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Welcome to the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics!

The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics provides Christ-Centered quality education to nutrition, dietetics and public health professionals that is both transformative and innovative leading to achievement of professional goals, service to society and the church, while affirming the Adventist lifestyle.

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is housed within the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, School of Nursing and Health Professions. Graduates of the DPD program receive a Bachelor of Sciences in Dietetics (BS, Dietetics). This program prepares students with the faith-based foundation, knowledge, and skills to be a member of health care team known as the Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RD/RDN) to address the nutritional needs in health and disease of a multi-cultural society, trained in plant-based vegetarian nutrition.

ACEND Accreditation: The Oakwood University Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is accredited by ACEND, The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. ACEND is the accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitian nutritionists or nutrition and dietetics technicians, registered. https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists apply knowledge from physiology, biochemistry and chemistry to understand digestion of food, absorption and use of nutrients by the body at different stages of life, and the effects of nutrient deficiencies and excesses. They also draw on the social sciences to understand the socio-cultural, psychological, economic and political factors influencing choices of food. Dietitians as clinicians study the relationship between diet and chronic disease while applying Medical Nutrition Therapy in the Nutrition Care Process. RD/RDNs also monitor nutritional content of the American food supply, define and help to alleviate nutritional problems throughout the world, and work with other health professionals in promoting health and well-being for people of all ages.

The Educational Philosophy of the DPD program is to offer a broad-based program which stimulates intellectual curiosity, promotes academic excellence and equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to compete effectively and achieve practitioner competencies. The DPD program provides a faith-based education, with an SDA biblical world-view.

 

 

    MEET THE FACULTY

    BACHELORS OF SCIENCE MAJOR:

    • Dietetics (123 credits)

    MINOR:

    • Food and Nutrition (21 cr)

    POST-BACCALAUREATE CERTIFICATE:

    NON-TRADITIONAL STUDENT:

    • Didactic Program Completion Verification Statement (DPD) (73 cr)
    SOME COURSES YOU MAY TAKE:
    ND 111 : Nutrition and Lab
    Basic principles of human nutrition, including biochemical functions of nutrients, nutrient allowances for various ages and the relationship between food choices and health. Lab fee applies. (previously FS 131)

    3 HOURS

    ND 233 : Food Science and Laboratory
    Carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals and their role in human metabolism. The management of normal nutrition needs of individuals across the life cycle including focus on pregnancy, lactation, normal infant growth and development; childhood and adolescence; adult men’s and women’s health issues; geriatrics; and basic pathophysiology and medical nutrition therapy for specific disease conditions. Lab fee applies. Prerequisite: ND 131 or by permission of instructor.

    3 HOURS

    ND 323 : Community Nutrition
    This course is designed to prepare students for presentation of nutrition information to individuals and groups in a variety of community settings, and facilitate the development of skills for planning and assessing community nutrition programs. (previously FS 323) Prerequisites: ND 322 and junior standing.

    3 HOURS

     

     

     

     

    Email: ACEND@eatright.org

    Phone: (800)-877-1600, ext. 5400

    Mail: 120 South Riverside Plaza

    Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995

    MISSION, GOALS, AND OBJECTIVES

    Mission:

    The Oakwood University (OU) DDIP trains dietetic practitioners, to serve in the fields of dietetics and nutrition. It provides didactic and experiential opportunities which enable interns to develop skills, demonstrate professionalism, apply knowledge, and work effectively to improve the quality of nutrition for the people they serve. The program integrates faith and learning, preparing individuals to serve God and man. 

     

    Goal #1 To assist graduates in completing the internship program in a timely manner by providing needed support, guidance, and resources.

    1. At least 80% of full-time interns complete program requirements within 15 months (150% of the planned program length).
    2. At least 80% of part-time interns will complete program requirements within 30 months. (150% of planned program length). 
    3. Of graduates who seek employment, at least 80% percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
    4. At least 80% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
    5. The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of the first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%. 

    Goal #2 –To prepare graduates with entry-professional level dietitian skills and knowledge to improve the nutritional status and health of the diverse communities they serve.

    1. At least 50% of interns will be ethnically diverse or male.
    2. At least 80% of the program graduates will rate the adequacy of program preparation  “3” or greater on a 5-point Likert scale.
    3. At least 80% percent of employers will rate graduates “3” or greater on a 5-point Likert scale as being entry-level prepared.
    Program Overview

    The Oakwood University DPD (Didactic Program) provides the required dietetics coursework leading to a bachelor’s in Dietetics. Graduates of ACEND-accredited programs who are verified by the program director may apply for Dietetic Internships to establish eligibility to write the CDR registration examination for dietitians.

     

    Bachelor of Science in Dietetics

    This program is designed for students who process a strong interest in the clinical, psychological, physiological, and economic aspects of food and nutrition, with emphasis on health promotion/disease prevention.  College Level Examination Program (CLEP) results do not meet the requirements for this degree.

     

    Student Learning Outcomes: Students who complete the B.S. in Dietetics will be proficient in the following student learning outcomes:

    1. Demonstrate a Christ-centered SDA worldview in food and nutrition-related activities

    2. Apply physical, biological, & social science concepts in nutrition settings

    3. Apply nutrition concepts in health promotion and disease prevention

    4. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in presenting food and nutrition information

    5. Conduct basic research in food and nutrition

    6. Demonstrate the ability to prepare and serve quality food items for different settings

    7. Implement management skills in budget preparation, cost analysis, and marketing

    Outcomes data are available upon request.

    This program is accredited by ACEND (Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics), of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Association.

    ACEND 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (telephone) (800)-877-1600, ext. 5400.

    Gainful Employment Disclosure

    According to the current Occupational Outlook Handbook from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual salary for dietitians and nutritionist was $60,370 in May 2018.  Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors.  Job outlook. Employment of dietitians and nutritionist is projected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.  The role of food in preventing and treating disease, such as diabetes is now well known.

    The U.S. Department of Education states that generally in order to be eligible for funding under the Higher Education act Title IV student assistance programs, an educational program must lead to a degree at a nonprofit or public institution or it must prepare students for “gainful employment in a recognized occupation.”  Therefore, with very few exceptions, any nondegree program offered by non-profit or public institutions and all educational problems offered at for-profit institution s must lead to gainful employment.

    5 Steps to Become an RDN

    To become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, a path of higher education is a must as well as a dietetic internship from an ACEND-accredited program, and passing the national registration examination. The pathway listed below is a common route many traditional students take, but it is not the only path to become an RDN.

    The 5 Steps

    1. Complete a bachelor’s degree and receive a verification statement from an ACEND-accredited program (Didactic Program in Dietetics).
    2. Get matched to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice dietetic internship program(some dietetic internships are combined with a master’s degree, which is optional*). For students who do not match to an internship, applying to an Individual Supervised Practice Pathway is an option.
    3. Pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s dietetic registration exam.
    4. Gain licensure in your state of practice, if applicable.
    5. Maintain continuing education.

    Other Pathways to Become an RDN

    Coordinated Programs in Dietetics
    Combine your degree with supervised practice. Why? Because baccalaureate students can apply to this type of program and begin supervised practice without going through dietetic internship computer matching. Coordinated Programs in Dietetics may result in a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, depending on the program. Graduates of these programs are eligible to sit for the dietetic registration exam.

    Career Changers
    It’s never too late to make the switch to a career in dietetics. Individuals with a prior bachelor’s degree need to complete a Didactic Program in Dietetics and receive a verification statement. Those without a four-year degree need to complete a bachelor’s degree and receive a verification statement indicating completion of the didactic program in dietetics components prior to applying to the dietetic internship match.

    International Students
    RDNs have been trained in all corners of the globe. There a few different ways for international learners to become RDNs — visit ACEND to learn more.

    *Beginning in 2024, a minimum of a master’s degree will be an eligibility requirement in order to take the CDR dietetic registration exam.

    APPLICATION AND ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

    Application and Admission Requirements for the Didactic Program in Dietetics:

    1. Minimum GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

    2. A minimum grade of C in EN 111-112 Freshman Composition

    3. Evidence of 12th grade reading level from diagnostic testing (any college testing center)

    4. Submit personal statement and attend an interview by the DPD Director

     

    DPD Verification Statements Requested by Foreign Students: Foreign students applying to the DPD program will have their transcripts evaluated by a third-party degree verification, CDR approved agency and will pass programs Exit Exam. Passing other credible standardized RD practice exams may be approved by the discretion of the department.

    GRADUATION AND PROGRAM COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

    Major Requirements:

    ND 102 Introduction to Dietetics …………………………………………………………………… 1 hour

    ND 111 Food Preparation and Laboratory ……………………………………………………… .3 hours

    ND 233 Food Science and Laboratory……………………………………………………………….3 hours

    ND 321 Advanced Nutrition……………………………………………………………………………3 hours

    ND 322 Life Span Nutrition …………………………………………………………………………….3 hours

    ND 323 Community Nutrition …………………………………………………………………………3 hours

    ND 351 Nutrition Assessment and Counseling and Laboratory……………………………4 hours

    ND 421 Quantity Food Management and Laboratory ………………………………………..3 hours

    ND 431 Food Systems Management and Laboratory …………………………………………3 hours

    ND 439 Medical Nutrition Therapy I and Laboratory………………………………………….3 hours

    ND 440 Medical Nutrition Therapy II and Laboratory…………………………………………3 hours

    ND 442 Nutrition and Wellness……………………………………………………………………… 3 hours

    ND 453 Senior Seminar…………………………………………………………………………………. 1 hour

    AH 350 Medical Terminology and Laboratory …………………………………………………..3 hours

    BA 310 Principles of Management …………………………………………………………………..3 hours

    BI 111-BI 112 Human Anatomy and Physiology………………………………………………….8 hours

    BI 221 General Microbiology…………………………………………………………………………..4 hours

    CH 102 Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry with Lab ………………..3 hours

    EN 341 Technical Writing or BA 302 Business Communication……………………………3 hours

    PY 307 Statistical Methods ……………………………………………………………………………3 hours

    PY 411 Research I …………………………………………………………………………………………3 hours

    SO 101 Principles of Sociology………………………………………………………………………..3 hours

    Total Hours for Major……………………………………………………………………………..69 hours

    General Education ……………………………………………………………………………………..51 hours

    Total Hours Required for Degree ……………………………………………………………120 hours

     

    Program requirements for earning a Verification Statement include:

    · Completion of a bachelor’s degree.

    · Completion of the DPD course requirements.

    · A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the time of graduation or program completion.

    · Earning grades of C or better in all DPD required courses or transfer equivalents.

    · Score of 75% or better on departmental Exit Exam within 2 takes.

    · Spend one summer acquiring pre-approved work or volunteer experience in the field of dietetics.

    · Complete program within 150% of the standard timeframe required to earn the dietetics degree.

    For other Nutrition Degree/Program options see bulletin pages 213, 215, and 262

    Pathway Options
    1. Complete a bachelor’s degree and receive a verification statement from an ACEND-accredited program, Didactic Program in Dietetics.
    2. Get matched to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice dietetic internship program such as the Oakwood University DDIP.
    3. Pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration Exam.
    4. Gain licensure in your state of practice, if applicable.

     

    Please see the DDIP website. Under the tab, Steps to become an RDN. 

    Program Cost

    TUITION AND FEES 2021 – 2022 Academic Year

    · Resident Student: $15,020.00

    · Nonresident students $9,995 (no meal plan, no room and board)

    · Tuition and Fees in Detail: Click Here

    FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS

    Oakwood University Financial Aid

    Oakwood University Scholarships: 

     

    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Scholarships & Awards:

    The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, its Foundation, and Member Groups provide dietetic scholarships and research grants to students and Academy members, respectively. Funding research is a priority for the Foundation, which provides the opportunity for individuals to continue making evidence-based contributions to the field of dietetics, food and nutrition. Students are the future of the field, and the Foundation recognizes the importance of giving students a solid foundation to develop their dietetic careers and provide access to education.

     

    1. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Grants and Scholarships: https://www.eatrightpro.org/leadership/honors-and-awards/grants-and-scholarships

     

    2. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Creates Advancing Diversity in Dietetics Scholarship: https://www.eatrightpro.org/media/press-releases/academy-foundation-news/academy-of-nutrition-and-dietetics-foundation-creates-advancing-diversity-in-dietetics-scholarship

     

    3. National Organization of Blacks in Dietetics and Nutrition (NOBIDAN) Scholarship: https://www.nobidan.org/nobidan/students/student-scholarships/student-scholarship-application

    4. Alabama Dietetic Association Scholarships: https://www.eatrightalabama.org/student-scholarships

     

    5. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Outstanding Dietetics Student Award: https://www.eatrightpro.org/leadership/honors-and-awards/affiliate-awards

    The purpose of the Outstanding Dietetics Student Award program is to recognize the emerging leadership and achievement of students in ACEND-accredited and approved dietetics education programs and encourage their participation in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. A student from each type of education program within a state will be selected by each state association (a maximum of 4 per state). In addition to publishing the list of outstanding students in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and NDEP-line, each awardee will receive a certificate and congratulatory

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