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Professional Practice Concentration

What You'll Study

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.

Nutrition and Dietetics Profession

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 Technician, Registered (NDTR) Credential

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.

Program Mission

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 Goals

  • Engage and train a diverse population of graduates for rewarding careers as Nutrition and Dietetics Technicians, Registered in an array of settings.
  • 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).
  • 80% of graduates seeking positions will find employment in nutrition and dietetics related field within 12 months of program completion.
  • 80% of employers surveyed will rate the program graduate’s performance and level of graduate’s preparation for an entry-level position and overall performance in the position at 3 or higher (on a scale from 1 to 5, 5 is highest).
  • 80% of program graduates are expected to take the CDR credentialing exam for nutrition and dietetics technicians within 12 months of program completion.
  • At least 80% of graduates over a five-year period will pass the CDR credentialing exam for nutrition and dietetics technicians within one year following their first attempt.
  • At least 80% of alumni surveyed after three years from graduation indicate continuous employment in the field of nutrition and dietetics.
  • 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, 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
Fax: 312-899-4817
Email: ACEND@eatright.org
URL: www.eatright.org/acend

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW
APPROVED CURRICULUM – PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE CONCENTRATION:
BSHN 120 credits, 300 hours Supervised Experiential Learning

Graduation Requirements

For all BSHN students, the minimum degree completion requirements must comply with the university standards for undergraduate students and are as follows:

  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 at NSU (not including CLEP, proficiency examinations, nor prior experiential learning credits);
  5. Completion of at least 50% 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. Satisfactorily complete within six years (12 semesters) of matriculation, the course of study required for the concentration.
  9. Successfully complete all supervised practice requirements
  10. Complete an exit survey

Suggested 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 - 20 experiential learning hours
  • 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 - 20 experiential learning hours
  • 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
  • BSHN 3200 - Nutrition at the Cellular Level

Winter Term Year 3 (13 credits)

  • BSHN 4100 - Principles of Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • BSHN 4501 - NDTR Practicum: Management and Food Service Systems *
  • Open Elective
  • Open Elective

Fall Term Year 4 (15 credits)

  • BSHN 4000 - Exploring Nutrition Research
  • BSHN 4200 - Human Function and Nutrition
  • BSHN 4500 - NDTR Practicum: Community and Client Services *
  • Open Elective
  • Open Elective

Winter Term Year 4 (15 credits)

  • BSHN Open Major Elective
  • BSHN Open Major Elective
  • BSHN Open Major Elective
  • Open Elective

*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

Sample Curriculum

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. 

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

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

  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.

Distance Education

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.

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