Clinical Nutrition Services

The Clinical Nutrition Department is comprised of a team of Registered Dietitians (RDs) who provide direct patient care in both the inpatient and outpatient settings; conduct research contributing to the evolving pool of evidence within the field of nutrition and dietetics; and precept aspiring nutrition professionals in partnership with the ACEND-accredited dietetic internship program at MUSC.

Registered Dietitians are required by the Commission on Dietetic Registration to earn a minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited dietetics program and complete a supervised practice requirement prior to sitting for the national credentialing exam. Upon passing the exam, RD/RDNs must maintain their credentials through ongoing professional development and continuing education requirements. Registered Dietitians possess a complex understanding of the metabolic process as it relates to various disease states and are qualified to utilize this knowledge and expertise to interpret clinical information for the provision of individualized medical nutrition therapy. 

The clinical nutrition services and dietetic internship areas operate through the Digestive Disease Center, under the direction of April Reeder, Digestive Disease Administrator. The three main focuses of the nutrition program are to provide evidence-based care, promote sound nutrition education for health professionals, and deliver effective nutrition programs throughout the community. The clinical nutrition organization structure is designed to integrate nutrition services into every aspect of patient care. 

Clinical Nutrition Mission

Our Nutrition Services division is a multidisciplinary effort to enhance the quality of life for our patients and community through education, service, and empowerment. Our mission is to enhance the health and wellness of our patients and community through education, research, service, and clinical expertise.

Clinical Nutrition Vision

Our vision is to coordinate nutrition activities across MUSC and the community and to promote partnerships that lead to effective education, research, and practice in nutrition. We will advance the accessibility of nutrition services through the innovative use of personnel and technology.