Perceived needs for graduate level clinical nutrition education for registered dietitians

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Abstract

Registered dietitians (RDs) took an electronic survey regarding the perceived graduate education needs and opinions on pursuing graduate degrees. A sample of 1166 RDs were surveyed. The usable response rate was 39.7%. Respondents were stratified into 3 groups for comparison. Results were reported descriptively, and χ and Pearson correlation coefficients were used to test relationships. Reasons for pursuing graduate degrees included enhanced knowledge (77.2%) and personal development (61.6%). Reasons for not pursing graduate degrees included no increased compensation/benefits (66.3%) and insufficient time (49.5%). Significantly more RDs with postprofessional graduate degrees than the other groups perceived the need for the following courses: Applied Physiology (P = .006), Clinical Management (P = .028), Applied Clinical Research (P < .001), and Outcomes Research (P < .001).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)320-332
Number of pages13
JournalTopics in Clinical Nutrition
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nutrition and Dietetics

Keywords

  • Advanced clinical nutrition
  • Educational needs assessment
  • Nutrition graduate degrees
  • Perceived education needs
  • Registered dietitians

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