Northeast College's Master of Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition (ACN) program is centered on using whole-food nutrition as a primary means of transforming lives.

With our 100% online, flexible M.S. program, you can complete your degree and clinical training hours in as little as 16 months with our accelerated program.

Why Study Nutrition at Northeast?

The Applied Clinical Nutrition program at Northeast prepares highly-trained professionals to apply knowledge and skills and become dedicated clinical nutritionists. Our curriculum puts an emphasis on a science-based, whole-food approach to the prevention of disease, the achievement of optimal performance and the maintenance of health. 

  • Earn your master's degree 100% online in 24 months or an accelerated 16 months, you can choose
  • Become an expert in evidence-informed, whole-foods approaches to health and optimal performance 
  • Manage your life, work, and studies in a program designed to support flexible learning for professionals
  • Build your credentials in a rapidly expanding career field
  • Learn to analyze evidence and apply the highest standards in dietetic assessment, intervention, the promotion of health and case management
  • Look at full case histories — including dietary patterns, physiology and lifestyles — to provide insights into patients' health

As an ACN student, you will work closely with outstanding professors and peers to view nutrition through an integrative, whole-food approach and make a substantive difference in the lives of others. Upon graduation, you will be an expert in the assessment of nutritional imbalances and equipped to design personalized prevention, treatment, and intervention programs incorporating diet, exercise, nutritional supplementation recommendations and therapeutic and detoxification programs.

Coursework covers a diverse range of subjects like macro- and micronutrients, nutritional assessment, genomics and personalized nutrition, the microbiome, the use of herbs, therapeutic nutrition and drug-induced nutrient depletion, sports nutrition, behavioral nutrition and clinical practice. 

  • Summarize and interpret the theories, definitions, biochemical and physiological pathways, and interactions pertaining to clinical nutrition;
  • Observe and analyze common eating patterns and relate the importance of early intervention in the prevention of disease and maintenance of health;
  • Assess nutritional needs of individuals, establish nutritional priorities, and apply an individualized evidence-based therapeutic intervention;
  • Integrate individualized lifestyle modifications in nutritional protocols and overall health;
  • Describe and defend the fundamental elements of research design and evaluate empirical literature for quality and applicability;
  • Utilize effective written and verbal skills to communicate the principles of nutrition and their role in health and wellness;
  • Evaluate the role of demographics, ethical decisions, and community influences in nutritional needs, choices, attitudes and behaviors; and
  • Demonstrate ethical reasoning and professional behavior applicable to nutrition practice within an integrative healthcare environment.

16-Month Program
Core Courses Credits
First Trimester  
NTR 5104 Biochemistry I: The Macronutrients 3
NTR 5106 Theories and Principles of Applied Clinical Nutrition & Whole Food Science 3
NTR 5206 Biochemistry II: The Micronutrients 3
Total 9
   
Second Trimester  
NTR 5306 Genomics and Personalized Nutrition 1
NTR 5307 Clinical Nutrition for Pain and Inflammation 2
NTR 5207 Nutrition Across the Lifespan 3
NTR 5503 Nutrition Assessment 3
Total 9
   
Third Trimester  
NTR 5406 Clinical Herbalism 3
NTR 5504 The Microbiome and Gastrointestinal Health 1
Elective 2
NTR 5305 Design, Analysis, and Critical Evaluation of Research 3
Total 9
   
Fourth Trimester  
NTR 5402 Drug Induced Nutrient Depletion & Herb/Drug Interaction 3
NTR 5605 Medical Nutrition Therapy 2
Elective 2
NTR 5610 Clinical Nutrition Capstone Project 2
Total 9
   
Elective Course Options Credits
NTR 5405 Behavioral Nutrition 2
NTR 5604 Clinical Sports Nutrition 2
NTR 5607 Introduction to Clinical Practice 2
Total Elective Credits Required 4
Total Required Credits - MSACN 36

MSACN Coursework-16 Month Program

24-Month Program
Core Courses Credits
First Trimester  
NTR 5104 Biochemistry I: The Macronutrients 3
NTR 5106 Theories and Principles of Applied Clinical Nutrition & Whole Food Science 3
Total 9
   
Second Trimester  
NTR 5206 Biochemistry II: The Micronutrients 3
NTR 5207 Nutrition Across the Lifespan 3
Total 6
   
Third Trimester  
NTR 5305 Design, Analysis, and Critical Evaluation of Research 3
NTR 5306 Genomics and Personalized Nutrition 1
NTR 5307 Clinical Nutrition for Pain and Inflammation 2
Total 6
   
Fourth Trimester  
NTR 5406 Clinical Herbalism 3
NTR 5503 Nutrition Assessment 3
Total 6
   
Fifth Trimester  
NTR 5402 Drug Induced Nutrient Depletion & Herb/Drug Interaction 3
NTR 5504 The Microbiome and Gastrointestinal Health 1
Elective 2
Total 6
   
Sixth Trimester  
NTR 5610 Clinical Nutrition Capstone Project 2
NTR 5605 Medical Nutrition Therapy 2
Elective 2
Total 6
Total Core Credits 32
   
Elective Course Options Credits
NTR 5405 Behavioral Nutrition 2
NTR 5604 Clinical Sports Nutrition 2
NTR 5607 Introduction to Clinical Practice 2
Total Elective Credits Required 4
Total Required Credits - MSACN 36

MSACN Coursework-24 Month Program

While a background in healthcare is not required in order to be accepted into the program, it is highly recommended that applicants have a science or healthcare background to garner the most from the program.

Applicants are required to show proof of successfully completing 90 semester hours (136 quarter hours) of college credit, including:

  • Nine credits (9) of bioscience course work prior to matriculation, from an, accredited, degree-granting institution, with a grade of "C' or better in the prerequisite bioscience course(s).
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale is desired for pre-professional college study.

 

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Career Paths with Clinical Nutrition.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects jobs for nutritionists to grow by 11% from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the national average for all occupations.* Your Master of Science degree in applied clinical nutrition will prepare you for a career in private practice, public health, chiropractic and other outpatient health centers, nursing homes, fitness facilities, food programs, community centers and much more. *According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
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U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects jobs for nutritionists to grow from 2018 to 2028.
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Northeast's Applied Clinical Nutrition program is fully online, and has students from all over the world.
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Earn your degree in a time frame that fits your lifestyle.

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