In-person or onlineBachelor of Science in Nutrition

Help nourish health relationships with whole foods and enhance healthcare perspectives of food as medicine.

The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition (BScN) completion program — available in-person or online — at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Ore., offers an online and in-person option. This program is a dynamic opportunity for transfer students who have already completed two years of undergraduate coursework and are aspiring to gain an extensive understanding of nutrition.

Food as Medicine

Focusing on the philosophy that “Food is Medicine,” NUNM’s undergraduate nutrition program emphasizes the importance of whole, unprocessed foods and how diet can have a profound impact on health.

Three Threads

The well-rounded curriculum is taught by our distinguished faculty and anchored in three fundamental threads:

  • nutrition
  • natural sciences
  • social sciences

The BScN program also includes a final capstone project that serves as a springboard to your career or continued graduate study.

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Online Option

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Program Length:
2 Years

Total Credits

Total Credits:
93

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Per Credit Cost:
$277

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FAQ

The online program mirrors the in-person BSIHS program but offers flexibility in completing coursework during the week. Most classes are self-paced, though there are optional live sessions for students and faculty to engage.
Most course content is delivered asynchronously, enabling students to access materials whenever convenient. While some classes occur in real-time through virtual meetings, schedules for these synchronous sessions are shared well ahead of each term. This empowers students to craft their schedules and independently manage most of their coursework.
Residents of Portland, Oregon, have the choice to enroll in either our online or in-person programs. The traditional in-person program might be preferable for individuals who thrive in structured environments with fixed schedules. The online program is designed for those seeking a more flexible schedule. Additionally, students in the Portland metro area who are enrolled in the online program can opt for in-person elective courses if they prefer attending classes on campus.
No, as a private, non-state institution, tuition is the same for residents and non-residents.

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  • BScN

    Admissions Requirements for BScN

    A GPA of 2.0 or higher

    Prerequisite Courses

    Students may apply to the programs while still completing their prerequisite coursework and may receive conditional admittance pending successful completion of those courses. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and have either 60 semester or 90 quarter credits before beginning coursework at NUNM. All applicants must have completed the general education requirements of the previously-attended institution. Within these general education requirements, NUNM has specific requirements. These are outlined below.

    General Biology 3 One academic year of General or Principles of Biology. These courses must be designed for science majors or pre-med students and include labs. Students on a semester system, only need to complete two courses in this subject.
    General Chemistry 3 One academic year of General or Principles of Chemistry. These courses must be designed for science majors or pre-med students and include labs. Students on a semester system, only need to complete two courses in this subject.
    Mathematics 1 Must be algebra, calculus, or math-based statistics at the college level.
    English Composition 2
    Social Sciences 3 Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement. One of these courses must be psychology.
    Humanities 3 Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
    • General Biology — 3 Courses
      One academic year of General or Principles of Biology. These courses must be designed for science majors or pre-med students and include labs. Students on a semester system, only need to complete two courses in this subject.
    • General Chemistry — 3 Courses
      One academic year of General or Principles of Chemistry. These courses must be designed for science majors or pre-med students and include labs. Students on a semester system, only need to complete two courses in this subject.
    • Mathematics — 1 Course
      Must be algebra, calculus, or math-based statistics at the college level.
    • English Composition — 2 Courses
    • Social Sciences — 3 Courses
      Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement. One of these courses must be psychology.
    • Humanities — 3 Courses
      Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

    Credit Requirements

    Students must have a minimum of 90 undergraduate quarter credits (60 undergraduate semester credits), including coursework in basic sciences and general education. Please contact an admissions counselor for details.

    Documents and Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the BScN Program

    • Personal Statement

      Please share a little bit about yourself and your background along with what interests you about receiving your undergraduate degree from NUNM. (maximum of 1200 words, double spaced)

    Estimated Program Cost

    First-Year Tuition & Fees for BScN*
    Credits 44
    Cost/Credit $268
    Tuition $11,792
    Fees** $895
    Total $12,687

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2023-2024 academic year.

    ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the BScN program.

    Total BScN Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      88

    • Elective credits

      5

    • Total required credits

      93