Choose this program option if you want to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, a credential required for jobs involving Medical Nutrition Therapy provision in healthcare settings. You’ll be prepared for a career in hospitals, outpatient clinics, private practice, athletic clubs, and wellness centers. You can also provide consulting services to sports teams and restaurants. Graduates are prepared to pursue careers in public health, health communication, and the food industry. Information regarding freshman application to this or any program in Boston University can be found here. The Boston University Academic Calendar is available here.

The dietetics track* provides a thorough understanding of nutrition science and dietetics practice. This track meets ACEND accreditation requirements for Didactic Programs in Dietetics which allows students to enter supervised practice (required for credentialing as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist or RDN). Through a structured series of academic coursework, laboratory experiences, and the optional practicum, the curriculum emphasizes the development of critical thinking skills that will enable graduates to enter and successfully complete their supervised practice experience – ultimately, best serving the health care needs of society. In this way, the dietetics track is the gateway to professional practice.

Successful completion of this track results in the student earning an ACEND Verification Statement which allows the student to proceed into supervised practice and ultimately the national registration exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. To obtain an official ACEND Verification Statement the student must:

    1. Successfully meet the Dietetics Track Gateway Criteria (outlined below), or successfully petitioned to remain in the Dietetics Track
    2. Meet all degree requirements to graduate
    3. Completion of all cognate activities and paperwork

The Boston University Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995; 312-899-0040, ext. 5400 (

After completing the dietetics track, you will be eligible to participate in the national computer matching process for supervised practice experiences (e.g., Dietetic Internships). Upon successful completion of supervised practice, students are eligible to take the national registration examination. Students attaining a passing score on the registration exam will earn the credential “Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).”

Courses: The curriculum includes basic courses in the biological and chemical sciences. Courses in nutrition include life cycle nutrition, community nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, applied nutrition care, applied nutrition counseling, and nutrition research.

Degree Requirements:

To enter the Junior Year, the student must

  • Earn a minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Meet Gateway Criteria: An average grade of C+ (2.3) or better using these four courses, BI 107/108, CH 171/174 and a minimum grade of B- in SAR HS 251 Introduction to Nutrition
  • Complete all required freshman and sophomore courses

To enter the Senior Year, the student must:

  • Earn a minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Complete all required junior courses

To graduate and obtain an ACEND DPD Verification Statement the student must:

  • Complete a minimum of 128 credit hours (Note: PDP coursework does not count toward minimum)
  • Earn a minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Receive no more than 12 credits of D
  • Complete all required senior courses
  • Complete all required activities and cognate paperwork associated with the DPD

A student may repeat a course only once to meet the above requirements. If courses are repeated, both grades are used to calculate GPA.

*Please note that external transfer students can enroll in the Nutrition and Health track or the Nutrition Science track, but not in the Dietetics track due to professional accreditation requirements.