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Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

What You'll Study

Prepare for a career in nutrition, one of today’s fastest growing occupation. You’ll gain a solid foundation in applied nutrition, nutrition education, public policy, and advocacy, nutrition therapy, leadership and management, and food production. A B.S. in Human Nutrition will create a pathway to pursue a number of graduate programs at NSU, including, but not limited to a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Medical Doctor, Master of Science in Nutrition with the option of becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Master of Public Health, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Physician’s Assistant, Athletic Training, and Exercise and Sports Science.

This program will expose you to the essential principles of dietetics, nutrition and biomedical sciences. Our curriculum provides a strong foundation in anatomy, chemistry, biochemistry and microbiology along with an applied focus in human nutrition and health, which dietetics practice, community nutrition programming, and food service management.

The program offers a broad base of interests and potential career outcomes such as education, food services, industry, research, and professional school. This program also carries a specialty accreditation, as a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition, Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and it complies with components of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) DPD 2017 Standards.

Students are provided with the academic foundation as a first step in the professional pathway to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. Graduates of this program receive a verification statement that will qualify them to apply for ACEND-accredited supervised practice programs to qualify to take the registration examination for dietitians provided by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). The verification statement will also allow graduates to take the credentialing exam to nutrition and dietetic technicians, registered without obtaining further training. This is para-professional certification within the nutrition and dietetics profession that has many employment opportunities as well.

Nutrition and Dietetics Profession

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) is the accrediting agency for educational programs to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). Accreditation is necessary to assure that the education and training received by students meets quality assurance standards, and to guarantee that students from any accredited program have been taught the same foundational knowledge requirements. See the ACEND website for more details on this process.

Requirements for a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

Program graduates who pursue the registered dietitian (RDN) credential have to take the following required steps:

  1. Earn a bachelor’s degree from US regionally accredited university or college and course work accredited or approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  2. Complete an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program.
  3. Pass a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree . In most states, including Florida, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. See the State Licensure Requirements Website for more information.

Matching to an Internship

The majority of dietetic internship programs partake in computer matching through DICAS and D&D Digital. The Dietetic Internship Match is a computer-based method that matches the preferences of applicants with the preferences of the dietetic internship program directors. Applicants must register online for computer matching and pay a $55 computer matching fee to D&D Digital. D&D Digital can be accessed through the following link: http://www.dnddigital.com . During the months of April and October, students learn if they receive a dietetic internship match to one of their ranked programs. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) provides the most updated information regarding internship programs. Visit the website for a listing of each program and information on cost, length of internship, internship director, and area of specialization. The AND website also provides a direct website link to the individual programs so students can access detailed information about the program.

Students also have the option of pursuing a Future Education Model Graduate program (FG), which is an option our department is offering as the Master of Science in Nutrition, Professional Practice Concentration (RDN). Please visit our program website to find out more information about this opportunity we offer to students. For a complete listing of all FG program, please visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.

Program Mission

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition (Didactic Program in Dietetics) is to prepare students for employment in various careers or for pursuit of advanced degrees through an innovative, engaging program that focuses on fundamental concepts in nutrition sciences, human health promotion, research trends, practical skills, and professional communication techniques. Graduates are eligible to apply for ACEND-accredited programs leading to eligibility for the credentialing examination for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.

Program Goals

  • Prepare a diverse population of graduates for acceptance to a supervised practice program, graduate school, or rewarding career in the field of nutrition and dietetics.

  • Prepare graduates to take an active role in their profession in nutrition and dietetics and to provide values-based service to the community.

Program Objectives

  • At least 80% of students complete program/degree requirements within 72 months or 6 years (150% of the program length).

  • 30 percent of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.

  • 20 percent of program graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.

  • The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who take and pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.

  • 70 % of supervised practice program directors rate the program graduate’s overall preparation at a median score of 3 or higher (on a scale from 1 to 5, 5 is highest).

  • 30% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for nutrition and dietetics technicians within 12 months of program completion.

  • 80% of program graduates will report involvement in their communities and or profession, as evidenced by graduate survey data indicating active engagement in volunteer activities such as community service, or participation in professional associations at local, state, or national level.

  • 70 % of alumni surveyed will self-rate their level of preparation to lead within community or professional organizations at 3 or higher (on a scale from 1 to 5, 5 is highest).

Program outcomes are available upon request. 

Nova Southeastern University's Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition has been granted Candidacy for Accreditation by ACEND as a Didactic Program in Dietetics and may enroll students under this status. Students on premises and enrolled in the approved program will be considered graduates of an accredited program upon successful completion of the full program.

Contact information for ACEND:

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Phone: 800-877-1600 X 5400
Fax: 312-899-4817
Email: ACEND@eatright.org
URL: www.eatright.org/acend

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW
APPROVED CURRICULUM BSHN 120 credits

Sample Four-Year Schedule

Fall Term Year 1 (16 credits)

  • UNIV 1000 - First Year Seminar
  • Open Mathematics at or above MATH 1040
  • Open Written Composition at or above COMP 1500
  • BSHN 1200 - Nutrition for Health Professions
  • BIOL 1500 - Biology I/with lab

Winter Term Year 1 (16 credits)

  • Open Social and Behavioral Science
  • CHEM 1300 - Chemistry I/with lab
  • BSHN 1300 – Careers in Nutrition
  • BSHN 1400 – Nutrition Seminar
  • Open Written Composition at or above COMP 1500

Fall Term Year 2 (15 credits)

  • BSHN 2000 - Principles of Wellness
  • BSHN 2100 - Food and Culture
  • BSHN 2300 - Nutrition Education, Counseling, and Communication 
  • Open Social and Behavioral Science
  • Open Elective

Winter Term Year 2 (15 credits)

  • Open Arts & Humanities
  • BSHN 2400 - Community Nutrition
  • BSHN 2500 - Introduction to Food Service 
  • Open Elective
  • Open Elective

Fall Term Year 3 (15 credits)

  • BSHN 3000 - Lifespan Nutrition
  • MATH 2020 - Applied Statistics
  • BSHN 3100 - Nutrition Advocacy & Public Policy
  • Open Arts & Humanities
  • Open Elective 

Winter Term Year 3 (13 credits)

  • BSHN 3200 - Nutrition at the Cellular Level
  • BSHN 4100 - Principles of Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • Open Elective (4 credit option such as science and lab)
  • Open Elective

Fall Term Year 4 (15 credits)

  • BSHN 4200 - Human Function and Nutrition
  • BSHN Open Major Elective
  • Open Elective 
  • Open Elective
  • Open Elective

Winter Term Year 4 (15 credits)

  • BSHN 4000 Exploring Nutrition Research
  • BSHN Open Major Elective
  • BSHN Open Major Elective
  • BSHN Open Major Elective
  • Open Elective

Average Weighted High School GPA: A-/B+ Overall Classroom Average

SAT: Mid-range 1070 - 1290 (Combined Math & Critical Reading Only)

ACT: Mid-range 22-28 (Composite)

Admissions Application Process:

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Please visit the Academic Calendars for Undergraduate Students for dates and deadlines. For additional Information Undergraduate Catalog.

Requirements for Graduation and Program Completion:

  1. Completion of at least 120 credits, including major, minor, general education, specialization, concentration, exams, and electives coursework, as specified by program requirements;
  2. Attainment of at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average
  3. Attainment of at least a 2.25 grade point average in the major area
  4. Completion, at NSU, of at least 30 credits (not including CLEP, proficiency examinations, nor prior experiential learning credits);
  5. Completion of at least 50 percent of the credits in the major area at NSU (not including CLEP, proficiency examinations, nor prior experiential learning credits). In the nursing programs, students are allowed to apply only six credits from another program;
  6. All major core and major elective courses in the program of study required for the degree must be completed with a grade of C or better;
  7. Submission of the online degree application form and payment of the $100 fee, preferably no later than the last semester during which the degree will be awarded. A degree cannot be evaluated for completion until the degree application has been submitted. Late applications may cause a delay in conferral date;
  8. Students must complete all competency-based assessments at the required target levels.
  9. Complete an exit survey (optional).

Distance Education

The B.S. in Human Nutrition is offered on campus with face-to-face meetings and an online learning management systems to deliver course content; therefore, distance learning option is not offered.

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