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Program Requirements 2017-2018
A student majoring in Dietetics, who is also acandidate for a baccalaureate degree must have completed all the course requirements for that particular degree and must earn 121semester hours of college work with an overall grade point average (G.P.A.) of not less than 2.0. The grade point average in the Dieteticsmajor field must be atleast 2.25(although a G.P.A. of 3.0 or > is recommended).Students whose semester G.P.A.falls below 2.000 but whosecumulative G.P.A.is above 2.000 will receive a letter of concern fromtheir Academic Advising unit inviting them to review their academicperformance and outlining available support services.
Institutional Core Requirements
|Course Number and Title||Hours|
|COM 101 Human Communication||3|
|ENG 101 Composition I||3|
|ENG 102 Composition II||3|
|Math 208 Elementary Statistics||3|
|Aesthetics -Any two approved courses||6|
|Humanities -Any two approved courses||6|
|Natural Sciences -Any two approved courses
(BIO 201 Molecular and Cellular Basis of Life)
(CHEM 103 General Chemistry)
|Social Sciences-Any two approved courses
(PSYC 101 Intro to Psychology)
|Historical Reasoning -Any approved course||3|
|Total Institutional Core Requirements||47 hr.|
Dietetics Course Requirements 2017
|Course Number and Title||Hours|
|DIET 130 Principles of Food and Meal Preparation||3|
|DIET 210 Introduction to Dietetics||2|
|DIET 213 Society’s Influence on Body Image and Eating||3|
|DIET 230 Food Science & Applications||3|
|DIET 320 Human Nutrition||3|
|DIET 330 Nutrition Counseling Skills||3|
|DIET 360 Lifecycle Nutrition||3|
|DIET 370 Community Nutrition||3|
|DIET 385 Advanced Nutrition||3|
|DIET 395 Vitamins and Minerals||3|
|DIET 400 Nutrition & Disease I||3|
|DIET 425 Nutrition & Disease II||3|
|BIO 125 Anatomy & Physiology I||3|
|BIO 126 Anatomy & Physiology II||3|
|BIO 201 Molecular and Cellular Basis of Life||(4)**|
|BIO 340 Microbiology||4|
|CHEM 103 General Chemistry||(4)**|
|CHEM 104 General Chemistry||4|
|CHEM 307 Organic Chemistry||3|
|CHEM 307L Organic Chemistry||1|
|CHEM 429 Biochemistry||3|
|EXS 309 Exercise Physiology or EXS 474 Sports Nutrition||3|
|HS 360 Research in Health Sciences||3|
|HSM 250 Food and Beverage Operation Management||3|
|HSM 335 Environmental Management||3|
|HSM 336 Food Production I||3|
|MATH 208 Elementary Statistics||(3)**|
|MGT 240 Introduction to Management||3|
|PSYC 101 Intro to Psychology||(3)**|
|Total Dietetics Course Requirements||74 (85) hrs.|
|Institutional Core Requirements||47hrs.|
|Total Credits for a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree||121hrs.|
**Credits hours in parentheses indicate courses that meet both institutional requirements for all students, as well as requirements of the Dietetics major
Completion of degree requirements will result in the student being awarded a Verification Statement of completion of the Ashland University Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics. Following completion of the DP, completing an accredited dietetic internship program is required before students are eligible to take the registration examination and obtain the Registered Dietitian (RD) credential. These internships are available throughout the U.S. and you do not have to complete one only in Ohio.
Acceptance into an accredited dietetic internship program is extremely competitive. Currently, there is a significant shortage of available internship positions for the number of students applying for acceptance. Acceptance into an internship program cannot be guaranteed. Because of this shortage, it is vitally important to excel academically and gain work-related experiences to improve your chances of being accepted.
To assess and guide the AU DP, several goals and objectives have been developed. These include the following three program goals and ten outcomes:
Program Goal 1
The AU DP will prepare, assist, and encourage program graduates to seek admittance into an ACEND accredited internship program, professional employment, graduate school or obtain professional credentialing.
- Objective 1.1 Over a five-year period, at least 60 percent of AU DP graduates will apply to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
- Objective 1.2 Over a five-year period, at least 50 percent of those applying to a supervised practice program in the academic year they complete the program will be accepted.
- Objective 1.3 Over a five-year period, at least 50 percent of program graduates who sought employment in dietetics will be employed within 12 months of program completion.
- Objective 1.4 Over a five-year period, at least 50 percent of AU DP graduates not going into an internship, employed or seeking employment, will report pursuing an advanced degree.
- Objecitve 1.5 Over a five-year period, the pass rate for AU DP graduates taking the DTR examination will be greater than or equal to 80 percent.
Program Goal 2
The AU DP will prepare graduates to become contributing members of the scientific/professional community who can function as competent entry-level dietitians in a variety of settings.
- Objective 2.1. Over a five-year period, the pass rate for AU DP graduates taking the registration (RD) examination for the first time will be greater than or equal to 80 percent.
- Objective 2.2 At least 80 percent of AU DP graduates will receive satisfactory or higher ratings from supervisors/employers in at least 75 percent of the areas surveyed.
Program Goal 3
The AU DP will assist students in completing the program of study, as well as prepare and encourage students to serve the community through volunteerism, educational, and professional involvement.
- Outcome 3.1 At least 75 percent of students enrolled in the AU DP, after completing the course DIET 210 Introduction to Dietetics, will meet the criteria for receiving a verification statement within three years; 150% of the program length.
- Objective 3.2 At least 75 percent of AU DP graduates will have been a member of a pre-professional or related professional organization (such as AU Student Dietetic Association, Mohican Dietetic Association, Ohio Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics or the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) prior to program completion.
- Objective 3.3 At least 75 percent of AU DP graduates will have completed more than 20 hours of volunteer or philanthropic activities prior to program completion.
AU DP Program outcomes data are available upon request. Please contact the Program Director, Dr. David Vanata, RD, CSSD, LD