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HSM/Food Science Nutrition Concentration

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.

Departmental Admissions Criteria FOR B.S. HSM/FSN

  1. Complete an application at www.nsu.edu
  2. Declaration of major in the HSM/Food Science and Nutrition Concentration.
  3. Students who apply for admission to the professional phase of FSN concentration must have a minimum of a 2.7 GPA.
  4. Must have completed all of the Pre-Professional requirements with a C or better.

NSU MISSION

Norfolk State University, a comprehensive urban public institution, is committed to transforming students’ lives through exemplary teaching, research and service.  Offering a supportive academic and culturally diverse environment for all, the University empowers its students to turn their aspirations into reality and achieve their full potential as well rounded, resourceful citizens and leaders for the 21st century.

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.

Goals

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

Program Objectives for Goal 1

  • 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 apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
  • At least 50% of program graduates are 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.


Program Objectives for Goal 2

  • 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.

 

Information to Prospective Students and the Public:

To become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, students must:

  1. Earn a Bachelor’s degree (at minimum);
  2. Complete a degree requirements from an ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics;
  3. Once degree is completed and program requirements are successfully met a verification statement will be issued by the Program Director.
  4. Complete an ACEND-accredited Supervised Practice Program, or Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP);
  5. Pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration Examination for Dietitians.
  6. Graduates may need to become licensed or certified if required by the state in which they practice.

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

  • Earn a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Services Management/ Food Science and Nutrition Concentration.   
  • Students who already have an undergraduate degree and are seeking to complete the Food Science and Nutrition Concentration must get their undergraduate transcripts evaluated to see if undergraduate requirements have fully been met.  Students must then complete all didactic courses with a “C” or better in all professional and supporting courses.
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher and earn a "C" or better in all pre-professional and professional courses. 
  • Successfully complete all required DPD coursework.


Verification Statement

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

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.

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 council for education in nutrition and dietetics - the accrediting agency for the academy of nutrition: Eat RightThe 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.

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