Nutrition and Dietetics (Prior RD) — MS
This is a one-year (4 quarters) program and begins every Summer Quarter. A research project requirement is included in the curriculum.
Opportunities for a registered dietitian who has completed a master's degree are enhanced by the additional education at the graduate level. By 2024, a master's degree will be required for entry-level employment.
The curriculum is identical to that of the third year of the Nutrition and Dietetics—B.S. and M.S. Coordinated Program in dietetics.
Program learning outcomes
At the end of this program, the graduate should be able to:
- Plan, process, and perform nutrition-related research while protecting the public;
- Demonstrate an ability to translate evidence-based literature into formats the lay public can understand, including use of videos, writing articles, and counseling;
- Evaluate emerging trends in nutrition and give competent, evidence-based answers to the public;
- 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:
- Be a registered dietitian
- Have a 3.0 or above G.P.A.
- Complete an interview (by phone or in person)
|AHCJ 548||Human Resource Management in the Health-Care Environment||3|
|AHRM 604||Research-Proposal Writing||3|
|DTCS 526||Pharmacology in Medical Nutrition Therapy||2|
|DTCS 584||Contemporary Issues in the Dietetic Profession||4|
|DTCS 5891||Capstone Course in Nutrition and Dietetics||3|
|EPDM 509||Principles of Epidemiology||3|
|NUTR 506||Nutritional Metabolism||3|
|NUTR 510||Advanced Public Health Nutrition||3|
|NUTR 517||Advanced Nutrition I: Carbohydrates and Lipids||4|
|NUTR 518||Advanced Nutrition II: Proteins, Vitamins, and Minerals||4|
|Elective: Any graduate-level course approved by advisor||7|
|REL_ 5__ Religion Elective||3|
Fulfills service learning requirement
Normal time to complete the program
One (1) year (four  academic quarters) at LLU based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted