Nutrition and Food Science with a concentration in Dietetics

Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the B.S. in Nutrition and Food Science with a concentration in Dietetics prepares students for careers in a variety of clinical, community and wellness settings.  As part of the program, students complete a series of courses called the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and, when they graduate, receive, not only the baccalaureate degree, but also an ACEND Verification Statement which enables them to apply to a post-graduate Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Dietetic Internship, the completion of which is the final prerequisite to taking the Registration Examination to become a Registered Dietitian (RD).  

Incoming freshmen and transfer students who are interested in becoming Registered Dietitians must start their course of study in one of the other three concentrations in the B.S. in Nutrition and Food Science Program:  Applied Nutrition, Food Systems, or Food Science.  Students in those concentrations who wish to be admitted to the Dietetics concentration must apply after having completed the following four courses:  NUFD192 (Nutrition with Lab), NUFD150 (Food Composition and Scientific Preparation), MATH109 (Statistics), and CHEM113 (Fundamentals of Chemistry) or their equivalents.  In order to be accepted into the Dietetics concentration, students must have obtained an overall GPA of at least 3.2 at Montclair State with no grades lower than a “C” (2.0).  Applications are accepted and evaluated every May, after grades from the Spring semester are posted.  (Please see Student Handbook at left for a sample application.)  Because of other General Education requirements they must complete, freshmen may not be able to apply until the end of their sophomore year.  Students can apply for admittance to the Dietetics concentration as many times as they would like.  

The Second Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Food Science with a concentration in Dietetics

Individuals who have already earned a Bachelor of Arts or Sciences, but who wish to become Registered Dietitians may complete a 2nd Bachelor’s in Nutrition and Food Science with a concentration in Dietetics.  There are no prerequisites required, regardless of a students previous field of study; however, incoming 2nd Bachelor’s students will also have to begin their course of study in one of the other three concentrations in Nutrition and Food Science and then apply for admission to the Dietetics concentration (see above for Dietetics concentration admission requirements).  Students earning their 2nd Bachelor’s in Nutrition and Food Science will not be required to complete the General Education or World Languages and Cultures requirements and will be given credit for equivalent major core, required, and collateral courses they have taken elsewhere.  They will, however, be required to meet the residency requirement, which demands that students complete a minimum of 32 credits at Montclair State University.  Because of this, students considering applying to earn a second Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Food Science should weigh their options very carefully.  The Department also offers a post-graduate Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) certificate, through which students can take the same undergraduate courses required for completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and issuance of the ACEND Verification Statement.  Students in the 2nd Bachelor’s program pay undergraduate tuition to take the DPD courses; students in the AND certificate program pay graduate tuition to take these same courses, but are not required to complete a minimum of 32 credits.  Students should determine whether to choose the 2nd Bachelor’s in Nutrition or the post-graduate AND certificate based on the number of DPD courses they have left to complete and the cost of graduate vs. undergraduate tuition.  Those interested in applying to the AND Certificate program should contact The Graduate School.

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Nutrition and Food Science Brochure
With national rates of obesity and related illnesses at an all time high, and with outbreaks of food borne illnesses such as salmonella regularly making headlines, the general public has begun to realize just how important it is to eat well. Nutrition and food science focus on the chemical and biological components of food and the ways in which these ingredients affect our health.

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Mission:

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:

  1. Students will receive a “C” or greater in all courses required as part of the Didactic Program in Dietetics.
  2. Student retention rate will be at least 70% for students entering the dietetics program.
  3. Over a five year period, 60% of the DPD graduates will apply to supervised practice programs the academic year they complete the program.
  4. 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.
  5. Students will achieve a first-time pass rate of at least 80% among graduates who take the Registered Examination for Dietitians.
  6. 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).
  7. 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).
  8. Eighty percentage of students enrolled in the professional courses in the third year of the DPD will complete all program/degree requirements within 150% of the time planned for completion.
  9. Over a 5-year period, 80% of students applying to supervised practice programs the academic year they complete the program will be accepted.

II. The program will prepare students to become active members and leaders of the dietetics community. Outcome Measures:

  1. At least 50% of dietetic students will become members of Montclair State Dietetics Organization (MSDO).
  2. At least 30% of graduates will become active members of professional food and/or health organizations within one year after graduation.

Program outcomes data are available upon request from the director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics, Dr. Doreen Liou.

Program Requirements and Costs:

Academic calendar and course requirements for graduation can be accessed through the university's homepage located at http://www.montclair.edu and http://www.montclair.edu/cehs/academics/departments/hns/academic-programs/nfs-dietetics/course-requirements/.

Information on tuition and fees can be found at http://www.montclair.edu/about-montclair/tuition-and-fees/.

The following webpage http://www.montclair.edu/dean-of-students/handbook/student-services/medical-care presents university health center coverage and health insurance.

 

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 (RD). 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. During your last semester of education at MSU, request an application for an ACEND verification statement from faculty or departmental advisers. 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. A fee of $20 is required to process the Declaration of Intent form.
  • 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 apply to a dietetic internship program. The intern application process is competitive. Internships generally access applicants based on DPD grades, experiences in the field of nutrition and 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 following is the contact information of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995. Telephone: (312) 899-0049