Nutrition and Dietetics — B.S. and M.S.

Students desiring an M.S. degree in nutrition and dietetics who do not have a bachelor's degree may take this three-year course of study at Loma Linda University. The first two years of the curriculum offer the opportunity to complete a bachelor's degree and take the registration examination at the end of this time period in order to become an RD (registered dietitian). The student completes the master's degree during the third year—having enhanced his or her skills by completing additional graduate didactic courses.

Admission is based on a selective process.  In addition to Loma Linda University and School of Allied Health Professions admissions requirements, the applicant must also complete the following requirements:

  • have a 3.0 G.P.A. or above (science and non-science)
  • complete an interview (by telephone or in person)
  • complete program prerequisites

See course listing for B.S. degree prerequisites.  Total minimum units required upon entrance: 96 quarter units (64 semester units).

For total unit requirements for graduation for the B.S. degree, see Division of General Studies, LLU General Education Requirements (Section II).

Junior YearUnits
AHCJ 305Infectious Disease and the Health-Care Provider1
DTCS 302Food Selection and Presentation5
DTCS 304Community Nutrition4
DTCS 3051Professional Issues in Nutrition and Dietetics2
DTCS 321Nutrition and Human Metabolism4
DTCS 329Organic Chemistry with Applications for Nutrition4
DTCS 334Biochemistry with Applications for Nutrition4
DTCS 341Introduction to Clinical Nutrition5
DTCS 342Medical Nutrition Therapy I5
DTCS 343Medical Nutrition Therapy II5
DTCS 371Quantity Food Purchasing, Production, and Service5
DTCS 372Food Systems Organization and Management4
RELE 457Christian Ethics and Health Care2
REL_ 4__ Upper-division religion2
Senior Year
AHCJ 407Financial Management2
AHRM 471Statistics and Research for Health Professionals I3
AHRM 472Statistics and Research for Health Professionals II3
DTCS 395Nutrition and Dietetics Practicum12
DTCS 405Senior Seminar1
DTCS 442Nutrition Counseling3
DTCS 445Nutrition Care Management4
DTCS 452Advanced Nutrition4
DTCS 453Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy3
DTCS 461Food Science4
DTCS 473Medical Nutrition Therapy Affiliation12
DTCS 476Exercise Physiology in Medical Nutrition Therapy3
REL_ 4__ Upper-division religion2
RELT 436Adventist Heritage and Health2
Graduate Year
AHCJ 548Human Resource Management in the Health-Care Environment3
AHRM 604Research-Proposal Writing3
DTCS 526Pharmacology in Medical Nutrition Therapy2
DTCS 584Contemporary Issues in the Dietetic Profession4
DTCS 589Capstone Course in Nutrition and Dietetics3
DTCS 694Research4
EPDM 509Principles of Epidemiology3
NUTR 504Nutritional Metabolism5
NUTR 510Advanced Public Health Nutrition3
NUTR 517Advanced Nutrition I: Carbohydrates and Lipids4
NUTR 518Advanced Nutrition II: Proteins, Vitamins, and Minerals4
NUTR 519Phytochemicals2
REL_ 5__ Graduate-level religion3
Elective: Any graduate-level course approved by advisor5
 Total Units: 158

 Registered twice to fulfill unit requirement

Normal time to complete the program

5 years — 2 years (7 academic quarters) of undergraduate work for the B.S. plus 1 year (4 academic quarters) of graduate-level courses at LLU — based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted