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Dietitian Education Program, B.S.

About the Program

SUNY Buffalo State’s Dietitian Education Program (DEP), a coordinated program, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (800) 877-1600, ext. 5400. http://www.eatright.org/ACEND.

The program began in 1971 and is the only coordinated program in the SUNY system. The program combines theoretical learning with 1,200 hours of supervised practice; therefore, the program provides students with the academic and supervised practice requirements established by ACEND for entry-level dietitians/nutritionists. 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
http://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 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
BIO 309 LABORATORY IN HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
CHE 111 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY I
CHE 112 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY II
CHE 114 LABORATORY FOR FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY II
CHE 321 PRINCIPLES OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
CHE 322 BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY
NFS 100 INTRODUCTION TO FOOD PREPARATION
NFS 102 INTRODUCTORY NUTRITION
NFS 200 APPLIED FOOD CHEMISTRY
NFS 211 APPLIED MANAGEMENT IN DIETETICS II
NFS 230 INTRODUCTION TO DIETETICS
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.

Individuals interested in applying to the coordinated program must contact the department for application information, which is available by December 1 of each year.

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements
(http://ecatalog.buffalostate.edu/undergraduate/collegewide-degree-requirements-baccalaureate-degrees/#IF_courses)
24 credit hours

Didactic Courses Required for the Major (45)
Required Courses (45 credit hours)
NFS 100 INTRODUCTION TO FOOD PREPARATION 3
NFS 102 INTRODUCTORY NUTRITION 3
NFS 111 APPLIED MANAGEMENT IN DIETETICS I 3
NFS 200 APPLIED FOOD CHEMISTRY 3
NFS 211 APPLIED MANAGEMENT IN DIETETICS II 3
NFS 230 INTRODUCTION TO DIETETICS 2
NFS 302 ADVANCED NUTRITION 3
NFS 311 APPLIED MANAGEMENT IN DIETETICS III 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 the ACEND, students are required to take the following courses, which may be substituted for electives.
NFS 445 NUTRITIONAL CARE A 3
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 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 210 MICROBIOLOGY 3
BIO 308 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 3
BIO 309 LABORATORY IN HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 1
CHE 111 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY I 4
CHE 112 FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY II 3
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) 3
PSY 101 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY 3

Total Credit Hours 125

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