Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science
The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science degree program requires completion of the following eight-semester curriculum, including 126 or 127 total credits, depending on the concentration. Students may choose from one of two concentrations: Dietetics and Food Science.
The Dietetics concentration constitutes UDC’s Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), which fulfills the academic requirements for a student to become a Registered Dietitian (RD). The DPD at the University of the District of Columbia is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 800/877-1600. The mission of the DPD is to provide program graduates with the skills and knowledge to be confident and competent in their dietetic internship and serve as professionals capable of providing excellent entry-level dietetic services in community, food service, management, and clinical settings. The program offers an evidence-based curriculum that is comprehensive and provides for a variety of practicum experiences in the local community, and governmental organizations and promotes life-long learning, problem solving, and effectiveness and teamwork. Faculty members serve as mentors in both the academic and professional settings.
The B.S. degree with the Option in Nutrition and Dietetics is composed of a minimum of 126 credit hours that includes 31 credit hours of General Education, 58 credits of Core Courses and, 37 credits of Supportive Courses. The academic program at UDC is built upon strong science and liberal arts components, which encourage critical and creative thinking and expression. The organization of courses emphasizes study in chemistry and biology, nutrition, food science and technology, medical nutrition therapy, human organizational behavior, management, and other general education courses. The student desiring to enter the program should have a strong background in the physical and biological sciences as the scientific disciplines are emphasized.
The curriculum is developed within the conceptual framework of the accreditation standards and knowledge competencies for the dietetic profession set and published by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. There are three steps to becoming a Registered Dietitian.
- The first step in becoming a Registered Dietitian is to successfully complete the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at UDC. Once students complete the DPD, they will receive a Verification Statement signed by the Program Director.
- The second step is to apply for, become accepted into, and successfully complete an approved dietetic internship (supervised practice experience). Alternatively, the graduates may complete ACEND approved program with a supervised practice component. The Verification Statement issued at completion of the DPD is required for application to the Dietetic Internship. Upon completion of the Dietetic Internship or other ACEND accredited program that provides supervised practice experience, the student will receive another Verification Statement signed by the Program Director. This will allow the student to sit for the National Registration Examination for Dietitian.The third and the final step to becoming a Registered Dietitian is to pass the National Registration Examination for Dietitians.