Degree considerations for students in Nutrition Science and Dietetics

The Nutrition Science and Dietetics Program offers two bachelor of science (B.S.) degrees. In the Nutrition Science BS, students study the biological and physical sciences, and prepare to work for major food or pharmaceutical companies, or to pursue post-graduate work in medicine, dentistry, education, or health care. In the Nutrition BS (Dietetics), students prepare to work in a variety of health and health promotion fields, many as registered dietitians.

Nutrition/dietetics is the science of applying food and nutrition to health. Upon completion of your degree, and after you receive DPD verification, you will be qualified to apply to a supervised dietetic internship program after which you can take the national examination to become a registered dietitian. Our most recent match rate for dietetic internships was 85 percent, compared to 56 percent nationally. Our 5-year average match rate is 81 percent. The “first time” pass rate for our graduates on the registration examination for dietitians was 93 percent for the past five years. This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.

In addition, we offer a Nutrition Science MA, a Nutrition Science MS and a Dietetic Internship CAS. At the graduate level, students study the theory and application of nutrition science and prepare for research, teaching, or practice in clinical, community, corporate, government, or educational settings.

Students pursuing programs in other areas of study may also choose a minor in either nutrition or nutrition science.

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Nutrition, BS

The Department of Nutrition and Food Studies’ Bachelor of Science (B.S.) programs in nutrition/dietetics has a deeply rooted foundation in Syracuse University history. Courses in foods and nutrition have been offered continuously at Syracuse University since 1917. At the undergraduate level, students in nutrition/dietetics prepare to work in a variety of health and health promotion fields, many as registered dietitians.

Employment of dietitians continues to grow with the increased emphasis on disease prevention through improved dietary habits. Public interest in nutrition, a growing and aging population, the childhood and adult obesity epidemics and increased emphasis on health education and healthy lifestyles continue to spur demand for dietitians.

The Didactic Program in Dietetics at Syracuse University 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, 1.800.877.1600×5400.) Our program was granted full accreditation in 2010 for a 10-year period.

Specific program requirements for the dietetics program can be found in the Didactic Program in Dietetics Manual.

The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is to prepare students to successfully enter dietetic internships, which leads to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist, food and nutrition careers or graduate school through a student-centered professional development program with a broad liberal arts base.

Goal #1

The program will prepare graduates who fulfill the Didactic Program in Dietetics requirements within a Liberal Arts core to apply for a Dietetic Internship and/or Graduate School or secure employment. Objectives:

  1. Upon exit survey, DPD students will rank the average scores ≥ 3.75 with a scale of 1-5 (1=Poor, 5= Outstanding) for the following program outcomes:
    • Prepared for Internship
    • Recommend Program
    • Effective Guidance/Advising
    • Flexible Program
    • Sufficient opportunities for volunteering
  2. Upon exit survey, Alumni will rank the average scores ≥ 3.75 with a scale of 1-5 (1=Poor, 5= Outstanding) for the following program outcomes:
    • Prepared for Internship
    • Recommend Program
    • Effective Guidance/Advising
    • Flexible Program
    • Sufficient opportunities for volunteering
  3. At least 80% of program students complete the DPD Program requirements within 6 years (150% of program length).
  4. 50% of program students will apply to a Dietetic Internship prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
  5. 80 % of program graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
  6. 80% of students who do not match or apply to a Dietetic Internship will continue with graduate school or secure employment within six months of graduation.
  7. 85% of program students applying to graduate school will be accepted.
  8. 50% of our undergraduate students will work towards the completion of a minor/certificate.
  9. 35% of our undergraduate students will study abroad.

Goal #2

The program will assure graduates are prepared for the Dietetic Internship. Objectives:

  1. Average scores will be ≥ 3.75 on a scale of 1-5 for program outcomes:
    • Prepared for Internship
    • Program students rate the DPD program on the level of preparation regarding the 2017 ACEND Knowledge Requirements
  2. Average scores will be ≥ 3.75 on a scale of 1-5 for program outcomes:
    • Prepared for Internship
    • Internship Directors rate the graduates on the level of preparation regarding the 2017 ACEND Knowledge Requirements
  3. Average scores will be ≥ 3.75 on a scale of 1-5 for program outcomes:
    • Prepared for Internship
    • Alumni rate the DPD program on their level of preparation to perform the 2017 ACEND Knowledge Requirements
  4. The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.

Goal #3

The program will prepare graduates to continually participate in professional education, services, and growth. Objectives:

  1. Program graduates will give average score ≥ 3.75 on a scale of 1-5 (1=Poor, 5=Outstanding)
    • Lifelong learning
  2. 50% of program students will be a member of AND
  3. 70% of program alumni who are RD’s will be a member of AND
  4. 50% of program students will intend to pursue advanced education
  5. 50% alumni will report completion or intent to complete advanced education
  6. 50% of alumni who are RD’s will report involvement in activities to advance the field (MNT/licensure advocacy; etc)
  7. 50% of alumni who are RD’s will hold leadership positions

Outcome data is available upon request by contacting the program director, Nancy Rindfuss.

Expenses

A current estimated Cost of Attendance can be obtained from Syracuse University Financial Aid Office. For extra program specific estimated costs see the information below.

Estimated costs to apply to dietetic internships is approximately $500.

Financial Aid

Interns qualify for financial aid through the graduate school in the form of loans. General financial aid information can be found at the Syracuse University Office of Financial Aid.

Scholarships

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics accepts applications for dietetic internship scholarships each year at Eatright Foundation Scholarships.

Computer Matching Information

Year National Match Rate SU Match Rate Number Students Undergraduate Graduate
2018 61% 89% 19 13/15 4/4
2017 56% 85% 27 17/21 6/6

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Nutrition Science, BS

The 124 credit B.S. degree program in nutrition science emphasizes the biological and physical sciences. In addition to food science, nutrition in health, medical nutrition therapy, and advanced nutrition, studies include work in general and organic chemistry, biology, physiology, and biochemistry.

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Nutrition Science, MA

The master’s degree represents professional qualification for many practitioners in dietetics and community nutrition and has become the terminal degree for many students. Because of the varying backgrounds and professional interests of students, the master’s degree program is flexible. Students selecting nutrition as a major field of study must have minimum proficiency in chemistry and physiology. A recent course in nutrition must be presented upon entrance. If you have a bachelor’s degree outside nutrition and would like to become a registered dietitian, make an appointment with the director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), Nancy Rindfuss, MA, RD, to obtain an evaluation of your DPD status. The evaluation might dictate classes you have to complete prior to starting the program. The M.A. degree requires the completion of a minimum of 36 credits.

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Nutrition Science, MS

The increased number of higher education programs in nutrition and dietetics has also increased interest in doctoral programs that prepare practitioners for faculty positions. The master’s degree may thus serve as a preparatory step toward more advanced study. Because of the varying backgrounds and professional interests of students, the master’s degree program is flexible. The M.S. degree requires the completion of a minimum of 30 credits and a thesis.

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Nutrition Science, PhD

Currently, The Nutrition Science P.H.D. Program Is Not Accepting New Students. The Ph.D. program provides an opportunity for systematic study of various aspects of human nutrition and methods for evaluation and dissemination of nutrition information. Individual programs are planned to include supporting courses in other fields that provide the basis for understanding the complex physiological, environmental, psychosocial, economic, and cultural factors that influence human nutritional needs as well as the means and methods of studying them.

Dietetic Internship Program, CAS

The Dietetic Internship Program provides students with the opportunity to gain the necessary competency for careers as entry-level dietitians. The program builds upon the foundation, knowledge, and skills students have acquired from accredited didactic programs in dietetics. The carefully structured program includes a minimum 1200 hours of supervised practice experience in the application of the nutrition care process and model to community based food and nutrition settings and health care nutrition based settings. The concentration area is in program monitoring and outcomes management. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the registration examination for dietitians.

The dietetic internship at Syracuse University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics ( ACEND) , a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Post -Secondary Education and the U.S. Department of Education. (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics / 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190/ Chicago, IL 60606-6995/ 1.800.877.1600.)

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Nutrition Minor

Students pursuing programs in other areas of study may choose a minor in nutrition. The minor program requires the completion of 18 credits. To be admitted to the program, students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0, complete NSD 225, and Meet with the minor coordinator to complete the declaration of minor form.

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Nutrition Science Minor

Students pursuing programs in other areas of study may choose a minor in nutrition science. The minor program requires the completion of 19 credits. To be admitted to the program, students must meet with the minor coordinator and file a declaration of minor form with their home college.

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