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«2016-2017 Table of Contents I. Introduction 4 A. Undergraduate Transfer Student B. Prospective Master’s Student C. Freshmen & Sophomores D. Junior, ...»

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Students are responsible for scheduling, preparing for, and keeping advising appointments; seeking out contacts and information, and knowing the basic requirements of their individual degree programs. Students bear the final responsibility for making their own decisions based on the best information and advice available and, ultimately, on their own judgment.

Advisors are responsible for developing a thorough knowledge of the institution, including academic requirements, program options, and general University resources. Advisors are expected to involve students by encouraging them to ask questions, gather information, and explore options so that they may develop a meaningful academic plan. For more information see http://falk.syr.edu/Department/AcademicAdvising.aspx

Advisors will:

assist in the planning of your schedule each semester,  be available to students on a regular basis,  monitor their advisees' progress,  assist in considering career options, and  make appropriate referrals to other campus offices.

 I. Academic Support and Falk Student Support Services Although your advisor can guide you when you have having difficulty with classes or other issues on campus, there are also a variety of resources and supports in place to help you. The Falk Student Services Department can assist and guide you in many ways from tutoring services, personal support and processing forms. They are located at 300 McNaughton Hall. The Assistant Dean of Student Services is Dr. Irene Kehres and is

located in the same office, (315) 443-2077. A list of resources can be accessed at:


J. Career Services

There are several resources available to current students and alumni in the Career Services Department such as “mock” interviews and resume critique. Visit their website http://careerservices.syr.edu/ or their office for more information-Schine Student Center, Suite 235.

K. Completing the Program

Verification Policy - To insure DPD students are appropriately prepared for a supervised practice program and the field of dietetics, the department of Nutrition Science and Dietetics has instituted a verification policy.

During one of your first advising meetings with your advisor, you will review and sign a copy of the Verification policy. The current policy forms for undergraduates and graduate students are included in this handbook. For those students who have taken courses several years ago—your transcript will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine eligibility for DPD Verification.

Senior Exit Exam: To ensure DPD students are appropriately prepared for a supervised practice program and the field of dietetics, the Department of Public Health, Food Studies, and Nutrition has instituted a final exit exam that covers the entire nutrition curriculum (which is similar to the RD exam). You will take this exam when you are enrolled in Senior Seminar II (NSD 477) which is typically in the spring of your senior year. This exam will assess the knowledge you acquired from the four-year nutrition program. It is typically a computerized objective test with ~ 125 items. It is advisable that you save your materials/notes/books from each NSD class.

These will also be helpful when you review for the RD exam. You must pass the senior exam with a score of 70% and will have two opportunities to do so. (This exam is for undergraduate students only- the master’s DPD students take a comprehensive exam).

Evaluating the DPD Nutrition Program: At the end of each class, you will have an opportunity to anonymously evaluate the class and your professor. Additionally, prior to graduation, you will evaluate the DPD nutrition program for how well it prepared you. We value your feedback and look forward to your input.

If you have suggestions to enhance the program beyond these opportunities, please feel free to make your suggestions to the department chair or director of the DPD program.

L. DPD Course Sequence

The sequence of classes you take as an undergraduate DPD student is included in this manual. (Please see Appendix A, B and C) Sequencing is based upon pre-requisites and some classes may be offered only Spring or only Fall. Come to your advising meetings with a basic plan of what you would like to take based upon this schedule or the one prepared for you if you are a transfer student. Be warned that if you take matters into your own hands (e.g. dropping classes or taking alternative courses), that you might jeopardize when you can finish the DPD program or if you will be verified. An alternative sequence can be designed with your faculty advisor to fit your study abroad, minor and/or double major plans. (Please see Appendix C) The sequence for graduate students desiring DPD verification is also included in this manual and is based upon an evaluation of your undergraduate transcripts. (Please see Appendix D) Contact Nancy Rindfuss napaul@syr.edu to have your undergraduate transcript evaluated. The identification of pre-requisites for the DPD track should be completed prior to starting in the master’s program.

International Students - Students with an international bachelor’s degree must have their transcripts

evaluated by a World Education Service (or another approved by ACEND); for a full list of agencies see:

http://www.eatrightpro.org/resources/career/become-an-rdn-or-dtr/international-students Have the evaluation sent to the DPD Director.

M. Other Academic Options

Transfer credits - Many students like to take a course or two at their local community college over the summer. This can lighten your load during the semester and can allow you to focus on difficult topics with fewer distractions. Be sure to get any summer/community college classes approved before you take it so that you can be sure it will transfer. Make an appointment with your advisor, bring a copy of the course descriptions and complete the necessary paperwork to obtain approval. You must earn a grade of C or better for it transfer and the credits do not affect your SU GPA (but would be calculated into your Dietetic Internship application). You must provide your official transcript to the SU College Recorders to receive credit for the course taken.

Double Major – Some nutrition students have completed double majors. The most popular option is a double with Exercise Science or one of the Newhouse majors. If planned early in your career here, this can be completed in a solid five years. Doubling is a serious commitment to two disciplines. Since nutrition is very structured, you might want to consider all your options besides doubling for how you can achieve your academic goals. You could consider a minor or pursing the other interest in graduate school.

Minors - A minor is typically 18 credits. Popular choices for a minor combined with nutrition include: Exercise Science, Gerontology, Psychology, Health and Wellness, Child and Family Studies, and Management. Others have included: Newhouse, Entrepreneurialism, and Political Science. Refer to your undergraduate catalog for a full list of minor programs. Depending upon what you choose to study many of the credits might already count toward part of your degree requirements. Due to Liberal Arts degree requirements—please check with your Faculty Advisor before starting a Minor.

N. Study Abroad Opportunities

SU Abroad - Many students take advantage of this time in college to experience another culture and country.

Through SU Abroad many of our students have studied in London for a semester. Other countries students have visited include: Spain, Italy and Australia. Most International programs are not nutrition friendly, so studying abroad works best if we do a little advance planning regarding your sequence of courses. Students typically like to study abroad sometime during the junior year. Refer to the SU Abroad web page to learn more about the various semester and summer programs you could do: http://suabroad.syr.edu/

O. Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering is an important avenue for dietetic students to display civic responsibility, learn about the field, get practical experience, and build your resume. Volunteering can start with a simple informational interview or job shadowing. Many times a successful volunteer experience can turn into a paid position. Volunteer opportunities can be a one-time, one-day event or they can be a standard part of your weekly schedule.

Although one-day experiences are appropriate, it is the long-term sustained experiences that are truly valued by students themselves, internship directors, and future employers. Start engaging in volunteer experiences early in your college career. Do not wait until your junior or senior year when it is too late and obvious on your resume/application. Volunteer and non-credit internship experience is essential for getting into a supervised practice program after you graduate. It is recommended that you acquire at least 250 hours of nutrition-related volunteer experience through your college career from a variety of settings such as: clinical—inpatient or outpatient hospital settings and nursing homes (junior or senior year), community (soup kitchens, Shaw Programs, CNY Food Bank, Head Start, and W.I.C. are a few suggestions) and food service (SU Dining Services, school food service, restaurant or catering). If you can get paid for your experience-great! This is all based on the honors system and there is no signature required of you from the person you volunteer or work for to collect these hours. Do come up with a good system to track your hours you work or volunteer as it will be required of you to document this in your dietetic internship application in your senior year—it will be hard to remember all of this without it being written down. See form at end of this DPD Manual that you may use to track your hours. A good question to ask yourself when deciding if a work or volunteer experience is appropriate to do: will I be doing this potentially as a dietetic intern? If the answer is yes then go ahead with it because dietetic internship directors are looking to see if you are familiar with the nutrition field (clinical, food services and community areas) when they review your application to their internship.

Job Shadowing - As part of the job shadowing experience, students are primarily there to observe and ask questions. The job shadowing opportunity should result in the student having been exposed to "real life" work in a career of interest. Students may practice hands-on tasks associated with the job, but may not perform productive work which benefits the employer.

Job Shadowing Requirement:

Students should job shadow in area(s) of dietetics in which they lack experience. Each job shadowing

experience should be for approximately 4 hours. Examples of experiences include:

 Health Care: hospital, out-patient, clinic, WIC, or nursing home  Foodservices: school or university foodservice, commercial restaurant

To make the job shadowing experience successful, the student will:

 dress according to the standards of the particular site;

 call the site before the scheduled time if unable to attend on the appointed day;

 arrive at the site at the agreed upon time;

 follow all guidelines and policies of the site;

 complete all required paperwork (permission, medical authorizations, etc.).

The person you “shadow” is not required to sign any paperwork for you. You do not turn in any form that proves you completed the volunteer hours to our program. This is all done based on the honor system. You will however be asked to elaborate about your experience in an interview setting if it is listed in your portfolio, resume or Dietetic Internship application.

Skills to be observed in Job Shadowing:

 Basic employment skills: how to dress; importance of being on time.

 Interpersonal skills: how to relate to clients, employees, other members of a health care team, customers, or others  Paper work required  Professional knowledge and skills required

Benefits of Job Shadowing:

 Learn about the job and whether this is something you would enjoy and/or be capable of doing.

 Become familiar with the job setting.

 Make professional contacts for mentoring and possible employment.

Informational Interview - An informational interview can be conducted alone or as part of a job shadowing experience. It is never too early to start these interviews. I suggest students conduct at least 2-3 informational interviews per academic year, so that you meet a variety of professionals, start to see how the field works, potentially secure volunteer experiences, and build your network.

Here are two other excellent resources to help you prepare to secure and conduct effective informational interviews.

A very thorough tutorial for all aspects of informational interviews.

http://www.quintcareers.com/informational_interviewing.html Here are specific and varied informational interview questions which might be helpful.


In general consider asking about:

• Experiences and training required for position

• Previous professional experiences

• Opportunities for advancement

• A typical day

• Working conditions

• Starting salary range and benefits Tracking your Experiences Track your volunteer, shadowing and informational interviews on your dietetics experience worksheet. (Please see Appendix G) - For each volunteer, shadowing, or interview experience, record a few notes on the form provided in the appendix of this handbook. Record such information as: Description and location of the experience, Name of person shadowed/interviewed/supervising you and contact information; date(s) of experience; hours spent at the facility; etc.; Make a note regarding what you learned and reactions to the experience. When it comes time to complete your Internship application you will appreciate having this record of your four years of volunteer experiences.

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