Falk College’s nutrition program offers unique experiential learning opportunities for individuals interested in becoming a Registered Dietitian

Courses in foods and nutrition have been offered continuously at Syracuse University since 1917. The Nutrition, BS program prepares students for careers in a wide variety of opportunities in clinical, community, food service management, corporate, government, and educational settings. Specific program and admissions requirements for the the dietetics program can be found in the Didactic Program in Dietetics Handbook and in the course catalog.

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.

Future Education Model Program in Nutrition and Dietetics

Syracuse University has applied to open a new and exciting program in August, 2023 to prepare Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and Nutrition and Dietetic Technicians, Registered.

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) released the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for programs in nutrition and dietetics. These accreditation standards integrate didactic coursework with supervised experiential learning in a competency-based curriculum designed to prepare nutrition and dietetics practitioners for future practice.

Syracuse University demonstrated its leadership in education by submitting an application to be part of the third cohort of programs to be accredited by ACEND under these new standards. The ACEND Board has approved our phase 1 application and will make a final accreditation decision on the program in 2022 after review of our phase 2 report.

If successful, following the phase 2 report review by the ACEND Board, we will begin recruiting students during the 2022-2023 academic year.

Contact Nancy Rindfuss, napaul@syr.edu, (315) 443-2269 for more information.

Why this degree makes a difference in society today…tomorrow…

Due to rising public interest in nutrition, a growing and aging population, the childhood obesity epidemic, and increased emphasis on health education and healthy lifestyles, the demand for trained nutrition professionals is increasing. Nutrition professionals work with businesses, schools, advocacy groups and legislators to ensure all people have access to adequate nutrition, at school, at home, and at work. In healthcare, they collaborate with patient care teams to help prevent and treat illness. Nutrition research expands the body of knowledge in health and wellness, sparking advances in public health and quality of life, from pregnancy through adolescence and adulthood. Whether you want to inspire health in your community or around the world, nutrition is a universal avenue to make a difference.


Our Facilities

Learn using equipment and technology that mirrors—or exceeds—what is found in practice settings. Our Nutrition Assessment, Consultation and Education (ACE) Center is a hands-on learning laboratory to prepare students with traditional and emerging professional competencies critical to effective nutrition practice. The ACE Center includes a lecture hall with a demonstration kitchen and teaching station, two small private consultation rooms, a physical assessment room, and a small conference room with a large media screen.The Center’s counseling and physical assessment rooms are equipped with two teaching mannequins, a tube feeding placement simulator, wall-mounted stadiometers and electronic scales, pediatric measuring equipment with several multi-ethnic infant mannequins, electronic blood pressure monitors, a lactation education baby, and a variety of food models.

In the ACE Center, students practice nutrition-focused physical examinations on a patient simulator. This facility allows for unlimited opportunities for direct practice with indirect calorimetry to measure how many calories someone is utilizing, instead of estimations that use imperfect mathematical equations. Additional enhancements to student learning include class experiences measuring body composition with the BOD POD testing system used extensively in university and medical facilities, the military and health and wellness settings to track body composition.

Our facilities also include the Learning Café and Kitchens, a hands-on learning laboratory to prepare students with traditional and emerging professional competencies for careers in food, nutrition, dietetics, and public health. The facility includes an experimental food lab kitchen, commercial kitchen, baking nook and café.


Experiential Learning

Most of the nutrition curriculum is applied. Students provide dinner services to the community through Food Service Operations, food demonstrations to groups through Practice of Dietetics, counsel real people through Nutrition Counseling – just to name a few. While an undergraduate student in Nutrition at Syracuse University, students are very creative in securing practical experience in the Syracuse community and their home towns. We have the Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public and Community Service to provide assistance. In fact, we have three nutrition specific interns hired to help students engage in the Syracuse community through formal programs like Books and Cooks, Cooking on the Hillside or Food Busters or through independent opportunities. Many nutrition students also are part of the Honor’s program and work closely with a faculty member to do an honor’s thesis.


Study Abroad

Syracuse University students have access to one of the nation’s best-ranked study abroad programs. Nutrition students have opportunities to study the health care system and families in India, gastronomy in Italy, drug policy in the Netherlands, health education in South Africa, health policy in Switzerland, and social policy and public health in the United Kingdom, to name a few.

Summer programs of interest may include South Africa Immersion: A Global Health Education Experience and Mediterranean Food and Culture: An Italian Experience (Florence). For more information about study abroad, visit suabroad.syr.edu.


What's next after this degree

A bachelor’s degree in nutrition will equip students to work in a variety of health and health promotion fields, many as registered dietitians (RD).

Falk College’s undergraduate nutrition/dietetics major is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. Upon graduation and after receiving Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) verification, students are qualified to apply to a supervised dietetic internship program, after which they can take the national examination to become a registered dietitian. Information about becoming a Certified Dietitian Nutritionist can be found on the N.Y.S. Office of the Professions website. Additionally, successful completion of the DPD verification policy makes graduates eligible to take NDTR exam (Nutrition Dietetics Technician, Registered).

Students apply to several dietetic internships of their choice through a centralized application service. On “match day” the student finds out if they have successfully matched to a dietetic internship that they applied to. Students can only be matched to one program.

Falk College Match Rate
Year National Match Rate SU Match Rate Number Students Undergraduate Graduate
2019 61% 90% 21 15/17 4/4
2018 61% 89% 19 13/15 4/4

A bachelor’s degree in nutrition may also serve as a preparatory step toward more advanced study at the master’s level or admission to graduate level allied-health programs, such as physician assistant programs or medical school.


Careers

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 Nutrition, BS program prepares students for careers in a wide variety of opportunities in clinical, community, corporate, government, and educational settings.

Learn more about careers in Nutrition

What can you do now to prepare?

Students interested in nutrition find it helpful to supplement their courses with hands-on experience. Some suggestions might include:

  • Work at a community food bank, long term care facility, school food administration office, or a hospital.
  • Be a part of a nutrition community volunteer group or school clubs.
  • Exercise your writing and communication skills working with school publications, or start your own blog to showcase your portfolio.
  • Focus on getting good grades in high school science and math courses.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is an exceptional resource for students considering a career in nutrition. Visit eatright.org to explore current professional opportunities and pinpoint personal areas of interest.


Program Requirements & Electives

Arts & Sciences Core

Communications Skills (9 credits): Writing I, Writing II, Communication Skills Course
Quantitative Skills (3-4 credits): Probability & Statistics for Liberal Arts or Elementary Probability & Statistics
Natural Sciences (24 credits): General Biology I & II with labs, General Chemistry I & II with labs, Anatomy & Physiology I & II with labs
Humanities or Foreign Language (6-8 credits)
Social Sciences (9 credits): Foundations of Human Behavior and two other courses
Liberal Arts Electives: Electives to reach 124 degree applicable credits

Program Requirements (major 58 credits)

First-Year Gateway
Food Safety & Quality
Food Science I
Food Service Operations
Nutrition in Health
Food Service Systems
Food Service Systems Management
Practice of Dietetics
Nutrition in the Life Span
Community Nutrition
Nutritional Biochemistry I & II
Research & Evaluation in Nutrition
Senior Seminar I & II
Medical Nutrition Therapy with Lab I & II
Nutrition Education
Nutrition Counseling
Food, Culture & Environment or The Mediterranean Diet


Program Objectives

Mission, Goals & Objectives

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 graduates 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
    • Sufficient opportunities for volunteering
  3. At least 80% of program students complete the program/degree requirements within 6 years (150% of program length).
  4. 50% of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program 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. 85% of program graduates applying to graduate school will be accepted.
  7. 50% of our program graduates will work towards the completion of a minor/certificate.
  8. 35% of our program graduates 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 graduates 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 graduates will be a member of the Academy
  3. 50% of program graduates will intend to pursue advanced education
  4. 50% of alumni will report completion or intent to complete advanced education
  5. 50% of alumni who are RD’s will report involvement in activities to advance the field (MNT/licensure advocacy; etc)
  6. 50% of alumni who are RD’s will hold leadership positions

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


Expenses & Financial Aid

Expenses

A current estimated Cost of Attendance can be obtained from Syracuse University Financial Aid Office. Additional program specific costs include the D.I. application fee.

Financial Aid

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.


Getting Admitted

For admissions information, visit the Didactic Program in Dietetics Handbook, the course catalog or contact the Office of Admissions at falk@syr.edu or 315.443.5555.

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