Programs

BS in Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinated Program (CP)

This is a four-year program with an Interprofessional Education (IPE) emphasis. It has been granted the candidacy for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Our program combines three years of didactic education and a minimum of 1386 hours of supervised practice in the field of dietetics. Upon successful completion of the CP requirements, you are awarded a BS in CP. You will also be able to sit for the colloquium exam at the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE) and become licensed dietitians (LDs) in Lebanon.

Program Structure

The fourth year of the CP consists of 27 credit hours, 24 credits of practicum and 3 credits of didactic courses (these are included in the total of 123 credits). The practicum component is comprised of three rotations: Medical Nutrition Therapy (22 weeks), Food Service Management (8 weeks) and Community Nutrition (8 weeks). The practicum experience typically begins in the last week of August and ends beginning of June; thus, ensuring a minimum of 1350 hours of supervised practice experience.

Program graduates will not be eligible to sit for the US registration exam to practice in the United States unless graduates meet the additional requirements for all US competencies. CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). If they wish to become credentialed in the US, program graduates will be eligible to enter the computer matching for US-based ACEND®-accredited dietetic internships. 

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR’s Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR’s website.

What Will I Learn?

As CP students, you are exposed to an extensive workload as well as a very diverse experience. Accordingly, CP graduates will assume leadership roles in the fields of clinical, foodservice and community nutrition. In addition, when you successfully complete the ACEND-accredited FDE CP program at the Lebanese American University, you will be eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program.

Your Career

Graduates of this program can pursue careers/specializations in the following areas:

Admission requirements

The admission requirements are:

Additional Costs

Prior to starting your supervised practice, if you are a CP student in your third year, you are required to complete the Enrollment Health form and submit it with your vaccination record to the university Health Services Office. Accordingly, and based on the assessment of the Health Services Office nurse, you will receive a series of additional vaccines, with a maximum estimated extra charges of 270 USD, paid by the student. All forms can be found on the LAU Portal.

Additional costs may not always be required and are estimated as follows:

For further details on costs please refer to this page.

Curriculum

Students must complete a total number of 123 credits, and can be completed in four years by those entering as sophomores.

Major courses (71 credits)

Number Course Cr
NUT201 Fundamentals of Human Nutrition 3
NUT301 Community Nutrition 3
NUT312 Food Chemistry 3
NUT313 Food Analysis Lab 1
NUT335 Foodservice and Safety Management 3
NUT346 Quantity Food Production 2
NUT356 Nutrition Status Assessment 2
NUT357 Meal Planning 1
NUT367 Food Processing 2
NUT368 Food Processing Lab 1
NUT379 Food Microbiology Lab 1
NUT401 Advanced Human Nutrition 3
NUT422 Medical Nutrition Therapy I 3
NUT423 Medical Nutrition Therapy I Lab 1
NUT424 Medical Nutrition Therapy II 3
NUT425 Medical Nutrition Therapy II Lab 2
NUT430* Nutrition in Life Cycle 3
NUT445 Counseling Communication Skills 2
NUT468 Management Systems in Dietetics 2
NUT499 Senior Study in Nutrition 3
NUT570* Ethics for Dietetic Practice 1
NUT580 Dietetic Practice Seminar I 1
NUT585 Dietetic Practice Seminar II 1
NUT597* Dietetic Practicum I 12
NUT598* Dietetic Practicum II 12

*Successful completion of 5 IPE modules incorporated in these courses is a graduation requirement for all CP students.

Other major requirements (5/24 credits)

Number Course Cr
CHM200 Essentials of Chemistry** 3
BIO201 General Biology I** 4
BIO260 Human Anatomy and Physiology** 3
BIO261 Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab 1
CHM310 Basic Organic Chemistry** 3
CHM313 Organic Chemistry Lab I 1
NUT222 Microbiology in Nutrition** 3
BCH300 Essentials of Biochemistry 3
STA205 Biostatistics** 3

** These are also counted as part of the Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) Curriculum A requirements.

Computer Skills (1 credit)

Number Course Cr
CSC201 Computer Applications 1