Pre-Dietetics and Nutrition

  • Program Designation:   Pre-Professional

    Program Contact: Dr. Mary Mulcahy

    Do you love food? Do you love it so much you want to learn the science behind it? And how food is digested and absorbed? Would you like to help people make good food choices and stay healthy? If so, then you may be interested in our two-year program. 

    You'll take courses in several different areas, including chemistry, biology, sociology and psychology. After you complete the program on our campus, you'll apply to the University of Pittsburgh's Nutrition and Dietetics Program in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS).

    Once you earn your degree, you can pretty much work anywhere: In a hospital or health care center you'll make sure patients receive proper nutrition. In an industry or business where you'll research new products. For the government where you can develop food and nutrition policies.

    What you can do with a degree in Pre-Dietetics and Nutrition  .

    Program Requirements:

    The two-year program at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford must include the following courses:

    Other courses are considered prerequisites to the Clinical Dietetics and Nutrition Program:

    1. Introduction to  Dietetics  (1 credit)  -  This course may be taken during the fall semester of the junior year.
    2. Electives (typically 6 credits)  -  suggested electives include Genetics and Functional Human Anatomy

    In addition to completing the required courses listed above, you will need to earn 60 credits, a minimum cumulative and prerequisite GPA of 2.50 and earn a minimum grade of C- in all courses designated as prerequisites. Experience in a healthcare facility is highly recommended, but is not required.

    Additional Information:

    Our program is a two-year course of study. when you complete it, you must apply to the University of Pittsburgh's Nutrition Program in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS).

    Admission to this program is competitive.  Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee admission.

    Please note, Nutrition and Dietetics programs are in the process of being redesigned to align with recommendations from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Commission on Dietetic Registration will be requiring a Master's degree for registration eligibility beginning 2024. Please refer to the University of Pittsburgh's Dept. of Sports Medicine and Nutrition for more information.

    The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, in cooperation with University of Pittsburgh graduate programs and other graduate schools, offers several guarantee options for graduate and professional schools.