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Degree Options - Nutrition and Dietetics

Nutrition and Dietetics

All of our programs are Coordinated Programs (CP) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).  A CP includes both the lecture-based coursework and 1,200 hours of supervised practice required by ACEND.  Upon completion of a CP, the graduate is eligible to take the boards (RD exam) to become a Registered Dietitian (RD)/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

Currently, graduates with a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics/Nutrition are eligible to take the RD exam.  However, in 2024 a master’s degree will be required for eligibility.

The following programs are available through the School of Allied Health Professions – Nutrition and Dietetics department and include the prerequisites which, upon acceptance, must be completed prior to the beginning of the program.  An earned a minimum of 3.0 GPA in both sciences and non-sciences are required, and no grades lower than a C will be accepted. 

Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics (Option 1)

Entry occurs at the beginning of the junior year of college.  To be eligible for admission, the applicant must have completed a minimum of 96 quarter units at an accredited college or university.  If the applicant has been awarded an AS/AA degree, their High School transcript is not required.  The minimum requirements are:

Humanities (20 quarter/14 semester units) - Units must be chosen from three of the following five areas:

  • Art/Music (performing arts limited to four quarter units)
  • Literature
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Foreign language

If previously enrolled in an SDA college –

  • Religion
    • Four quarter units per year are required
    • A maximum of eight quarter units may be applied

Natural Sciences

                        General Chemistry with lab (one full year)

                        Microbiology with lab

Human Anatomy & Physiology with lab (complete sequence)

College Algebra (or higher – General Statistics, Calculus)

                        Social Sciences

                                    A Psychology course

                                    A Sociology course

Social Science elective (Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, or additional Psychology or Sociology)

                        Communication

                                    Freshman Composition (complete sequence)

                                    Speech

                        Health and Wellness

                                    Physical Education Activity (two courses)

                                    Human Nutrition

                        Electives

As needed to meet minimum total of 96 quarter units

Master’s degree levels (Option 2)

  1. Medical Nutrition Therapy (clinical nutrition)
  2. Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinated Program, BS+MS
    1. Entry occurs at the beginning of the junior year of college.  Students complete the BS portion (two years) and immediately enter the MS portion (one year).  
    2. Prerequisites are the same as the BS program listed above.
       
  3. Nutrition and Dietetics MS (for bachelor graduates in non-nutrition areas/international students

This program is for persons with an earned bachelor’s degree in a field other than nutrition.  Also, ACEND, the accrediting body, requires that international students, regardless of their degree, must apply for this program.

The first year, of the three-year MS, is taught at the foundational (undergraduate) level.The second and third years are taught at the graduate level.

Prerequisites:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • General Chemistry with lab (one full year)
  • Microbiology with lab
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology with lab (complete sequence)
  • College Algebra (or higher – General Statistics, Calculus)
  • Human Nutrition
  1. Nutrition and Dietetics MS (post-Didactic Program in Dietetics)

This program is for persons who have completed an ACEND-accredited DPD program.  Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics may be completed in two years.

Prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • General Chemistry with lab (one full year)
  • Microbiology with lab
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology with lab (complete sequence)
  • College Algebra (or higher – General Statistics, Calculus)
  • Verification Statement from ACEND-accredited DPD program

The following program is available through the School of Public Health.

  1. Community Nutrition

Apply to the MPH in Nutrition with Coordinated Program in Dietetics (Track II),

The MPH in Nutrition with Coordinated Program in Dietetics (also known as “Track II” or “MPH/RD”) includes the required supervised practice hours in the two-year plus one-quarter program.  The first year and a half (approximately) consists of attending classes, the last few quarters are when students complete three supervised practice rotations:  community (400 hours), clinical (400 hours) and food systems management (200 hours).  These rotations are arranged for you by one of the field practicum directors, within about a 50-mile radius of LLU, although we have had students request and complete their practicums in foreign countries and other parts of the USA as well.

The application requirements for this program are:

  • Bachelor degree (no particular major is required)
  • GPA of 3.0+ (on a 4-point scale)
  • Current Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores for the Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical sections.  

The application process is through SOPHAS (Schools of Public Health Application Service) at http://www.sophas.org.

         Prerequisites

  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Human Nutrition. 

These classes must be passed with a grade of “B” or better.  Prospective students do not have to wait until these classes are passed/completed to begin the application process, but they will need to be done (with transcripts on file in the Admissions office) before being allowed to register for any of the master program classes.

Helpful contact information:

Academic program director – Dr. Ella Haddad – ehaddad@llu.edu

Current fees/tuition info – www.llu.edu/public-health/finances-tuition-fees.page 

For specific information, contact the Student Finance office

Contact Us

If you would like to contact us about one of our degree options, please email us @ nutrition@llu.edu. Please include which degree option you are interested in.  We look forward to you joining us at Loma Linda University.