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  Jul 25, 2017
 
2012-13 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dietetics, B.S.


Program Learning Outcomes


Students who complete the program in Dietetics will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate content knowledge of nutrient needs of growth and development on nutrient needs during the lifecycle stages of prenatal through elderly.
  2. Demonstrate basic skills in food preparation, sanitation and safety in working with a variety of food products.
  3. Apply content knowledge to disease prevention and treatment, and develop skills in teaching/counseling nutrition knowledge to individuals or groups.
  4. Understand the food and food systems foundation through techniques of food preparation and application to the development, modification, and evaluation of recipes, menus and food products acceptable to diverse groups.
  5. Apply knowledge of the physical and biological science foundation as it relates to physiology of the body, nutrient sources, and nutrient function.
  6. Utilize principles of health literacy, including critical thinking skills, literature searches, data collection and interpretation necessary for the implementation of food and nutrition services in professional settings.
  7. Analyze, interpret, and evaluate current evidence-based research related to nutrition topics.
  8. Develop skills at writing science-based papers using analyzed research data as references.
  9. Examine cultural differences in food choices and ethics when working with peoples of diverse ethnic, religious, and financial backgrounds.
  10. Evaluate the effects of societal, cultural, and financial dynamics upon diet trends, dietary choices, and food preparation methods among families and societies.
  11. Identify career paths and access appropriate career plans for identifying professional area of service in dietetics.

Total: 58 Units


Total: 30 Units


Major Total: 88


Additional Information


The major in Dietetics requires 135 units to graduate, seven (7) more than the minimum 128 units required for most majors at PLNU. Students are encouraged to take one or two courses in the summer to lighten their course loads during the regular semester.

Students interested in becoming a Registered Dietitian should consult the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education (CADE) for specific information: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago IL 60606-6995, 312-899-5400.

Graduates in the Dietetics major will require further training by applying to an AND-accredited internship program in order to complete AND requirements to be a registered dietitian (R.D.).

Majoring in Dietetics


Graduates in the Dietetics major from PLNU earn a Verification Statement that will allow them to apply to an AND-accredited dietetic internship program, the second step to becoming a Registered Dietitian (R.D.)

To be verified at PLNU, the student must:

  • Earn a “C” or better in all courses for the Dietetics major required for the DPD
  • Maintain a GPA of 2.800 or higher
  • Earn a B.S. degree (official transcripts, including the one that shows an earned bachelor’s degree, must be in the DPD file)
  • Participate in community service learning activities during the program, as evidenced in the senior portfolio or in a project
  • Demonstrate ethical principles and follow AND’s Code of Ethics

Students with a Bachelor's Degree from Another University Seeking a Verification Statement


If a student has earned a bachelor’s degree from another university, and is seeking a Verification Statement for the Dietetics program, the student may choose one of the two following paths:

  1. Apply to PLNU for a Verification Statement in the Dietetics program, with no degree attached (no second bachelor’s degree). This pathway requires:
    1. A bachelor’s degree from a college/university in another major
    2. Official transcripts reviewed by the Director of Dietetics and the undergraduate Director of Admissions
    3. A minimum 24 units of upper-division Dietetics courses and prerequisites taken at PLNU. (Courses required will be based on previous coursework transferred, and the date that courses were taken)
    4. Acceptance to PLNU
  OR
  1. Apply to PLNU for a second Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics. This pathway requires:
    1. Official transcripts reviewed by the Director of Dietetics and the undergraduate Director of Admissions
    2. Coursework and prerequisites required for the Dietetics major
    3. Coursework to meet all general education requirements at PLNU
    4. Acceptance to PLNU

International Students Seeking a Verification Statement


If a student is an International Student seeking a Verification Statement in Dietetics from PLNU, the student must apply to the University and submit the following:

  1. All documents including high school and college transcripts translated into English and evaluated by an approved credential evaluation service before being sent to the Admissions Office. The student may contact any credential evaluator approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluators (NACES), such as World Education Services, Inc. (WES), Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc. (ACEI), and Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE).
  2. English proficiency: A 550 paper based TOEFL or 216 computer based TOEFL.
  3. An original notarized copy of an Affidavit of Support (financial statement) submitted by a sponsor or bank, indicating sufficient funds for the educational expenses for one academic year at PLNU. (Point Loma Nazarene is a private university: therefore, tuition is the same for U.S. residents and international students.)
  4. Acceptance to PLNU
  5. A minimum 24 units of upper-division Dietetics courses and prerequisites at PLNU. (Courses required will be based on previous coursework transferred, and the date that courses where taken.)

To be verified at PLNU, the student must:

  • Earn a “C” or better in all core curriculum DPD classes
  • Maintain a GPA of 2.800 or higher
  • Take at least 24 units of upper-division DPD classes at PLNU
  • Demonstrate ethical principles and follow AND’s Code of Ethics


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