Our students understand that food can be the best medicine.

You'll study the practices and tools that improve the health, quality of life and eating behaviors of a multicultural and diverse population. Our students use scientific approaches to help patients design healthy lifestyles.

The Simmons campus is surrounded by world-renowned medical centers. Our students work with practicing Nutrition Professionals — reviewing medical records, interviewing and assessing the nutritional status of clients and advising on healthy diets.

Our nutrition and dietetics program prepares students to enter the dietetics field. Once you have completed the major, you are eligible to apply for a Dietetic Internship. After the internship is completed, you can take the registration exam to become a Registered Dietitian. Our faculty work closely with students as they complete this process, and we have excellent internship placement rates.

Program Requirements

Students must formally apply for this major. Details on criteria for acceptance into the Nutrition and Dietetics major are provided in the Department of Nutrition Student Guide.

Science Requirements:

  • BIOL 113 General Biology* 
  • BIOL 221 Microbiology* 
  • BIOL 231 & 232 Anatomy & Physiology I and II* 
  • CHEM 111 Introductory Chemistry: Inorganic* or CHEM 113 Principles of Chemistry*
  • CHEM 112 Introductory Chemistry: Organic*  
  • CHEM 223 Introduction to Biochemistry 
  • MATH 118 Introductory Statistics

*with Lab (NO online labs accepted)

Nutrition Requirements:

  • NUTR 112 Introduction to Nutrition Science or NUTR 111 Fundamentals of Nutrition Science*
  • NUTR 201 Advanced Food Science*
  • NUTR 237 The Practice of Community Nutrition
  • NUTR 248 Food Production and Service Systems
  • NUTR 249 Leadership in Nutrition Management
  • NUTR 301 The Dietetics Profession (required for students beginning
    Fall 2017 and later)
  • NUTR 311 Nutrient Metabolism*
  • NUTR 331 The Practice of Clinical Dietetics
  • NUTR 334 Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • NUTR 381 Advanced Applications in Community Nutrition
  • NUTR 390 Seminar: Selected Topics in Nutrition 

There are two required social science courses; at least one of these should be in sociology or psychology.

*with Lab

See our Sample Course Sequence for Nutrition and Dietetics (BS) program. Students will also complete coursework to fulfill the all-College degree requirements. Please see the undergraduate course catalog for details. 

Minor Requirements

Students interested in a minor in nutrition would complete the following courses:
  • NUTR 101 Food Science
  • NUTR 110 Sociocultural Implications of Nutrition or NUTR 150 International Nutrition Issues
  • NUTR 111 Fundamentals of Nutrition Science or NUTR 112 Introduction to Nutrition Science
  • NUTR 248 Food Production and Service
  • One additional NUTR course at the 200-level or above

Internships and Research
Research, internships and clinical experience are essential to nutrition students. You’ll have opportunities to explore your interests, build your skills and develop mentoring relationships with leaders in the field. We take full advantage of our location in the heart of Boston, and more specifically the Longwood Medical Area. Our students have been placed at the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, ABCD/Head Start, Women’s Lunch Place, Community Servings, Greater Boston Food Bank, a variety of local WIC programs, and a variety of local hospitals. 
Upon graduation, completing a Dietetic Internship Program is a crucial step in becoming a Registered Dietitian. Our students are successful in internship programs nationwide – we have an excellent placement rate.
Program Mission, Goals and Outcomes
The mission of the Simmons College Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is to educate students and foster an appreciation of lifelong learning in preparation for their success in the nutrition and dietetics profession. We aim to prepare students to be effective in a profession that improves the eating behaviors and subsequent health and quality of life of a multicultural and diverse population, a profession that adds to the scientific investigation about food and health, and one that fosters an appreciation of nutrition and dietetics' relationship to other sciences.

Goal 1: The Simmons College DPD will prepare graduates to become competent entry level dietetics professionals.

Corresponding program outcomes:
  • At least 70% of those students enrolled in the BS/DPD and DPD Certificate will complete it within 150% of the time planned for completion (i.e. 6 years).
  • Over a five-year period, the pass rate for both BS/DPD and DPD Certificate graduates taking the registration examination for the first time will be at least 80%.
  • At least 75% of graduates will assign a 4 (i.e., “agree”) or a 5 (i.e., “strongly agree”) to being prepared on 75% of the items (that pertain to content they learned at Simmons) on the graduate survey.
  • At least 75% of Directors of Supervised Practice will rate Simmons College DPD graduates as acceptable or higher on 75% of items listed on the survey.
Goal 2: The DPD will prepare graduates to succeed in one or more of the following: a graduate program, an accredited dietetic internship program, or employment.

Corresponding program outcomes:
  • Over a five-year period, 50% of BS/DPD, and 70% of DPD graduates will apply to supervised practice programs within 12 months of completing the program.
  • Over a five-year period, 55% of BS/DPD and 80% of DPD Certificate students who apply to supervised practice programs will be accepted within 12 months of completing the program.
  • Within 12 months of completing the program, at least 70% those (BS/DPD and DPD Certificate) graduates who did not apply or were not accepted to a DIP, and who are seeking employment or graduate education, will secure one or more of the following: appointment to a graduate program, or employment.
Goal 3. The DPD will prepare graduates to serve a culturally diverse population. 

Corresponding program outcome:
  • 75% of graduates will report satisfaction with their ability to serve culturally diverse groups.
How to Apply

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