Dietetics Track/Nutrition, BS

  • Dietetics

    TOOLS OF THE TRADE:   You’ll get hands-on experience with equipment used in the dietetics field to prepare you for what you’ll encounter in your career.

    Prepare for abundant career choices in healthcare

    As a Nutrition major pursuing the Dietetics track at IUP, you’ll take a balanced blend of outstanding courses and gain a strong foundation for a career as a dietitian.

    The dietetics track educates professionals how to translate food and nutrition science information for diverse members of society. The undergraduate dietetic curriculum results in a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and prepares you for a variety of career opportunities in healthcare, food service administration, the food industry, public health, community education, culinary dietetics, and food and nutrition research.

    Among the classes you’ll take are topics such as nutrition and disease, careers in food and nutrition, experimental foods, food consumption patterns, nutrition counseling, hospitality purchasing, and principles of management. The completion of the dietetic program prepares students to apply for an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program en route to becoming a registered dietitian.

    Over the past 30 years, IUP’s Food and Nutrition Department has educated more than 1,000 dietitians and nutritionists.

    You can gain valuable experience through programs such as Nutrition Connection, a peer nutrition counseling service housed in the Center for Health and Well-Being and staffed by undergraduate students enrolled in Nutrition Counseling and Education.

    Students participate in interdisciplinary simulations with the nursing and the speech-language pathology programs when enrolled in Medical Nutrition Therapy.

    IUP’s Food and Nutrition Department also has an active student organization, the Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics, where undergraduate can gain experience in leadership, nutrition community education, and nutrition programing and meet others who are in your major. 

    Graduates of the Dietetics Track will:

    • Have an in-depth knowledge of food, nutrition, and behavioral sciences.
    • Acquire the ability to apply these theories utilizing problem-solving and critical-thinking skills to improve the quantity and quality of food and nutrition for people now and in the future
    • Understand relationships among academic disciplines (i.e., the natural sciences, including chemistry, physiology, and biochemistry) and apply these scientific principles to the practice of nutrition and dietetics
    • Translate the role of nutrients and healthy food preparation for health and well-being
    • Provide effective nutrition education to individuals and groups
    • Know the roles, responsibilities, and competencies needed by therapeutic, administrative, and community dietitians
    • Exhibit leadership and team-building skills
    • Understand science and technology in order to perform effectively in the workplace and as citizens in a world increasingly shaped by technology and faced with social dilemmas stemming from scientific advances
    • Utilize appropriate technologies within the discipline
    • Think critically, communicate effectively both orally and in writing, analyze information, make decisions, and solve problems in a rapidly changing nation and world
    • Be able to work with diverse populations in a global economy
    • Continue in lifelong learning
    • Meet the basic requirements for graduate study in nutrition and related areas

    Mission

    The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at Indiana University of Pennsylvania is to provide superior educational opportunities combining theory and practice, and prepare graduates for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the CDR Credentialing Exam to Become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

    Within the DPD, students may choose the Culinary Dietetics concentration, and they are educated in advanced food preparation and management skills in a culinary arts background in addition to the area encompassed by the dietetics profession. This concentration uniquely prepares graduates to incorporate health nutrition into classical cuisine, manage food service operations focused on nutrition needs, and integrate culinary arts into hospital, extended care, and school food service facilities.

    Students who complete either the Dietetics or Culinary Dietetics concentration meet the academic requirements of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accreditation agency of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Graduates qualify to apply to ACEND-accredited dietetic internships in pursuit of becoming a registered dietitian. 

    ACEND exists to serve the public by establishing and enforcing eligibility requirements and accreditation standards that ensure the quality and continued improvement of nutrition and dietetics education programs. 

    Program Goals and Outcome Measures

    Goal 1:

    The graduate will be a competent entry level registered dietitian nutritionist after completing their DPD and supervised practice program.

    1. At least 80 percent of program students will complete program/degree requirements within six years (150 percent of the program length.) 

    2. The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of the first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionist will be at least 80 percent. 

    3. At least 50 percent of program graduates will apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation. 

    4. At least 50 percent of program graduates will be admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation. 

    5. At least 75 percent of DPD graduates will agree or strongly agree that they are well prepared for a supervised practice program.

    6. At least 80 percent of dietetic supervised practice program directors or their designee will agree or strongly agree that the program graduate is well prepared for their current assignment. 

    Goal 2:

    The graduate will be academically prepared for employment and/or graduate education in a food and nutrition or related field. 

    1. At least 80 percent of DPD graduates who respond to a survey within one year of graduation will agree or strongly agree that they were well prepared for their current position in food and nutrition.

    2. At least 80 percent of those who respond to a survey within one year of graduation who are currently in a graduate education program will agree or strongly agree that their undergraduate academics prepare them for graduate school education in nutrition or a related field. 

    Program Outcomes Data

    Complete outcomes data for the program are available upon request.  Individuals may request this information from the DPD director, Nicole Clark, DCN, RDN, LDN, CDE, nclark@iup.edu.

    Accreditation

    The Indiana University of Pennsylvania DPD program has been granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics until December 31, 2021. The next Accreditation Review is scheduled for fall 2020.

    Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics

    ACEND may be contacted at:

    Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    120 South Riverside Plaza
    Suite 2190
    Chicago, Illinois  60606-6995

    Phone: 1-800-877-1600 Ex. 5400; 312-899-0040 Ext. 5400
    Email: acend@eatright.org

    Graduation and Program Completion Requirements

    Students in the DPD program must complete all coursework outlined in the Nutrition/ Dietetics or Nutrition/Culinary Dietetics curriculum and based on IUP’s graduation policies. Students are eligible for graduation once all courses have been successfully completed, the student has earned at least 120 credits, met the university’s graduation requirements, and applied for graduation. Per university policy, students must complete their undergraduate degree in no more than six years. 

    Students who have already completed an undergraduate degree have the option to enroll in ACEND-approved DPD courses at IUP in order to obtain a Verification Statement.

    Academic and Program Calendar

    The DPD program adheres to the academic calendar of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 

    Contact Us

    For additional information regarding the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Didactic Program, please contact:

    Dr. Nicole A. Clark, DCN, RD, LDN, CDE
    Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics
    911 South Drive
    Ackerman 102
    Indiana, PA 15705
    724-357-3128
    nclark@iup.edu