Didactic Program in Dietetics
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Dietetics

Description of Program

The Didactic Program in Dietetics is a Concentration of the Bachelor of Science Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences.  The program is designed to provide the academic foundation for individuals who desire to become registered dietitians.  Employment opportunities for registered dietitians are diverse and include opportunities in health care agencies, schools, community agencies, wellness programs, the food industry, as well as private and governmental agencies.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics at Jacksonville State University is to provide a high quality dietetics program that offers instruction related to nutrition knowledge, critical thinking skills, problem-solving abilities, and ethical awareness.   The program seeks to encourage diversity of the student population and to prepare competent graduates, who are empowered to manage the challenges of a global complex society, by encouraging excellence in scholarly and service activities related to dietetics and nutrition.

Program Goals and Objectives

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.

Objectives:

  • Over a 5-year period, ≥50% of graduates will apply to dietetic internships or other post-graduate programs within 12 months of graduation.
  • Over a 5-year period, ≥ 60% of graduates who apply to dietetic internships or other post-graduate programs will be accepted within 12 months of graduation. 
  • Over a 5-year period, 80% of graduates taking the registration exam for the first time will receive a passing score.
  • Over a 5-year period, ≥ 80% of alumni will agree and/or strongly agree that their educational program  at JSU prepared them well for their professional careers
  • Over a 5-year period, 80% of dietetic internship directors will rate program graduates’ knowledge and skills as 3 or better on a 4-point scale.

Goal 2 The program will attract and retain well-qualified candidates with an appreciation         

               for community service.

Objectives:

  • Over a 5-year period at least 75% of DP students will complete the program within 3 years, or 150% of the time planned for completion.
  • Over a 5-year period, ≥60% of students will participate in community service.

Goal 3:  The program will promote scholarly endeavors among its graduates.

Objective:

  • Over a 5-year period, ≥30% of the DP student population will be involved in research or other scholarly activity related to dietetics and nutrition.

 

Program outcome data are available on request.

Director:

Debra K. Goodwin, PhD, RD

dgoodwin@jsu.edu

217 East Mason Hall

Jacksonville State University

256-782-5054

 

Credentialing and State Licensure

 

To become a registered dietitian, students must: successfully complete a bachelor’s degree and attain a Verification Statement of Completion issued by the Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics; apply and complete an accredited dietetic internship program; and pass the national registration exam.   Once the Registered Dietitian credential is conferred, individuals may attain state licensure in Alabama to practice as a registered dietitian.

Jacksonville State University provides the undergraduate program in Dietetics for individuals choosing to follow this career path.  To receive a Verification Statement and to continue to the next step (application and completion of an accredited dietetic internship program), students must successfully complete all requirements for the undergraduate degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a Concentration in Dietetics.  Successful completion entails maintaining an overall Grade Point Average of 3.0 out of 4.0 in the dietetics curriculum and completing all science-based courses with no less than the grade of “C”.

Acceptance by a dietetic internship program is not automatic; therefore, it is imperative that students maintain the highest of standards throughout their undergraduate endeavors to ensure competitive applications.   Many dietetic internship programs participate in the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System or DICAS.  Students will receive information regarding internship and other educational opportunities in FCS 301 Career Paths in Dietetics, taken in the junior year. 

Program Costs

Information on student costs regarding undergraduate tuition and fees at Jacksonville State University may be found in the Jacksonville State University Undergraduate Catalog online at  http://www.jsu.edu/catalogue/current/tuition.pdf .  Additional costs for DPD students may include student association dues and travel to district and/or state dietetics meetings.  No lab fees are charged.

Accreditation Status

The Jacksonville State University Didactic Program in Dietetics is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (Address below)

120 South Riverside Plaza

Suite 2000

Chicago,  IL  60606-6995

312-899-0040  Ext. 5400

Admission Requirements

 

Admission requirements for Jacksonville State University may be found in the Jacksonville State University Undergraduate Catalog online at http://www.jsu.edu/catalogue/current/admissions.pdf .

The Didactic Program in Dietetics follows the admission guidelines employed by the university.

Routes of DPD Admission

 

Students may enter the DPD by:

1)      Freshman admission

Freshman students (or enrolled students who change majors) admitted to Jacksonville State University who choose to enter the Didactic Program in Dietetics will be assigned a DPD advisor.    The DPD Advisor will meet with the student each semester before the student is allowed to register for courses.

2)      Transfer admission

Students transferring  from other universities who choose to enter the Didactic Program in Dietetics will have their transcripts evaluated by the JSU Registrar.  After transcript evaluation, students will be assigned a DPD advisor.  The DPD Advisor will meet the student each semester before the student is allowed to register.

3)      Degreed admission

Students, holding undergraduate degrees, choosing to enter the Didactic Program in Dietetics will meet with the DPD Director, who will review student’s post-graduation transcript and design a course of study meeting the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics requirements for attaining a Verification Statement.   The student will be assigned a DPD Advisor who will meet with the student each semester before the student is allowed to register.

Academic Calendar

 

The Didactic Program at Jacksonville State University follows the JSU academic calendar which may be found on Jacksonville State University’s webpage at  http://www.jsu.edu/academic-calendar/index.html

Graduation Requirements

Graduation requirements for an undergraduate degree from Jacksonville State University may be found in the Jacksonville State University Undergraduate online catalog at http://www.jsu.edu/catalogue/current/academic_regulations.pdf .  Graduation requirements for students choosing the Dietetics Concentration who intent to apply to Accredited Dietetic Internships include a GPA of no less than 3.0 and the grade of “C” or greater on all science-based courses.

For more information contact: Debra Goodwin, PhD, RD

                                                            Jacksonville State University

                                                            dgoodwin@jsu.edu or 256-782-5054

Please click here for the Dietetics checklist in PDF format.

Please click here for the DPD handbook as a PDF file.