Bachelor of Science in Health Care Science - Nutrition Option | Nutrition Minor


Mandatory Background Check | Nutrition Minor | Nutrition Option Curriculum
UCCS ISPP

 

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Program Description
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) meets the Verification Statement requirements to fulfill the competencies for Dietitians established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).  

Program Mission Statement
The mission of the DPD is to provide students with a comprehensive, rigorous core of knowledge and professional skills to prepare them for future success in supervised practice leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist.

Goals and Outcome Measures

UCCS DPD Goal 1:  The UCCS DPD will provide a comprehensive, rigorous core of knowledge and professional skills that prepares graduates for successful entry into a dietetic internship, post-baccalaureate graduate/professional program and/or the workforce in food, nutrition or health related fields.

Objective 1: At least 80% of the students who declare the nutrition option in Health Sciences will successfully complete the program within 3 years of starting the DPD courses in the spring semester of the third year of the program.
Objective 2: At least 60% of DPD graduates will apply to a supervised practice program within 12 months of completion of the DPD.
Objective 3: At least 55% of DPD graduates who apply to a supervised practice program within 12 months of completion of the DPD will be accepted into a program.
Objective 4: At least 75% of supervised practice program directors will rate the overall preparation of DPD graduates as "above average" or "excellent".
Objective 5:  At least 50% of respondents to the DPD alumni survey, who do not apply or are not accepted into a supervised practice program, indicate that they have a post-graduate plan to enter a graduate/professional school or the workforce within 18-24 months of graduation.

UCCS DPD Goal 2:  The UCCS DPD will prepare graduates to successfully complete the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists.  

Objective 1: At least 80% of graduates that were accepted into a supervised practice dietetic internship program over a 5-year period will pass the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within one year following first attempt.  

Program outcome data is available on request.
 

Five Steps to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

  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.


Program Costs

The following are estimated costs of the UCCS DPD:

Application fee
 
$50
Tuition and fees Variable; dependent on state resident status, full-time, part-time
Books and supplies $3500 (approximate)
ServSafe exam (textbook and exam answer sheet) $75 (approximate)
UCCS Background check $55
Drug testing or other background check requirements of supervised practice sites Variable
Health insurance (optional but recommended) Variable
Immunizations and any necessary testing Variable
Travel to and from university and experiential learning sites Variable; dependent upon proximity to university and experiential learning sites
Housing Variable
Food $50/week (variable)
Academy student membership $58/year (approximate)
Local dietetic association membership $10-$30/year (approximate)



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How to Apply

Bachelor of Science Health Care Science: Nutrition Option Advising Guide

Verification Statement requirements:
Graduates of the DPD receive a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Science: Nutrition Option upon completion of the program and degree requirements.  Program and degree requirements include completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or higher and a C- or better in all required health science courses.  See Bachelor of Science Health Care Science: Nutrition Option Advising Guide for full curriculum.

Post-baccalaureate students seeking only a Verification Statement for completion of requirements through the DPD at UCCS must take a minimum of 25 credits at the 3000 level or above from the following courses (and the prerequisites):

  • HSCI 2070 Nutrition for Health Professionals
  • HSCI 2080 Profession of Dietetics
  • HSCI 3920 Community Nutrition
  • HSCI 3940 Nutrition Science and Food Preparation
  • HSCI 3950 Food Systems Management I
  • HSCI 4020 Food Systems Management II
  • HSCI 4430 Advanced Nutrition I
  • HSCI 4440 Advanced Nutrition II
  • HSCI 4910 Dietetic Internship Application Process
  • HSCI 4920 Nutrition Assessment
  • HSCI 4930 Medical Nutrition Therapy I
  • HSCI 4940 Nutrition Practicum
  • HSCI 4960 Medical Nutrition Therapy II

All of these courses must be taken through the Department of Health Sciences at UCCS or accepted as an equivalent transfer course and the student must have earned academic credit for the remaining coursework including the prerequisite courses for the above listed courses.

If any of the courses listed above are not taken at UCCS, the approved equivalent transfer course must have been completed through an approved/accredited U.S. or Canadian academic program. The student must have earned academic credit for the remaining coursework including the DPD required prerequisite courses for any of the above listed courses that are accepted as transfer courses.

Post-baccalaureate international students seeking only a Verification Statement for completion of requirements through the DPD at UCCS must take a minimum of the following courses from UCCS:

    • HSCI 2070 Nutrition for Health Professionals
    • HSCI 2080 Profession of Dietetics
    • HSCI 3920 Community Nutrition
    • HSCI 3940 Nutrition Science and Food Preparation
    • HSCI 3950 Food Systems Management I
    • HSCI 4020 Food Systems Management II
    • HSCI 4430 Advanced Nutrition I
    • HSCI 4440 Advanced Nutrition II
    • HSCI 4910 Dietetic Internship Application Process
    • HSCI 4920 Nutritional Assessment
    • HSCI 4930 Medical Nutrition Therapy
    • HSCI 4940 Nutrition Practicum
    • HSCI 4960 Medical Nutrition Therapy II


       
   


University of Colorado Colorado Springs ISPP Program is accredited
by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza,
Suite 2190, Chicago, IL  60606-6995, (800)877-1600, ext. 5400. 

ACEND Website

 


 


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Last Updated: Sept 15, 2017
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