The DCN is a terminal degree in nutrition focused on advanced practice. The PhD emphasizes fundamental research. In the DCN program, students complete a scholarly doctoral project, a form of inquiry that results in improved patient/practice outcomes and/or
transformations in nutrition care.
Why Pursue a Doctor of Clinical Nutrition?
- Only ~3% of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists have a Doctoral degree
- Increased credibility and recognition within your area of practice
- Career advancement
- Leadership opportunities within your chosen area of practice
Who is eligible for admission to the DCN?
- Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) with a master’s degree in nutrition or related field
- RDNs who have been in practice for at least 3 years
- RDNs with a bachelor's degree and at least 5 years post professional experience