Nutritional Health FAQ
What programs in nutrition do you offer?
RTU offers graduate certificate programs in:
- Integrative and Functional Nutrition
- Nutrition Oncology
- Nutritional Counseling
Do you require the GMAT, GRE or Miller Analogies Test?
Do I need to have a strong science background to take the courses?
We recommend each student have completed their general science courses (Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, etc.) in their undergrad degree. This will give you the foundation to understand the advanced teaching principals of nutrition science.
How many credits are in each program?
Each programs awards 20 graduate credits.
How many courses are in each program?
- Integrative and Functional Nutrition = 8 courses
- Nutrigenomics = 8 courses
- Nutrition Oncology = 9 courses
- Nutritional Counseling = 8 courses
What credential will I earn after the program is completed?
RTU will award a Graduate Certificate and notate the specific program completed on the transcript.
Can I take the program online?
Yes, all of the graduate certificate programs are 100% distance learning format.
Is there a residency required?
No residency is required. All learning is completed 100% online.
How long is the program?
Full Time Completion = 8 months to 1 year
Part Time Completion = 1 year to 2 years (maximum allowance)
What is the learning style of the program?
Each program is research-based. All courses within each program include research-based assignments and discussions.
How often will I collaborate with my instructor and classmates?
Weekly interaction is required with both the instructor and classmates as part of the program.
Who are these programs designed for?
These programs are designed for industry-credentialed health professionals (ex. Registered Dietitians, Certified Nutrition Specialist, Medical Doctors (Allopathic/Osteopathic), Chiropractor’s, Naturopaths, Licensed Mental Health Professionals, Certified Dietary Managers, Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Teachers/Educators, etc.) who are looking to expand their knowledge and skills within the growing field of Integrative Health and Nutrition to incorporate into their practice.
Can I become board certified in nutrition from completing these programs?
RTU is currently in the review-submission process to a few nutrition boards and will update the students, website and university literature accordingly as programs are approved for board certification and/or board-eligible to test.
Can I become a Registered Dietitian from this program?
No, this program does not fulfill the requirements to become a Registered Dietitian.
Can I become a member of any nutrition societies from these programs?
Yes. You can apply for membership into the American Society of Nutrition.
Is your program accredited?
RTU’s programs are institutionally accredited by ACCSC (Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges) which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. RTU is authorized by the Indiana Board for Proprietary Education.
What institutional societies do you belong to?
Who will teach the program?
The degree programs are taught by seasoned faculty including Naturopathic Physicians, Registered Dietitians, Certified Chefs, Certified Dietary Managers/Certified Nutrition Specialists, Licensed Therapists and Doctors of Chiropractic & Acupuncture.
What certifications/licenses do your Nutrition faculty hold?
Our faculty hold board memberships and certifications/state-licenses from the following associations:
- American Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
- Certifying Board for Dietary Managers
- International Foodservice Executives Association
- Florida Marriage & Family Therapist/Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor
- Licensed Naturopathic Physician
- Licensed Acupuncture Physician
- Licensed Chiropractor
What are the program application requirements?
All Nutritional Health graduate certificate programs have the following application requirements:
- 3 letters of reference
- Curriculum Vitae/Résumé
- Official transcripts from all higher education institutions
- Personal statement letter
- Copies of TOEFL or IELTS scores, if applicable
- $35.00 application fee (non-refundable)
What are the program admission requirements?
All Nutritional Health graduate certificates have the following admission requirements:
- Bachelor, Master or Doctorate degree from a regional, national or international equivalency accredited agency recognized by the United States Department of Education
- A GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for the last degree earned.
- If applicant’s first language, or language of instruction, is not English, English proficiency examination scores are required. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum scores are 550 (pBT) or 213 (cBT) or 79 (iBT). The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) minimum score required is 6.5. The PTE Academic minimum score required is 53.
- Active/Current Medical and/or License/Certification (examples include MD, DO, ND, DC, DPT, PharmD, PA-C, ARNP, RN, RPh, RD/LD/LN, LMHC, LMFT, LCSW, CAC)*
- Interview with RTU representative
- Personal statement
- Three Letters of Reference
*The Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certificate does not require an active/current medical and/or License/Certification for admission.