Online Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition

 

Earn a Post-Graduate Certificate from a World-Class University!

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This new 12-credit online certificate program builds on knowledge and skills obtained in your undergraduate studies and professional experiences. It is designed to expand your knowledge and give you new insight and experiences in…

…areas essential for success in today’s complex clinical environment.
At-A-Glance Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition
When: Begin any semester—fall, spring or summer—and complete in one (1) year!

Where: Completely online format

Who should apply:  New graduates and experienced professionals seeking graduate-level education in Clinical Nutrition!
Apply Online: http://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/advising/applycapstone.htm
Contact:
Lynette M. Karls, M.S., R.D., C.D.
608-262-5847
karls@nutrisci.wisc.edu
More information below!

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Benefits to You
  • Obtain 12 graduate-level credits that may be used toward a graduate degree.
  • Beginning in 2024, a graduate degree will be required to obtain the R.D. credential.
  • Develop advanced level “cutting-edge” clinical nutrition skills needed in today’s competitive job market.
  • The courses focus on areas where employers are seeking advanced skills and reflect the most reliable, research-based knowledge in the field.
  • Improve your chances of obtaining a competitive Dietetic Internship. Currently, only 50% of internship applicants receive appointments.
  • Flexibility of an online program allows you to complete the program while employed or during your Dietetic Internship.
  • Highly experienced and engaged instructors.
  • All instructors have more than 15 years of clinical nutrition teaching experience at UW-Madison.
  • Receive continuing education credits to maintain your credential for the Registered Dietitian and other professional certifications.
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Why Choose UW-Madison?
  • Reputation of the University
  • UW-Madison has long been recognized as a world-class university. Founded in 1848, it has an extraordinary legacy of learning and discovery.
  • A Dedication to Continuous Learning
  • Our students have the opportunity to work with people who embrace meaningful and spirited discussion, and who embrace learning as a lifelong journey.
  • Access to Cutting-Edge Research
  • Research is a critical component of this university. Students are immersed in the latest discoveries and challenged to think critically. Get ready to be inspired by your instructors, challenged by your classmates, and supported in your desire to learn.
  • Stand Out in a Competitive Environment
  • We can help you stand out in an increasingly competitive environment through our unique combination of teaching excellence, vibrant experiences, cutting-edge research, and innovation and credibility.

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Be part of more than 150 years of excellence in education at UW-Madison!

 

Instructors
All instructors:
  • have more than 15 years of clinical nutrition teaching experience at UW-Madison!
  • have graduate degrees!
  • are Registered Dietitians with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics!

Who you will be working with:

Julie Julie Thurlow, PhD, RD is a Faculty Associate in the Department of Nutritional Sciences where she has been involved in the teaching of core courses in the dietetics program, including Clinical Nutrition.  Her previous experience includes developing the UW course World Hunger as an online course, serving as program director and instructor for a graduate program in dietetics, and working as a clinical dietitian at major medical centers in the areas of pediatrics and nutrition support. She received her BS in Dietetics from the UW-Madison, her MS in Nutrition with an Emphasis in Clinical Education from Boston University,  her Doctorate in Public Health Nutrition at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health, and did her dietetic internship at St. Mary’s-Mayo.

Michelle Johnson, insturctorMichelle Johnson, MS, RD has been involved in teaching the capstone course, ‘Applications in Clinical Nutrition’ for the UW-Madison Dietetics Program.  Her prior experience includes work in clinical dietetics as a nutrition support specialist for hospitalized and home care patients.  She has also worked as a metabolic dietitian for individuals with inborn errors of metabolism.  In addition to her work as a clinical dietitian, Michelle has also served as Associate Outreach Specialist coordinating research activities for a multi-state project.  She received her BS in Dietetics from the UW Steven Point and her MS in Nutrition from UW- Madison.  She completed her dietetic internship at the VA Medical Center in St. Louis, MO.

Lynette KarlsLynette M. Karls, M.S., R.D., C.D. is the Program Director for the Capstone Certificate and has been teaching application of clinical nutrition in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at UW-Madison for 31 years.  She is the Coordinator of the Didactic Program in Dietetics and Chair of the Curriculum Committee.  She completed her B.S. degree in Dietetics and her M.S. degree in Nutritional Sciences at UW-Madison.   

 

How the program works
You can begin the program in any semester – fall, spring or summer – as courses may be taken in any order. The 12 credit program can be completed in 1 year and consists of four 3-credit courses which are taught, as follows:
    Summer Session
    NS 650: Advanced Clinical Nutrition – Critical Care and Nutrition Support NS 651: Advanced Clinical Nutrition – Pediatrics

    Fall Semester
    NS 652: Advanced Nutrition Counseling and Education

    Spring Semester
    NS 653: Clinical Nutrition Research

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Upon completion of the program, the “Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition” will be granted and posted on the UW-Madison official transcript.

 

Admission Requirements*
  • Earned Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA ≥ 2.8 (on 4.0 scale)
  • Completed Didactic Program in Dietetics OR the following prerequisite courses:
    • 2 courses in General Chemistry
    • 2 courses in Biological Sciences
    • 1 course in each of the following— Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physiology, Statistics
    • 2 courses in Nutrition (Human Nutrition, Clinical Nutrition)

*NOTE: If you do not have the prerequisites, you may apply to UW-Madison as a University Special Student to complete them.

 

Application Process & Contact Information
You can begin the program in any semester—fall, spring or summer—as courses may be taken in any order. Applications are accepted any time of year.

Steps to apply:
  1. Apply online as a University Special Student. Go to: http://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/advising/applycapstone.htm
  2. Submit the following materials to the Program Director (see contact information below):
    • Official transcripts from all colleges/ universities attended
    • Brief essay describing your reasons for applying and your career goals
    • Resume or curriculum vitae

Lynette M. Karls, MS, RD, CD,
Director- Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition
Dept. of Nutritional Sciences, UW-Madison
1415 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: 608-262-5847
E-mail: karls@nutrisci.wisc.edu

 

Costs

Tuition and fee information for the University of Wisconsin–Madison is available on the Registrar's website. Please note that tuition and fees for the Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition are charged at the graduate level and that you must select "graduate" and not "Capstone Certificate" under the "Student Career" toggle.

Capstone Certificate students are eligible for federal financial aid. Because the Capstone program is for students who have already completed a bachelor's degree, the federal financial aid program awards graduate level financial aid for the Capstone program. For more information on student financial aid please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid (www.finaid.wisc.edu) to discuss your situation and to obtain necessary forms.

 

Technology Requirements

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Frequently Asked Questions

1.  What is a Capstone Certificate?

Capstone Certificates are a focused collection of courses that, when completed, provide the student a record of academic accomplishment in a given discipline.  Although Capstone Certificate programs do not lead to the conferral of a degree, credits earned may be transferred to relevant graduate degree programs.  Students are awarded certificates to designate completion of a well-defined program of coursework and Capstone Certificates are recorded on the student’s UW-Madison transcript.

Capstone Certificates are intended to offer innovative programs that serve the educational needs of non-traditional students and working professionals.  Applicants must have completed a minimum of a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent.  Students seek a certificate to enhance their prior training, and are often professionals returning to school for specialized education and skill-building in the area of the certificate.

A list of all UW-Madison Capstone Certificates with links to program descriptions and requirements can be found at:  http://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/capstone/

2.  What is the difference between a Capstone Certificate and a graduate degree or other kinds of certificates? 
The Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition is a tailored online program that allows students to quickly and conveniently build competency for their career in clinical nutrition.  Required courses and content have been carefully chosen to focus on areas where employers are seeking advanced skills – skills that are needed in today’s competitive job market!  All courses reflect the most reliable, research-based knowledge in the field.  Upon completion of the program, Capstone students will not receive a degree, but they will receive an official certificate and transcripts from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
The biggest distinction between a Capstone Certificate and a Master's program is that capstone students are post-baccalaureate “Special” (non-degree seeking) students. The Capstone courses earn full graduate credit which students may subsequently utilize in relevant degree programs at UW–Madison and other institutions.

3.  Does Capstone Certificate coursework count toward a graduate degree?

The Capstone courses earn full graduate credit which students may subsequently utilize in relevant degree programs at UW–Madison and other institutions.   Students must apply and be accepted into the graduate program, and request the individual graduate program to which they are applying to accept the credits.

4.  What is the tuition for the Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition?
Capstone Certificate students pay graduate tuition rates – for 3 credits in the fall semester, 3 credits in the spring semester, and 6 credits in the summer session.  Tuition and fee information for the University of Wisconsin–Madison is available on the Registrar's website. Please note that tuition and fees for the Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition are charged at the graduate level and that you must select "graduate" and not "Capstone Certificate" under the "Student Career" toggle.

5.  Are Capstone students eligible for financial assistance?
The Office of Financial Aid has determined that Capstone Certificate students are eligible for financial assistance.  Because the Capstone program is for students who have already completed a bachelor's degree, the federal financial aid program awards graduate level financial aid for the Capstone program. For more information on student financial aid please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid (www.finaid.wisc.edu) to discuss your situation and to obtain necessary forms.

6.  What are the requirements for admission to the Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition?
Admission requirements are as follows:

  • Earned Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA > 2.8 (on 4.0 scale)
  • Completed Didactic Program in Dietetics OR the following pre-requisite courses:
    • 2 courses in General Chemistry
    • 2 courses in Biological Sciences
    • 1 course in each of the following:  Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physiology, Statistics
    • 2 courses in Nutrition (Human Nutrition, Clinical Nutrition)

7.  What if I don’t have all of the prerequisite courses?

You may apply to UW-Madison as a “Special Student” to complete them.

8.  Does my undergraduate degree have to be in dietetics or nutrition?

No.  Your Bachelor’s degree may be in any field.  However, you must have all of the prerequisite courses before you can begin the Certificate program.

9.  Will I be working directly with instructors and faculty at UW-Madison or does the program hire “outside” instructors?

Although many online programs hire instructors “outside” their institution to provide instruction, UW-Madison does not.  You will be working directly with instructors and faculty that teach the on-campus courses.  All instructors have > 15 years of clinical nutrition teaching experience in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at UW-Madison!

10.  Why should I choose UW-Madison?

  • Reputation of the University

UW-Madison has long been recognized as a world-class university. Founded in 1848, it has an extraordinary legacy of learning and discovery.

  • A Dedication to Continuous Learning

Our students have the opportunity to work with people who embrace meaningful and spirited discussion, and who embrace learning as a lifelong journey.

  • Access to Cutting-Edge Research

Research is a critical component of this university. Students are immersed in the latest discoveries and challenged to think critically. Get ready to be inspired by your instructors, challenged by your classmates, and supported in your desire to learn.

  • Stand Out in a Competitive Environment

We can help you stand out in an increasingly competitive environment through our unique combination of teaching excellence, vibrant experiences, cutting-edge research, and innovation and credibility.

Be part of more than 150 years of excellence in education at UW-Madison!

11.  What are the requirements for completion of the Certificate?

The Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition requires completion of four 3-credit courses, for a total of 12 credits.  The courses are:

  • NS 650:  Advanced Critical Care and Nutrition Support
  • NS 651:  Advanced Clinical Nutrition – Pediatrics
  • NS 652:  Advanced Nutrition Counseling and Education
  • NS 653:  Clinical Nutrition Research

12.  May I substitute courses from another institution, for any of the capstone requirements?

No.  All courses must be completed at UW-Madison to complete the Certificate program and have it posted to your transcript.  Of course, students may apply for admission to the program and complete one or just a few of the courses.

Completion of the program shows employers that you have advanced knowledge and skills in critical care, nutrition support, complex nutritional assessment, nutrition counseling and education, pediatrics, and clinical nutrition research – skills that employers are asking for!

13.  Who should apply?  Am I a good candidate?

UW-Madison’s online Capstone Certificate program is designed for:

  • new graduates, dietetic interns, and experienced professionals seeking advanced training in Clinical Nutrition.
  • learners who are considering future graduate/professional education or are currently enrolled in a graduate program outside UW-Madison.
  • graduates of nutrition and dietetics programs that were unable to obtain a dietetic internship.  (Completion of this program will demonstrate to Dietetic Internship Directors that you are capable of completing graduate level coursework!)
  • learners who need the flexibility of an online program and those who wish to complete graduate-level education while employed or enrolled in a Dietetic Internship.
  • learners who are seeking continuing education credits to maintain the Registered Dietitian credential and other professional certifications.

If you have met the prerequisites for the program and have one of the above goals, you are an excellent candidate for the program!

14.  Do I have to begin the program at a certain time of year or semester?

No.  You can begin the program in any semester – fall, spring or summer.  As the courses may be taken in any order, applications are accepted any time of year.

15.  How long will it take me to complete the Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition?

Completion of the program takes 3 semesters.  Courses are offered once per year as follows:
Summer Session (8 week session)
NS 650:  Advanced Critical Care and Nutrition Support (3 credits)
NS 651:  Advanced Clinical Nutrition – Pediatrics (3 credits)
Fall Semester (15 week semester)
NS 652:  Advanced Nutrition Counseling and Education (3 credits)
Spring Semester (15 week semester)
NS 653:  Clinical Nutrition Research (3 credits)

16.  Do I ever need to travel to UW-Madison?

No.  The Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition is totally online.  You do not need to travel to UW-Madison at any time before, during, or after your enrollment in the program.

17.  How do I apply for admission to the Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition?

STEP 1:CONTACT US

If you are interested in enrolling in the Certificate program feel free to give us a call or send an email.  We want to help you explore your interest in clinical nutrition.  We know you may have questions and we want to help you make the best choice for your learning and career goals. Contact the Director, Lynette Karls, at 608-262-5847 (karls@nutrisci.wisc.edu) or the Program Manager, Scott Anderson at 608-262-2728 (swanderson@nutrisci.wisc.edu).

STEP 2: APPLY

  • Apply online as a University Special Student.  Go to:

            www.continuingstudies.wisc.edu/advising/applycapstone.htm
Complete the online application form and submit.

  • Submit the following materials to Lynette Karls (Program Director, Dept. of Nutritional Sciences 1415 Linden Drive, Madison, WI   53706):
    • “Official” transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
    • Brief essay describing your reasons for applying and your career goals.
    • Resume or Curriculum Vitae.

STEP 3ENROLL
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.  Upon acceptance, you will receive information about scheduling, payment, enrollment, and other logistics.

MORE QUESTIONS? PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US!

Lynette M. Karls, MS, RD., CD
Director – Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition
Department of Nutritional Sciences
UW-Madison
1415 Linden Drive
Madison, WI   53706

Phone:  608-262-5847
Email:  karls@nutrisci.wisc.edu

OR

Scott Anderson, MSPM
Program Manager – Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition
Department of Nutritional Sciences
UW-Madison
1415 Linden Drive
Madison, WI   53706

Phone:  608-262-2729
Email:  swanderson@nutrisci.wisc.edu