Nutrition (BS)

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Study the art and science of nutrition — and then launch a high-impact career in health promotion or as a Registered Dietitian. Our program will give you the knowledge, skills, and real-world experience needed to step into the field as a fully-prepared professional.

Pick your Path: 2 Concentrations

Health Promotion

A concentration in Health Promotion is ideal for those who want to work in disease prevention, food service, or nutrition education — all with the goal of promoting lifelong health. The curriculum focuses on nutrition education for disease prevention and management. Students work with a variety of community partners, contributing to projects that serve local needs.

Coordinated Program in Dietetics

The Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD) concentration will prepare you to become a Registered Dietitian — an in-demand career! Students apply to this program in their sophomore year in order to complete the required practicum experience. The curriculum includes supervised practice in food service management, clinical medical nutrition, and community nutrition. Upon completion of the program, students are prepared to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration Exam*.

Did You Know?

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) defines a registered dietitian nutritionist as a “food and nutrition expert who has met the minimum academic and professional requirements to qualify for the credential RDN.” Many work environments, particularly those in medical and health-care settings, seek credentialed RDNs.

Academic Plan

An academic plan is a general blueprint showing how one might complete the degree, semester by semester.

Outstanding Practicum Experiences

Students in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics complete a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practicum experience, gaining real-life experience in:

  • Food Service Management Rotations
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy Rotations
  • Community Nutrition Rotations
  • Special Interest Rotations

Sample sites include hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, schools, food service operations, food banks, and many others.

Join a Growing Career Field

Jobs for dietitians and nutritionists are expected to grow 15% by 2026 (per U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)!

I’m amazed at how much I’m learning, from the faculty and the clinical rotations. Day by day it’s hard to track, but when I think back at what I’ve experienced, I realize how far I’ve come. It’s pretty powerful!
Jessica Butler ’18
Coordinated Program in Dietetics

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Learn in our On-Campus Foods Lab

The USF Foods Lab is set up like a commercial food service kitchen, giving you the opportunity to build skills and confidence in a safe environment. Exploring the chemistry of foods or modifying a recipe for a medical condition brings the science to life!

Get Involved

Be part of the KAN Club (Kinesiology & Nutrition) community! Students majoring in Kinesiology & Nutrition participate in a variety of opportunities centered on career exploration, campus awareness, and community building. You will socialize, network with professionals, and host on-campus exercise and nutrition awareness activities. A KAN favorite: the monthly Lunch Bunch where everyone brings an ingredient and contributes to a themed meal.

Professor Beverly Moellering showing 2 nutrition students how to properly measure out various ingredients

Be Taught by Experts

As a student in our Nutrition and Dietetics program, you will be taught by true experts — clinicians who work in the field and share the value of their professional experience. They know what’s current in the industry and how to transition into the “real world.” Plus, they really, really care about your success!

Accreditation

University of Saint Francis’ coordinated program in dietetics has been granted candidacy for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting body of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND):

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For more information about ACEND, visit: http://www.eatright.org/ACEND/. For more information about the AND, visit: http://www.eatright.org/.

The professors are one of the best things about this program. They are so engaged with students and they really want us to succeed. I can always approach them for help if I don’t understand something; they always take the time to clarify it or work through it again.
Melissa Fearnow ’20
Coordinated Program in Dietetics

Get the Details — Coordinated Program in Dietetics Facts & Info

Our Mission

Rooted in the Catholic & Franciscan traditions, the CPD will engage a diverse community in learning, leadership, and service. The CPD will provide an integrated academic and supervised practice curriculum to train students to become competent entry-level registered dietitians and community leaders in health promotion.

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Program Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: The Coordinated Program in Dietetics at USF will prepare graduates to be competent entry-level dietitians.

Program Objectives for Goal 1:

  • At least 80% of program students will complete the program requirements within 3 years (150%) from starting the program.
  • 80% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  • 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%.
  • Of graduates who seek employment, 70% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  • 70% or more of program graduates will be rated as satisfactory by employers.
  • At a one-year post graduation survey, 80% of the graduates who respond to the survey will indicate adequate preparation to practice effectively as an entry-level dietitian nutritionist.

Goal 2: The Coordinated Program in Dietetics at USF will encourage life-long learning and professional development.

Program Objectives for Goal 2:

  • 70% of graduates will have their Professional Development Portfolio Plan submitted and approved by Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) within 12 months of becoming a Registered Dietitian.
  • 50% or more of program graduates will be active in professional organizations and/or community service within 12 months of program completion.

The Program outcomes data for the Coordinated Program in Dietetics are available upon request.

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Program Director

Beverly Moellering, MS RD CD
bmoellering@sf.edu
260.399.7700, ext 6235