Students with a bachelor's or advanced degree in health, life or basic sciences from an accredited institutions are prime candidates for the program. This program is also well suited for students who have a background in biological sciences, are interested in nutrition research or in acquiring a stronger nutrition background for application in another discipline. Our students come from all areas of health and include nurses and doctors in private practice, public and community health professionals, food industry professionals, health and fitness industry professionals, food activists and volunteers; in addition to recent graduates of related fields.

We offer a rolling admission process. All application documents must be received four (4) weeks before the start of the semester. To be admitted to the program, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Successful completion (B or better) of two biology courses (Anatomy, Physiology, no labs required)
  2. Successful completion (B or better) of two chemistry courses (organic chemistry, biochemistry, no labs required)
  3. Undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or better
  4. Provide your current resume
  5. Provide a 1000-word max personal statement detailing why the prospective student has interest in applying to this program, why the prospective student has interest in entering the dietetics profession, experiences that have helped to prepare them for a career in nutrition/dietetics, short- and long-term goals, and strengths and weaknesses/challenges needing improvement.

Applicants from states other than Pennsylvania that may require licensure must be aware of the various state professional licensure requirements. For more information about licensure in your state, please visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Licensure Information by State. To learn more about the requirements to be a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS), please visit The American Nutrition Association.