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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."
  • Latest Updates from ACEND

HSM Food Science Concentration

FSN 2022 Handbook pdf

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. Students who want to become a nutrition and dietetics technician registered will be eligible to take the CDR's Registration Examination for Dietetic technicians.
  • 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. Students who want to become a nutrition and dietetics technician registered will be eligible to take the CDR's Registration Examination for Dietetics technicians. 
  • 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 Program Concentration receive a verification statement. 

  • 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 Food Science and Nutrition Program Concentration is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext 5400.,  http://www.eatright.org.

Admissions Requirements for B.S. HSM/FSN Concentration

  • Have BS. HSM/FSN listed as program major on their 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.
  • Submit an application either by October 15 for the fall semester or by March 15 for the spring semester after students have met the admission criteria listed above.

Admission Requirements 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 Dietitian must:

Be admitted to the University as a non-degree seeking student.

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

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

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

The mission of the Food Science and Nutrition Program Concentration is aligned with the mission of the University, "Offering a supportive academic and culturally diverse environment," the Food Science and Nutrition Program Concentration prepares students to enter supervised practice or to become a Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered. Both pathways lead to eligibility for a verification statement and for the Commission for Dietetics Registration credentialing examinations. The Program Concentration prepares students to meet the didactic requirements as defined by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics in order to be successful food science and nutrition professionals in diverse communities and a variety of workplace settings for the 21st century.   

Program GOALS AND Objectives

Goal 1: Program graduates will be prepared for ACEND accredited supervised practice programs to become a registered dietitian nutritionist or a nutrition and dietetice technician, registered.

  • At least 80% of students complete program requirements within 1.5 years (150% of the program concentration length).   
  • At least 50% of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
  • Of program graduates who apply to a supervised practice program, at least 60% are admitted within 12 months of graduation.  

Goal 2: Program graduates will be competent for employment in food science and nutrition related fields.

  • The program's one year pass rate on CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionist is at least 80%. 
  • The program's one year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam with one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for nutrition and dietetics technician, registered is at least 80%.  
  • Of graduates who seek employment, at least 60% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation. 

Program outcomes data are available upon request.