Kenmore, Washington campus
3 years, full-time, including two summer courses
See examples of how our graduates use their nutrition and psychology degrees.
Most states have statutory provisions regarding professional regulation of nutritionists. To find specific scopes of practice for individual states, go to the state’s Department of Health Professional Licensing information page. Prospective and current students may also access the University’s listing of contact agencies by professional programs, “Professional Licensing/Certification Agencies by State or District.”
Every state has a specialized licensing program. In the state of Washington it is necessary to complete 3,000 post-graduate supervised hours before submitting an application to obtain licensure as a mental health counselor; however, you are eligible for employment as a counselor and to take the state licensing exam upon commencement.
In the Master of Science in Nutrition & Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MSN/MACP) dual-track program, you'll study the dynamic relationship between nutrition and mental health.
The MSN/MACP program integrates training in nutritional counseling and mental health counseling, leading to licensure as a mental health counselor. The program includes clinical training with a range of patient contacts.
MSN/MACP sutdents must:
In addition to the didactic and clinical experience, MSN/MACP students are required to complete 10 hours of individual counseling or therapy before their counseling shift at the BCNH. Documentation of these hours is required.
Successful completion of a clinical competency exit examination is a requirement for students in the third year of the MSN/MACP. This examination tests the minimal knowledge and skills required to perform nutritional and mental health counseling with diverse clients. The examination does not cover the whole curriculum and cannot substitute for any part of regular course requirements. Students are eligible to schedule the exit exam if they are in good academic standing, have completed or are concurrently registered for all required (non-elective) courses by the end of the term in which the exam is offered, and are making satisfactory progress in the practicum.
Students are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA in their graduate course work. Bastyr graduates are qualified to provide exceptional nutrition and counseling services to individuals and institutions and contribute positively to the nutritional and mental health education of the community.
Students are expected to stay on track with the counseling curriculum. Students who wish to go off track must have permission from the director of clinical training.
Priority consideration is given to applicants with the following GPA scores:
Exceptional candidates who do not meet these priority standards will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Entering students must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college/university and must have completed the following courses:
NOTE: No grade lower than a C will be accepted for any prerequisite courses. Prerequisite science courses must have been completed within the last 7 years.
*Typical chemistry course progression: General Chemistry I, General Chemistry II, Organic Chemistry I, Biochemistry. A minimum of one course must include an in-person lab
**If intermediary metabolism is covered in second course of a biochemistry series, both courses must be completed – please contact a MSN advisor for questions.
***Must achieve a B or better in this course.
Want to take these prerequisite courses with us? Find out more about our Post-Baccalaureate Program.
Want to know which classes fulfill these prerequisites? Check these lists: Course equivalency guides
The curriculum table below lists the tentative schedule of courses each quarter. Next to each course is the number of credits per course (Crdt.), the lecture hours each week (Lec.) and the lab/clinic hours each week (L/C).
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
The attached PDF is the proposed curriculum for students starting in Summer 2019. Please note that changes to the curriculum may still occur before the start of the Summer 2019 academic year. For the 2019-2020 course catalog, click here.
Your education at Bastyr University will include real-world clinical training at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, the university’s teaching clinic, providing practice in both nutrition and mental health counseling. This unique training approach allows student to practice counseling skills with a range of clients, and supports each student in being well-prepared for the counseling practicum. The practicum experience which is built into the third year of the program, offers students the opportunity to spend 16-20 hours/week at a community agency for a full 9 months, gaining ongoing counseling practice.
From time in the classroom to clinical training, you will be guided by Bastyr faculty members who are experienced dietitian nutritionists, psychologists, counselors, researchers and experts on body-mind integration.
Yes. It will take an extra year to complete your degree but it is possible. Because the DPD program has slightly different admission requirements it is recommended that prospective students speak with an Admissions Advisor about this consideration early in the application process.
Yes, although students should be aware that class-schedule conflicts could arise. Adding the thesis coursework would be an appropriate consideration for any students considering future doctoral programs.
No. CACREP (Counsel for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) is an organization that aims to standardize licensure and education for mental health counseling since mental health licensure requirements vary substantially from state to state. Our program was designed to meet the Washington and California state mental health licensure requirements and to prepare students to take the National Counseling Examination, which certain states require for licensure. Since licensure is governed by each individual state, students are encouraged to inquire directly on the individual licensing requirements for their state.
Bastyr University’s MSN/MACP program does not rely solely on one paradigm, though the program has a unique focus in health psychology and as such incorporates the biopsychosocial model across all areas of curriculum. The curriculum also incorporates an array of theories so students can decide as providers what to offer their clients. The program also includes attention to diversity issues across the curriculum.
The Certified Nutritionist (CN) credential and scope of practice is fairly unique to the state of Washington. Students planning to practice outside of Washington state following graduation are responsible for contacting the Department of Health or other governing agency for the state(s) in which they plan to practice, as each state may have unique requirements for attaining either licensure or certification in order to practice nutrition services. Prospective and current students may access the University’s listing of contact agencies by professional programs, “Professional Licensing/Certification Agencies by State or District.”
No, you will be required to work as a mental health counselor with a supervisor signing off on your hours. In the state of Washington it is necessary to complete 3,000 post-graduate supervised hours before submitting an application to obtain licensure as a mental health counselor. However, you are eligible for employment as a counselor and to take the state licensing exam upon commencement.