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Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition

Nutrition Courses

NUTR 201. Evidence Based Practice & Scientific Inquiry. 2 Units.

This course provides a foundation scientific inquiry and research literacy for accessing and evaluating on-line and electronic databases and reading and interpreting research. Course readings provide a foundation for understanding the lecture material. Using published research, students will learn how to analyze levels of evidence, apply critical appraisal techniques and apply findings to clinical case scenarios. Prerequisites: Matriculated status in the Master of Science Clinical Nutrition program is required.

NUTR 203. Nutrition Assessment, Physical Exam & DIagnosis. 3 Units.

This course covers comprehensive nutrition assessment and nutrition diagnosis for individuals, groups or populations of all ages and a variety of practice settings. It is an introduction to nutrition focused physical examination and expected competencies to be attained at the novice level include physical examination and assessment skills: malnutrition characteristics and fluid status; measurement of vital signs; assessment of ‘normal’ breath and heart sounds; orofacial assessment and dysphagia screening.Prerequisite: Matriculated status in the Master of Science Clinical Nutrition program is required.

NUTR 205. Behavioral Science, Interviewing, & Counseling. 3 Units.

This course will integrate behavioral health issues, cultural considerations, health literacy and nutrition counseling. Topics will also include telenutrition, and counseling issues for people with eating disorders, obesity, diabetes, substance abuse, and mental health. Approaches to motivational interviewing and other counseling techniques will be included. Prerequisites: Matriculated status in the Master of Science Clinical Nutrition program is required.

NUTR 207. Clinical & Medical Nutrition Therapy I. 4 Units.

This course builds on scientific foundations of nutrient metabolism (macro and micro), biochemistry, anatomy, physiology for the application of nutrition and diet to the health and disease and individuals and populations. Pathophysiology of cardiometabolic, malnutrition, obesity, liver, pancreas and gastrointestinal tract diseases and surgeries for these diseases are covered along with appropriate medical nutrition therapies to prevent and manage these conditions. Using the Nutrition Care Process (NCP) the principles of nutrition assessment, diagnosis, intervention and monitoring for the diseases are covered. This course prepares students for their supervised practice experiences. Prerequisites: Matriculated status in the Master of Science Clinical Nutrition program is required.

NUTR 209. Nutritional Pharmacology &Therapeutics. 3 Units.

This course focuses on the clinical application of pharmacology in the nutrition care of patients, including frequently prescribed drugs in the health care practice. The basic principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics from drugs interfacing with nutrients and vice versa concerning physiology and metabolism are presented. Medical nutrition therapy to prevent, augment or supplement the effect of drugs on nutritional status are presented. Prerequisites: Matriculated status in the Master of Science Clinical Nutrition program is required.

NUTR 211. Clinical & Medical Nutrition Therapy II. 4 Units.

This course is a continuation of Clinical and Medical Nutrition Therapy I building on scientific foundations of nutrient metabolism (macro and micro), biochemistry, anatomy, physiology for the application of nutrition and diet to the health and disease and individuals and populations. Pathophysiology of pulmonary, critical illness, nutrition support, neurologic, microbiome, pulmonary, musculoskeletal, genetic, immunologic, cancer, pediatric diseases and surgeries for these diseases are covered along with appropriate medical nutrition therapies to prevent and manage multiple diseases concomitantly. This course prepares students for more complex supervised practice experiences and application of the Nutrition Care Process. Prerequisites: Matriculated status in the Master of Science Clinical Nutrition program and successful completion of NUTR 207 Clinical and Medical Nutrition Therapy I is required.

NUTR 213. Health Care and Food Systems Management. 2 Units.

This course will integrate fundamental knowledge from the behavioral and social sciences and organizational dynamics to provide a set of strategies and techniques to navigate human resources, food, equipment and facilities, to deliver quality products and services to customers and ultimately influence meaningful, sustainable change within the nutrition organization and beyond. Simulated cases and case presentations requiring managerial and strategic planning skills will provide student application experience.Prerequisite: Matriculated status in the Master of Science Clinical Nutrition program and successful completion of NUTR 201, NUTR 203, NUTR 205, NUTR 207, NUTR 209, and NUTR 211 is required.

NUTR 215. Global & Public Health Nutrition. 3 Units.

The course provides an understanding of global and public health nutrition as the promotion of health through nutrition and the prevention of nutrition related disease in populations through epidemiology of nutritional disease, environmental scans and development of interventions and policies. The impact of various nutrient inadequacies and excesses at different stages of the life cycle and their functional outcomes in terms of morbidity, psychological well-being, reproduction and growth will be highlighted. World food production, food availability and supply in relation to nutrition and health will be covered in the context of socioeconomic development and current political/economic policies.Prerequisites: Matriculated status in the Master of Science Clinical Nutrition program and successful completion of NUTR 201, NUTR 203, NUTR 205, NUTR 207, NUTR 209, NUTR 211 and NUTR 213 is required.

NUTR 217. Capstone I. 3 Units.

The course provides the research foundation and principles for designing and developing a research project or study. Students will gain knowledge, skills and practice in the pre-planning stages of research including how to write research proposals and protocols. Prerequisites: Matriculated status in the Master of Science Clinical Nutrition program and successful completion of NUTR 201, NUTR 203, NUTR 205, NUTR 207, NUTR 209, NUTR 211, NUTR 213 and NUTR 215 is required.

NUTR 219. Nutrition Leadership and Innovation. 2 Units.

This course will provide an understanding of an organization’s ability to anticipate, plan for, manage, and navigate through mergers, acquisitions, downsizings and leadership changes and emerge stronger afterward is an important measure of the effectiveness of its leaders. Principles and skills of nutrition leadership roles for a variety of health care, public health and food and nutrition organizations will be covered. Mentoring and coaching will emphasize ethical and creative leadership and organizational politics and change. Prerequisite: Matriculated status in the Master of Science Clinical Nutrition program and successful completion of NUTR 201, NUTR 203, NUTR 205, NUTR 207, NUTR 209, NUTR 211, NUTR 213, NUTR 215 and NUTR 217 is required.

NUTR 221. Capstone II Project. 3 Units.

The course is a continuation of Capstone I and provides the research foundation and principles for designing and developing a research project or study The course provides an understanding of the tools used to implement, execute and analyze the results of a research project or study. Prerequisites: Matriculated status in the Master of Science Clinical Nutrition program and successful completion of NUTR 201, NUTR 203, NUTR 205, NUTR 207, NUTR 209, NUTR 211, NUTR 213, NUTR 215, NUTR 217 and NUTR 219 is required.

NUTR 287A. Supervised Clinical Practice Experience I. 9 Units.

This supervised clinical practice course includes clinical nutrition and food service systems management experiences. Theses learning practice experiences prepare students for professional practice in food service, acute and ambulatory settings with a variety of acute and chronic conditions and management organizations in all life stages. Under supervision, students are introduced to interprofessional practice and function as part of the interprofessional health care team. Prerequisites: Matriculated status in the Master of Science Clinical Nutrition program and successful completion of NUTR 201, NUTR 203, NUTR 207, NUTR 209 and NUTR 211 are required.

NUTR 287B. Supervised Clinical Practice Experience II. 9 Units.

This supervised clinical practice course includes clinical nutrition and food service systems management experiences. Theses learning practice experiences prepare students for professional practice in food service, acute and ambulatory settings with a variety of acute and chronic conditions and management organizations in all life stages. Under supervision, students are introduced to interprofessional practice and function as part of the interprofessional health care team. Prerequisite: Matriculated status in the Master of Science Clinical Nutrition program and successful completion of NUTR 201, NUTR 203, NUTR 207, NUTR 209 and NUTR 211 are required.

NUTR 287C. Supervised Clinical Practice Experience III. 9 Units.

This supervised clinical practice course includes clinical nutrition and food service systems management experiences. Theses learning practice experiences prepare students for professional practice in food service, acute and ambulatory settings with a variety of acute and chronic conditions and management organizations in all life stages. Under supervision, students are introduced to interprofessional practice and function as part of the interprofessional health care team. Prerequisites: Matriculated status in the Master of Science Clinical Nutrition program and successful completion of NUTR 201, NUTR 203, NUTR 207, NUTR 209 and NUTR 211 are required.

Understanding of health promotion and disease prevention, and mechanisms of disease

Proficient application of critical thinking in nutritional decision making

Achieved by emphasis that medical nutrition therapy requires the practitioner to apply logic and reasoning to achieve healing. These principles are taught and practiced in the didactic curriculum in small group discussions, through interactions with simulated followed by actual patients, and, through a commitment to the application of science in medicine.

Patient-centered approach to health care practice

Patient-centered care is based on putting the needs of others first and helping people develop and perform to the best of their abilities. It strives to improve outcomes by strengthening the provider-patient relationship, providing care in consultation with patients, and by replacing the provider-centered system with one from the patient's viewpoint. Students will become familiar with this type of practice in the didactic phase and will gain hands-on experience working directly with preceptors and MSCN program faculty who serve as mentors.

Health care delivery through a team-based model that fosters community collaboration

Achieved by providing students the opportunity to develop a passion for community service through frequent experiences serving the health care needs of the underserved alongside nutrition and healthcare provider role models in interprofessional practice. Graduate RDNs are in a unique position to have a tremendous impact on the communities in which they live and work. The ability to provide compassionate care to marginalized citizens with the breadth of care, multiplied through a team-based approach is paramount. During their tenure with the MSCN program, students will participate in such collaborative environments in a variety of clinical settings.

Commitment to life-long learning

Achieved by modelling self-study and continuing education, by encouraging on-going enthusiasm for exploration and investigation, and by
directing students to resources for furthering knowledge.

Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition Faculty

Anne Davis, Associate Clinical Professor/Program Director, 10/1/19, PhD - Temple University; MS - University of Connecticut; BS - University of Maine, adavis@pacific.edu, 916-733-2804