collaboration and education, and provides opportunities to achieve expanded roles in health promotion, disease prevention, and intervention for a 21st century multi-cultural society.

Students are prepared with the critical thinking and scientific skills needed for advanced-level clinical practice, management, and leadership positions. Our program prepares graduates with the advanced knowledge, expanded skills, and intellectual maturity necessary to become progressive, innovative, and interprofessional practitioners and leaders in the dynamic health care environment.

  • Prospective students must be Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs).
  •  International applicants must hold an equivalent credential that meets U.S. standards by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required for admission. Applicants with a lower GPA may be considered on an individual basis.
  • At least six months of clinical experience as an RDN.
  • Admission is offered twice per year for the MSCN program. The application deadlines are April 1 for Fall admission and Oct. 1 for Spring admission.

Through the SHP application.

Application materials include:

  • An official copy of the transcript from the highest nutrition degree earned and a certificate of completion /transcript from pre-professional practice program, if applicable
  • Copy of RDN card
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • A letter of intent describing short- and long-term goals for completing the MSCN program
  • One letter of recommendation from an individual with a graduate degree who is familiar with your professional work

Applicants who meet the admission criteria will be scheduled for an interview with select faculty in the Rutgers SHP Department of  Clinical and Preventive Nutrition Sciences.

Yes. Most elective and some required courses are available for non-matriculated students.

To apply as a non-matriculated student please refer to The Center for Advancement and Continuing Education’s page.

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APPLY NOW!
Rena Zelig, DCN, RDN, CDE, CSG Assistant Professor, Director, Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition Program

To learn more, email
mscn@shp.rutgers.edu
or Program Director
Dr. Rena Zelig