USJ’s Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is a four-year baccalaureate undergraduate degree. Completion of the program enables students to apply to a supervised practice program (e.g. dietetic internship), which is required before one can sit for the examination to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). For more information about pathways to become an RDN and career opportunities in this field, visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.
USJ's DPD is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
ACEND is the accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitian nutritionists or dietetic technicians, registered. ACEND® serves and protects students and the public by assuring the quality and continued improvement of nutrition and dietetics education programs. (Website: https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend).
ACEND® can be contacted by:
Beginning 2024 one must have a Master's degree to be eligible to take the RDN exam.
The Nutrition and Wellness program at the University of Saint Joseph is based on a core of nutrition and science courses, but also features courses in the specialty areas such as Health Promotion and Sports Nutrition. Wellness is viewed as not just the absence of illness, but the presence of positive health characteristics. The focus is on prevention, weight management, fitness, and nutrition education for all life stages. Nutrition is a key component of all wellness initiatives. Nutrition professionals are employed in a variety of community settings such as Women, Infants and Children (WIC) programs, schools, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), fitness, and worksite wellness. Demand for professionals in community nutrition sites are expected to grow by 34% in this decade.
Completion of the Nutrition and Wellness Program does not fulfill the requirements to apply to a supervised practice program.
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