Pre-Candidate Accreditation Statement

Beginning Fall 2023, St. Catherine University’s Nutrition and Dietetics Department in the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health will open a new and innovative 21- month (4 semesters) program to prepare students to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN).

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics  ACEND* has designated St. Catherine University as a candidate for the Future Education Model graduate program. Upon successful completion of the eligibility application process the program will receive candidacy for accreditation status. The program is not accepting applications at this time but will be able to do so when candidacy for accreditation status is obtained.

*The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for programs in nutrition and dietetics   integrate didactic coursework with supervised experiential learning in a competency-based curriculum designed to prepare nutrition and dietetics practitioners for future practice.

3+2 Dual Degree Program in Nutrition and Dietetics

St. Catherine University offers two pathways for completing the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. A dual-degree program is available to undergraduate students resulting in a B.S. degree in Applied Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, and a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. The entry level Graduate Program in Nutrition and Dietetics is available to students who have completed a B.A. or B.S.

Standard Application Process for the Dual-Degree Program in Nutrition and Dietetics

In this option, students enter the Applied Science in Nutrition and Dietetics major that includes all liberal arts core requirements, major supporting courses, major course work, and pre-requisites for the Master's of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics (MSND) program.  

Students apply to the Master’s of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics during their junior year. Applicants must complete a dual degree application and meet all other admission criteria for consideration to the program including:

  • Completion of program prerequisites with a GPA of 3.0 or better

  • Junior Status

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better

  • Letter grades of C or better for all prerequisite courses

  • Successful completion and a competitive score of the MSND Admission Application (based in part on well-written essays, varied related experiences) during your junior year.  The application score is based on committee review and an exemplary rating of all elements.

  • Positive recommendations from clinical/academic references

  • Meet with your nutrition and dietetics adviser each semester 

  • Meet all other admission criteria required at the time of application to the program as outlined on the program website.

If accepted into the MSND for their senior year, students typically are awarded the St. Catherine baccalaureate degree after their first year in the MSND program.  Following successful completion of all the MSND degree requirements, the master’s degree is awarded. 

Students who are not accepted into the MSND program can seamlessly complete a major in Nutrition Science if desired.



Required Supporting Courses
CHEM 1110General Chemistry I with Lab 14
CHEM 1120General Chemistry II with Lab 14
BIOL 2200Introduction to Microbiology with Lab 14
BIOL 2610Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 14
BIOL 2620Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 14
EXSS 3200Health Behavior Psychology 24
or PSYC 4450 Psychology of Eating
IPE 1030Healthcare Teams Foundations and Medical Terminology2
PHIL 3400Biomedical Ethics4
PSYC 1001General Psychology with Lab 14
PSYC 2025Lifespan Developmental Psychology4
Select one from: 14
Statistical Analysis with Corequisite
Statistical Analysis
Total Credits42

Also a graduate program prerequisite


Check prerequisites before planning a program of study

Dietetics Courses
FSNU 2300Nutrition Foundations4
FSNU 2992Food is Medicine2
FSNU 3400Sports Nutrition4
Total Credits10

Graduate courses taken after admission to the dual-degree program:

FSNU 5XXXNutrition and Education Counseling3
FSNU 5XXXFood Science3
FSNU 5XXXLife Cycle Nutrition-Peds3
FSNU 5XXXLife Cycle Nutrition-Adults3
FSNU 5XXXCommunity Nutrition I3
FSNU 5XXXAdvanced Nutrition3
FSNU 5XXX Medical Nutrional Therapy 3
Total Credits21

Students who do not gain entry to the MSDT program after their junior year complete the following courses for a major (B.S. degree) in nutrition science:

Major courses:
FSNU 4602Internship2-4
or FSNU 4604 Internship
Choose four courses from:16
Food Science
Life Cycle Nutrition-Peds
Nutrition Education and Counseling
Current Issues in Foods and Nutrition
Medical Nutrition Therapy I
Choose three courses from:12
Intercultural and Community Nutrition with Lab
Life Cyle Nutrition-Adults
Advanced Nutrition
Medical Nutrition Therapy II with Lab
Applied Research 1
Community Nutrition
Total Credits30-32

FSNU 6XXX is only available to seniors who are approved to participate in the program that allows seniors to enroll in a limited number of graduate level courses.

The following graduate courses are taken after the dual-degree student's Bachelor of Science degree is posted:

FSNU 6XXXCurrent Issues in Nutrition3
FSNU 6XXX Experimental and Culinary Food and Nutrition3
FSNU 6XXXCommunity Nutrition II3
FSNU 6XXXFoodservice Operations and Production3
FSNU 6XXXMedical Nutrition Therapy II3
FSNU 6XXXApplied Research3
FSNU 6XXXFoodservice and Nutrition Management3
FSNU 6XXXPracticum/Clinicals3
Total Credits24