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The Didactic Program in Dietetics prepares students with the foundational knowledge and skills to be a member of health care teams with the ability to address the nutritional needs in health and disease of a multi-cultural society.

Dietitians apply knowledge from physiology, biochemistry and chemistry to understand digestion of food, absorption and use of nutrients by the body at different stages of life, and the effects of nutrient deficiencies and excesses. They also draw on the social sciences to understand the socio-cultural, psychological, economic and political factors influencing choices of food. Dietitians as clinicians study the relationship between diet and chronic disease. They also monitor nutritional content of the American food supply, define and help to alleviate nutritional problems throughout the world, and work with other health professionals in promoting health and well-being for people of all ages.

Students who complete the B.S. in Dietetics will be proficient in the following student learning outcomes:

  1. Communicate effectively in presenting food and nutrition information
  2. Use physical, biological, and social science concepts in nutrition settings
  3. Do basic research in food and nutrition
  4. Use nutrition concepts in health promotion and disease prevention
  5. Prepare and serve quality food items for different settings
  6. Practice management skills in budget preparation, cost analysis, and marketing
  7. Demonstrate a Christ-centered SDA worldview in food and nutrition-related activities

 

Mission:

The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics is to prepare students of faith with the foundation knowledge and skills to be a member of the health care team who are well able to address the nutritional needs in health and disease of a multi-cultural society” 

Goal 1.  To enroll, retain and graduate a culturally diverse pool of students to meet critical shortages and underrepresentation in the profession.

Objectives:

  1. Over a five year period there will be at least a 25% increase in enrollment into the program.
  2. Over a five year period graduation rates of students in program will increase by 25%
  3. Over a five year period at least 80% of students will complete the DPD program within 150% of the program length.

 

Goal 2. To Prepare graduates for supervised practice programs, graduate education, and as competent entry-level dietitians.

Objectives:

  1. Over a 5 year period > 90% of graduates who pursue dietetic registration will pass the registration exam within the first year.
  2. Over a 5 year period > 90% of those who apply for dietetic internship within the academic year they graduate will be accepted.
  3. Over a 5 year period >80% of those who apply to graduate programs within the first year following program completion will be accepted.
  4. Over a 5 year period? 80% of our graduates will be working in the dietetics field within 12 months of completing the dietetic internship
  5. Surveys of internship directors and/or employers will indicate that 80% or more of graduates perform satisfactorily or greater in areas of program competencies.
MEET FACULTY

MAJORS:

  • Dietetics (B.S.)(124 Hours)
  • Nutrition and Vegetarian Emphasis(B.S)(120 Hours)

MINORS:

  • Food and Nutrition(21 Hours)

CERTIFICATE:

NON-TRADITIONAL PROGRAM:

  • Didactic Program Completion(DPD)(73 Hours)
SOME COURSES YOU MAY TAKE:
ND 111 : Nutrition and Lab
Basic principles of human nutrition, including biochemical functions of nutrients, nutrient allowances for various ages and the relationship between food choices and health. Lab fee applies. (previously FS 131)

3 HOURS

ND 233 : Food Science and Laboratory
Carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals and their role in human metabolism. The management of normal nutrition needs of individuals across the life cycle including focus on pregnancy, lactation, normal infant growth and development; childhood and adolescence; adult men’s and women’s health issues; geriatrics; and basic pathophysiology and medical nutrition therapy for specific disease conditions. Lab fee applies. Prerequisite: ND 131 or by permission of instructor.

3 HOURS

ND 323 : Community Nutrition
This course is designed to prepare students for presentation of nutrition information to individuals and groups in a variety of community settings, and facilitate the development of skills for planning and assessing community nutrition programs. (previously FS 323) Prerequisites: ND 322 and junior standing.

3 HOURS

Program Overview

 

The Oakwood University DPD (Didactic Program) provides the required dietetics coursework leading to a bachelor’s in Dietetics. Graduates of ACEND-accredited programs who are verified by the program director may apply for Dietetic Internships to establish eligibility to write the CDR registration examination for dietitians.

 

Bachelor of Science in Dietetics

            This program is designed for students who process a strong interest in the sociological, psychological, physiological, and economic aspects of food and nutrition, with emphasis on health promotion/disease prevention.  College Level Examination Program (CLEP) results do not meet the requirements for this degree.

 

Students who complete the B.S. in Dietetics will be proficient in the following student learning outcomes:

  1. Communicate effectively in presenting food and nutrition information
  2. Use physical, biological, and social science concepts in nutrition settings
  3. Do basic research in food and nutrition
  4. Use nutrition concepts in health promotion and disease prevention
  5. Prepare and serve quality food items for different settings
  6. Practice management skills in budget preparation, cost analysis, and marketing
  7. Demonstrate a Christ-centered SDA worldview in food and nutrition-related activities
Gainful Employment Disclosure

According to the current Occupational Outlook Handbook from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual salary for dietitians and nutritionist was $60,370 in May 2018.  Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors.  Job outlook. Employment of dietitians and nutritionist is projected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.  The role of food in preventing and treating disease, such as diabetes is now well known.

5 Steps to Become an RDN

To become a registered dietitian nutritionist, a path of higher education is a must as well as a dietetic internship from an ACEND-accredited program, and passing the national registration examination. The pathway listed below is a common route many traditional students take, but it is not the only path to become an RDN.

The 5 Steps

  1. Complete a bachelor’s degree and receive a verification statement from an ACEND-accredited program (Didactic Program in Dietetics).
  2. Get matched to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice dietetic internship program(some dietetic internships are combined with a master’s degree, which is optional*). For students who do not match to an internship, applying to an Individual Supervised Practice Pathway is an option.
  3. Pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s dietetic registration exam.
  4. Gain licensure in your state of practice, if applicable.
  5. Maintain continuing education.

Other Pathways to Become an RDN

Coordinated Programs in Dietetics
Combine your degree with supervised practice. Why? Because baccalaureate students can apply to this type of program and begin supervised practice without going through dietetic internship computer matching. Coordinated Programs in Dietetics may result in a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, depending on the program. Graduates of these programs are eligible to sit for the dietetic registration exam.

Career Changers
It’s never too late to make the switch to a career in dietetics. Individuals with a prior bachelor’s degree need to complete a Didactic Program in Dietetics and receive a verification statement. Those without a four-year degree need to complete a bachelor’s degree and receive a verification statement indicating completion of the didactic program in dietetics components prior to applying to the dietetic internship match.

International Students
RDNs have been trained in all corners of the globe. There a few different ways for international learners to become RDNs — visit ACEND to learn more.

*Beginning in 2024, a minimum of a master’s degree will be an eligibility requirement in order to take the CDR dietetic registration exam.

Application Requirements

Admission Requirements for the Didactic Program in Dietetics:

  1. Sophomore classification
  2. Minimum GPA 2.7 on a 4.0 scale
  3. A minimum grade of C in EN 111-112 Freshman Composition
  4. Evidence of 12th grade reading level from diagnostic testing (any college testing center)
  5. Submit personal statement and attend an interview
Program Completion Requirements

Major Requirements

 

ND 102 Introduction to Dietetics …………………………………………………………………… 1 hour

ND 111 Food Preparation and Laboratory ……………………………………………………….3 hours

ND 233 Food Science and Laboratory …………………………………………………………….3 hours

ND 321 Advanced Nutrition ……………………………………………………………………………3 hours

ND 322 Life Span Nutrition …………………………………………………………………………..3 hours

ND 323 Community Nutrition ………………………………………………………………………..3 hours

ND 351 Nutrition Assessment and Counseling and Laboratory …………………………..4 hours

ND 421 Quantity Food Management and Laboratory ………………………………………..3 hours

ND 431 Food Systems Management and Laboratory ……………………………………….3 hours

ND 439 Medical Nutrition Therapy I and Laboratory ………………………………………….3 hours

ND 440 Medical Nutrition Therapy II and Laboratory …………………………………………3 hours

ND 442 Nutrition and Wellness ………………………………………………………………………3 hours

ND 453 Senior Seminar ………………………………………………………………………………..2 hours

NU 330 Pathophysiology ………………………………………………………………………………3 hours

AH 350 Medical Terminology and Laboratory …………………………………………………..3 hours

BA 310 Principles of Management …………………………………………………………………3 hours

BI 111-BI 112 Human Anatomy and Physiology ………………………………………………..8 hours

BI 221 General Microbiology ………………………………………………………………………….4 hours

CH 102 Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry with Lab ………………..3 hours

CH 331 Nutritional Biochemistry …………………………………………………………………….3 hours

EN 341 Technical Writing or BA 302 Business Communication …………………………..3 hours

PY 307 Statistical Methods ……………………………………………………………………………3 hours

PY 411 Research I ……………………………………………………………………………………….3 hours

SO 101 Principles of Sociology ………………………………………………………………………3 hours

Total ………………………………………………………………………………………………………..73 hours

 

For other nutrition degree options see bulletin page 204-205

 

1. Score 75 percent or better on the exit exam
2. Maintain a minimum 2.7 GPA on a 4.0 scale
3. Earn a minimum C grade in all dietetic and cognate courses as outlined in this section.
4. Earn a minimum 75 percent score on all tests, projects and assignments
5. Spend at least one summer acquiring pre-approved work or volunteer experience in the fi eld of dietetics. (See Appendix A of departmental student handbook for details)
6. Maintain a professional development portfolio. (See Appendix A of departmental student handbook for details)

Pathway Options
  • BS in Dietetics
  • BS in Nutrition in Vegetarian Emphasis
  • Eligibility for DTR on completion of program
  • DPD Completion
Program Cost

TUITION AND FEES 2019 – 2020 Academic Year

TOTAL CHARGES PER SEMESTER FOR TUITION PACKAGE

Non resident students (no meal plan) 9,995

Resident packages vary depending on room and meal plan choices $13,618 – 16,151

 

Other Expenses

Intent to Enroll deposit: $200

Books and supplies: $600 per semester (approximately) – Book store line of credit: $600

Health insurance: $600 per semester for U.S. citizens and international students

Testing: $40.00 – $140

Course/Laboratory fees: $15 – $140 per lab

Late registration: $195.00

Graduation fee: $271.00 plus additional $100 for regalia

Drop/add:  $10 up until last day for a refund

 

Resident Students are required to pay the total cost of tuition, fees, room and board costs at the time of registration.  A minimum of 70 % of tuition, fees, room and board costs is accepted with an approved payment plan.  The amount varies depending on room and meal plan choices.  An example follows:

Tuition and Fees $9,995 (Based on 12-16 hours)

Room and Board $4,656

Totals 14,513 x 70% = 10,519

 

Nonresident Students are required to pay a minimum of 100 % of tuition and fees at the time of registration.  A minimum of 70 percent of tuition and fees is accepted with an approved payment plan.  Tuition and fees $9995 x 70 %= $6,997 

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