Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics2018-09-28T19:56:11+00:00
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B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics

We are currently not accepting applications for this program.

We are currently not accepting applications for this program.

The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics degree program offers a flexible online learning model and is for the dietetic technician registered (DTR). We are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) through July 2022.

Our second bachelor’s degree program, with credit requirements ranging from 42 to 58, takes two to three years to complete. The didactic coursework is offered in an online learning environment and supplements 1,200 hours of supervised practice completed in a student’s geographic locale.

This program provides the didactic and clinical education necessary to give students a broad-based knowledge of food, nutrient composition, and the role of nutrition in the regulation of body processes. Graduates are eligible to take the CDR Credentialing Examination for Dietitian Nutritionists and will be prepared to work collaboratively with other healthcare professionals, educators, and policymakers to promote health and address nutritionally related health problems in the community, state, and nation.

The program is for credentialed dietetic technicians registered (DTR) who want to advance in their career and builds on previous education through a flexible program that combines a broad background in the health sciences, pre-professional courses, and clinical opportunities.

The program also promotes ethical, professional practice that will instill a sense of commitment and inspire lifelong learning.

  • Online learning environment for all didactic courses
  • Designed for DTRs with a bachelor’s degree
  • 1,200 hours of supervised practice in the student’s geographic locale
  • 42-58 credits required for the second bachelor’s degree, depending on the degree program option the student enters (see curriculum tab)
  • Part-time and full-time options
  • Faculty with clinical and community nutrition expertise
  • Upon completion of the program, students earn a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics degree and are eligible to take the RDN/RD exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
  • The advancement to the RDN credential will expand and enhance the individual professionally in the field of dietetics and nutrition.

BSND Coordinated Program Goals

Goal One: To provide clinical and didactic learning experiences reflecting the breadth of dietetic practice that allows the registered dietetic technician (DTR) to become competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN) and graduates with the skills necessary to assume expanding roles in the health care environment.

Objective for Goal 1

  •  At least 80 % of graduates over a five-year period will pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration RDN registration exam
  • Based on alumni survey data, 70 % or more of graduates who seek employment in dietetics will be employed within one year of graduation.
  • Based on alumni survey data, 50 % or more of graduates will enroll in an advanced degree program, seek certification in specialty practice areas, or contribute to the community or professional leadership.

Goal 2:  Provide an innovative pathway for the DTR to complete the CP utilizing online learning environment, emerging technologies, and supervised practice in their geographic locale.

Objective for Goal 2

  •  Over a five-year period, 80 percent of students who enroll in the CP will complete all program requirements within 150 percent of the time planned for completion (4.5 years part-time).

Outcomes Data is available upon request Please contact Dr. Pamela Rothpletz-Puglia (rothplpm@shp.rutgers.edu)

After successful completion of the didactic and supervised practice components of the BSND Coordinated Program, our students are eligible to sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) Examination for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN). Over a five-year period, our graduates have an 80 percent pass rate on the CDR RDN examination within a year following their first attempt.

School and Program

The School of Health Professions is accredited by the Commission of Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Contact information for additional inquiries regarding program accreditation can be addressed to:

ACEND

120 S. Riverside Plaza, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995,
800 877-1600, ext. 5400
312 899-0040
Fax: 31 /899-4817
acend@eatright.org

  • Second Bachelor’s Degree Program Option – For students who possess a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from an accredited college/university, a degree from an ACEND accredited DTR program and a current DTR credential. Students complete 58 credits from Rutgers-SHP.

Click on program options for the requirements of graduation.

We are currently not accepting applications for this program.

A complete application and all supporting documents must be received by February 1 for the following fall term.

Applicant must include:

  • SHP Application
  • $75 Application fee
  • Official Transcrip from all institutions (bachelors degree and, if applicable, associate’s degree)
  • A copy of dietetic technician registration (DTR) card
  • Resume
  • Statement of academic and professional goals
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Minimum GPA 3.0 from highest degree
  • Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Verification Statement (if you graduated with a BS in Nutrition/Dietetics)

The Coordinated Program faculty will interview all eligible students prior to acceptance into the program.

Goal 1: To provide clinical and didactic learning experiences reflecting the breadth of dietetic practice, allowing the registered dietetic technician (DTR) to become competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN) and graduates with the skills necessary to assume expanding roles in the healthcare environment.

Objectives:

  • At least 80% of graduates over a five-year period will pass the CDR Credentialing Examination for Dietitian Nutritionists within one year following their first attempt.
  • Based on alumni survey data, 70% or more of graduates who seek employment in dietetics will be employed within one year of graduation.
  • Based on alumni survey data, 50% or more of graduates will enroll in an advanced degree program and/or seek certification in specialty practice areas, and/or contribute to the community and/or professional leadership.

Goal 2: To provide an innovative pathway for the DTR to complete the CP, utilizing an online learning environment, emerging technologies, and supervised practice in their geographic locale.

Objective:

  • Over a five-year period, 80% of students who enroll in the CP will complete all program requirements within 150% of the time planned for completion (4.5 years part-time).

Program outcomes are available upon request

We are currently not accepting applications at this time.

Yes, some courses within the BSND Coordinated Program may be taken on a non-matriculated basis.

The mission of the Coordinated Program (CP) is to provide the didactic and clinical education necessary to train students to have a broad-based knowledge of food, nutrient composition, and the role of nutrition in the regulation of body processes. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the CDR Credentialing Examination for Dietitian Nutritionists and will be able to utilize this knowledge in working collaboratively with other healthcare professionals, educators, and policy makers to promote health and alleviate many of the nutritionally related health problems existing in the community, state and nation.

The program promotes career advancement for individuals credentialed as a dietetic technician registered (DTR) that builds on, and does not duplicate, previous education through a flexible program that combines a broad background in the health sciences, pre-professional courses and clinical opportunities.

The program also promotes ethical, professional practice that will instill a sense of commitment and inspire lifelong learning.

Students in the BSND Coordinated Program work with a Rutgers SHP, CP clinical coordinator faculty member to locate appropriate supervised practice clinical sites and to set up legal contracts with the site. Rutgers SHP’s CP has contracts with supervised practice sites around the country in authorized locations, but these sites change on an ongoing basis. The student is assisted by the clinical coordinator but is expected to network and locate supervised practice sites if existing contracts are not in place in the student’s geographical locale. Students may need to travel to supervised practice clinical sites.

Yes, The Coordinated Program is accredited through the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). For further information on accreditation, contact:

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 2000
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995

Phone: 800/877-1600 ext. 5400
Fax: 312-899-4817
E-mail: acend@eatright.org

Website: www.eatright.org/ACEND

Rutgers SHP is fully accredited by the Commission of Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

The dietetic technician, registered (DTR) credential is required for entry to the program at this time. Please see the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for more information about the DTR.

After completing all the requirements of the BSND Coordinated Program and graduating from the program, the graduate will receive a verification statement and will be eligible to take the CDR Credentialing Examination for Dietitian Nutritionists.

Yes. Rutgers University and the School of Health Professions offer a limited number of scholarship programs.

The academic calendar can be found on the Academic Calendar page.

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