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The UW–Madison Department of Nutritional Sciences offers an online certificate program for professionals to build on knowledge and skills obtained in undergraduate studies and working experiences. It is designed to expand knowledge and give new experiences in areas such as critical care, nutrition support, complex nutritional assessment, nutrition counseling, advanced pediatrics, and clinical nutrition research. The program can be completed in one year. Applicants must possess a bachelor's degree and may be admitted any term—fall, spring, or summer. 

Further detail, including tuition and costs, is provided at the program's website


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

Student may check course equivalency to UW Madison via Transferology

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:
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/ universities attended
  • Brief essay describing your reasons for applying and your career goals
  • 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

Choose 9 credits from the following 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
NUTR SCI 655 Nutrition in Aging3
NUTR SCI 657 Management in Dietetics3
NUTR SCI 670 Nutrition and Dietetics Practicum I3
NUTR SCI 671 Nutrition and Dietetics Practicum II3
NUTR SCI 710 Human Energy Metabolism2
NUTR SCI 711 Personalized Nutrition: Genetics, Genomics, and Metagenomics1
NUTR SCI 715 Micronutrients: Human Physiology and Disease3
NUTR SCI 720 Advanced Nutrition Assessment1
NUTR SCI 721 Nutrition Informatics1
NUTR SCI 725 Advanced Community Nutrition1
NUTR SCI 726 Nutritional Management of Gastrointestinal Disorders3
NUTR SCI 750 Advanced Sports Nutrition2
Total Credits:9
Special Topics and Research
Students have the option of taking the electives below
NUTR SCI 875 Special Topics 11-4
NUTR SCI 991 Research Nutrition 21-12

Consult with your academic advisor prior to taking NUTR SCI 875 Special Topics to see how it can factor into your curriculum. 


Consult with your academic advisor before enrolling. 

Minimum Requirements for Capstone Certificate Completion

  • Students must earn a minimum grade of C in each course used to meet Capstone Certificate requirements.
  • Courses in which a student elects the pass/fail or audit option will not count toward completion of Capstone Certificate requirements.
  • All of the Capstone Certificate credits must be earned "in residence" (which includes on campus and distance-delivered courses) at UW-Madison.
  • All of the Capstone Certificate credits must be earned while enrolled in the Capstone Certificate program.

Individual Capstone Certificate programs may have additional requirements for completion, which will be listed above as/if applicable.

  1. Develop expert knowledge and apply concepts of evidenced based nutrition therapy in the management of various disease states and populations.
  2. Comprehend, interpret and evaluate the latest clinical nutrition research.
  3. Gain knowledge and skills that contributes to successful progress towards professional career goals