Nutrition and Dietetics, B.S.
Undergraduate Studies

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.

Immaculata’s nutrition and dietetics major is designed to prepare you for a dietetic internship. Our program offers specialized courses in medical nutrition therapy, counseling, community nutrition, research, and food service management.

Our program also contains a significant amount of experiential learning within the curriculum. Students graduate with a minimum of 150 hours covering a variety of experiences in clinical, community, and food service nutrition. 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.

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 DPD program contains a significant amount of experiential learning within the curriculum. 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, community, 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 program 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 are possible and can include: Child abuse clearance screening, Flu shot, Criminal background check and Drug testing.

Program Requirements

Application, Admission, and Graduation Requirements

Students who begin their studies at Immaculata University:

  • 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 Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTR).

Students who transfer their studies to Immaculata University:

  • Transfer students must meet the same GPA, grade, and course requirements as all other Nutrition and Dietetic majors. Transfer students are required to complete a minimum of 12 credits at Immaculata University to be able to complete the DPD program and receive the Verification Statement.

All students:

  • Students that meet the minimum GPA requirement 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 a student does not meet the program minimum overall GPA of 2.6, and/or does not meet the minimum grade requirement of B- in all FNU courses, they may still graduate but will not earn a Verification Statement

Mission

The mission of the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics 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 a registered dietitian nutritionist. The program also strives to promote lifelong appreciation for the attributes of a liberal arts education beyond graduation, encompassing ethical integrity, service, justice, and peace.

Our goals are to provide students with experiential learning which will enhance their preparation for supervised practice. In addition, our graduates will be well prepared for the field of nutrition and dietetics demonstrating their competence in logical and critical thought, independent study, integrated knowledge, and effective communication in a multicultural society.

To accomplish this mission, the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics has the following goals:

  • Goal #1 – Students who graduate will be well prepared in the field of nutrition and dietetics, demonstrating logical and critical thought, independent study, and integration of knowledge.
    • Objective #1:  80% of enrolled students will complete the degree requirements within 6 years (planned program length is 4 years).
  • Goal #2– Students who graduate will have experiential learning that enhances their preparation for supervised practice.
    • Objective #1:  90% of program graduates are expected to apply for admission to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
    • Objective #2:  70% of program graduates who apply for admission to a supervised practice program are expected to be admitted within 12 months of graduation.
    • Objective #3:  80% of graduates over a five-year period who have completed the supervised practice program and take the exam will pass the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within one year following the first attempt.
    • Objective #4:  80% of supervised practice program directors will indicate satisfaction with graduate’s preparation for supervised practice.
  • Goal #3 – Students who graduate will be prepared to communicate ideas effectively in a multicultural society, while respecting diversity, exhibiting personal integrity, and displaying ethical conduct.
    • Objective #1: 90% of students will successfully complete practicum experience across diverse settings.

Didactic Program in Dietetics outcome data is available on request.

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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