Nutrition and Dietetics (Prior B.S./B.A.) — M.S.

Students desiring an M.S. degree in nutrition and dietetics who have a bachelor's degree in a field other than nutrition take one year of basic undergraduate foundation courses in nutrition. The second and third years consist of nutrition and dietetics courses offered at the master's degree level, including both the didactic course work and the supervised professional practice. Program completion establishes eligibility for writing the registration examination for dietitians and becoming a registered dietitian.  Listed below are the required admission and prerequisite requirements to obtain a master's degree from Loma Linda University.

Program learning outcomes

At 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 of 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 ability to translate evidence-based literature into formats 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:

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

Prerequisites

  • College algebra or higher 
  • Anatomy and physiology with laboratory, complete sequence (2 terms)
  • General chemistry with laboratory, two semesters/three quarters
  • Microbiology with laboratory
  • Human nutrition
  • Medical terminology certificate or course
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 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
Graduate Year
AHCJ 548Human Resource Management in the Health-Care Environment3
AHRM 571Statistics and Research for Health Professionals I3
AHRM 572Statistics and Research for Health Professionals II3
AHRM 604Research-Proposal Writing3
DTCS 506Professional Seminar in Nutrition and Dietetics1
DTCS 526Pharmacology in Medical Nutrition Therapy2
DTCS 545Nutrition Care Management4
DTCS 554Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy3
DTCS 566Food Chemistry and Experimental Foods4
DTCS 574Advanced Food Systems Management3
DTCS 576Exercise Physiology in Medical Nutrition Therapy3
DTCS 589Capstone 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
NUTR 526Nutrition Counseling and Education2
Elective: Any graduate-level course approved by advisor4
RELE 5__ Graduate-level Ethics3
 Total Units: 115

Affiliation and practicum units are required in addition to the didactic units listed above.

Affiliation and practicum
DTCS 778Clinical Nutrition Affiliation (6, 12)12
DTCS 795Nutrition and Dietetics Graduate Practicum12
Total Units24

Comprehensive Examination

The written comprehensive examination  is designed to establish that the student has a broad understanding of nutrition and dietetics, research 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 second year in the M.S. program.

Normal time to complete the program

One (1) year (three [3] academic quarters) of undergraduate preparatory work plus two (2) years (eight [8] academic quarters) of graduate course work at LLU — based on full-time enrollment