Clinical Nutrition

Work online to earn your capstone certificate in Clinical Nutrition at UW–Madison, so that you can provide outstanding patient care. Develop the expertise and skills to advance your career or obtain a competitive dietetic internship.


Is this program right for you?

The UW–Madison online certificate in Clinical Nutrition provides you with graduate-level education in the topics most valued by employers. We offer advanced training in areas such as critical care, nutrition support, complex nutritional assessment, advanced nutrition counseling, advanced pediatrics, and clinical nutrition research—so you can thrive in today’s complex clinical environment.

Whether you are a new graduate or an experienced professional, you want to provide the best nutritional support and counseling for the people in your care. You also want to stay ahead of the educational curve; within the next decade, a graduate degree will be required to obtain the registered dietitian credential.

Our 12-credit clinical nutrition certificate is offered completely online, so you can enhance your education no matter where you live. You can earn your certificate while you maintain your current job or complete your dietetic internship. Because they are taught at the graduate level, classes may be transferred to applicable graduate degree programs, including the master’s degree in clinical nutrition at UW–Madison.

You will work directly with the same faculty who teach clinical nutrition on the UW–Madison campus. Our instructors have many years of clinical nutrition teaching experience and are registered dietitians with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Many are practicing dietitians who understand the challenges you face in the workplace and the knowledge you need to succeed in the clinical nutrition profession.

Many of our students are practicing registered dietitians who need continuing education credits. Others are graduates in nutrition or dietetics programs who want to improve their ability to obtain a highly competitive dietetic internship. Students are also nurses, pharmacists, speech pathologists, and other medical professionals who want to provide better care for their patients.

Is this program right for you?

The UW–Madison online certificate in Clinical Nutrition provides you with graduate-level education in the topics most valued by employers. We offer advanced training in areas such as critical care, nutrition support, complex nutritional assessment, advanced nutrition counseling, advanced pediatrics, and clinical nutrition research—so you can thrive in today’s complex clinical environment.

Whether you are a new graduate or an experienced professional, you want to provide the best nutritional support and counseling for the people in your care. You also want to stay ahead of the educational curve; within the next decade, a graduate degree will be required to obtain the registered dietitian credential.

Our 12-credit clinical nutrition certificate is offered completely online, so you can enhance your education no matter where you live. You can earn your certificate while you maintain your current job or complete your dietetic internship. Because they are taught at the graduate level, classes may be transferred to applicable graduate degree programs, including the master’s degree in clinical nutrition at UW–Madison.

You will work directly with the same faculty who teach clinical nutrition on the UW–Madison campus. Our instructors have many years of clinical nutrition teaching experience and are registered dietitians with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Many are practicing dietitians who understand the challenges you face in the workplace and the knowledge you need to succeed in the clinical nutrition profession.

Many of our students are practicing registered dietitians who need continuing education credits. Others are graduates in nutrition or dietetics programs who want to improve their ability to obtain a highly competitive dietetic internship. Students are also nurses, pharmacists, speech pathologists, and other medical professionals who want to provide better care for their patients.

Admissions Requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have completed the didactic program in dietetics or the following prerequisites: general chemistry; two courses in biological sciences; one course in each of the following: organic chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, statistics; two courses in nutrition (human or clinical). If you have not completed the prerequisites, you may apply as a University Special student to complete them, prior to applying for capstone certificate admission.
  • Applicants are advised to determine whether this program meets requirements for licensure in the state where they live. See the Commission on Dietetic Registration website for contact information for state licensing boards.

To apply:

  • Online application to UW–Madison as University Special Student.
  • Official transcripts.
  • CV/Resume.
  • Brief essay describing your reasons for applying and your career goals.

Applications accepted for fall, spring, or summer enrollment.

Program Highlights

  • Our Clinical Nutrition Capstone Certificate is online and accelerated, allowing you the flexibility to complete your coursework from anywhere in the world, without disrupting your career.
  • Our instructors have many years of clinical nutrition teaching experience and are registered dietitians with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Our courses are designed to be immediately applicable to the real world. You learn through project-based activities and actual case studies from UW Hospital, and develop a culminating research proposal applicable to your interests or your employer’s needs.

How You'll Learn

  • Fully online curriculum; you choose when you do most of your work each week.
  • Complete the program over three semesters.

Sample Curriculum

Summer Semester

  • Advanced Clinical Nutrition–Pediatrics
  • Advanced Nutrition Counseling and Education

Fall Semester

  • Advanced Clinical Nutrition–Critical Care and Nutrition Support

Spring Semester

  • Clinical Nutrition Research

Job Outlook

Market Salary
$57K in 2018

Projected Job Growth
14.6% for Dietitians and Nutritionists (2016-2026)

Job Postings
6,960 in 2018

Source: Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight. 2019.
Burning Glass Technologies’ Market Salary is an estimated expected salary. Market Salary uses machine learning algorithms to account for experience, skill, and education among other factors that may impact individual salaries.

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