Master of Clinical Nutrition Program Description
The Master of Clinical Nutrition program at the University of Iowa is an on-campus, non-thesis, 20-month graduate level program awarding the Master of Clinical Nutrition degree and verification statement providing eligibility to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration Entry-level Registration Examination for Dietitians.
One class of 16 students is enrolled in August each year. Applications are accepted starting in September with a deadline for completed application on June 1.
All applications materials, including Graduate Record Examination scores, three recommendations, and college transcripts, must be received by the June 1 deadline.
Master of Clinical Nutrition Outcomes Data
The University of Iowa Master of Clinical Nutrition program is accepting applications from Sept. 1, 2021 to June 1, 2022 for the fourth class of Master of Clinical Nutrition graduate students who will begin the program in the Fall Semester of 2022.
The University of Iowa Master of Clinical Nutrition program graduated the very first class in May 2021 with outstanding outcomes:
- 100% of program students completed the degree requirement within the 20-month program.
- 100% of graduates who were seeking employment were employed in nutrition and dietetics fields within 3 months of graduation.
- 100% of graduates took the Registration Examination for Dietitians within 45 days of graduation.
- 100% of graduates passed the Registration examination on the first attempt.
- 100% of graduates scored above the 85th percentile rank on the exam and 50% scored above the 97th percentile rank.
Additional program outcomes data is available upon request.
Master of Clinical Nutrition Program Standards
University of Iowa Master of Clinical Nutrition (MCN) program accreditation status is candidacy for accreditation. Graduates of a program designated as having candidate status have the same rights and privileges as graduates of an accredited program.
The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) released the Future Education Model Graduate Program Accreditation Standards for programs in nutrition and dietetics. 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.
University of Iowa demonstrated its leadership in education by being in the first cohort of programs to be accredited by ACEND under these new standards.
Master of Clinical Nutrition Program Accreditation
The University of Iowa Master of Clinical Nutrition (MCN) program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).
ACEND® serves and protects students and the public by assuring the quality and continued improvement of nutrition and dietetics education programs. ACEND® is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Title IV gatekeeper. This recognition affirms that ACEND® meets national standards and is a reliable authority on the quality of nutrition and dietetics education programs.
ACEND® is also a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors and abides by its code of good practice. Additional information is available online.