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). Students complete the master's degree during the third year—having enhanced their skills by completing additional graduate didactic courses.

Program learning outcomes

By the end of this program, the graduate should be able to:

  1. Integrate scientific information and translation of research into practice;
  2. Demonstrate beliefs, values, attitudes, and behaviors consistent with the professional dietitian nutritionist level of practice;
  3. Develop and deliver information, products, and services to individuals, groups, and populations;
  4. Apply principles of strategic management and systems in the provision of services to individuals and organizations;
  5. Plan, process, and perform nutrition-related research while protecting the public;
  6. Demonstrate an ability to translate evidence-based literature into formats that the lay public can understand, including use of videos, writing articles, and counseling;
  7. Evaluate emerging trends in nutrition and give competent, evidence-based answers to the public;
  8. Use metabolic pathways to determine patient and client nutritional needs.

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:

  • a 3.0 G.P.A. or above (science and non-science)
  • an interview (by telephone or in person)
  • program prerequisites—see course listing for B.S. degree prerequisites, including minimum units required
  • a 3.0 cumulative G.P.A. at completion of undergraduate courses in order to progress to the graduate level

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 3042Community 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 338Introduction to Clinical Nutrition2
DTCS 340Nutrition through Life Stages3
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 445Nutrition Care Management4
DTCS 446Nutrition Counseling and Education3
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 5892Capstone Course in Nutrition and Dietetics3
DTCS 694Research4
EPDM 509Principles of Epidemiology3
NUTR 506Nutritional Metabolism3
NUTR 510Advanced Public Health Nutrition3
NUTR 517Advanced Nutrition I: Carbohydrates and Lipids4
NUTR 518Advanced Nutrition II: Proteins, Vitamins, and Minerals4
NUTR 519Phytochemicals2
Elective: Any graduate-level course approved by advisor7
REL_ 5__ Graduate-level religion3
 Total Units: 158

Comprehensive Examination

The written comprehensive examination is designed to establish that the student has a broad understanding of nutrition and dietetics, statistics, and basic research methodology.  The comprehensive examination will be administered after students have successfully completed the majority of required courses—typically during the Spring Quarter of the student's graduate year. 

Normal time to complete the program

Three (3) years— two (2) years (seven [7] academic quarters) of undergraduate work for the B.S. plus one (1) year (four [4] academic quarters) of graduate-level courses at LLU — based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted