About the Program

In 2024, the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR) will require a master’s degree for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist credential. In response to this new CDR requirement, the SUNY Buffalo State BS Dietetics (formerly Dietitian Education Program-DEP) has been reorganized into the prerequisite degree for a Future Education Model (FEM) MS Dietetics degree. The BS Dietetics together with the MS Dietetics have been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and provide students with all the academic, experiential learning, and planned work experience required entry-level dietitians/nutritionists. Enrollment in SUNY Buffalo State BS Dietetics allows highly qualified students to work on the Master of Science in Dietetics while completing their bachelor’s degree.

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
(800) 877-1600, ext. 5400
https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend

The BS Dietetics began in 1971 and was one of the first programs in the country to integrate internship-like training with classroom education.

About the Health, Nutrition, and Dietetics Department

334 Caudell Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-5913
Fax: (716) 878-5834
https://hnd.buffalostate.edu/

Admission Requirements

All students with sophomore, junior, or senior status meeting the eligibility requirements must apply for admission to the program during the designated period. Eligibility requirements are admission to Buffalo State, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and completion of the following prerequisite courses prior to beginning the program in the fall:

BIO 100 PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY
BIO 308 SURVEY OF HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
BIO 309 LABORATORY SURVEY OF HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY (1)
CHE 111 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY I
CHE 112 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY II
CHE 113 LABORATORY FOR FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY I (1)
CHE 114 LABORATORY FOR FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY II (1)
CHE 321 PRINCIPLES OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY (4)
CHE 322 BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY (4)
NFS 100 INTRODUCTION TO FOOD PREPARATION
NFS 102 INTRODUCTORY NUTRITION
NFS 200 APPLIED FOOD CHEMISTRY (1)
NFS 211 APPLIED MANAGEMENT IN DIETETICS I
NFS 230 INTRODUCTION TO DIETETICS (2)
NFS 302 ADVANCED NUTRITION
NFS 315 LIFE CYCLE AND COMMUNITY NUTRITION I
PSY 101 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

Selection is based on GPA, completion of prerequisite courses, personal statement, faculty interviews, faculty/employer recommendations, and volunteer/work experience. Up to 16 students are accepted into this program each year.

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements
24 credit hours 24

Didactic Courses Required for the Major
NFS 100 INTRODUCTION TO FOOD PREPARATION 3
NFS 102 INTRODUCTORY NUTRITION 3
NFS 200 APPLIED FOOD CHEMISTRY 1
NFS 211 APPLIED MANAGEMENT IN DIETETICS I 3
NFS 230 INTRODUCTION TO DIETETICS 2
NFS 302 ADVANCED NUTRITION 3
NFS 311 APPLIED MANAGEMENT IN DIETETICS II 3
NFS 315 LIFE CYCLE AND COMMUNITY NUTRITION I 3
NFS 316 LIFE CYCLE AND COMMUNITY NUTRITION II 3
NFS 330 INTEGRATIVE AND FUNCTIONAL NUTRITION 1
NFS 401 MEDICAL NUTRITIONAL THERAPY I 4
NFS 402 MEDICAL NUTRITIONAL THERAPY II 3
NFS 403 MEDICAL NUTRITIONAL THERAPY III 3
NFS 405 PRINCIPLES OF NUTRITION EDUCATION 2
NFS 430 INTRODUCTION TO NUTRITION RESEARCH 3

Required Supervised Practice Courses
To satisfy the clinical requirements of ACEND students are required to take the following courses, which may be substituted for electives.
NFS 445 NUTRITION CARE A 3
NFS 446 NUTRITION CARE B 3
NFS 447 NUTRITION CARE C 5
NFS 448 NUTRITION CARE D 5
NFS 449 NUTRITIONAL CARE E (NUTRITIONAL CARE OF LONG-TERM PATIENTS) 2
NFS 450 SENIOR PRACTICUM IN DIETETICS 4
NFS 451 SPECIALTY PRACTICE 1
NFS 471 EXPERIENCES IN HEALTH CARE FOOD SERVICE SYSTEMS 3

Requirements Outside the Major (32 credit hours)
ACEND requires completion of subjects outside nutrition to satisfy academic requirements. Courses meeting these requirements are identified below; they may be taken as electives or used in fulfilling the Intellectual Foundations requirements.
BIO 100 PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY 3
BIO 308 SURVEY OF HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 3
BIO 309 LABORATORY SURVEY OF HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 1
BIO 355 SURVEY OF MICROBIOLOGY 3
CHE 111 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY I
& CHE 113 LABORATORY FOR FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY I 4
CHE 112 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY II
& CHE 114 LABORATORY FOR FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY II 4
CHE 321 PRINCIPLES OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 4
CHE 322 BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY 4
HEW 605 EPIDEMIOLOGY 3
MAT 311 INTRODUCTORY PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS (or equivalent) 3
PSY 101 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY 3

Total Credit Hours 120