Applications are accepted all terms—fall, spring, and summer. Applicants must possess the following:

  • Earned bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Minimum cumulative GPA ≥ 3.0 (on 4.0 scale)
  • Completed Didactic Program in Dietetics or the following prerequisite courses:
    • 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: Applicants who do not have the prerequisites may apply to UW–Madison as a University Special student to complete them, prior to applying for capstone certificate admission.

Application steps

Adult Career and Special Student Services (ACSSS) is the admitting office for all University Special students. However, the Department of Nutritional Sciences makes the final admission decision upon review of all applicant materials. 

A complete application includes the following information:

  1. An online application for admission as a University Special student, selecting UNCS Capstone Certificate and the program: Clinical Nutrition. This application is received and processed by ACSSS with final decision held for approval from the Clinical Nutrition Capstone Certificate coordinator. 
  2. Submit the following materials to Makayla Schuchardt, program manager of the Clinical Nutrition Capstone Program:
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges/ universities attended
  4. Brief essay describing your reasons for applying and your career goals
  5. Resume or curriculum vitae

Makayla Schuchardt, MS, RDN, CNSC
Program Manager, Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition
Department of Nutritional Sciences, UW–Madison
1415 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706


Admitted students receive a formal letter of admission to UW–Madison from Adult Career and Special Student Services along with general enrollment information.

The director of the Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition, Department of Nutritional Sciences, will send an email to admitted students with specific information pertaining to enrollment in courses and completion of the capstone program. 

Additional detail is provided on the ACSSS enrollment page

  • Must have a minimum GPA of 2.000
  • Courses must have a grade of C or better to be accepted
Required Courses
NUTR SCI 650 Advanced Clinical Nutrition: Critical Care and Nutrition Support3
NUTR SCI 651 Advanced Clinical Nutrition - Pediatrics3
NUTR SCI 652 Advanced Nutrition Counseling and Education3
NUTR SCI 653 Clinical Nutrition Research3
Total Credits12
  1. Apply concepts of advanced-level nutrition skills to provide patient care and counseling
  2. Synthesize the latest research in clinical nutrition
  3. Demonstrate an capability to complete graduate-level work