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The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics offers a rigorous undergraduate program culminating in a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics degree. The UNF Nutrition & Dietetics Program is also called a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and 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 200, Chicago, IL 60606-6995 (email@example.com).
Program graduates are encouraged to pursue the registered dietitian (RD) credential which requires the completion of a post-baccalaureate ACEND accredited dietetic internship and passage of the national RD examination. Other options are to seek professional employment in food service management or nutrition education, and/or further their education. RD's work with diverse populations in a variety of settings including hospitals, wellness centers, clinics, food and supplement companies, health agencies, nursing homes, school districts, universities, and mental health centers. Many RD's own businesses as well.
To learn more about the nutrition profession and dietetic internships, visit the website of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. To view the program requirements, click here.
The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics offers a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics with three specialization options. These specializations are designed for those students who wish to emphasize the application of nutritional knowledge to the design and operation of community-based health programs. There are three options to this 43-credit-hour program. The M.S./ Nutrition/Internship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Chicago, IL 60606, phone: (312) 899-0040 , email: firstname.lastname@example.org. This program enables graduates to fulfill the requirement for a pre-professional practice experience and become eligible to sit for the National Registration Examination. Fifteen students are admitted each fall to this four-semester full-time program and students must complete both the master’s degree and internship experience in order to receive a verification statement and sit for the Dietetic Registration Exam. The second option, M.S./Nutrition thesis, allows students to pursue an independent research project as a culminating experience in their master’s program. The third option, M.S./Nutrition non-thesis program, allows students to complete 12 pre-approved credits through a series of project, field experience, and independent study courses. These two options are primarily designed for registered dietitians who wish to pursue graduate training with an emphasis in clinical or community dietetics. The coursework for all these programs is delivered using a distance learning format.
If the undergraduate degree is not in nutrition or dietetics, it is recommended that students apply as a post-baccalaureate student to meet prerequisite requirements. Persons with a bachelor’s in nutrition or dietetics that is older than seven years will receive a course-by-course evaluation to determine needed prerequisites after application is made to the program.
Fifteen students are admitted each fall to this four-semester full-time program and students must complete both the master’s degree and internship experience in order to receive a verification statement and sit for the Dietetic Registration Exam.
In addition to satisfying general University criteria for admission into a graduate program, students wishing to enter the degree program leading to the Master of Science degree must present GRE scores (300 minimum total based on the new scoring system) on verbal and quantitative sections) or a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in all work completed as an upper-division student (normally 60 semester hours taken during the last two years of undergraduate study). GRE scores are mandatory and must be received prior to being fully admitted into the graduate program. Students who do not meet these requirements must submit three letters of recommendation in order to be considered for a trial program. To view degree requirements, , click here.
The University of North Florida’s Department of Nutrition and Dietetics is also piloting a new dietetic practice pathway. It is a non-credit, non-degree program referred to as the Individualized Supervised Practice Program (ISPP), made possible by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Individualized Supervised Practice Program of UNF is essentially a distance dietetic internship track that allows motivated candidates the opportunity to find and utilize facilities/agencies in the candidate's community and other locations, and complete the required supervised practice competencies with minimal supervision. Persons who wish to apply to the ISPP must complete the ISPP application for consideration for admission. The information about, and fees for, this program are available on the University Website.
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