Didactic Programs in Nutrition Science & Dietetics

School of Population Health, Nutrition & Wellness
Marsh Hall 301
publichealth@andrews.edu
(269) 471-3370

This program is designed for students pursuing professional degrees in the fields of Nutrition, Dietetics, Medicine, Dentistry, Public Health, Research and other health related graduate degrees.

 

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

Andrews University DPD Program Description
This program is designed for students pursuing professional degrees in the fields of Nutrition, Dietetics, Medicine, Dentistry, Public Health, Research and other health related graduate degrees. This BS also prepares students for dietetics registration eligibility.
The Nutrition Science and Dietetics with Dietetics Emphasis is recommended for students wishing to become a Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, or pursue a career in public health and/or graduate school.
The Nutrition Science and Dietetics with Nutrition Science Emphasis is recommended for pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-PA, students wishing to have a nutrition science and health promotion emphasis as they prepare for medical, dental, public health or graduate schools.

Mission Statement & Goals
The mission of the DPD program is to prepare students for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist for service to their church, society, and the world and to influence the community at large to affirm the Seventh-day Adventist lifestyles, including a plant-based, vegetarian diet.

Goal #1: The program will prepare graduates to be competent for entry into supervised practice or other post-graduate programs through high quality educational offerings.

Goal #2: The program will prepare graduates who are highly competent to promote a vegetarian diet as a lifestyle option.

 

Handbook 2022-2023

 

 

Andrews University DPD - Program Outcomes

Our accreditation status is based upon our program achieving these outcomes.  All program outcomes data is available upon request.  

  • “At least 80% of students complete program requirements within 3 (150% of planned program length)”. (RE  2.1.c.1.a).
  • “At least 75% percent of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation”. (RE 2.1.c.1.b.1)
  • “Of program graduates who apply to a supervised practice program, at least 80% percent are admitted within 12 months of graduation”. (RE 2.1.c.1.b.2)
  • “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%”. (RE 2.1.c.1.c)
  • 80% of graduates will be rated as adequately prepared or higher for supervised practice or graduate school.
  • 80% of DPD graduating seniors will rate themselves as “adequately prepared” or higher for promoting vegetarian lifestyle. 
  • 90% of DI preceptors will rate graduates as being “adequately prepared” or higher for promoting vegetarian lifestyle.

*Our current 3-year pass rate for the DPD Program is 68.8% for testers within one year of the first attempt.

Admission Requirements-Nutrition Science & Dietetics Program (Step 1)

Prospective students enter the Nutrition Science & Dietetics program upon acceptance to Andrews University. Students must apply to the professional program* at the end of their sophomore year.  The Dietetics Emphasis is recommended for students wishing to become a Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, or pursue a career in public health and/or graduate school.

Pre-requisite Courses:  two years of the following:

introductory professional (e.g. Food Science and Nutrition)
sciences (e.g. Intro to Chemistry, Biochemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, and Microbiology)
social sciences (e.g. Sociology and Psychology)
math (e.g. MATH 145 or higher)
Andrews Core Experience (ACE)
These courses may be obtained at Andrews University or another accredited college or university, or equivalent institution for international students.

Admission Requirements-Nutrition Science & Dietetics Program (Step 2)

Applying to the Program*
To transition into the professional program, students need to apply to the director of the Didactic Program in Nutrition Science & Dietetics (DPD) at the end of their sophomore year.  Students must apply to the program in order to register for FDNT 351 Food Service Management, a required course for the major.
Courses
The professional program includes two years of study including courses in:

medical nutrition therapy
food-service management
nutrition and metabolism
community nutrition
These courses are to be obtained on the Andrews University campus.

Application Deadline

For acceptance to the program applications need to be submitted, to the program director, by the last Friday in March, September, or November for the following semester.
Acceptance
• Full acceptance into the BS Nutrition Science & Dietetics Program requires successful completion of all prerequisite courses and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 in the sciences and FDNT courses.
• Students who are not fully accepted into the program by their senior year will be unable to register for FDNT 441 Medical Nutrition Therapy which is required for the completion of the program.

Submission of Application to Dietetics Program which includes:

 

1. DPD Program Application
 
 Dietetics students must fill out and submit the DPD program application prior to the start of their junior year in the program.  The application can be delivered to the program director via e-mail or mail. 
 
 
 
2. Statement of Purpose
 
Submit a statement of your objectives for seeking a BS degree in Nutrition and Dietetics.  Discuss your personal and professional goals.  Discuss your background and how you became interested in Dietetics.  Also, indicate why you have chosen to apply to the Dietetics program at Andrews University.  The statement of purpose must be submitted with your completed application form.
 
 
4. Official transcripts (if transferring from another college)
 
Transcripts for every university or college that you have attended MUST be sent along with your application.  These transcripts can be unofficial and can be e-mailed or mailed with your application.

 

 
 

 

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Courses For DPD Program

Prerequisite Courses:

The following courses are prerequisites to enter the Didactic Program in Dietetics, and are usually taken during freshman and sophomore years:

BCHM120 Introduction to Biological Chemistry
BIOL 111 Anatomy & Physiology 1
BIOL 112  Anatomy & Physiology 2
BIOL260  General Microbiology
CHEM110 Introduction to Inorganic and Organic Chemistry
FDNT118  The Profession of Dietetics
FDNT124 Food Science
FDNT 230  Nutrition
MKTG 310  Principles of Marketing
PSYC101 Intro to Psychology
SOCI119 Principles of Sociology

 

Cognate Courses:

The following courses are Cognate Requirements to take during the Didactic Program in Dietetics, and are usually taken during the Junior year:

BSAD355  Management & Organization
BSAD384 Human Resource Management

 

DPD Courses:

The following courses are DPD Requirements to take during the Didactic Program in Dietetics, and are usually taken during the Senior year:

FDNT310 Nutrition in the Life Cycle
FDNT351 Food Service Management I
FDNT352 Food Service Management II
FDNT421  Community Nutrition I
FDNT422 Community Nutrition II
FDNT431 Medical Nutrition Therapy I
FDNT432 Medical Nutrition Therapy II
FDNT448  Nutrition & Wellness
FDNT460 Seminar: Topic
FDNT485  Nutrition & Metabolism
FDNT490 Dietetic Program Review
FDNT498 Research Methods

 

 

Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements include satisfactory completion of curriculum requirements with at least 2.25 cumulative GPA in all dietetics courses (no grade below C). Students completing the DPD program and successfully passing the Senior Comprehensive Exam administered in April of final year will be issued a verification statement Students must complete both the coursework (DPD) requirements and a Dietetic Internship before being eligible to sit for the Registration Examination.
 
 

Our Accreditation

The B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics is a Didactic Program in Dietetics. The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at Andrews University is currently accredited by:

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
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Students may also apply for membership into the AND in their junior or senior year. Upon completion of the DPD Program, the student will be issued a DPD verification statement. Once this statement has been issued, the student may apply for a dietetic internship, after which he or she is eligible for registration.

**The B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics is a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) .**

 

Disclaimer:

The information on these web pages is for information purposes only. While every attempt has been made to provide accurate information, the Andrews University Bulletin is the final and authoritative guide on regulations such as admission, general, core, major, and cognate requirements.

 

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