University of Nebraska Medical Center


The program of study requires students to complete didactic courses, a scholarly project, and a residency for a total of 48 credit hours. The DND curriculum is comprised of 36 credit hours of didactic courses, 6 credit hours of scholarly activity, and 6 credit hours of residency. Didactic courses are offered in a fully online, asynchronous format. Residency experiences may be completed in the student’s home community under the guidance of DND faculty and an onsite mentor. If the student is unable to identify a residency site, the program faculty will work with the student to identify another suitable option to allow for successful completion of the program.

Full time students (defined as a minimum of 6-credit hours/semester) could complete the program in 3 years and part time students (defined as enrolling in 3-6 credit hours/semester) could complete the program of study in approximately 4-5 years. Students must complete degree requirements within the designated time frame established by UNMC, which is 7 years for doctoral students.

Graduation and program completion requirements

The UNMC Doctor of Nutrition and Dietetics program awards a Doctor of Nutrition and Dietetics degree. To earn the Doctor of Nutrition and Dietetics degree, the student must:

  1. Complete all graduate courses with a grade of 73% or higher;
  2. Demonstrate attainment of all accreditation competencies as documented by specific assessment method for each competency.