Doctor of Clinical Nutrition

Do you qualify?

The Doctor of Clinical Nutrition program is very specialized and requires a certain set of qualifications in order to apply. Please review the requirements below to ensure you qualify.

Minimum Education: Master’s degree or equivalent in human nutrition
GPA Requirements: Minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. *Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 please contact admissions.

International Status: Applicants to the Doctor of Clinical Nutrition program must be either a US citizen or permanent resident. Due to student visa restrictions, international applicants are not eligible for admission at this time.

Required Courses (DCN):

  • Macro-/micronutrients
  • Whole food nutrition
  • Nutritional supplementation
  • Meal planning
  • Functional medicine

Program Pace

The doctor of clinical nutrition (DCN) program is a cohort program where students move through the two-year sequence with a group of peers and take a required set of courses for each of the eight quarters in the program.

Explore the current university catalog to view courses offered, descriptions and course sequence.

Learning Outcomes

Recognizing the need for clinical nutrition practitioners with advanced training to assess and manage patients/clients experiencing complex chronic illness and to promote wellness through optimal body function, the doctor of clinical nutrition program prepares graduates to skillfully address the multifaceted health needs of the individuals they serve.

Graduates of the DCN program will be able to:

  1. Apply appropriate patient/client evaluation methods to determine nutritional needs and clinical status.
  2. Create nutrition-focused care plans that incorporate scientific evidence and sound clinical judgment to promote therapeutic goals and wellness.
  3. Apply functional medicine tools and strategies that enable a whole-person approach to patient/client care.
  4. Model ethical methods of practice that accord with applicable principles of jurisprudence.
  5. Employ a collaborative approach to clinical nutrition care.

Curriculum

The doctor of clinical nutrition program includes 65 quarter credits over a two-year course sequence. Each quarter includes 7-11 credits and the courses are offered once a year for each cohort entering the program.

The UWS catalog houses the curriculum, course descriptions, curriculum sequence and other helpful information about the program. View the current catalog.

Textbooks

Students are encouraged to check the library catalog for electronic versions of required and recommended textbooks before purchasing. The library carries a few copies all of the required and recommended textbooks in print and has been able to obtain electronic versions of many textbooks for all programs at UWS, saving students hundreds of dollars per term. To purchase books, please visit the UWS campus store.

Find the DCN textbook list here.

Faculty

Read about the esteemed faculty within the doctor of clinical nutrition program.

Requirements for graduation

The doctor of clinical nutrition degree is conferred upon the individual who has fulfilled the following requirements:

  1. Maintenance of enrollment eligibility through satisfactory academic performance, professional development and behavior, and non-academic behavior.
  2. Successful completion of all required courses, lectures, labs, practicums, and seminars with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all required coursework.
  3. Successful completion of minimum graduation requirements as officially communicated to students through the university catalog, student publications, and other official documents of the university.
  4. Freedom from all indebtedness and other obligations to the university.