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, whole foods. The more research conducted, and the more we understand about the unbreakable connection between intake and function, the more aware we are of the critical role proper nourishment plays in our well-being.

The Master of Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition (MSACN) at Northeast College of Health Sciences 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 Northeast?

  • Earn your Master's in Applied Clinical Nutrition 100% online in as little as 16 or 24 months. Become an expert in science-based, whole-foods, and functional nutrition 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.
  • Take electives in areas of special focus like sports nutrition, behavioral nutrition, and clinical practice.
  • Complete clinical experience practice hours virtually.  
  • Build your credentials in a rapidly expanding field.


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Earn your graduate nutrition degree through our flexible online classes. Students typically enroll in six credits of coursework during each 15-week trimester, completing the program in just two years. Or if you’re looking to earn your M.S. even faster, you can now enroll in nine credits each trimester and complete the program in as little as 16 months!

Coursework covers macro- and micronutrients, nutritional assessment, genomics and personalized nutrition, the microbiome, the use of herbs, therapeutic nutrition, and drug-induced nutritional depletions may have on wellness.

Tailor your educational experience by selecting elective courses in behavioral nutrition, clinical sports nutrition, or our introduction to clinical practice course – the latter in which you can gain firsthand experience working with virtual patients.




MSACN Faculty


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 versed in the assessment of nutritional imbalances and 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. Northeast College of Health Sciences MSACN alumni can be found working in private practice, clinical research organizations, the supplement industry, teaching and instruction, outpatient care settings and more.


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:

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

* Please note that the New York State Certificate in Dietetics/Nutrition is not required to perform nutritional counseling in New York1. Students who wish to obtain the certificate will need to complete additional qualified coursework and work experience beyond the program curriculum2.

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 Northeast has students from all over the world who earn their master’s online — at their convenience, from their location.


Frequently Asked Questions about the MSACN Program

Q: Can you earn a master's degree in applied clinical nutrition online?
A: Yes, at Northeast College of Health Sciences 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 Northeast College of Health Sciences 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, Northeast 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 ( and qualify. Northeast 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 M.S. degree and become an expert in science-based, whole-food approaches to optimal health in as little as 16 -24 months with our flexible online enrollment options. Students typically take six to nine credits of coursework during each 15-week trimester.

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. Northeast College of Health Sciences' 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 Northeast 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, Northeast 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 Northeast 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 Northeast offer the prerequisite coursework?
A: Unfortunately, Northeast 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 Northeast help with job placement?
A: While Northeast 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. Northeast helps prepare you to be a successful nutritionist, regardless of the setting.

Q: What is the weekly time commitment for a typical 3 credit course?
A: On average, students spend about 9-10 hours learning and interacting with faculty and their peers for a typical 3-credit course.