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Major in Nutrition and Dietetics

Major in Nutrition and Dietetics

The nutrition and dietetics major includes all courses required for the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). The Simmons College Nutrition Department's Didactic Program in Dietetics is currently granted accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL, 60606-6995, tel: (312) 899-5400. Dr. Elizabeth Metallinos-Katsaras is the Simmons College DPD Director. She can be reached either by telephone - 617-521-2708 or by email - elizabeth.metallinoskatsaras@simmons.edu.

It should be noted that fulfilling the courses required for the Didactic Program in Dietetics is only one step towards completing the requirements to becoming a Registered Dietitian. In addition to a minimum of a bachelor's degree, the undergraduate DPD course completion must be followed by the successful completion of an accredited supervised practice program (i.e., a dietetic internship program (DIP)) to ensure eligibility to take the RD examination. The application to the DIP is a separate process and completion of the DPD in no way guarantees acceptance into a DIP.

The Didactic Program in Dietetics' goals and corresponding program outcomes are shown below. Current students should refer to their Nutrition Student Guide for more detailed information about the DPD.

1. The Simmons College DPD will prepare graduates to become competent entry level professionals.

Corresponding program outcomes:

  • At least 70% of those students enrolled in the BS will complete it within 150% (6 years) of the time planned for completion.
  • Over a five year period, the pass rate for program graduates taking the registration examination for the first time will be at least 80%.
  • At least 75% of graduates will assign a 4 (i.e., agree) or a 5 (i.e., strongly agree) to being well prepared on 75% of the items on the graduate survey.
  • At least 75% of Directors of Supervised Practice will rate Simmons College DPD graduates as acceptable or higher on 75% of items listed on the survey.

2. The DPD will prepare graduates to succeed in one or more of the following: a graduate program, an accredited dietetic internship program, or employment.

Corresponding program outcomes:

  • Over a five-year period, 60% of DPD graduates will apply to supervised practice programs the academic year they complete the program.
  • Over a five year period, 80% of those applying to supervised practice programs the academic year that they complete the program will be accepted.
  • Within 12 months of completing the program at least 70% of those who did not apply or were not accepted to a DIP will secure one or more of the following: appointment to a graduate program, or employment.

 

3. The DPD will prepare graduates to serve a culturally diverse population.

Corresponding program outcomes:

  • 80% of DPD students will demonstrate academic preparation in cultural factors affecting both nutrition and counseling via their DPD coursework.

BS Nutrition & Dietetics Required Courses

Prerequisites

Course Name Number Credits Type
Total 14 Courses
General Biology Lab BIOL-113L 0.00 LAB
Microbiology Lab BIOL-221L 0.00 LAB
Anatomy and Physiology Lab BIOL-231L 0.00 LAB
Anatomy & Physiology II Lab BIOL-232L 0.00 LAB
Intro to Chem. - Lab CHEM-111L 0.00 LAB
Intro Chem/Organic Lab CHEM-112L 0.00 LAB
General Biology BIOL-113 4.00 Lecture
Microbiology BIOL-221 4.00 Lecture
Anatomy & Physiology I BIOL-231 4.00 Lecture
Anatomy & Physiology II BIOL-232 4.00 Lecture
Intro. Chemistry: Inorganic CHEM-111 4.00 Lecture
Intro. Chemistry: Organic CHEM-112 4.00 Lecture
Intro Biochemistry CHEM-223 4.00 Lecture
Introductory Statistics MATH-118 4.00 Lecture

Required Courses

You may select either NUTR 111 or NUTR 112 to fulfill the requirements.

Course Name Number Credits Type
Total 16 Courses
Fund Ntr Sci Lab NUTR-111L 0.00 LAB
Adv. Food Lab NUTR-201L 0.00 LAB
Clinical Dietetics Lab NUTR-231L 0.00 LAB
Nutrient Metabolism Lab NUTR-311L 0.00 LAB
Adv. Community Nutr (6 Hr Lab) NUTR-381L 0.00 LAB
Fundamentals of Nutrition Sci NUTR-111 4.00 Lecture
Introduction to Nutrition Sci NUTR-112 4.00 Lecture
Adv. Food Science NUTR-201 4.00 Lecture
Pract Clinical Dietetics NUTR-231 4.00 Lecture
Practice Commun Nutrition NUTR-237 4.00 Lecture
Food Prod/Serv Systems NUTR-248 4.00 Lecture
Leadership in Nutr Mgmt NUTR-249 4.00 Lecture
Nutrient Metabolism NUTR-311 4.00 Lecture
Advanced Community Nutrition NUTR-381 4.00 Lecture
Sem: Topics in Nutrition NUTR-390 4.00 Lecture
Med. Nutrition Therapy NUTR-334 6.00 Lecture

First Year (Suggested Courses)

Course Name Number Credits Type
Total 8 Courses
Intro to Chem. - Lab CHEM-111L 0.00 LAB
Intro Chem/Organic Lab CHEM-112L 0.00 LAB
College Seminar FYS-101 2.00 Lecture
Writing Seminar FYW-101 2.00 Lecture
Introduction to Nutrition Sci NUTR-112 4.00 Lecture
Multidisciplinary Core Course MCC-102 4.00 Lecture
Intro. Chemistry: Inorganic CHEM-111 4.00 Lecture
Intro. Chemistry: Organic CHEM-112 4.00 Lecture

Second Year (Suggested Courses)

Students may select to take either CHEM 111 or CHEM 113 and either CHEM 112 or CHEM 114 to fulfill the requirements.

Course Name Number Credits Type
Total 10 Courses
Princ. of Chem. - Lab CHEM-113L 0.00 LAB
Organic Chem I Lab CHEM-114L 0.00 LAB
General Biology Lab BIOL-113L 0.00 LAB
Microbiology Lab BIOL-221L 0.00 LAB
Principles of Chemistry CHEM-113 4.00 Lecture
Practice Commun Nutrition NUTR-237 4.00 Lecture
Introductory Statistics MATH-118 4.00 Lecture
Organic Chem I CHEM-114 4.00 Lecture
General Biology BIOL-113 4.00 Lecture
Microbiology BIOL-221 4.00 Lecture

Third Year (Suggested Courses)

Course Name Number Credits Type
Total 9 Courses
Clinical Dietetics Lab NUTR-231L 0.00 LAB
Anatomy and Physiology Lab BIOL-231L 0.00 LAB
Anatomy & Physiology II Lab BIOL-232L 0.00 LAB
Pract Clinical Dietetics NUTR-231 4.00 Lecture
Anatomy & Physiology I BIOL-231 4.00 Lecture
Food Prod/Serv Systems NUTR-248 4.00 Lecture
Leadership in Nutr Mgmt NUTR-249 4.00 Lecture
Anatomy & Physiology II BIOL-232 4.00 Lecture
Intro Biochemistry CHEM-223 4.00 Lecture

Fourth Year (Suggested Courses)

Course Name Number Credits Type
Total 8 Courses
Nutrient Metabolism Lab NUTR-311L 0.00 LAB
Adv. Food Lab NUTR-201L 0.00 LAB
Adv. Community Nutr (6 Hr Lab) NUTR-381L 0.00 LAB
Nutrient Metabolism NUTR-311 4.00 Lecture
Adv. Food Science NUTR-201 4.00 Lecture
Advanced Community Nutrition NUTR-381 4.00 Lecture
Sem: Topics in Nutrition NUTR-390 4.00 Lecture
Med. Nutrition Therapy NUTR-334 6.00 Lecture