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Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Handbook


Nancy Rindfuss, MA, RDN, CDN

549 White Hall

(315) 443-2269



Table of Contents

I. Introduction 4

A. Undergraduate Transfer Student

B. Prospective Master’s Student

C. Freshmen & Sophomores

D. Junior, Senior & Graduate Students

II. The Field of Dietetics 5-8

A. Becoming a Registered Dietitian

B. Employment Opportunities in Dietetics C. Salaries and Job Outlook III. Didactic Program in Dietetics 8-27 A. DPD Program Mission/Philosophy B. ACEND 2012 Standards C. DPD Program Goals & Outcome Measures D. NSD Faculty, Adjuncts and Staff E. Accreditation Status F. Projected Program Costs G. Financial Aid H. Undergraduate Advising I. Academic Support and Student Support Services J. Career Services K. Completing the Program Verification Policy Senior Exit Exam Evaluating the DPD Nutrition Program L. DPD Course Sequence International Students M. Other Academic Options Transfer Credits Double Majors Minors N. Study Abroad Opportunities O. Volunteer Opportunities Job Shadowing Informational Interviewing Tracking Your Experiences Volunteer Opportunities Other Extracurricular Experiences Work Experience Membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Membership in the Central New York Dietetic Association Membership in the Society for Nutrition Education P. Portfolio Q. Scholarships and Awards Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Awards Nutrition Science and Dietetics Awards R. National Certifications in Exercise IV. Policies for the Nutrition (DPD) Program 27 V. Supervised Practice Programs: Dietetic Internships 30-35 A. What to Consider When Applying to Supervised Practice Programs B. Beginning the Search Process C. Completing the Application Process D. Interviewing E. Match Process F. Registra

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Part I. Introduction to the Program This handbook has been developed to assist nutrition students who intend to become a Registered Dietitian.

This information is a supplement to other College and University publications, which contain official policies and procedures. These other publications include: the undergraduate/graduate catalog, the student handbook, schedule of classes, and the college handbook.

The Department of Public Health, Food Studies, and Nutrition faculty would like to extend a warm welcome to all incoming students and look forward to working with each student through a student-centered professional development program. Each student’s success in this program and in attaining Registered Dietitian status is ultimately the responsibility of the student. Utilizing this and all resources available is highly encouraged.

A. Undergraduate Transfer Student: Click on this link which brings you to the Admissions web page at syr.edu http://www.syr.edu/admissions/ Transcripts will be evaluated during that process.

B. Prospective Master’s Student: Start by emailing Nancy Rindfuss napaul@syr.edu. She will provide you with further information about the program, collect your transcript(s) and assist you with the application process and answer your questions about the DPD/Master’s Program. Your transcripts will be reviewed by the DPD Director to determine the number of pre-requisites completed and those still left to complete. The graduate program does not accept spring admissions due to the sequencing of the coursework. The Graduate DPD Track Form found within this manual provides the DPD requirements for the graduate student. If you are an international student, you must have your transcript reviewed by one of these agencies http://www.eatrightacend.org/ACEND/content.aspx?id=6442485499 in order to have your academic degree validated as equivalent to the bachelor's or master's degree conferred by a US regionally-accredited college or university. The summary section of the agency report must state Regionally Accredited Institution.

C. Freshman, sophomore and transfer students: We suggest you read the entire online DPD handbook and use it throughout your academic career at Syracuse University. Print the sections you need and bring them to your advising meetings. The sections of greatest importance to you right now include: The Field of Dietetics, Our Nutrition Program, Volunteer and Work Experiences.

D. Junior, senior and graduate students: Review the entire online DPD manual, however, focus primarily on the following sections: Completing the program, Volunteer and Extra Curricular Experiences (including the Portfolio), and Supervised Practice Programs: Dietetic Internships.

Part II. The Field of Dietetics Dietetics is the high-tech science of applying food and nutrition to health. It's a vital, growing field open to creativity and opportunity--and the possibilities are endless. Health, nutrition, and fitness have become a way of life. People want to feel and look good. Eating right for a healthier lifestyle and learning about good nutrition are top priorities, and people are eager to learn even more. These changes mean increased opportunities in the field of dietetics.

Dietetics professionals work in healthcare, education and research. They work in sales, marketing and public relations. Registered dietitians also work in government, restaurant management, fitness, food companies, and in private practice. The direction you take, and how far you take it, is your choice.

If you enjoy working with people and have a strong interest in food and nutrition, you will enjoy a career as a registered dietitian. Also, if you have good judgment and an understanding of human nature, the motivation and initiative to work independently, and the ability to identify and solve problems, dietetics offers variety and challenge.

Biology, anatomy, physiology, and chemistry courses will be extremely important throughout your career.

Math, Writing, social science, psychology, and business courses are also important. As you build this liberal arts core, you will also develop a thorough understanding of the nutrition field as it applies to community and clinical nutrition and food service management.

There are a number of pathways you can choose to enter the field of dietetics. If you want to become a registered dietitian you can choose between enrolling in a Coordinated Program or a Didactic Program in Dietetics. A Coordinated Program is a bachelor or master’s degree program that combines classroom and supervised practical experience, and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education and Dietetics (ACEND) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Graduates are eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians to obtain credentials as a Registered Dietitian (RD). A Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is an academic program, providing at a minimum a bachelor’s degree that is accredited by ACEND.

Graduates of DPD then complete an accredited Dietetic Internship (DI) supervised practice program.

Supervised practical experiences are competitive and acceptance is not guaranteed. Upon successful completion of a Dietetic Internship, you are then eligible to take the Registered Dietitian exam. The Dietetic Technician Program is a two-year associate degree program that combines classroom and supervised practical experience, and is approved or accredited by ACEND. Graduates are eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians to obtain credentials as a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR).

Syracuse University has DPD (undergraduate or graduate) and DI programs; we do not have a Coordinated Program. Attached are the pathways recognized by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to becoming a Registered Dietitian. http://www.eatright.org/students/education/starthere.aspx In July 2014, a new credential that applies to DPD graduates, Bachelor’s of Science-Nutrition Dietetics Technician Registered (BS-NDTR) was approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Board of Directors for those students who have completed a bachelor’s degree within a DPD major and have successfully passed the Dietetic Technician-Registered (DTR) exam. Please note, that in order to be eligible

for the DTR exam one must earn DPD Verification. More information can be found at:

https://www.cdrnet.org/new-ndtr-credential-title-option-information A. Becoming a Registered Dietitian: A Food and Nutrition Expert Educational and Professional Requirements.

Registered dietitians (RDs) are food and nutrition experts who have met the following criteria to earn the RD


1. Complete a minimum of a bachelor's degree at a US regionally accredited university or college and course work approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) http://www.eatright.org/cade.aspx of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). The curriculum is based upon the foundation knowledge for didactic content. Open the 2012 Standards for Didactic Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics at: http://www.eatrightacend.org/ACEND/ The 2017 draft standards are currently in development.

2. Complete an ACEND -accredited supervised practice program at a healthcare facility, community agency, or a foodservice corporation, or combined with undergraduate or graduate studies. The supervised practice program is based upon the competencies for entry level dietitians found in the 2012 Standards for Internship Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics. http://www.eatrightacend.org/ACEND/ Typically, a practice program will run 10-12 months in length.

3. Pass a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) https://www.cdrnet.org/vault/2459/web/files/2011%20RD%20Study%20Outline%20FINAL.pdf Study Outline

4. Complete continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration. (75 credits every 5 years) Some RDs hold additional certifications in specialized areas of practice, such as pediatric or renal nutrition, nutrition support, and diabetes education. These certifications are awarded through CDR, the credentialing agency for AND, and/or other medical and nutrition organizations and are recognized within the profession, but are not required.

In addition to RD credentialing, many states have regulatory laws for dietitians and nutrition practitioners.

Frequently these state requirements are met through the same education and training required to become an RD. New York State Registered Dietitians are currently trying to pass legislation to become licensed in this state. For a summary of state Licensure statutes, see http://www.eatright.org/HealthProfessionals/content.aspx?id=7092 The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) decided in 2013 to change the entry-level registration eligibility requirements for dietitians from a baccalaureate degree to a minimum of a graduate degree starting in

2024. Those that hold the registered dietitian credential prior to 2024 will not be required to complete a master’s degree when the master’s degree requirement becomes effective in 2024.

B. Employment Opportunities in Dietetics Registered dietitians work in a wide variety of employment settings, including health care, business and industry, public health, education, research, and private practice. Many work environments, particularly those in medical and health care settings, require that an individual be credentialed as an RD. Information about a career in dietetics is found at the following site: http://www.eatright.org/students/careers/videos.aspx and RD’s

work in:

Hospitals, HMO's or other health care facilities (long term care, clinics), educating patients about nutrition and administering medical nutrition therapy as part of the health care team. They may also manage the foodservice operations in these settings, as well as in schools, day-care centers, and correctional facilities, overseeing everything from food purchasing and preparation to managing staff.

Sports nutrition and corporate wellness programs, educating clients about the connection between food, fitness, and health.

Food and nutrition-related businesses and industries, working in communications, consumer affairs, public relations, marketing, or product development (General Mills, Dairy Council, TV, AND Spokesperson, Food Service Vendors -Aramark, Sodexho; Information Technology- CBORD, ESHA Research; Nutritional Products- Ross, Mead Johnson; etc.) Private practice, working under contract with health care or food companies, for a physician group, or in their own business. RDs may provide services to referred individuals, magazine, foodservice or restaurant managers, food vendors, and distributors, or athletes, nursing home residents, or company employees.

Community and public health settings teaching monitoring, and advising the public, and helping to improve their quality of life through healthy eating habits (Women, Infants & Children (WIC); Public Health Department; Cooperative Extension; Congregate Meal Programs) Universities and medical centers, teaching at 2-year, 4-year culinary and medical schools- physicians, nurses, dietetics students, and others, the sophisticated science of foods and nutrition.

Research areas in food and pharmaceutical companies, universities, and hospitals, directing or conducting experiments to answer critical nutrition questions and find alternative foods or nutrition recommendations for the public (Government- FDA, USDA, NIH, and other Non-government organizations NGO’s - AHA, AND) International Work for organizations such as the Peace Corp, NGO’s such as CARE, Food for the Hungry or World Relief, United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, US AID, Multi-national corporations.

Nutritionist is a title used by nutrition professionals who typically work in the community for a government program, business or health association (American Heart Association, National Dairy Council). It is important to note, however, that the title “nutritionist” can be used by anyone and does not require a person to have background or credentials in nutrition. Use of the job title “nutritionist” is no indication that the employer does or does not require applicants to be registered dietitians (RDs). In some states, but not all, anyone using the title “dietitian” must be certified as an RD by CDR. In a community or business setting, being an RD is not always a requirement.

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