All students in the MS in Nutrition Sciences, Clinical Track - Prior Learning Option complete online coursework through a planned program of study. This is a non-thesis program. You can complete the coursework full- or part-time. If enrolled full-time the program can be completed in 3 semesters. Your professors will use a variety of teaching styles to enhance your understanding of complex theories and topics by using diverse technologies and teaching methods, which include virtual discussions, recorded lectures, discussion boards, and team projects.

The schedule below reflects full-time enrollment, please note that part-time enrollment is welcomed. All courses outlined below are offered online only. Additional in-person elective offerings are available for local students.


Fall (Year 1)

  • NTR 604: Principles and Practice of Nutrition Support (3 hours)
  • NTR 621: Applied Statistics to Nutrition Sciences I (3 hours)
  • NTR 690: Seminar (2 hours)
  • Elective (3 hours)

Spring (Year 1)

  • NTR 601: Advanced Medical Nutrition (3 hours)
  • NTR 637: Applied Research in Nutrition Sciences* (3 hours)
  • Elective (3 hours)

Summer (Year 1)

  • NTR 500: Communication in Nutrition (1 hour)
  • NTR 611: Advanced Food Systems and Resource Management (3 hours)
  • NTR 618: Nutritional Biochemistry (6 hours)

Approved Electives


  • NTR 609: Applied Nutrition for Physical Activity and Disease Prevention (3 hours)
  • NTR 632: Nutrition Counseling and Education (4 hours)
  • KIN 644: Application of Exercise Physiology to Fitness and Performance (3 credit hours)
  • CDS 545: Genetics and Genomics Applications in Healthcare (2 credit hours)
  • CDS 605: Survival Spanish for Health Professionals (1 credit hour), Fall or Spring terms


  • NTR 631: Community Interventions for Healthy Lifestyle (3 hours)
  • NTR 749: Race, Nutrition and Health (3 hours), Spring EVEN Years
  • NTR 779: Obesity in the 21st Century (3 hours), Spring ODD Years
  • CDS 550: Intro to Medical History Taking & Physical Exam (3 credit hours)


  • NTR 691-697: Clinical Practicum** (3-6 hours)
  • NTR 666: Nutrition, Mindfulness, and Wellness (3 credits), Spring Term
  • NTR 750: Body Composition and Energy Metabolism (3 credits), Summer EVEN Years
  • NTR 755: Teaching Practicum*** (3 hours)

*NTR 621 is a prerequisite requirement for this course

**NTR 691-697 are available for students who are completing a traineeship. These traineeship hours are available in person (in Birmingham, Alabama) only.

*** NTR 755 may be taken only following completion of the CIRTL teaching certificate.

A thesis option is available. The thesis option requires additional face-to-face coursework and research hours and will likely extend the time required to complete the MS in Nutrition Sciences degree.

Traineeship Descriptions

Although not a requirement of the MS in Nutrition Sciences, Clinical Track – Prior Learning Option, Clinical practicum courses (traineeships) are available for individual pursuit of specialized training in the areas of pediatric nutrition, weight management, children with special health care needs, and clinical research. The clinical practicum courses and training are face-to-face. The traineeships are awarded on a competitive basis through the specific traineeship, as described below. If you are interested to learn more about a particular traineeship, then please contact the Contact for that traineeship directly.

General Pediatric and Adolescent Nutrition

The Pediatric/Adolescent Nutrition Traineeship is offered to individuals working on a Master’s degree in Nutrition, Public Health or related fields. Areas of emphasis include general pediatric nutrition, eating disorders, nutrition clinic, complex interdisciplinary assessments and public health emphasis. Applicants must be a RDN or RDN eligible. Applicants are evaluated based upon the established guidelines and in agreement with the principles outlined in the project’s goals and objectives. Up to two traineeships are available each year.

Length of Traineeship: 10 - 12 months, requires 20 hours/week work commitment

Stipend: Monthly stipend plus some tuition support

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Pediatric Pulmonary Center

The purpose of the Pediatric Pulmonary Center Traineeship is to develop leaders who will promote comprehensive, coordinated, family centered care to improve the health of children and youth with respiratory conditions including Cystic Fibrosis, Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia, Asthma, Sleep Disorders, and Technology Dependence.

Length of Traineeship: Interprofessional long term traineeships are typically 12 month appointments and consist of at least 300 hours of combined (clinical training, didactic classes, and leadership projects). The traineeship begins in mid-August and ends the following July.

Stipend: Monthly stipend and travel assistance to a national conference is provided.

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