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Nutrition and Dietetics

Marywood's nutrition and dietetics programs integrate the theories, practices, and skills of nutrition and exercise science, applying them to the challenges that both athletes and non-athletes face in choosing diet and exercise regimens that will maintain optimum health and maximize performance. Our programs also address the challenges of choosing appropriate diet and exercise patterns to prevent chronic diseases.

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Mission

The mission of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics is to provide dedicated faculty, quality facilities, and a diverse environment, which support nationally recognized education, research, and service in the areas of nutrition, and sports nutrition/exercise science.

Philosophy

The program promotes scholarship with a central focus on current research and advanced education. By providing a supportive environment, the program seeks to enable students and faculty to produce, synthesize, interpret, and apply research for the advancement of their discipline and improvement in their practice.

Goals and Objectives

The overall goals of the nutrition programs are to develop proficient professionals who will be proactive in scholarship and leadership in their respective fields.

The objectives of the programs are:

  1. To foster a learning environment that leads to quality teaching and learning, original research contributions, and scholarly pursuits.
  2. To prepare students who can think critically in the theoretical and practical areas of nutrition, dietetics, exercise science, and sports nutrition
  3. To promote student commitment to life-long learning, professional development, and community service
  4. To encourage mentoring, teamwork, and collaboration.
  5. To empower students to excel in their knowledge and skill development in order to competitively enter the job market, internships, or graduate and doctoral programs.

Goals

The Nutrition and Dietetics Department offers three options leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). In addition to the traditional DPD curriculum, the DPD offers a Spanish Emphasis curriculum option that allows students to earn a minor in Spanish and study abroad in a Latin American country for a portion of one semester. The DPD Spanish Emphasis curriculum option enhances the cultural competence of students and better prepares them to serve the Hispanic population. The Nutrition and Wellness Track is designed for those students who have an interest in Nutrition but who do not plan to pursue Registered Dietitian Nutritionist status. The Nutrition and Wellness Track is not accredited by ACEND.

The Nutrition and Dietetics department has identified five goals to guide achievements and student learning outcomes.

  1. To foster a learning environment that leads to quality teaching and learning, original research contributions, and scholarly pursuits.
  2. To prepare students who can think critically in the theoretical and practical areas of nutrition, dietetics, and family/consumer sciences. 
  3. To promote student commitment to lifelong learning, professional development, and community service.
  4. To encourage mentoring, teamwork, and collaboration.
  5. To empower students to excel in their knowledge and skill development in order to competitively enter the job market, internships, or graduate programs.

 Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Traditional and Spanish Emphasis Curriculum Options

The department offers two curricula options within the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) that lead to a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. Both the traditional DPD curriculum and the Spanish Emphasis curriculum options are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and adhere to the ACEND Accreditation Standards for Didactic Programs in Dietetics. This educational framework provides the knowledge, skills, and values needed, not only for successful entry into dietetic internship programs and graduate school, but also for the flexibility which permits changing roles and the development of skills needed for future specializations that the students wish to pursue. The DPD must be followed by an ACEND-accredited internship program or other currently approved route to registration in order to be eligible to sit for the national registration examination for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN). Although there is a shortage of internship sites and completion of the DPD does not guarantee acceptance into an internship program, the faculty will offer guidance with the internship application process.

The mission of Marywood University’s Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is to prepare entry level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) who are committed to servicing the community and the profession by providing a high quality, broadbased educational curriculum that empowers graduates to develop skills needed for future specializations.

In accordance with the program mission, the DPD at Marywood University has established the following two program goals:

Goal 1: To prepare graduates to enter an accredited dietetic internship program for successful completion of the registration examination, and for a career as an entry level Registered Dietition Nutritionist (RDN) to meet employment needs of Pennsylvania and beyond.

Goal 2: To prepare graduates who become entry level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) who are committed to servicing the community and the profession in Pennsylvania and beyond its borders.

All students who declare a major in nutrition and dietetics are admitted to the Nutrition and Dietetics Department and are placed in a program sequence that enables them to be accepted into the DPD before the start of their junior year. To be eligible for admission to the DPD a student must have an overall GPA of > 3.00 and have earned a grade of C+ or better in all ND-coded professional didactic courses. Students who do not receive a grade of C+ or better will be required to repeat the course in order to stay in the program. Additionally, students must have completed or are enrolled in the following courses at the time of acceptance in the DPD:

N D 101A,B Contemporary Nutrition Topics and Skills
1
N D 103/L Basic and Culinary Foods with Lab
3
N D 112 Nutrition I
3
N D 138 Food Safety
1
N D 203/L Food Science and Technology with Lab
3
N D 211 Nutrition Education
3
N D 213 Nutrition II
3
N D 223/L Social and Cultural Aspects of Food with Lab
3
BIOL 121 Anatomy and Physiology I
3
BIOL 122 Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIOL 234 Nutrigenomics 3
CHEM 110 Introduction to Chemistry
3
CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 310 Biochemistry 3
ENGL 160 Composition and Rhetoric 3

The DPD program consists of a total of 65 DPD Professional (53 ND-coded course credits and 12 required liberal arts credits) and 18 DPD Science course credits. In addition to completion of the courses listed above, students in the DPD must also complete the following courses to earn a DPD Verification Statement:

N D 300 Theory of Medical Nutrition Therapy I 3
N D 301A,B,C Theory of Food Systems Management I 4.5
N D 312 Community Nutrition 2
N D 331 Sports Nutrition 3
N D 379A,B,C,D Food Systems Management II 6
N D 391 Supervised Practice Food Systems Management I 1.5
N D 392 Supervised Practice Community Nutrition 1.5
N D 400 Preparation for Professional Practice
3
N D 420 Theory of Medical Nutrition Therapy II 6
N D 465 Research in Nutrition and Dietetics 3
MATH 155 Statistics for Behavioral Social Sciences 3
PSYC 211 General Psychology
3
SOC/SSCI 211/201 Introduction to Sociology/ Intro to Social Sciences 3

All students majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics are eligible for a minor in Science if an additional 3 credits are taken in a science course designated for Science majors. Additionally, students are encouraged to consider pursuing a minor in areas other than Science if desired. A candidate for a baccalaureate degree at Marywood University must present a minimum of 126 undergraduate credits of college work that fulfill all general, departmental, and program requirements. The degree requirements are typically met within four years (8 semesters) for a traditional student. This timeframe varies for nontraditional students.

In addition to the traditional DPD curriculum requirements, students following the Spanish Emphasis DPD curriculum option must also complete a minimum of 18 credits, approved by the Foreign Language Department, in Spanish before graduation. At least half of these credits must be earned through Marywood University. Additionally, students following this curriculum study abroad in a Latin American country for a portion of the spring semester of their senior year. During the semester abroad, the students complete Spanish credits in addition to any other outstanding required credits to earn their BS in Nutrition and Dietetics degree. This curriculum option enhances the graduates’ cultural competence and better prepares them to serve the Hispanic population.

    Nutrition and Wellness Track

    The Nutrition and Wellness track provides a broad based educational curriculum, which includes preparation in the liberal arts, science, health, nutrition, and psychology. This educational framework provides the knowledge, skills, and values needed for successful entry into graduate school or a career using a nutrition and wellness background.

    The Nutrition and Wellness track is not accredited by ACEND, therefore it does not lead to an accredited internship or other currently approved route to registration. Graduates of this track will not be eligible to sit for the national registration examination for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN).

    All undergraduate students follow this track upon admission to the Nutrition and Dietetics Department. If a student does not meet the acceptance criteria for the DPD, the student remains in this Nutrition and Wellness track. Additionally, students can select this program after they complete their second year-level courses if they are not interested in pursuing the RDN credential. Students following this track may consider earning a minor in science and or Psychology.

    A candidate for a baccalaureate degree at Marywood University must present a minimum of 126 undergraduate credits of college work that fulfill all general, departmental, and program requirements. The degree requirements are typically met within four years (8 semesters) for a traditional student. This timeframe varies for nontraditional students.

    Curriculum Requirements for Minors in Nutrition and Dietetics

    18 credits

    Students must demonstrate competence (a minimum of C) in the following courses for a minor in Nutrition and Dietetics:

    BIOL 121, 122 Human Anatomy and Physiology (no lab required)
    3,3
    N D 103/L Basic and Culinary Foods with Lab
    3
    N D 112 Nutrition I
    3
    N D 213 Nutrition II
    3

    Student must select one course from the following:

    N D 203/L Food Science and Technology with Lab
    3
    N D 211 Nutrition Education
    3
    N D 223/L Social and Cultural Aspects of Food with Lab
    3
    N D 330 Sports Nutrition
    3
    N D 331 Sports Nutrition In Health Promotion
    3
    N D 415 Chemistry, Cuisine, and Culture
    3

    Accreditation

    The Marywood University Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is currently granted accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Chicago, IL 60606, 312/899-5400.


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