Admissions Information


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Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine

The human nutrition and functional medicine (HNFM) department at University of Western States (UWS) houses the following programs:

  • Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine (MS-HNFM)
  • Doctor of Clinical Nutrition (DCN)
  • Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine

These programs are offered as a collaborative endeavor between UWS and the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), the organization that founded and developed many functional medicine concepts in use today. Functional medicine is a science-based, patient-centered approach to achieving and maintaining excellent health through natural methods, with diet and nutrition at the forefront. Founded on a holistic view of health, our functional medicine programs leverage the biochemical and genetic individuality of each patient so that practitioners can treat the whole person, not just the symptoms.

Our programs are 100% online, aside from one required on-campus weekend for DCN, and eligible for financial aid.

What do you need?


Prerequisite Entrance Requirements

Master of Science Program

Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree (or foreign equivalent) or first professional degree.
GPA Requirements: Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. *Applicants with a GPA below 2.75 please contact admissions.

Required Courses (MS):

  • Biology
  • Physiology or Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biochemistry (Biochemistry is required to have been successfully completed within eight years of the start of your program. If your biochemistry coursework dates back longer than eight years, you may be required to complete a recent course for college credit. UWS offers a course in biochemistry to fulfill this prerequisite.)
  • Nutrition
  • Medical Terminology

*There are a number of places to get your prerequisites done. Contact your advisor for recommendations.


Doctor of Clinical Nutrition Program

Minimum Education: Master’s degree or equivalent in human nutrition
GPA Requirements: Minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. *Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 please contact admissions.

Applicants to the Doctor of Clinical Nutrition program must be either a US citizen or permanent resident. Due to student visa restrictions, international applicants are not eligible for admission at this time.

Required Courses (DCN):

  • Macro-/micronutrients
  • Whole food nutrition
  • Nutritional supplementation
  • Meal planning
  • Functional medicine

Certificate Program

Minimum Education: Master’s or Doctoral degree in a health care discipline (DC, ND, MD, DO, NP, PA, etc.)
GPA Requirements: Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in your professional degree program/health care master’s *Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Required Courses (certificate):

  • Biology
  • Physiology or Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biochemistry (Biochemistry is required to have been successfully completed within eight years of the start of your program. If your biochemistry coursework dates back longer than eight years, you may be required to complete a recent course for college credit. UWS offers a course in biochemistry to fulfill this prerequisite.)
  • Nutrition
  • Medical Terminology

*There are a number of places to get your prerequisites done. Contact your advisor for recommendations.


Technology Requirements: You must have access to a reliable computer, basic computer skills and a dependable connection to the internet.


Credit Conversion:

  • 1 quarter credit = .67 semester credits
  • 1.5 quarter credits = 1 semester credit
  • 5 quarter credits = 3.33 semester credits

How to Apply


Entry Terms and Application Deadlines

Entry Terms: fall, spring (DCN only has a fall entry)

Admission Deadlines: Applicants are encouraged to submit their application and all supporting documents sixty days prior to their intended start date. Listed below are the priority and final deadlines that may be helpful in planning your application submission.

Spring 2022

Priority Application Deadline – January 21, 2022
Final Deadline – February 4, 2022
Deposit Deadline – February 18, 2022
Classes begin April 4, 2022

Fall 2022

Priority Application Deadline – July 22, 2022
Final Deadline – August 5, 2022
Deposit Deadline – August 19, 2022
Classes begin October 3, 2022

Deadline Considerations:

  • Applicants with in-progress coursework will still be considered for admission and are asked to submit final transcripts upon course completion.
  • We understand that some applicants may be waiting on final grades from prerequisite coursework to submit final official transcripts after the final deposit deadline.
  • We require that students submit their entire application, supporting documentation and be successfully interviewed and deposited by the deposit deadline.
  • If you are unable to submit your application and materials by the final deadline, please contact the admissions office at [email protected] or 800-641-5641.

Application Requirements

  • Transcripts: UWS requires official transcripts from all prior college and universities. Official transcripts should be mailed directly from those institutions to the UWS office of admissions. Our mailing address is: 8000 NE Tillamook St., Portland, OR 97213. UWS also accepts electronic transcripts from EScript-Safe and Parchment. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded and attached to your application.
  • Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: Applicants are encouraged to use professional or academic references whom are most familiar with your former studies, academic interest and work.
  • Interview: A personal interview is required of all applicants. The UWS office of admissions will contact you directly to schedule a personal interview after your application and transcripts have been reviewed. Interviews may be completed either in-person or via Zoom video conference.
  • $50 application fee
  • International applicants must also fulfill the international student admission requirements.