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.
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.
Graduates of this program can pursue careers/specializations in the following areas:
- Clinical Nutrition including hospitals and clinics
- Healthcare facilities
- Beauty and Sports centers
- Nongovernmental organization (NGOs)
- Ministries of Health, Education, Economy, or Agriculture
- World health organizations (UN, FAO, WHO)
- Food industries
- Catering companies
- Graduate studies (Clinical nutrition, food technology, public health,…)
The admission requirements are:
- Candidates for admission may apply to any of the two campuses (Beirut or Byblos) by sending an application to the campus they choose to join.
- A SAT score of 1050 is required for newly admitted students. Subsequently, you need to maintain a cumulative GPA (CGPA) & major GPA (MGPA) of 3.0 as a progression criterion. Prior to starting the supervised practice, if the CGPA or MGPA falls below 3.0 for two consecutive semesters, you should change your major.
- Every semester, CP students should meet with the program coordinator, Dr. Maya Bassil, for advising.
- Applicants may apply as regular (sophomore), or transfer for the fall semester, spring semester, or summer term. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.
- Current LAU students in their junior or senior year with a CGPA & MGPA of 3.0 wishing to join the CP program are requested to submit a Change of Major petition to the Registrar’s Office.
- The maximum enrollment for the program is 15 students per academic year.
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:
- Housing (if needed): Housing during the long-term care rotation is provided to students on site without additional cost.
- Course Textbooks: Textbooks are detailed in the syllabus of each didactic course; their purchase may be optional or mandatory depending the instructor’s guidance. On average textbook cost varies between 100USD-150USD per course.
- Other Books: Most books are available at LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital Dietary Department and/or LAU libraries, however additional optional materials (such as meal planning tools, pocket guides or other resources deemed useful) are estimated at a maximum of 100USD
- Parking: During the didactic years you may opt to park at LAU campus or surrounding private parking lot. During the practicum year a cost of 33USD/month is estimated for parking.
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Student Membership: 58USD
- Transportation: There is a shuttle available between Byblos campus and Beirut campus on a daily basis; transportation for Nutrition Focused Physical Exam (NFPE) and IPE modules is provided through LAU shuttles for free. Additional transportation is estimated at an average of 5USD per working day (transportation cost may vary depending on the students’ residency)
For further details on costs please refer to this page.
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
- Other major requirements: 24 credits (including 19 credits that are also counted as electives in the Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) Curriculum A – Natural Sciences and Mathematics)
- LAS Core: 6 credits
- LAS Electives: 21 credits (Arts and Humanities: 12 credits; Social Sciences: 6 credits, including PSY 201 OR PSY 202; Free LAS: 3 credits)
- Computer Skills: 1 credit
Major courses (71 credits)
|NUT201||Fundamentals of Human Nutrition||3|
|NUT313||Food Analysis Lab||1|
|NUT335||Foodservice and Safety Management||3|
|NUT346||Quantity Food Production||2|
|NUT356||Nutrition Status Assessment||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)
|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|
** These are also counted as part of the Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) Curriculum A requirements.
Computer Skills (1 credit)