238. Pathways to a Doctorate: Turning Dreams into Reality

Sunday, October 27
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Location: 113-ABC
CE: 1.5
Level 2 – Intermediate
Activity Code: 149379

Are you thinking about pursuing a doctorate in nutrition? Come to this session to learn the scoop on getting in, earning your degree and finding the perfect job! There are many factors that go into making your decision to pursue a doctorate, from choosing a program to funding for your education to the successful completion of a degree. You may be overwhelmed with the number of programs to choose from. How do you decide which program is right for you? Doctorate in Clinial Nutrition (DCN) or Ph.D.? What level reading and writing skills are needed for this advanced degree? This all-encompassing session will provide details on these questions and more. Learn how to put your best foot forward to get admitted, but also on how to excel in courses and complete your degree. Lastly, speakers will provide an exploration of possibilities after obtaining your doctorate degree, from big corporations in industry to academia to non-profit. Come to learn about the most important aspects of obtaining that doctorate.

Learning Objectives:

  • Differentiate key aspects between various doctorate programs.
  • Employ the tools needed to select and apply to a doctorate program.
  • Compose a plan of action to be successful in a doctorate program.

Learning Need Codes:

  • 1010 Career planning, Standards of Practice, Standards of Professional Performance, Scope of Dietetic Practice Framework
  • 1070 Leadership, critical and strategic thinking
  • 1120 Time and stress management, life balance

Performance Indicator:

  • 1.6.2 Prioritizes goals in order to effectively manage time and workload.
  • 3.2.2 Participates in professional and personal development activities for career growth and skill enhancement.
  • 4.1.1 Demonstrates effective problem solving and professional judgment to address a need.


  • Janine Dray, DCN (ABD), MSH, RDN, LD/N

    ISPP Coordinator/Instructor

    University of North Florida

  • Speaker(s)

  • Kristen Hicks-Roof, PhD, RDN, LDN, FAND

    Assistant Professor

    University of North Florida

  • Zubaida Qamar, PhD

    Assistant Professor

    San Francisco State University