The Doctor of Clinical Nutrition will:
- Provide training in advanced clinical nutrition for graduates to work in health care organizations, as educators in communities, schools and universities; in government and/or policy settings; and to be leaders in the emerging field of integrative and functional nutrition
- Foster an environment which enables students to focus on areas of special clinical interest
- Provide students with an in-depth study of integrative and functional nutrition in the areas of gastrointestinal, immune, cardio-metabolic, neurological, energy metabolism, and endocrine health drawing from contemporary science, and traditional wisdom
- Synthesize didactic, clinical, and culinary training, and translate this into personalized nutrition care plans
- Apply principles of research methodology, health informatics, bioethics, academic journal writing, and case studies in practice and research settings
- Prepare graduates to promote health of medically complex clients through clinical residencies and special projects in clinical nutrition
- Prepare graduates to collaborate with other members of the healthcare team, industry, and academia as the nutrition expert
Licensure & Certification
Licensing requirements for nutritionists vary by state. To learn the most up-to-date laws and regulations, please refer to each state’s board of dietetic practice, or go to www.nutritionadvocacy.org.
Graduates of the Doctor of Clinical Nutrition program may meet the eligibility requirements for the following national board certifications:
- Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) through the Certification Board of Nutrition Specialists. Depending upon a student’s prior clinical training, the Doctor of Clinical Nutrition may complete the educational requirements needed for graduates to sit for the CNS exam. The Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists (BCNS) also requires that applicants complete 1000 hours of supervised practice experience and pass the BCNS Certifying exam. The board reviews each applicant individually to determine eligibility.
- Diplomate of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition through the American Clinical Board of Nutrition. Graduates of the Doctor of Clinical Nutrition are eligible to apply to become a Diplomate of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition. This board requires that applicants hold a professional doctorate and have at least 300 hours of nutrition education, a minimum of two years practice experience, and write an article or paper on a nutritional topic that could be published.
- Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN) through the Clinical Nutrition Certification Board. CNCB reviews each applicant individually. They review all transcripts to determine eligibility.
- Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition® through the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board. Requires at least one herbal elective course.