Human Nutrition - Dietetics Major
Food and Nutrition Study for Healthy Lifestyles
Students who attain a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Human Nutrition – Dietetics will be prepared for traditional, non-traditional, and entrepreneurial positions in health care that utilize knowledge of food, nutrition and dietetics. Professionals trained in nutrition have numerous career options due to the growing emphasis on nutrition, health and wellness.
One of the career options for a student majoring in Human Nutrition - Dietetics is to become a registered dietitian (RD). The Human Nutrition - Dietetics major includes a didactic program in dietetics (DPD) which has been granted Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, #312-899-0040 ext. 5400, email@example.com. Steps to become an RD:
- Complete an ACEND accredited DPD program and obtain a bachelor's degree***
- Apply for and complete an ACEND accredited internship program
- Pass a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)
***Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition - Dietetics at MSU Denver are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program. Graduates who successfully complete the ISPP are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN. For more information about educational pathways to become an RDN please visit https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend/students-and-advancing-education/information-for-students.
DPD Program Mission, Goals and Objectives
The mission of the DPD at MSU Denver is to prepare diverse students from the Denver metropolitan area for successful careers in food, nutrition and dietetics by providing quality didactic education in the core knowledge for registered dietitians that is culturally sensitive and instills a desire for life-long learning.
Goal 1: Prepare students for a career using their knowledge of food, nutrition and dietetics.
- Over a five-year period, 80% of graduates who take the RDN exam for the first time will pass the exam.
- Over a five-year period, 70% of graduates who seek employment will report employment in food, nutrition and dietetics; in graduate school; or in pathways offering supervised practice within 1 year of graduation.
- Over a five-year period, 80% of graduates in a dietetic internship will rate themselves as prepared
- Over a five-year period, dietetic Internship directors will rate 80% of graduates as prepared
Goal 2: Students from a diverse background will graduate and be successfully placed in jobs, internships or graduate school.
- Over a five-year period, 70% of full-time students who enter the program in their junior year will complete the human nutrition-dietetics major within three years.
- Over a five-year period, 90% of ISPP students will complete the program within 47 weeks (the ISPP is designated to be completed in 31 weeks, 47 weeks is 150% of the planned time).
- Over a five-year period, 60% of graduates who apply for an internship or pathways offering supervised practice will be placed within 12 months of graduation.
- Over a five-year period, 50% of students will be males, persons of color, Hispanic, nontraditional age (> 25 years at admission) or have documented disability.
- Over a five-year period, 50% of graduating seniors will apply for dietetic internships or pathways offering supervised practice within 12 months of graduation.
Goal 3: Students will embrace life-long learning to improve professional practice by participating in continuing education after graduation.
- Over a five-year period, 70% of graduates responding to the graduate survey will indicate they have attended or participated in a continuing education activity such as a seminar, conference, webinar or self-study
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