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. Completion of a bachelor's or graduate-level degree in the health, life, or basic sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Pharmacology, Nursing, Physician Assistant Studies, Medicine, Kinesiology, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, or related field) from an accredited institution. Candidates that hold a degree other than health, life, or natural/basic sciences, must hold a bachelor or graduate degree from an accredited institution and must provide proof of completing 6 credits of college-level biology coursework and 6 credits chemistry coursework with a minimum grade of C+ or better.
  2. An undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.00 scale) is required for consideration in this program.

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.