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Clinical Nutrition

University of the Pacific
Administrative Building Room 100
3200 Fifth Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95817

Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition

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A master's degree will be required to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) by the year 2024. 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 open to students with or without academic and career experience in nutrition and dietetics. 

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 they hold roles in leadership, education and research. They practice in a variety of settings including hospitals, ambulatory and long-term care facilities, private practice, community agencies and foodservice corporations.  

Pacific's MSCN combines in-person didactic, supervised clinical practice experience rotations and hybrid (classroom and online) learning. The 16-month program (four trimesters) includes 1,200 experiential learning hours, which fulfill the required practice hours to sit for the Commission of Dietetic Registration's RDN examination. 

Accreditation Status

Future Education Model Program in Nutrition and Dietetics

The University of the Pacific has applied to the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) to open a new and innovative program to prepare (Registered Dietitian Nutritionists/Nutrition and Dietetics Technicians, Registered/Nutrition Health Associates) in Fall, 2020.

Our eligibility application was accepted by ACEND* and we are in the candidacy process for our proposed Future Education Model (Master's degree) program.  The program is not accepting applications at this time but will do so upon successful completion of the eligibility application process if the program receives candidacy for accreditation status from ACEND.

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.