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How Admission to the Program Works

The Coordinated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics officially begins in the junior year. Seton Hill is accredited to accept a maximum of 13 students into the program. If you are accepted to the university as a freshman nutrition and dietetics major, you will complete your liberal arts courses and Nutrition and Dietetics Program prerequisite courses in your first two years. Your seat in the Coordinated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics program (junior and senior years) is guaranteed as long as you maintain a 3.0 GPA overall and in the major through your freshman and sophomore years

Requirements For Traditional High School Students Applying to Be Nutrition and Dietetics Majors 

If you are applying to the Nutrition and Dietetics Program as a Seton Hill as a freshman, you must:

  • Submit a Seton Hill application.
  • Provide official high school transcripts.
  • Provide SAT or ACT scores.
  • Have a minimum high school GPA of 3.2.
  • Have a minimum score of 1030 (Critical Reading & Math portions) on the new SAT or 20 on the ACT.

Requirements for Transfer & Postbaccalaureate Students

If you are transferring into the program as an undergraduate student, or you already have a bachelor's degree and are interested in entering this program as a postbaccalaureate student, you must:

  • Submit a Seton Hill application.
  • Provide official transcripts from all colleges attended.
  • Provide high school SAT or ACT scores (if available).
  • Have a minimum overall college GPA of 3.0 
  • Have a minimum college GPA of 3.0 in courses that would count toward the dietetics major

Nutrition and Dietetics Program faculty will assess each transfer and postbaccalaureate application on an individual basis. 

If the following courses were not taken within 10 years of admittance to Seton Hill, postbaccalaureate and transfer students will be required to retake the course or will be required to achieve a minimum of seventy percent on a challenge exam.

  • Biochemical Principles
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Principles of Nutrition
  • Food Science and Technology II

A student may earn credit for supervised practice experiences NT326 Food Service Systems Management I Supervised Practice, and partial credit for NT310 Health Promotion and Nutrition Education Supervised Practice and NT415 Medical Nutrition Therapy I Supervised Practice by completing a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Portfolio that successfully documents prior learning. The student must provide evidence of achievement of supervised practice competencies. The instructor will provide competencies and requirements for specific supervised practices. In order to be considered eligible to complete a PLA, the student must have worked for a minimum of one year in a position or positions being used to document prior learning.

After successfully completing all requirements of the Coordinated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics, the postbaccalaureate student will be awarded a Certificate in Dietetics or a second bachelor's degree depending on the number of credits required for program completion. Students who wish to earn a second bachelor's degree should consult the "Requirements for Second Bachelor's Degree" section of Seton Hill's University Catalog

More information on requirements for admission to Seton Hill can be found here.

Financial Aid

In addition to financial aid available to incoming freshmen, nutrition and dietetics major can apply for scholarships at the sophomore and junior level. These include the Sr. Rose Angela Cunningham Scholarship, the Josephine Cipriany Patrick Scholarship, and the Lillian J. Calistri Scholarship, as well as scholarships offered by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation.  

Academic Policies

Nondiscrimination Policy

The Seton Hill University Coordinated Program in Nutrition/Dietetics adheres to the Seton Hill nondiscrimination policy, which can be found in the University Catalog.

Grievance Procedures

If an applicant or student believes that his/her rights have not been protected, the student is encouraged to initiate a grievance procedure to resolve the situation. Grievance procedures can found in the University Catalog.

Academic Integrity

Seton Hill University and the Coordinated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics expect students to conduct themselves with academic integrity. Learn about the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

Withdrawal & Refund of Tuition & Fees

If it should become necessary for you to withdraw from classes, you can find Seton Hill's refund policy in the Student Accounts Forms and Policies section of our site.

Protection of Privacy of Student Information

The University Policy describing protection of the privacy of student information can be found in the Seton Hill University Catalog.


The Coordinated Program Handbook of Policies and Procedures (PDF) provides additional information about many of the above topics.