Nutrition and Dietetics, B.S.
Adult Professional Studies

Discover Nutrition and Dietetics at Immaculata University

Do you have an interest in food and healthy eating? Have you ever been curious about the science behind nutrition recommendations? Do you find yourself reading the package labeling on items at the grocery store?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, consider joining the growing field of nutrition and dietetics by becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist! The need for nutrition professionals has never been more important as we navigate a world of different dietary practices, cultural food beliefs and habits, GMO, shrinking biodiversity in our food supply, feeding a hungry world, and science that continues to evolve and help us understand the significance of nutrients in our bodies.

Opportunities

Immaculata’s Nutrition and Dietetics major is designed to prepare you for a dietetic internship. Our program emphasizes cultural competence throughout the curriculum, and offers specialized courses in medical nutrition therapy, counseling, education, community nutrition, research, and food service management.

In addition to learning these essential components of professional practice, our didactic program in dietetics (DPD) contains a significant amount of experiential learning . Students graduate with a minimum of 150 hours covering a variety of experiences in clinical, community, and food service nutrition. Instructors will help guide students for supervised experience placement, but students are ultimately responsible for locating the majority of these hours.

This experiential learning component gives students the opportunities to apply knowledge, think critically, and have a better understanding of what the day-to-day profession of the registered dietitian nutritionist is like. This experience will help you be prepared for the dietetic internship that you complete after finishing your undergraduate program.

In addition, students who major in Nutrition and Dietetics at Immaculata are also members in the Student Dietetic Association that offers different clubs and numerous activities to provide students with opportunities to socialize and build professional and leadership skills.

Students can continue their education in Immaculata’s Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition.

Where Can I Work?

A degree in nutrition and dietetics prepares you for a variety of career opportunities including: community nutrition; sports nutrition counseling; fitness and wellness centers; schools, colleges and universities; food service management; Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) programs and other public health agencies; home care, programs for underdeveloped countries, e.g. Peace Corps, United Nations; hospitals and long-term care facilities; specialized patient care, e.g., athletes, pediatrics; rehabilitation centers; private practice; nutrition research laboratories and pharmaceutical industry.

Course Preview

Advanced Nutrition I

Principles of human nutrition; factors involved in the availability, digestion, absorption, and utilization of macronutrients; energy balance; techniques for assessing personal nutritional status.

Medical Nutrition Therapy I

Study of the physiological basis for therapeutic diets in disease; dietary modifications for specific disease conditions; role of the dietitian in patient care.

Nutrition Practicum

Application of education in pre-professional experience in clinical and community environments. Combination of classes and off-campus experiences.

Experimental Foods

Experimental techniques and procedures used to study the physical and chemical properties of basic food materials and the alterations they undergo during preparation. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory.

Strategies in Teaching Nutrition Concepts

Application of education in pre-professional experience in clinical and community environments. Combination of classes and off-campus experiences.

Accreditation

Immaculata University’s Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL, 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext 5400. http://www.eatrightPRO.org/ACEND

Steps to Become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) or Registered Dietetic Technician (DTR)

After completing your bachelor’s in Nutrition and Dietetics from Immaculata and receiving your Verification Statement confirming your eligibility to apply for an internship, Immaculata Nutrition faculty advise and support you as you apply and match with an internship. However, since dietetic internships are very competitive, there is no guarantee of a match with an internship site.

All dietetic internships require 1,200 hours of supervised practice in clinical or community nutrition, food service, and other areas. Once you successfully completed the internship, you must pass the CDR credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. More information is available here.

Those interested in becoming a Registered Dietetic Technician (DTR) can learn more here.

Tuition and Additional Costs

College tuition, charges and fees are listed in the current undergraduate catalog. DPD fees are estimated. We cannot anticipate all fees. Additional fees are possible.

  • Text and resource materials (~ $200 per course)
  • Department fees
    • Food Science Laboratory and supplies fee (~$70 per lab course)
    • Practicum fee for FNU 359 and FNU 370 ($55 for both courses)
  • Medical insurance

Additional required documentation fees can include: child abuse clearance screening, flu shot, criminal background check and drug testing.

Withdrawal information can be found here.

Graduation and Program Completion Requirements

Program Completion Requirements

Undergraduate students in the Nutrition and Dietetics program are required to have a minimum overall GPA of 2.6 and earn a minimum grade of B- in all FNU courses to graduate and receive the Verification Statement. This document is required to apply for a dietetic internship or to be eligible to take the exam to be a Registered Dietetics Technician.

  • Transfer students are required to complete a minimum of 12 credits at Immaculata University to complete the DPD and receive the Verification Statement.

Students who meet the minimum GPA but have earned lower than a B- in any FNU course(s) must repeat the course(s) before graduation and earn at least the minimum grade requirement to receive a Verification Statement. If students do not meet the program minimum and/or overall GPA  requirement, they may still graduate but will not earn a Verification Statement.

Graduation (Degree) Requirements

All undergraduate students must meet both the institutional degree requirements outlined in the university’s Undergraduate Catalog, page 36 (in the “Academic Life” section, under the subheading “Degree Requirements”) and the requirements specific to a given major/program.

As described in the catalog, to complete a baccalaureate degree at Immaculata University, candidates must:

  • fulfill the general (major and core) curriculum requirements of the college (including ethics and writing intensive requirements);
  • earn a minimum of 126 credit hours if a student in the College of Adult Professional Studies and 128 credit hours if a student in the College of Undergraduate Studies, with a minimum GPA of 2.00 (C).
  • if enrolled in the College of Undergraduate Studies, complete a First Year Seminar (FYS) course and two contact hours in physical education;
  • meet the departmental requirements appropriate for the concentration program chosen.

 

Mission, Goals and Objectives

The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at Immaculata University is to provide educational excellence that prepares graduates for supervised practice, leading them to be eligible for the CDR credentialing exam to become registered dietitian nutritionists. The Didactic Program also strives to promote a lifelong appreciation for the attributes of a liberal arts education beyond graduation, encompassing ethical integrity, service, justice, and peace.

To accomplish this mission, the DPD program has the following goals:

Goal 1 – Graduates will be well prepared in the field of nutrition and dietetics, demonstrating logical and critical thought, independent study, and integration of knowledge.

  • Objective 1.1: At least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within 6 years (150%) of the program length.
  • Objective 1.2: Graduates who respond to the post-program completion survey will rank program satisfaction as a minimum overall mean score of 4.0 out of 5.0.
  • Objective 1.3: 80% of supervised practice program directors will indicate overall satisfaction with graduate’s preparation for supervised practice.

Goal 2 – Graduates who successfully complete the DPD program will be eligible for supervised practice, graduate school, or employment.

  • Objective 2.1:  A minimum of 70% of program graduates will apply for admission to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
  • Objective 2.2:  A minimum of 70% of program graduates applying for supervised practice will be admitted within 12 months of graduation.
  • Objective 2.3:  A minimum of 80% of program graduates will pass the CDR exam on the first attempt.
  • Objective 2.4: Graduates who respond to the post-program completion survey will indicate that the program promoted mastery of subject material to prepare them for employment as a minimum overall mean score of 4.0 our of 5.0.

Goal 3 – Graduates will be prepared to communicate ideas effectively in a multicultural society, while respecting diversity, exhibiting personal integrity, and displaying ethical conduct.

  • Objective 3.1: Graduates who respond to the post-program completion survey will rank preparedness to work professionally and communicate within a multicultural society as a minimum overall mean score of 4.0 out of 5.0.
  • Objective 3.2: Graduates who respond to the post-program completion survey will rank overall coursework relating to professional growth as a minimum overall mean score of 4.0 out of 5.0.

 

Just the facts

90+

years of Nutrition & Dietetics Programs

150

hours of experiential learning embedded in the curriculum

SDA

Student Dietetics Association supports professional development

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