This program will expose you to the essential principles of dietetics, nutrition and biomedical sciences. Our curriculum includes a strong foundation in anatomy, chemistry, biochemistry and microbiology to an applied focus, which includes human nutrition and health, dietetics practice, community nutrition programing, and food service management.
As part of the B.S. in Human Nutrition degree, the professional practice concentration (NDTR) will be the only track by which students may become eligible for professional practice as a Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered. The required coursework meets both professional competencies and experiential learning requirements of the ACEND Future Education Model (FEM). Experiential learning will be arranged locally within the local tri-county areas to maximize the faculty oversight and involvement in meeting the FEM program standards.
The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) is the accrediting agency for educational programs to become a Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTR). 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.
Nutrition and Dietetics Technicians, Registered (NDTRs) are educated and trained at the technical level of nutrition and dietetics practice for the delivery of safe, culturally competent, quality food and nutrition services. NDTRs are an integral part of healthcare and food service management teams. After completing the degree and dietetics coursework, successful completion of the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians, a national credentialing examination, administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) is required.
NDTRs work under the supervision of a registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) when in direct patient/client nutrition care in practice areas as: Hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, retirement centers, hospices, home health-care programs and research facilities conducting patient/client screens, gathering data and performing assigned tasks to assist RDNs in providing medical nutrition therapy.
The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition professional practice concentration (NDTR) is to effectively prepare competent, entry-level Nutrition and Dietetics Technicians, Registered who are an integral part of nutrition education, healthcare and food system management.
Program outcomes are available upon request.
Nova Southeastern University's Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition, Professional Practice Concentration has been granted Candidacy for Accreditation by ACEND as a Demonstration Program of the Future Education Model Bachelor’s Programs 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 2109
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Phone: 800-877-1600 X 5400
APPROVED CURRICULUM – PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE CONCENTRATION:
BSHN 120 credits, 300 hours Supervised Experiential Learning
For all BSHN students, the minimum degree completion requirements must comply with the university standards for undergraduate students and are as follows:
Suggested Four-Year Schedule
Fall Term Year 1 (16 credits)
Winter Term Year 1 (16 credits)
Fall Term Year 2 (15 credits)
Winter Term Year 2 (15 credits)
Fall Term Year 3 (15 credits)
Winter Term Year 3 (13 credits)
Fall Term Year 4 (15 credits)
Winter Term Year 4 (15 credits)
*Required major elective courses to satisfy the NDTR program requirements and to receive a verification statement for candidate eligibility to take the Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTR) credentialing exam; these courses are permitted only for students in the approved NDTR program:
BSHN 4500 NDTR Practicum: Community and Client Services - 120 supervised experiential learning hours
BSHN 4501 NDTR Practicum: Management and Food Service Systems - 120 supervised experiential learning hours
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)
Interview with Program Director and Faculty Members: All applicants which meet the minimum criteria will be considered; however, not all applicants will be invited to interview. The minimum criteria include an Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale (preferred) and the submission of the internal applications along with a Personal narrative of interest for the Professional Practice Concentration. Deadlines for applying are March 1 each year.
Admissions Application Process:
Please visit the Freshman Application page for additional information, or click on the Admissions tab in the navigation bar.
Supervised Learning Experiences
Supervised practice experiences are coordinated through the program office with educational affiliations arranged by Nova Southeastern University on behalf of the nutrition program. Students may work with the program director to engage unique learning experiences as appropriate to fulfill the experiential learning requirements and explore personalized practice options under a qualified preceptor. Students are not required to arrange their own preceptor or learning sites.
Graduation and Program Completion Requirements for NDTR
The B.S. in Human Nutrition degree professional practice concentration (NDTR) will use face-to-face learning management systems to deliver course content, therefore, distance learning option is not offered.