Nutrition and Dietetics

Nutrition and Dietetics

Five Coordinated Program (CP) options are available at Loma Linda University.   The CP in Nutrition and Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).  A CP includes both the lecture-based coursework and 1200 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 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, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics and include the prerequisites which, upon acceptance, must be completed prior to the beginning of the program.  An earned minimum of a 3.0 GPA for the science prerequisites and a 3.0 GPA for the non-science prerequisites are required, and no grades lower than a C will fulfill the requirement. 

Option 1 – Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics

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 Science

General Chemistry with lab (one full year)

Microbiology with lab

Human Anatomy & Physiology with lab (complete sequence)

College Algebra (or higher, i.e., 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

A Medical Terminology course

Health and Wellness

Physical Education Activity (two courses)

Human Nutrition

Electives

As needed to meet minimum total of 96 quarter units

If you would like to contact us about this degree option, please email us at nutrition@llu.edu.

Option 2 – Bachelor of Science + Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics (medical nutrition therapy emphasis)

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).  

Prerequisites:

  • Same as the BS program listed above.
  • The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) will be required prior to registration for the master’s year.

If you would like to contact us about this degree option, please email us at nutrition@llu.edu.

Option 3 – Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics (for bachelor graduates in non-nutrition areas/international students) (medical nutrition therapy emphasis)

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
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • General Chemistry with lab (one full year)
  • Microbiology with lab
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology with lab (complete sequence)
  • College Algebra (or higher, i.e., Calculus)
  • Human Nutrition
  • A Medical Terminology course

If you would like to contact us about this degree option, please email us at nutrition@llu.edu.

Option 4 – Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics (post-Didactic Program in Dietetics) (medical nutrition therapy emphasis)

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
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • Verification Statement from ACEND-accredited DPD program
  • General Chemistry with lab (one full year)
  • Microbiology with lab
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology with lab (complete sequence)
  • College Algebra (or higher, i.e., Calculus)

If you would like to contact us about this degree option, please email us at nutrition@llu.edu.

Option 5 – Master of Public Health in Nutrition, Track II (community nutrition emphasis)

If you would like to contact us about this degree option, please email Dr. Celine Heskey, Program Director for the MPH in Nutrition, School of Public Health at cheskey@llu.edu.

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.