Nutrition & Food Science - Dietetics
|Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, this program prepares students for the practical internships and the national Registration Examination to become a Registered Dietitian (RD). Students are prepared to work in a variety of clinical, community, and wellness settings. Upon successful completion of this program, students receive an ACEND verification statement in addition to the baccalaureate degree.
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Nutrition and Food Science Brochure
The mission of the Nutrition and Food Science - Dietetics program is to provide culturally diverse students with a broad general education background and a solid foundation in nutrition and food studies. The program strives to offer a supportive learning environment with enriching experiences and practical training that is responsive to student, professional and community needs. The aim of the program is prepare graduates to work in a variety of dietetic careers and to be influential and active members of the profession. The program is dedicated to excellence in intellectual development, critical thinking and social justice.
Goals and Measurable Outcomes:
I. The program will prepare students to enter dietetic internships, graduate programs, or entry-level dietetics-related careers. Outcome Measures:
- Students will receive a “C” or greater in all courses required as part of the Didactic Program in Dietetics.
- Student retention rate will be at least 70% for students entering the dietetics program.
- Over a five year period, 60% of the DPD graduates will apply to supervised practice programs the academic year they complete the program.
- At least 25% of senior dietetic students who do not enter a dietetic internship within one year after graduation will seek to enroll in higher education.
- Students will achieve a first-time pass rate of at least 80% among graduates who take the Registered Examination for Dietitians.
- The mean rating of knowledge base that dietetic internship directors assess program graduates will meet or exceed “satisfactory” on surveys (3 on scale of 1-5).
- Graduates will rate the quality of their dietetics educational program as adequately preparing them for graduate studies or entry-level dietetic positions (3 or better on scale of 1-5).
II. The program will prepare students to become active members and leaders of the dietetics community. Outcome Measures:
- At least 50% of dietetic students will become members of Montclair State Dietetics Organization (MSDO).
- At least 30% of graduates will become active members of professional food and/or health organizations within one year after graduation.
More Major Information:
BECOMING A REGISTERED DIETITIAN (RD)
Most students majoring in Nutrition and Food Science - Dietetics choose to continue their studies to obtain credentials as a registered dietitian (R.D.). This credential qualifies students for higher positions and a greater variety of career choices. The dietetics major provides the courses necessary to meet foundation knowledge requirements of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The following lists the full procedures to become an RD:
- Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). You must complete a set of coursework which meets the educational competencies of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. The specific competencies are in the areas of communications, physical and biological sciences, social sciences, research, food science, nutrition, management, and health care systems.
- Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Verification Statement. Students who complete their Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science-Dietetics are entitled to receive an ACEND Verification Statement. This statement is required when students apply to dietetic internship programs and in some cases for employment. Six copies of this verification statement will be provided free of charge for students completing program requirements in December 2005 and after. During your last semester of education at MSU, request an evaluation for an ACEND verification statement from the dietetics or departmental advisors. This policy will also be announced in all upper level dietetic classes. Additional packets of 6 copies of the verification statement will require a fee of $50. Students applying to an internship program before graduation, need to obtain a Declaration of Intent to complete the DPD.
- Bachelor's Degree. The Nutrition and Food Science - Dietetics major at MSU requires 120 credits to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree. Individuals with a Bachelor of Arts or Sciences in any field may complete the coursework to achieve a Verification Statement.
- Dietetic Internship. After completion of a bachelor's degree and obtaining an ACEND Verification Statement, individuals are eligible to enter an internship program. The intern application process is competitive. Internships generally access applicants based on DPD grades, experiences in the field of dietetics, letters of recommendation, and interviews. A list of internships is available on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website, www.eatright.org. Information about the application process can be found at http://www.depdpg.org and http://www.dieteticinterntips.com.
- For information about the dietetic internship at MSU go to Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Internship
The course requirements listed below apply to those students admitted on or after Fall 2012. Anyone admitted prior to this term should refer to their Analysis of Academic Progress on WESS or see your academic advisor for your official program of study.
|Nutrition and Food Science Core Courses*|
|NUFD 130||Introduction to Nutrition and Food Science Profession||1|
|NUFD 150||Food Composition and Scientific Preparation||3|
|NUFD 153||Dynamics of Food and Society||3|
|NUFD 240||Sanitation Management and Food Microbiology: Certification||1|
|NUFD 192||Nutrition with Laboratory||4|
|NUFD 255||Meal Design and Management||3|
|NUFD 282||Applied Nutrition in the Lifecycle||4|
|NUFD 304||Introduction to Research||3|
|NUFD 490||Nutrition and Food Science Professional Seminar||1|
|* This didactic program in dietetics is approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Careful advisement is recommended so that course requirements can be achieved.|
|Dietetics Concentration Requirements|
|NUFD 253||Quantity Food Purchasing and Production||3|
|NUFD 350||Quantity Food Application||3|
|NUFD 352||Organization and Management of Foodservice Systems**||3|
|NUFD 357||Experimental Food Science**||3|
|NUFD 382||Advanced Nutrition**||4|
|NUFD 412||Nutrition Education Techniques**||3|
|NUFD 482||Nutrition Counseling||3|
|NUFD 488||Medical Nutrition Therapy**||4|
|NUFD 499||Nutrition Assessment and Support||2|
|** These courses must be taken at Montclair State University. If any of these courses have previously been completed at another institution, a challenge exam can be scheduled with the dietetics coordinator to show proficiency in the subject area. The fee for the exam is $200.|
|BIOL 243||Human Anatomy and Physiology||4|
|BIOL 254||Applied Microbiology||3|
|CHEM 113||Fundamentals of Chemistry||4|
|CHEM 130||Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry||4|
|CHEM 270||Fundamentals of Biochemistry||5|
|ECON 101||Principles of Economics: Macro||3|
|ECON 102||Principles of Economics: Micro||3|
|PSYC 101||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|PROGRAM TOTAL: 80 credits|