Career Paths and Opportunities
The clinical nutritionist has become an increasingly popular healthcare option for many, whether you seek healthy weight management or a complement to medical treatment of chronic or serious disease. It differs from the role of Registered Dietician (RD), who traditionally works in institutional environments, such as hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and school systems under the direction of, or in coordination with medical physicians.
In addition to the career paths and opportunities described below, as a graduate of a Masters program in Human Nutrition you may also choose to go on to attain a Ph.D. or D.H.Sc.
UB continues to support its alumni of the Nutrition Institute by offering post-graduate courses, taught by leading researchers and clinicians and available online to further enhance our graduates’ clinical knowledge.
Independent Certification Organizations
Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists, www.cbns.org (CNS credential) – University of Bridgeport’s M.S. in Human Nutrition program fulfills the current academic requirements, and partially fulfills the supervised experience requirements, for the CNS. BCNS requires a graduate degree in the field of nutrition from a regionally accredited university, specific coursework, and 1,000 hours of supervised experience. BCNS reviews each candidate individually, including current course descriptions, transcripts, and experience to determine eligibility. To learn more about becoming a CNS, visit www.nutritionspecialist.org. The CNS board has also awarded UB graduates 255 hours towards the 1,000 hours of supervised experience based on their successful completion of UB’s virtual clinic course (Nut 560K)
Clinical Nutrition Certification Board, 1-972-250-2829, www.cncb.org – (CCN credential)
American Clinical Board of Nutrition: (540) 635-8844, firstname.lastname@example.org – Offers advanced standing towards their diplomate program (DACBN) to those with professional doctoral degrees who have completed the UB MS nutrition degree. No additional hours of training required as UB’s MS program exceeds the ACBN’S course hour requirements.
- Most Clinical Nutritionists (CN) maintain private nutritional counseling services or work as part of a team in an integrated medical clinic providing dietary counseling, targeted nutritional supplementation and wellness program development to enhance health and help individuals with specific health conditions.
- The CN often works in conjunction with other clinicians also dedicated to wellness care and functional medicine, such as nutritionally minded medical, chiropractic, and naturopathic physicians.
- Clinical Nutritionists who are already primary healthcare clinicians, such as doctors, nurses, pharmacists, etc., simply incorporate what they have learned into their existing practices and offer more expanded nutritional and wellness services to their patients.
Education / Academia
- Teach with the MS degree at the community college level
- Teach at the university level, after attaining a Ph.D.
- Conduct clinical or natural product research
- Write grant proposals
- Develop research methodologies
- Write articles and scientific papers for professional publications
The CN also has opportunities to work with nutritional supplement, nutraceutical, and clinical laboratory companies, in many roles including:
- Nutritional and nutraceutical sales representatives
- Product formulation and design
- Technical writing
- Educational program developer
- Clinical support for health care providers
- Media expert in nutrition and wellness
- Writing and publication of books, magazine articles and web blogs on nutrition and wellness
Non-Profit and Service Work
- Community health educator and advocate
- Domestic and overseas nutrition organization volunteer/worker/clinician