Courses required for admissions

To help prepare you for coursework in the Doctorate in Nutrition and Dietetics (DND) program, you must either have a Verification Statement from an ACEND Didactic Program in Dietetics and have completed an accounting course OR completed all the prerequisite courses listed in the table below (non-dietetic majors).  

At time of application, you may have one yet-to-be-completed course. This outstanding course must be finished before starting the program in the fall. 

Earning the grade

The required courses must be completed with a grade of B- (80 percent) or higher. In some cases, an official course description or syllabus may be requested to ensure the course you completed aligns with the required DND prerequisites.

If you have an outstanding prerequisite course, it too must be completed with a grade of B- or higher. A final transcript indicating successful completion of the prerequisite is required prior to matriculation into the program.

Prerequisite courses

Course listing
Subject areaMinimum credit hoursComparable IUPUI courses
Human anatomy (with lab)5BIOL-N 261
Human physiology (lab preferred)5BIOL-N 217
Statistics (must include descriptive and inferential)3STAT 30100
General chemistry I (with lab)3 & 2CHEM-C 105 & CHEM-C 125
General chemistry II (with lab)3 & 2CHEM-C 106 & CHEM-C 126
Organic chemistry3CHEM-C 341
Biochemistry recommended, not required3BIOL-K 384
Microbiology (with lab)3 & 2BIOL-K 356 & BIOL-K 357
Introductory psychology3PSY-B 110
Introductory accounting3BUS-A 200
Introductory microeconomics or macroeconomics3ECON-E 201 OR ECON-E 202
Human nutrition3NTRD-N 265, NTRD-N 365, OR NTRD-N 420

Food selection and preparation (with lab)*

Quantity food preparation (with lab)*

Food procurement (with lab)*

*Online courses with labs will be accepted for these prerequisites. Any combination of these course subjects will be allowed but must be covered.


For courses completed in 2020–21, online courses will be accepted due to conditions of the coronavirus pandemic.

Read the prerequisite course descriptions to make sure your prerequisites are a suitable match.