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Dietitian Education Program, B.S.

About the Program

SUNY Buffalo State’s Dietitian Education Program (DEP) 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 began in 1971 and is the only such program in the SUNY system. The program combines theoretical learning with supervised practice; therefore, the program provides students with the academic and supervised practice requirements established by ACEND for entry-level dietitians. Graduates of the program receive a verification statement signed by the DEP program director. Graduates are then eligible to apply to take the registration examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Passing the registration examination earns the credentials of registered dietitian (RD) or registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).

About the Health, Nutrition, and Dietetics Department

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

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 a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and completion of the following prerequisite courses prior to beginning the program in the fall: BIO 100, BIO 308, BIO 309, CHE 111, CHE 112, CHE 321, CHE 322, NFS 100, NFS 102, NFS 110, NFS 200, NFS 230, NFS 302, NFS 315, PSY 101, and SOC 100. Selection is based on GPA, completion of prerequisite courses, biographical sketch, personal interviews, faculty/employer recommendations, and various other activities. Up to 16 students are accepted into this program each year.

Individuals interested in applying to the coordinated program must contact the department for application details. These are available by December 1 of each year; completed forms must be returned by the end of the first week of classes of the spring semester.

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements 33-39 cr

Total Required Credit Hours in Nutrition and Food Science 74 cr

A minimum of 12 credit hours in the major must be completed in the department.

A. Required Courses (44 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 Applied Management in Dietetics II
NFS 230 Introduction to Dietetics Profession (2)
NFS 302 Advanced Nutrition (2)
NFS 311 Applied Management in Dietetics II
NFS 315 Life Cycle/Community Nutrition I
NFS 316 Life Cycle/Community Nutrition 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 419 Introduction to Clinical Practice (2)
NFS 430 Introduction to Nutrition Research (2)

B. Courses for ADA Requirements (27 cr)
To satisfy the clinical requirements of the A.N.D., students are required to take the following courses, which may be substituted for electives.
NFS 445 Nutritional Care A
NFS 446 Nutritional Care B (4)
NFS 447 Nutritional Care C (5)
NFS 448 Nutritional 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

Required Courses Outside the Major (32 cr)
The ADA 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
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)
MAT 311 Introductory Probability and Statistics (or equivalent)
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

Total Required Credit Hours 125 cr

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