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


Mandatory Background Check | DPD Student Handbook | Nutrition Minor | Nutrition Option Curriculum
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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). University of Colorado Colorado Springs DPD 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. 

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

DPD Goal 1: The UCCS DPD will prepare graduates for successful entry into a supervised practice program.

  • Objective 1: At least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within 6 years (150% of the program length).
  • Objective 2: At least 50% of program graduates who respond to the Graduate survey will apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of completion of the DPD.
  • Objective 3: At least 50% of program graduates who respond to the Graduate survey and applied to supervised practice programs are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
  • Objective 4: At least 75% of program graduates who respond to the Graduate survey will rate themselves as “prepared” or “very prepared” for their supervised practice program.
  • Objective 5: At least 75% of Supervised Practice Program Directors who respond to the Director survey will rate the overall preparation of program graduates as “above average” or “excellent”.
  • Objective 6: 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%.

 

DPD Goal 2: The UCCS DPD will prepare graduates for successful entry into a post-baccalaureate graduate/professional program and/or employment in food, nutrition, and health-related fields.

  • Objective 1: At least 50% of program graduates who respond to the Graduate survey indicate they have a post-graduate plan for entering graduate/professional school or employment within 18-24 months of graduation.
  • Objective 2: At least 75% of program graduates who respond to the Graduate survey and pursued a post-baccalaureate graduate/professional program and/or employment in food, nutrition, and health-related fields rate themselves as “prepared” or “very prepared” for their post-baccalaureate program or employment in food, nutrition and dietetics, or health-related fields.  

    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)



UCCS Academic Catalog

Academic Calendar

Financial Aid

How to Apply

  • Complete the online Freshman or Transfer Student Application form
  • Follow the instructions for completing the form and ensure that all required documents are delivered by the deadline dates published in the Schedule of Courses.
  • There is not a separate application process for the DPD program.

Admission Requirements

The DPD program requires students to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale to begin the 3-semester DPD Sequence. The cumulative GPA includes the CU GPA and transfer credit GPA. In addition, all prerequisite requirements must be fulfilled to start the 3-semester DPD sequence, generally the last 3 semesters of the degree program. If this includes transfer courses, official transcripts from the other institutions must be sent to UCCS before the start of the 3-semester DPD Sequence.
 

Bachelor of Science Health Care Science: Nutrition Option Advising Guide

Graduation Requirements

Students need to meet all academic requirements of the DPD to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Science. Students are responsible for tracking their academic progress in the Degree Audit Requirement System (DARS). Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor and the Program Director on a regular basis to confirm they are progressing as expected.

 

DPD students are encouraged to complete all program and degree requirements within six years (150% of the program length). Additional coursework may be required if program and degree requirements extend beyond this timeframe.

 

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.

Verification Statement Requirements:

Graduates of the DPD receive a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Science 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 their 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




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University of Colorado Colorado Springs DPD 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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