The Department of Nutrition & Dietetics offers an undergraduate program in nutrition and dietetics which culminates in a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. The program, also called a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 or (800) 877-1600.
Important Policy Change
Effective for the Fall 2013 catalog all nutrition majors must earn a "B" grade or higher in the following prerequisite courses:
If nutrition majors do not meet this requirement they must retake the course and earn the required “B” grade or higher. They will not be allowed to start the upper level sequence until the prerequisite requirements are met. However, students who have completed all prerequisites for the Nutrition program and are ready to start the Nutrition sequence Fall 2013 will be exempt from this change.
The undergraduate nutrition program is a rigorous science-based program. Students learn how to interpret and translate nutrition research into meaningful recommendations for consumers. Most of our program graduates pursue the registered dietitian (RD) credential. There are typically three required steps to obtain the RD credential:
Acceptance into an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship is quite competitive, and undergraduates graduates are not guaranteed placement in an internship program. Nationwide about 50% of the students who apply to internship each year are matched. Most internship programs are traditional face-to-face programs where interns relocate to the home base of the program to complete the required 1200 hours of supervised practice. There are also accredited distance internship programs and accredited Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP) programs. You can read more about internships and ISPP programs at the Academy's website: www.eatright.org.
Students can improve their chances of matching to an internship by earning good grades (A's and B's), displaying outstanding character at all times, obtaining relevant work experience, seeking meaningful volunteer experiences, and developing leadership and time management skills. UNF faculty work closely with students and alumni to assist them with the internship application process. Students may apply to internship programs in the spring of their senior year and if accepted they typically start in August or September. Students pay for the tuition and all other expenses associated with their dietetic internship. After completing the internship and passing the RD examination, alumni may apply for Florida licensure through the Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance.
Students who complete the 120 credit hour B.S. degree in nutrition and dietetics, and obtain the registered dietitian (RD) credential are qualified to work in a variety of settings. Hospitals, wellness centers, clinics, food companies, health departments, health agencies, nursing homes, school districts, universities, and mental health centers all employ RDs. Many RDs have their own businesses as well. Program graduates who do not obtain the RD credential most often seek employment in the areas of food service management, nutrition education, community health, and medical sales.
Effective 2024, all students enrolled in the DPD/Nutrition program must be prepared to complete a master's degree in any major if they intend to become registered dietitians. A typical education guideline will be four years for the B.S. degree, completion of the accredited 1200-hour internship, and two years for the master's degree. The UNF Master of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics Internship option combines the internship and master's degree in a four semester program.
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