Master of Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition

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To Obtain Optimal Health, Nutrition Matters.

Over the past few decades, we have grown more attuned to listening to what our bodies have been telling us — we want natural, real, good and whole foods. The more research conducted, and the more we understand about the unbreakable connection between intake and function, the more aware we become of the great role proper nourishment plays in our well-being.

The Master of Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition (MSACN) at New York Chiropractic College is built on the foundation of using holistic nutrition as a primary means of reaching and maintaining optimal health and form.

Why get your M.S. in Applied Clinical Nutrition from NYCC?

  • Earn your Master’s in Applied Clinical Nutrition 100% online in as little as 2 years.
  • Become an expert in science-based, whole-foods approaches to optimal health and performance.
  • Manage your life, work, and studies in a program designed to support flexible learning.
  • Study with faculty who teach, mentor, and are seen as some of the preeminent practitioners in the world.
  • Build your credentials in a rapidly expanding field.

 

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TWO YEARS. 36 CREDITS. ALL ONLINE.

You can earn your nutrition degree in as little as two years with flexible online classes. Students typically enroll in six credits of coursework during each 15-week trimester over these two years. Coursework covers macro- and micronutrients, nutritional assessment, the use of herbs, therapeutic nutrition, and the effects that human behaviors and drug-induced nutritional depletions may have on wellness.

 

MSACN CURRICULUM AT A GLANCE

MSACN Faculty

Admission REQUIREMENTS

Candidates are required to have:

  • Successfully completed 90 semester hours (or 136 quarter hours) of undergraduate study.
  • At least nine credit hours shall consist of the biosciences (grade C or better). Overall grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher. While not required, it is highly recommended that applicants have a science or healthcare background.

QUALITY CARE

The Master of Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition program places emphasis on the principles of quality, patient-centered care through the analysis of evidence and the utilization of the highest standards in dietetic assessment, intervention, the promotion of health, and case management.

You might ask, "how do I become a clinical nutritionist?" With our 100% online program you will learn to apply the knowledge and skills needed to become a clinical nutritionist by utilizing a broad spectrum of assessment and nutritional therapeutic options. You will analyze and discuss case histories -- including dietary patterns, physiology, and lifestyles -- to provide insights into a patient’s health status. Upon graduation, you will be equipped to design personalized prevention, treatment, and intervention programs incorporating diet, exercise, nutritional supplementation recommendations (e.g., vitamins, minerals, botanicals, and other nutritional products), and therapeutic and detoxification programs.

Program Information

Career Opportunities.

Prepare for a career in nutrition with the highest standards of assessment, intervention, health promotion, and case management. New York Chiropractic College MSACN alumni can be found working independently in private practice, for chiropractic clinics, outpatient care centers, nursing homes, fitness facilities, community centers, and more.

NATIONAL CERTIFICATION

As a regionally accredited master’s degree, the MSACN program meets the majority or all of the didactic requirements to sit for several important national certification exams. The following links outline the benefits and provide details for each national certification:

NOTE: The M.S. in Applied Nutrition Program is not designed to lead to the Registered Dietician (RD) credential. Graduates of the program may not, without holding the appropriate certification, use the term Certified Dietician or Certified Nutritionist in New York State.

16% U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects jobs for nutritionists to grow by 16% by 2024, much faster than the national average.
7+ countries NYCC has students from all over the world who earn their master’s online — at their convenience, from their location.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about the MSACN Program

Q: Can you earn a master's degree in applied clinical nutrition online?
A: Yes, at New York Chiropractic College you can earn your M.S. in Applied Clinical Nutrition (MSACN) degree 100% online. Our completely online program allows for maximal flexible learning to manage your life, work, and studies. There is no in-person commitment required, making this program possible regardless of your location.

Q: What are the prerequisites to apply?
A: At New York Chiropractic College we require candidates to have successfully completed 90 semester hours (or 136 quarter hours) of undergraduate study. At least nine credit hours shall consist of the biosciences (grade C or better). During undergraduate studies, NYCC requires that every candidate's grade point average should be 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale). Lastly, while a healthcare or science background is not required, it is highly recommended to garner the most from the Master of Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition (MSACN) program.

Q: Is there any financial assistance available?
A: Yes, we offer federal financial aid for those who apply (www.fafsa.gov) and qualify. NYCC participates in all of the U.S. Department of Education's Direct Loan programs. The Direct Loan programs have unique deferment, repayment and loan forgiveness options that other private student loan programs do not. View a full list of available aid here.

Q: How long is the M.S. in Applied Clinical Nutrition (MSACN) Program?
A: You can earn your nutrition degree and become an expert in science-based, whole-food approaches to optimal health in as little as two years with flexible online classes. Students typically enroll in six credits of coursework during each 15-week trimester over these two years.

Q: What kind of jobs are available with an applied clinical nutrition degree?
A: The top careers for clinical nutritionists are private practice, the food and supplement industry, direct patient care in an outpatient setting, college teaching, and research. New York Chiropractic College's M.S. in Applied Clinical Nutrition can be completed in as little as two years and entirely online. Once you decide which career option is best for you, you can choose to further specialize in areas such as sports nutrition, human performance, or pediatrics.

Q: How much does a nutritionist make?
A: Your projected salary as a clinical nutritionist often depends on the job location and career path you choose. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the median annual wage for nutritionists in May 2019 was $61,270, with nutritionists in outpatient care centers making the highest average salary.

Q: What is the difference between a Clinical Nutritionist and a Dietitian?
A: While there are many similarities between nutritionists and dietitians, some distinctive differences lead you to two different career paths. The main difference is the certification requirements and career outcomes. A nutritionist is required to pass a different certification examination to hold a nutritionist title. As either a nutritionist or dietician, you would have a comprehensive range of specialties you can choose to pursue.

Q: Will a master's degree in clinical nutrition from NYCC prepare me for my Certified Nutritional Specialist (CNS) or Certified Clinical Nutritionist Exam?
A: Yes, our MSACN Program is a regionally accredited master's degree and successfully meets the majority of the didactic requirements to sit for several important national certification exams, including:

  • Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS)
  • Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN)
  • Diplomate for the American Clinical Board of Nutrition (DACBN)
  • Diplomate for the Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition (DCBCN)

For more information on these exams, click here. It is important to note that our M.S. in Applied Clinical Nutrition program is not designed to lead to the Registered Dietician (RD) credential.

Q: Do you accept international applicants?
A: Yes, NYCC welcomes applications from international candidates. For more information about international applicants, click here.

Q: What if I do not have a science background? Will I be successful if I pursue the MSACN?
A: The NYCC Admissions office can offer a free transcript evaluation to let you know where you stand with the admissions requirements. They will make necessary recommendations on bioscience coursework to take that will best prepare you to be successful in the MSACN Program. A few examples of courses which are typically recommended include anatomy & physiology and introductory chemistry.

Q: Does NYCC offer the prerequisite coursework?
A: Unfortunately, NYCC does not offer the prerequisite coursework, but your admissions counselor can help advise on where you might look to take the coursework.

Q: What is the cost of the program?
A: $734 per credit hour for the 2020-2021 academic year ($26,500 total cost of tuition).

Q: How big are the class sizes?
A: We cap our course enrollment at 30 students. We keep class sizes small so that you can get to know your fellow classmates and professors very well. You will find that even as an online student, there is a strong community feel to the MSACN Program.

Q: Do I have to access the coursework at a specific time of day?
A: The coursework in the MSACN program is asynchronous. Assignments are due on a weekly basis, so as long as you complete the requirements within the week, you can access the material at any time that it is most convenient for you. We do this to accommodate students and faculty in different time zones.

Q: Does NYCC help with job placement?
A: While NYCC does not guarantee job placement, our graduates are very successful upon graduation. During the program, there is a lot of networking between faculty and fellow students that can help aid in job placement, post-graduation. NYCC helps prepare you to be a successful nutritionist, regardless of the setting.

Q: What is the weekly time commitment to two courses in one trimester?
A: On average, students spend about 18-20 hours per week between accessing course content, reading, and completing assignments.