Nutrition and Dietetics

The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition provides students with a broad general education and a strong foundation in nutrition, dietetics and the sciences. The emphasis is integrating theory, research and application of knowledge to the profession of dietetics. The curriculum meets the Didactic Program in Dietetics requirements of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and graduates are eligible for admission to accredited internships. The faculty has expertise in nutritional sciences, exercise science, clinical and community practice and leadership studies.

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The Didactic Program in Dietetics provides students with a broad general education and a strong foundation in nutrition/dietetics and the sciences. Our program is designed to prepare individuals to become registered dietitians through the combination of their undergraduate degree, followed by successful completion of a supervised practice experience and the registration examination. The program also prepares graduates not pursuing a career in dietetics for advanced graduate/ professional study or employment matching their individual interests and professional goals.

Students may declare nutrition and dietetics as their major at any time during their academic career. Upon completion of the four-year program, students earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition as well as the DPD verification statement and are eligible to apply for admission to an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics accredited dietetic internship or to apply to take the diet technician exam from the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Upon successful completion of the dietetic internship, students are eligible to sit for the registration examination to become a registered dietitian.

Emphasis will be on providing a program that integrates theory, research, and application of knowledge to the profession of dietetics resulting in successful students and graduates. The program meets all university, college, and school requirements, as well as incorporates the professional knowledge requirements of the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education. Completion of the program will result in the awarding of the Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Food, concentration Nutrition and Dietetics and the DPD Verification Statement.

MISSION STATEMENT

The Kent State University’s Didactic Program in Dietetics Mission is to provide students with a broad general education with a strong foundation in nutrition/dietetics and the sciences. The emphasis will be on providing a program that integrates theory, research, and application of knowledge to the profession of dietetics resulting in successful students and graduates.  The program will meet all University, College, and School requirements as well as incorporate the professional knowledge requirements of the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education. Completion of the program will result in the awarding of the Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and the DPD verification statement.

DPD PROGRAM GOALS

  1. To prepare individuals to become registered dietitians through the combination of their undergraduate degree program followed by successful completion of a supervised practice experience and the registration examination.
    • Objective 1: 70% of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.

    • Objective 2: 50% of program graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
    • Objective 3: 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%.

  2. To prepare graduates not pursuing a career in dietetics for advanced graduate or professional study or employment matching their individual interests and professional goals.
  • Objective: At least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within 6 years (150% of the program length).

Didactic Program in Dietetics Program Goals and Outcomes (PDF)

**Outcomes data available upon request

ACCREDITATION

The Kent State University Didactic Program in Dietetics and Dietetic Internship is currently accredited by:

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND):

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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Contact Information

Dr. Karen Lowry Gordon R.D., L.D.
Graduate and Undergraduate Program Coordinator
330-672-2248
klowry [at] kent.edu

Dr. Natalie Caine-Bish R.D., L.D.
Didactic Program (DP) Director
330-672-2148
ncaine [at] kent.edu

Emily Baker
Dietetic Internship Director
132 Nixson Hall
330-672-2064
nburzmin [at] kent.edu