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Doctor of Clinical Nutrition (DCN)

The Doctor of Clinical Nutrition (DCN) program is designed for both full-time and part-time practitioners seeking professional advancement in leadership and evidence-based practice and research that can translate to upward transitions within the hierarchy of dietetics practice. Instruction is fully online and challenges students to be innovative and think creatively to improve dietetics within their area of practice and expertise.

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

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Doctorate of Clinical Nutrition

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Claudia Sealey-Potts, PhD, RD, FAND
Professor and DCN Director
P: 409-266-0789

Department of Nutrition Sciences and Health Behavior
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555-1124
O: SHP/SON 2.250N
P: 409-772-2578
F: 409-772-2577

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