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 Student Dietetic Association (SDA) is a dynamic club for all nutrition and dietetics majors. The club hosts guest speakers, provides community service, partners with the IU Gardening Club to grow vegetables for a local food cupboard, provides nutrition education fact sheets for the student food pantry, and participates annually in the NEDA Walk. In the past the SDA has raised money for charity, provided education and cooking classes for elementary school children, and hosted a fun run.

Students can become a member of Kappa Omicron Nu, a national honor society for Immaculata students majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics and Fashion Merchandising.

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.

Accreditation Status

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

Mission

The mission of the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics at Immaculata Universityis 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 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.

Steps to Become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

  1. Successfully complete a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics (or comparable) from an ACEND accredited program and receive the Verification Statement.
    1. A bachelor’s degree from an unaccredited institution or in an unrelated field can be paired with DPD course requirements from an ACEND accredited program
  2. Apply, match to, and successfully complete a dietetic internship.
    1. It is the students responsibility to complete all applications (e.g. DICAS, D&D Digital, university or program specific)
    2. Application to a dietetic internship does not guarantee a match
    3. Dietetic internships to become a registered dietitian nutritionist are very competitive and are usually unpaid
      1. All dietetic internships require 1200 hours of supervised practice in clinical, community, food service, and other areas. This requirement is established by ACEND.
  3. Pass the CDR credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).

More information is available here.

Steps to Become a Registered Dietetic Technician (DTR)

  1. Completion of an ACEND accredited Dietetic Technician Program, which includes a minimum of 450 hours of supervised practice.
  2. Completion of a Bachelor’s degree by a U.S. regionally accredited program, and receive a DPD Verification Statement.
  3. Pass the CDR credentialing exam to become a Registered Dietetic Technician DTR.

More information is available here.

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Costs and Requirements

College tuition, charges and fees are listed in the current undergraduate catalog. DPD program fees are estimated. Not all fees can be anticipated and 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)**
  • Child abuse clearance screening
  • Flu shot
  • Criminal background check
  • 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

Experiential Learning

During the DPD program students complete approximately 150 hours of experiential learning covering clinical, community, and food service nutrition. This experience helps prepare students to be excellent candidates for a dietetic internship.

Instructors will help guide students for supervised experience placement, but students are ultimately responsible for locating the majority of these hours. Approximately 50 hours will be food service, and approximately 100 hours will be a combination of clinical and community experience. For each experiential course students have ample time to meet the required hours.

Full details of experiential requirements for students and preceptors are provided. This includes checklists and submission instructions. All checklists are based on the ACEND requirements for DPD accredited programs.

Accreditation Status

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

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Overview

Nutrition and dietetics has been an important component of student education at Immaculata University, preparing professionals in the field for over 90 years. An experienced faculty, together with area professionals and a network of Immaculata University graduates provide educational experiences both in the classroom and in the work environment.

Students who major in Nutrition and Dietetics at Immaculata University are also members in the Student Dietetic Association (SDA). The SDA is an organization that offers different clubs and numerous activities to provide students with the opportunities to socialize and build professional and leadership skills to help prepare them for a dietetic internship and as a future nutrition professional.

Immaculata University offers an accredited dietetic internship through the College of Graduate Studies, as well as Master of Science degrees in Clinical Nutrition (dietetic internship) and Nutrition Education and Counseling (no dietetic internship) to further prepare students to become professional leaders in nutrition and health promotion.

Mission

The mission of the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics at Immaculata Universityis 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 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.

Steps to Become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

  1. Successfully complete a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics (or comparable) from an ACEND accredited program and receive the Verification Statement.
    1. A bachelor’s degree from an unaccredited institution or in an unrelated field can be paired with DPD course requirements from an ACEND accredited program
  2. Apply, match to, and successfully complete a dietetic internship.
    1. It is the students responsibility to complete all applications (e.g. DICAS, D&D Digital, university or program specific)
    2. Application to a dietetic internship does not guarantee a match
    3. Dietetic internships to become a registered dietitian nutritionist are very competitive and are usually unpaid
      1. All dietetic internships require 1200 hours of supervised practice in clinical, community, food service, and other areas. This requirement is established by ACEND.
  3. Pass the CDR credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).

More information is available here.

Steps to Become a Registered Dietetic Technician (DTR)

  1. Completion of an ACEND accredited Dietetic Technician Program, which includes a minimum of 450 hours of supervised practice.
  2. Completion of a Bachelor’s degree by a U.S. regionally accredited program, and receive a DPD Verification Statement.
  3. Pass the CDR credentialing exam to become a Registered Dietetic Technician DTR.

More information is available here.

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Costs and Requirements

College tuition, charges and fees are listed in the current undergraduate catalog. DPD program fees are estimated. Not all fees can be anticipated and 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)**
  • Child abuse clearance screening
  • Flu shot
  • Criminal background check
  • 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

Experiential Learning

During the DPD program students complete approximately 150 hours of experiential learning covering clinical, community, and food service nutrition. This experience helps prepare students to be excellent candidates for a dietetic internship.

Instructors will help guide students for supervised experience placement, but students are ultimately responsible for locating the majority of these hours. Approximately 50 hours will be food service, and approximately 100 hours will be a combination of clinical and community experience. For each experiential course students have ample time to meet the required hours.

Full details of experiential requirements for students and preceptors are provided. This includes checklists and submission instructions. All checklists are based on the ACEND requirements for DPD accredited programs.

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