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Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics, B.S.

About the Program

SUNY Buffalo State's Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (213) 899-0040 ext 5400.

The program provides students with the academic requirements established by ACEND for entry-level dietitians. Graduates of the program receive a verification statement signed by the DPND program director. Graduates are then eligible to apply for a ACEND-accredited supervised practice program via dietetic internships or pre-professional practice programs that are available throughout the country. After completing the supervised practice requirements, individuals may take the registration examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Passing the registration examination earns the credentials of registered dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). Career opportunities are available to dietitians in health facilities, food service organizations, government agencies, and consulting work. Some individuals use this program to prepare for graduate study in nutrition-related areas.

About the Health, Nutrition, and Dietetics Department

238 Buckham Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-5913
Fax: (716) 878-5834

Admission Requirements

Students are admitted as freshmen or transfers. Transfer students, undeclared students, or students changing majors or desiring a major in this program must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 in previous college credit. Undeclared students or those changing majors to dietetics must fill out a Change of Major form.

Academic Requirements: All DPND students are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 to continue as juniors as defined by the program. DPND student cumulative GPAs will be reviewed prior to starting any DPND junior courses (NFS 401, Medical Nutrition Therapy I and/or NFS 330, Integrative and Functional Nutrition. Students failing to meet the GPA requirement cannot advance in the program until they have met the required GPA and therefore, cannot graduate with a degree in dietetics.

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements 33–39 cr

Total Required Credit Hours in Nutrition and Food Science 51 cr
NFS 100 Introduction to Food Preparation
NFS 102 Introduction to Nutrition
NFS 111 Applied Management in Dietetics I
NFS 200 Applied Food Chemistry
NFS 211 Management in Dietetics II
NFS 230 Introduction to Dietetics Profession (2)
NFS 302 Advanced Nutrition (2)
NFS 311 Applied Management in Dietetics III
NFS 315 Life Cycle/Community I
NFS 316 Life Cycle/Community II (2)
NFS 330 Seminar: Integrative and Functional Nutrition (1)
NFS 401 Medical Nutrition Therapy I (4)
NFS 402 Medical Nutrition Therapy II
NFS 403 Medical Nutrition Therapy III
NFS 405 Principles of Nutrition Education (2)
NFS 411 Applied Management in Dietetics IV
NFS 430 Introduction to Nutrition Research (2)
NFS 420 Dietetics Field Experience (2)
NFS 495 Senior Project (2)

Total Required Credit Hours Outside the Department* 36 cr
BIO 100 Principles of Biology
BIO 210 Microbiology
BIO 308 Human Anatomy and Physiology
BIO 309 Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab (1)
CHE 111 Fundamentals of Chemistry I (4)
CHE 112 Fundamentals of Chemistry II
CHE 114 Laboratory for Fundamentals of Chemistry II (1)
CHE 321 Principles of Organic Chemistry (4)
CHE 322 Biological Chemistry (4)
CIS 101 Computer Fundamentals
LIB 100 Introduction to Library Research Methods (1)
MAT 311 Introductory Probability and Statistics (or equivalent)
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

*Some of these courses meet the Intellectual Foundations requirements.

All College Electives 0 cr

Total Required Credit Hours 123-129 cr

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