Nutrition, B.S.

Pursue a career in Nutrition as a USJ undergraduate

We offer two programs in nutrition. The Didactic Program in Dietetics prepares students to apply to a supervised practice program (e.g., dietetic internship). The Nutrition and Wellness Program prepares students to work in the area of wellness and community nutrition.

Didactic Program Nutrition & Wellness Program


Didactic Program in Dietetics

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.

ACEND® can be contacted by:

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: 800-877-1600, ext. 5400
  • Mail: 120 South Riverside Plaza
    Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995

Beginning 2024 one must have a Master’s degree to be eligible to take the RDN exam.

For the Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition, the DPD core curriculum includes food and nutrition sciences, foodservice management, nutrition counseling, nutrition education, medical nutrition therapy, community nutrition, psychology, statistics, and natural sciences (e.g. biology, organic chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy, physiology and microbiology).

Academic Map DPD Student Handbook Program Curriculum

Please use this academic map as a reference guide. Academic advisors are always available to discuss the required courses depending on each student’s needs.

NUTRITION

Internships & Career Opportunities

USJ’s widely recognized Nutrition degree has many possibilities with programs in Didactics and Nutrition & Wellness. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to enroll in the Dietetic Internship Certificate Program; a dietetic professional credential. Continue your studies and earn your graduate degree in Nutrition and explore career paths through our graduate certificate programs at USJ.

Advantages

With seven programs and online course offerings, our advanced Nutrition studies program prepares students for a successful career that focuses on a variety of Health Studies geared toward health and wellness. The Nutrition studies program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Clubs & Organizations

USJ Nutrition Club | Working on Wellness (WOW)

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Program Mission

The mission of the University of Saint Joseph Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is to provide excellence in education in nutrition and dietetics in the context of a liberal arts education that meets the requirements of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) by preparing students for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).

Goals & Objectives

Goal #1: To prepare graduates to successfully enter a supervised practice program (e.g. dietetic internship).

Objectives:

  1. At least 80% of program students will complete the program/degree requirements within 6 years (150% of the program length).
  2. 60% of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
  3. 50% of program graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
  4. Among the program graduates who apply to supervised practice programs, at least 70% will be admitted within 12 months of graduation.

Goal #2: To prepare graduates with a strong foundation in nutrition/dietetics to perform proficiently in a supervised practice program (e.g. dietetic internship) in preparation to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).

Objectives:

  1. At least 90% of graduates who enter a supervised practice will complete the program.
  2. At least 90% of supervised practice program directors will rate satisfaction with graduates at an average of 3 (or better) on a 5-point scale on each of the following characteristics: Dietetics knowledge, work methods, adaptability, decision making, interpersonal skills, communication, work habits and leadership.
  3. The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.

Information on outcomes will be provided upon request.

Admission & Continuation Requirements

Students must first meet USJ’s admission requirements to enroll into the University. Once admitted to the University, students can declare a nutrition major and begin the foundational course requirements in natural sciences and nutrition.

Students in the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) must maintain the following course 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.

Major Program Milestones

Guidelines for Students Seeking a Second Degree in Nutrition

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

  • Students apply for a second bachelor’s degree in dietetics with USJ’s admissions department.
  • Second-degree students must complete an 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.
  • 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
  • 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.

Nutrition & Wellness

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.

Completion of the Nutrition and Wellness Program does not fulfill the requirements to apply to a supervised practice program.

Academic Map Program Curriculum

Please use this academic map as a reference guide. Academic advisors are always available to discuss the required courses depending on each student’s needs.


Questions?

Contact:
Margery Lawrence, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Department Chair of Nutrition & Public Health
Phone: 860.231.5388
Email: [email protected]

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