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HSM Food Science Nutrition Concentration

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Norfolk State University
Bachelor of Health Services Management/Food Science and Nutrition Concentration
 


HSM Food Science Nutrition Concentration

What is Changing?

"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 order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023.


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 Didactic program at Norfolk State University are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program/apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.

  • In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements click here.
  • For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here."
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HSM Food Science Concentration

Options

The Department offers two options:

  • Option 1: B.S. Health Services Management/Food Science and Nutrition Concentration (HSM/FSN)  
    Upon completion of this degree, the Program Director issues a verification Statement to the student. The student will be eligible to compete nationally for an ACEND accredited supervised practice program, and ultimately sit for the Commission for Dietetics Registration (CDR) credentialing examination to become a registered dietitian nutritionist.
  • Option 2: Food Science and Nutrition Concentration
    This option is for students who already have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited College or University. Upon completion of the required courses, the Program Director issues a Verification Statement to the student. The student will be eligible to compete nationally for an ACEND accredited supervised practice program, and ultimately sit for the Commission for Dietetics Registration (CDR) credentialing examination to become a registered dietitian nutritionist.

 

FSN Program Mission

The mission of the Food Science and Nutrition (FSN) Concentration is aligned with the mission of the University.  Offering a supportive academic and culturally diverse environment, the Food Science and Nutrition Concentration prepares students for supervised practice leading to eligibility for a verification statement and for the Commission for Dietetics Registration (CDR) credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist.

 

Information

To earn a DPD Verification Statement from Norfolk State University, students must:

  • Verification Statement

All students who successfully graduate from Norfolk State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Services Management/ Food Science and Nutrition receive a verification statement. Non-degree seeking students who desire a verification statement must notify the DPD Food Science and Nutrition Program Director of planned DPD completion date and provide official transcripts for review.

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) verification statement verifies completion of educational requirements and is required for application to: accredited supervised practice programs and active membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

  • Applying for supervised practice program/dietetic internship

Completion of DPD requirements and issuance of a verification statement does not guarantee acceptance into a supervised practice program/dietetic internship. Individuals must apply through a competitive application process for acceptance into a dietetic internship program.


Accreditation

The NSU Food Science and Nutrition concentration Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is accredited by the Accreditation Counsel for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext 5400.,  http://www.eatright.org/ACEND.

Admissions Requirements for B.S. HSM/FSN Concentration 

  • Declaration of major in the HSM/Food Science and Nutrition Concentration. Have BS. HSM/FSN listed as program major on students' academic evaluation report.
  • Complete all the courses in the pre-professional phase of the HSM/FSN Concentration curriculum. 
  • Have a minimum GPA of  2.7 GPA on a scale of 4.0 on all courses taken in the pre-professional phase and a C or better in all science courses.
  • Complete a one-page essay explaining interest in the FSN Concentration.
  • Submit an application either by October 15 or by March 15 after students have met the admission criteria listed above.

Admission Requrements for Students who Already have an Undergraduate Degree 

Students who have already completed a bachelor's degree in another discipline and have interest in the FSN Concentration to become a Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered or to enter a supervised practice program to become a Registered Dietician must:

Be admitted to the University as a non-degree

Submit all transcripts from colleges and universities attended to the FSN program director for evaluation.

Complete all pre-requisite cources with a C or better.

Submit an application either by October 15 or March 15 after students have met the admission criteria listed above. 

Program Goals

  • The program will prepare graduates for ACEND accredited supervised practice program to become a registered dietitian nutritionist.
  • The program will produce competent graduates to work in food science and nutrition related fields.

Program Objectives

  • 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%.  
  • At least 80% of program students complete program concentration/ degree requirements within three years (150% of the program concentration length).   
  • At least 60% of program graduates will apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
  • At least 50% of program graduates will be admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.  
  • At least 80% of program graduates will have a grade point average of 2.7 or above.
  • Eighty-percent of graduates will indicate that they were satisfied or very satisfied with their academic preparation in food science and nutrition. 
  • Eighty-percent of graduates will agree or strongly agree that their education prepared them for food science and nutrition related employment.
  • Eighty-percent of supervised practice program directors will be satisfied or very satisfied with graduates’ preparation for supervised practice. 
  • Program outcomes data are available upon request.

Program Notes

  • Once degree is completed and program requirements are successfully met a verification statement will be issued by the Program Director.
  • Complete an ACEND-accredited Supervised Practice Program, or Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP);
  • Pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration Examination for Dietitians.
  • Graduates may need to become licensed or certified if required by the state in which they practice.