Nicholls State University to Offer New Masters in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics Leadership

THIBODAUX, La. — The Louisiana Board of Regents has approved Nicholls State University to begin offering a new master of science in clinical nutrition and dietetics leadership degree in Fall 2022. 

“Having this program places Nicholls at the forefront of the future education requirements for registered dietitians,” said Dr. Sherry Foret, program coordinator of the graduate program and assistant professor of dietetics. “It is important for the Bayou Region because we have a shortage of dietitians in our nearby communities.”

The program’s curriculum will focus on leadership and management in clinical nutrition and dietetic settings. Courses will cover topics such as:

  • interprofessional collaboration in healthcare, 
  • food systems management, 
  • clinical nutrition leadership,
  • public policy and advocacy,
  • dietetics research, and
  • entrepreneurship. 

“This program will help to prepare graduates for nutrition and dietetics leadership roles in the hospital setting, and for leadership roles in community nutrition, nutrition policy establishment and their own private practice,” Dr. Foret said. 

Full-time students can complete the program in two years, and students enrolled in the dietetic internship program can complete their internship and work towards their masters at the same time. 

Eligible students will have a bachelor’s degree, a didactic program in dietetics verification statement from an accredited program, a dietetic internship or confirmed registered dietitian credentials. 

For more information, contact Foret at or visit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, April 11, 2022

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