Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Management

Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Management

Students prepare for a variety of careers in the food and/or health industries. This rapidly growing profession prepares students to assist people in selecting and obtaining nourishing, healthy food. There are diverse opportunities for the graduates that include food service management, healthcare in hospitals and clinics, private practice, education, research, community nutrition, and business and industry. The Nutrition program offers a diverse mixture of courses that may lead to an entry-level position in the area of dietetics. Completion of the program allows the graduate to enter a dietetic internship and/or enter a graduate program. 

The Nutrition and Food Management program at The University of Central Oklahoma is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). Upon completion of this degree, also called the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), students are eligible to apply for entry into a supervised practice program (internship), which will make them eligible to take the Registration Examination to become a Registered Dietitian (R.D.). At the undergraduate level, this degree emphasizes the knowledge and skills essential for competent entry-level dietetics practice.

To become a Registered Dietitian (R.D.), a student must:

  1. Earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Food Management or have a degree from an accredited university.  Upon successful completion of the degree requirements, students are provided with a verification statement that allows them to apply for entry into a supervised practice program (see Post Baccalaureate section)
  2. Successfully complete an ACEND accredited supervised practice program (dietetic internship).
  3. Pass the Registration Exam for Dietitians.

Students may not apply for entry into a dietetic internship until the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) has been successfully completed. Likewise, students are not eligible to sit for the registration exam until they have successfully completed their supervised practice program.

Students not wishing to become a registered dietitian may complete a degree in Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Management.  This degree is designed to meet the requirements for Pre-med, dental, optometry, pharmacy and other post-graduate programs in the health care arenas as well as foodservice management and food science.  Students earning a degree in Nutrition and Food Management will have an in-depth knowledge of the science of nutrition and a solid foundation in applied science.  No verification statement will be issued.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) DPD is to provide high quality nutrition education and skills necessary to encourage responsible, ethical, competent professionals in nutrition and related fields.  The program will foster an environment, which will encourage leadership, professional development, and community service through transformative learning.

Program Goals

Goal 1:  The program will prepare entry-level practitioners with basic knowledge and skills necessary to prepare individuals to act as clinician, teacher, foodservice administrator and consultant.

Outcome Measures

  1. 80% of students applying for an internship will be admitted
  2. 80% of graduates will have knowledge in clinical nutrition by making a B or above in required classes
  3. 80% of graduates will have knowledge in nutrition education by making a grade of B or above in required classes
  4. 80% of graduates will have knowledge in foodservice administration by making a B or above in required classes
  5. 80% of alumni will indicate on a survey with a score of 2 or better that they were adequately advised to successfully complete their undergraduate requirements
  6. Alumni will achieve an 80% first-time pass rate on the RD exam over a 5 year period

Goal 2.  The program will foster a commitment for students to participate in professional development activities that lead to an ethical understanding of professional practices.

Outcome Measures

  1. 80% of alumni will indicate on a survey that they experienced exposure to different professionals within dietetics through guest speakers during undergraduate education
  2. 80% of students in Overview of Dietetics will complete an ADA website computer scavenger hunt earning a C or better grade
  3. 80% of students in Overview of Dietetics will complete an ADA Code of Ethics case study earning a C or better grade
  4. 80% of alumni will indicate on a survey with a 2 or better that they were exposed to the ADA Code of Ethics during undergraduate education
  5. 80% of students in Overview of Dietetics will complete a professional goal statement
  6. 80% of alumni will indicate on a survey with a score of 2 or better concerning the use of current technologies for information and communication activities
  7. 80% of alumni will indicate on a survey with a score of 2 or better they were adequately exposed to leadership activities

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