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Kelly Lootz
Recruitment & Outreach Manager
School of Health Sciences
University of the Pacific
Administrative Building Room 100
3200 Fifth Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95817

Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition

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Effective January 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 link)

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.

Accreditation Status

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. 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 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  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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