Overview & Mission
Bachelor of Science in Foods and Nutrition
The Bachelor of Science degree in Foods and Nutrition provided by the Program is currently granted continuing accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the American Dietetic Association (ADA). ACEND is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This recognition affirms that ACEND meets national standards and is a reliable authority on the quality of nutrition and dietetics education programs. ACEND can be contacted at 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606 or www.eatright.org.
The Program encourages students to adopt an integrated, holistic approach to understanding the food, nutritional, and dietetic needs of individuals, through a rigorous course of study that provides a strong foundation in the sciences and liberal arts. Emphasis on personal enrichment with leadership, social responsibility, service and ethics within a diverse society is central to the Program’s mission.
The undergraduate program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills for entry into foods, nutrition and dietetics-related professions or advanced study. The curriculum is designed to primarily prepare students to meet the general academic requirements of the ADA Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). Students who successfully meet degree and DPD program requirements receive a verification statement that makes them eligible to apply to a dietetic internship program to obtain the credentialing requirements for becoming a Registered Dietitian.
Master of Science in Nutrition
The 38-credit graduate program combines advanced study in nutrition and health promotion with a competency-based, multidisciplinary core curriculum that provides nutrition and health professionals with a broad perspective of current issues in nutrition, psychology, ethics, and technology. Nutrition professionals develop skills to assume leadership roles in delivering nutrition and wellness-related services in a variety of settings. The Program emphasizes ways to incorporate new research, evidence based practice, and technologies into the practice of nutrition.
The Program prepares students for a variety of career opportunities in business, government, health care, and education. Graduates work in private practice; nutrition education; school systems; the food and pharmaceutical industries; clinical and corporate research; community organizations; hospitals; public health agencies; work site wellness and health promotion programs; and fitness facilities.
Dietetic Internship Program
The Dietetic Internship Program (DI) provides supervised practice in dietetics to individuals who have a baccalaureate degree and who have completed the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) requirements of the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association.
After completing the Program, interns receive a verification statement of program completion and are eligible to take the national examination to become a Registered Dietitian (RD). The Program provides a choice of two concentration areas; Nutrition Education and Counseling (NEC) and Food and Nutrition Business and Communications (FNBC). The Program is designed to ensure training and skills in the practice competencies established for entry-level dietitians.
The Dietetic Internship Program of the College of Saint Elizabeth is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the American Dietetic Association. ACEND is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE).
The address and phone number of ACEND are 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL, 60606, (312) 899-4876. The program is accredited through 2015.
Master of Science in Nutrition
Graduates of the program will be able to:
- Translate nutrition theory and apply current nutrition research to evidence based nutrition practice
- Demonstrate professional leadership through the communication of nutrition research using professional activities such as grant writing, peer reviewed journal publications and/or presentations at professional meetings
- Recognize the psychological, social, and ethical factors that influence health and nutrition practices and the impact on delivery of nutrition services from different perspectives
Dietetic Internship Program
The goals of the Program are to:
- Prepare students for entry level positions in dietetics with an emphasis on developing knowledge and practice skills in the concentration area selected; either Nutrition Education and Counseling or Food and Nutrition Business and Communications while meeting the Competencies/Learning Outcomes for Dietetic Internship Programs as established by The American Dietetic Association, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
- Provide a supportive environment in which students develop leadership and professional dietetic practice skills through self-assessment of competence in chosen concentration and initiation of draft professional portfolio.
- Promote ethical practice in a spirit of service and social responsibility Admission Standards and Procedures.
Applicants to the Dietetic Internship (DI) must follow the procedures described in the DI application materials, including the instructions for participating in the computer matching process (DND Digital) and the centralized application process (DICAS).
Application instructions are available on the College web site and must be submitted directly to the Dietetic Internship office as outlined in the application instructions; the process is separate from other graduate program admissions. Applicants are responsible for meeting all application deadlines. Individuals applying to the dietetic internship are not required but may apply to the MS in Nutrition program. Part time interns have the option of completing the MS in Nutrition concurrently. Individuals interested in applying should contact the Dietetic Internship Director with any questions.
All students matched to the DI must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university or foreign equivalent and a Verification Statement from a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), meeting requirements of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the American Dietetic Association (www.eatright.org). Acceptable Background and Medical Clearances at the expense of the applicant are required as a condition of admission to the Dietetic Internship program. (Applicants should contact the Dietetic Internship program for full policy, requirements and procedures.) These clearances must be obtained during a specified time period before the start of the program.
The Program has 14 full time and 6 part time positions with two separate DnD Digital Match Codes. Applicants may apply to one or both of the full and part time options but must be sure to rank these choices appropriately. For example, an applicant applying to both the full and part time option would be expected to use both of the program’s codes in priority order. An intern interested in applying only to the program’s full or part time option, would use only that appropriate code. Interns are matched with the program through the national matching process for the April match. The Dietetic Internship has two choices of concentrations; Nutrition Education and Counseling (NEC) and Food and Nutrition Business and Communications. Applicant select the choice of concentration after admission to the program. Note: At the time of application, students who have not completed the educational requirements provide an Intent to Complete from a DPD. Applicants must successfully complete the bachelor’s degree prior to program start date. Final acceptance into the Program requires the applicant to meet all admission criteria, health and medical requirements, proof of medical insurance, and student healthcare background clearance.
The professional field of foods, nutrition and dietetics is a dynamic career choice in today’s health and consumer oriented society. This field offers the potential for a wide variety of employment options within the food industry, communications and health-related fields.
Our graduates have developed successful careers in healthcare and the pharmaceutical industry, the food industry as regulatory affairs specialists or as supermarket specialists, in communications as food writers, in education, community and public health agencies, and in the areas of nutrition counseling, corporate wellness, personal health, lifestyle motivation, and fitness.
Many graduates complete their program requirements to become Registered Dietitians. As RDs they are highly trained and qualified to offer specialized, in-depth medical nutrition and preventive nutritional care to patients and clients. For more information on careers in dietetics please see the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website at www.eatright.org.
Foods & Nutrition Program
Dietetic Internship Program
The Dietetic Internship is completed with 21 credits and offers a full-time and a part-time option. The Program provides more than 1,200 hours of supervised practice and approximately 250 hours in required coursework as outlined below.
Interns are expected to attend a mandatory June mini-orientation. At this time a concentration area must be selected. Completion of summer homework is a part of program requirements.
Full and Part Time Option
The full-time option spans a full academic year and a short summer session, from late August through the end of June. Students enrolled in the full-time option complete 32 hours (4 days) of supervised practice a week.
The part-time option spans a full academic year and the following fall semester. Students enrolled in the part-time option complete 24 hours (3 days) of supervised practice a week during the first two semesters of the program and 32 hours (4 days) a week in the last semester.
Depending on the needs of a placement site for a particular unit, a compressed work schedule or weekend hours maybe expected. Supervised practice is divided into five areas: Clinical Dietetics, Departmental Management, Community Nutrition, Professional Development and the intern’s selected Concentration Area, either Nutrition Education and Counseling or Food and Nutrition Business and Communications.
More than 500 hours are devoted to clinical dietetics which includes intensive training in a variety of medical surgical specialties, nutrition support and long-term care. Departmental Management is completed in either a healthcare setting or at an alternative site based on the prior experiences of the student. This rotation is accomplished in approximately 192 hours. During the Community Nutrition rotation, students experience a variety of settings including child nutrition programs, community outreach and developmental. A 120-hour culminating practice experience, evidence analysis case study presentation and participation in the professional activities comprise the Professional Development rotation. A complete list of our practice hours and rotations can be found at the web site on the Dietetic Internship page.
Students in the Nutrition Education and Counseling (NEC) concentration will complete an additional six weeks (192 hours) on campus and at affiliated sites. This experience will include nutrition education and counseling for individuals and groups with a concentration on health, wellness and weight management. These assignments will be supervised by DI faculty. Other outreach programs such as group training and education, writing and health promotion may be included. Those interns selecting the Food and Nutrition Business and Communications (FNBC) concentration will experience supervised practice for approximately two weeks each in Supermarket/Grocery, Media/Public Relations, Product Development and Regulatory.
Supervised practice will be scheduled on a rotation basis at teaching and/or community hospitals, long-term care centers, developmental and rehabilitation facilities, schools, clinics and outpatient programs, primarily located in northern and central New Jersey. Additional site placements in other geographic areas may be possible based on a student’s individual needs.
Community nutrition, educational agencies and corporations provide additional practice opportunities. Experiences will be supervised by College of Saint Elizabeth faculty, Registered Dietitians and other qualified food and nutrition or health professionals employed by the sites. While specific site placements cannot be guaranteed, faculty makes every effort to place students within a reasonable commute for the intern.
All sites participate on a voluntary basis. The DI faculty is responsible for all contractual and insurance arrangements. Students are responsible for contacting sites in a timely manner and for travel and parking arrangements.
Credits Toward M.S. in Nutrition
Students who successfully complete the CSE Dietetic Internship program and matriculate into the CSE MS Nutrition Program within 5 years may transfer 9 credits into the MS in Nutrition Program. Courses accepted for transfer from the Dietetic Internship into the MS in Nutrition include FN 603, FN 617, FN 620 and either FN 632 OR FN 634.
*If you have completed the B.S./M.S. Program or the Certificate Program in Dietetics at CSE, you may not be eligible for these credits. See the B.S./M.S. description for information regarding Pre-Select Application Option to the CSE Dietetic Internship.
Requirements for a Certificate in Dietetics Verification
This Certificate Program meets the needs of students who already hold a B.A. or B.S. degree in foods, nutrition, or dietetics, and who wish to complete Didactic Program in Dietetics coursework to meet ADA verification statement requirements. Interested students must:
- Apply through the Office of Admission.
- Have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in past college-level studies.
- Submit all transcripts of past college coursework. From this evaluation, the Program Director will determine what courses a prospective student must take, and approximately how long it will take the student to complete the Certificate requirements. Students who have completed their degree requirements outside of the United States must submit a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores, copy of their foreign degree, and an original educational services transcript that states U.S. degree equivalency.
- Enroll as non-matriculated students; this is not a degree-bearing program.
- Complete a minimum of 12 credits in professional concentration coursework at the College of Saint Elizabeth for the verification statement to be granted. The specific courses that individual students must take will vary according to their past coursework. In some cases students will be required to exceed the minimum 12-credit standard. All professional concentration coursework must be completed at CSE unless otherwise approved by the Didactic Program in Dietetics Director.
Requirements for a Certificate Program in Sports Nutrition and Wellness*
This 15-credit certificate program is designed for professionals who have a baccalaureate degree in nutrition, education, coaching, fitness or other health-related field. Prerequisites to the program include anatomy and physiology, and introductory nutrition. The Program can be completed part-time and includes courses in Sports Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, Sports Psychology, and Fitness Assessment. The Certificate Program may be taken alone or as part of the Master’s Degree Program.*
The Program prepares students for positions as personal trainers and health and fitness instructors with exercise and nutrition programs in schools, weight management centers, recreational agencies, worksites, health centers, corporations, fitness facilities, and hospitals. Students may contribute to a variety of planning, instructional, and administrative roles in community and corporate health-related facilities. Graduates are encouraged to seek the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health Fitness Instructor Certification.
*Master’s degree candidates must complete all graduate program prerequisites
- FN510 Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology (4)
- FN505 Introduction to Fitness Industry (2)
- FN671 Sports Nutrition for Health and Performance (3)
- FN515 Professional Fitness and Training Assessment (3)
- PSY663 Sports Psychology (3)
Total: 15 credits
Requirements for a Certificate in Weight Management and Counseling
Program Description: The 15 credit certificate in Weight Management and Counseling prepares students to develop programs and provide counseling to clients on the spectrum of disordered eating, with an emphasis on overweight and obesity management. Weight Management counseling requires expertise in the epidemiology, etiology of obesity and its co-morbid conditions as well as counseling techniques for behavior change. Dietitians are in a unique position to manage these clients with expertise in food habits, managing food intake and the cultural and psychological constraints associated with life style changes. The Certificate Program may be taken alone or as part of the Master’s Degree Program.*
*Master’s degree candidates must complete all graduate program prerequisites.
- FN630 Weight Management (3)
- FN640 Eating Disorders (3)
- MC620 The Helping Relationship (3)
- PSY630 Behavioral Modification and Counseling (3)
- FN635 Concepts in Pharmacology (3)