Undergraduate Nutrition & Dietetics Program


Undergraduate Nutrition & Dietetics Program

Pursue a career in nutrition as a USJ undergraduate.

USJ’s dietetics didactic program is a four-year baccalaureate degree leading to the completion of the academic requirements of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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The Didactic Program is currently granted continued accreditation status by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Beginning 2024 one must have a Master's to be eligible to take the RD exam.

Admission and Continuation Requirements:

  • A minimum of a "C" in all Nutrition major courses and in the following natural science courses or their equivalents: General Biology, Microbiology, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry (CHEM170), Biochemistry, Anatomy and Physiology (both semesters)
  • A course may be repeated only once to raise the grade.

Application Procedure:

Program Completion Requirements:

  • USJ requires a minimum of 120 credits for graduation. The Didactic program in the Department of Nutrition requires 45 credits of nutrition plus required supporting courses.
  • Second-degree students must complete your individual plan of study as outlined by the Didactic program director and complete requirements for the second degree as determined by the admissions department and in the USJ catalog. The minimum number of credits for a second degree is 30 credits.
  • Students not seeking a second degree must complete the course requirements as listed by the Didactic program director. These are determined on an individual basis at the beginning of your program.

Major Program Milestones:

  • Fall Prior to Program Completion:
    • Meet with the Didactic program director to review the process of applying for an internship.
    • Request applications from internship programs. (Most are accessible online.)
    • Meet with the Didactic program director to review program choices, the student essay, GPA calculation and the process of computer matching, the online application process and to monitor progress.
  • January:
    • Review your Declaration of Intent to Complete form, which lists the courses you still need to complete before verification is complete. This is part of the application to a dietetic internship. These are needed if you are applying before all of your coursework is complete.
  • Mid-February/October:
    • The deadline for internship applications is mid-February for a September start date. The deadline is October for a January start date.
  • Mid-May/Late-December:
    • Verification: You have successfully met the requirements of the USJ Dietetics program. (You have received a bachelor's from USJ, received at least a C in all required nutrition and science courses and passed the comprehensive examination, completed at the end of NUTR 499 Coordination).
    • The verification form is given to you after college graduation in mid May or late December and signed by the Didactic program director.
    • This form must be part of the dietetic internship application if you have finished your requirements or must be forwarded to the internship director when you are accepted.  
    • Completion of the Didactic program, followed by completion of a dietetic internship, means you are able to apply to take the registered dietitian examination.

For more detailed information about the USJ Dietetics Program please see the USJ Didactic Program Handbook and online catalog.

GUIDELINES FOR DIETETICS VERIFICATION FOR SECOND-DEGREE STUDENTS:

The  dietetics program is also open to students with a baccalaureate degree in a major other than Nutrition.

  • You must formally apply for a second bachelor's degree in dietetics with USJ’s admissions department.
  • An admissions counselor and the Nutrition department will review your application.
  • You may take six credits before matriculation is required.
  • You will need to supply the following documents:
    • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
    • Proof of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college
    • A written plan of study reviewed by the Didactic program director

NUTRITION AND WELLNESS

This program is designed to provide you with the flexibility to design your own major, along with a faculty advisor. This program can help you prepare for a position in community nutrition, food service management, or for admission to a graduate program.

Please see the USJ Course Catalog for information about course requirements.

MINORS: Nutrition Minor, Sports Nutrition Minor, Food Service Minor

Please see the USJ Course Catalog for further details about our minors.