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  • Program Designation: Pre-Professional

    Program Contact: Dr. Mary Mulcahy

    Academic Division: Biological and Health Sciences

    Program Description:

    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 could apply to one of two programs through the University of Pittsburgh's School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS). The B.S. in Nutrition or the combined B.S./M.S. in Dietitian Nutritionist.

    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.

    Transfer Program Requirements

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


    Other Admission Criteria Include:

    • Required credits for admission: 60 (Applications may be submitted while prerequisite coursework is in progress.)
    • Minimum cumulative and prerequisite GPA of 2.5 (based on 4.0)
    • A minimum grade of C- in all courses designated as prerequisites taken at the University of Pittsburgh; a C or better is required for transfer.

    Application Deadline: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis for Fall 2019.
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    Freshman Guarantee: Qualified freshman applicants will be offered a guaranteed admission into the Dietitian Nutritionist Program (accelerated BS-MS). 

    • Minimum cumulative and prerequisite GPA of 3.0 (based on 4.0)
    • A minimum grade of C- in all courses designated as prerequisites taken at the University of Pittsburgh; a C or better is required for transfer.

    Application Deadline

    March 15; however, we encourage students to apply prior to the deadline as the program will begin reviewing applications in January. 

    All applicants must:

    • Submit an application;
    • Submit a self-evaluation essay, discussing strengths, skills, and experiences that will contribute to success in the program and your professional goals as a registered dietitian;
    • Submit resume demonstrating evidence of adequate exposure to the field of dietetics and an appreciation of the breadth, depth, and scope of practice. This can be accomplished through either volunteer or paid work experience in a nutrition and dietetics related settings; there is no minimum number of hours required;
    • Submit three letters of recommendation: one from a registered dietitian, one from a supervisor in volunteer or work experience and one form a college professor. These letters should address the applicant's academic, professional and personal attributes and potential for meaningful graduate study. At least one letter should speak to your leadership experience and commitment to service;
    • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended; a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale is required.

    Applications can be submitted when course requirements are in progress.

    Admission is for the fall term only.

    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.

    Please be advised

    Please be advised that some programs or courses of study require that students complete rotations, fieldwork, internships/externships and/or teaching assignments at facilities external to the university, while other programs or courses of study may offer voluntary internships or externships at facilities external to the university. Depending on the program or course, such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, an act 33/34 clearance (if applicable), and perhaps a drug screen to determine participant qualification or eligibility. Additionally, in order to become licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.