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Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
The Didactic Program in Dietetics at Louisiana Tech University is currently granted full accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 800.877.1600, ext. 5400, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education, http://www.eatrightpro.org/resources/acend.
All program outcomes data are available upon request.
Undergraduate Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics
Improving the nutritional status of individuals, families, and communities.
The mission of the Louisiana Tech Didactic Program is to prepare graduates for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the credentialing exam to become registered dietitian nutritionists who enhance the lives of individuals and families through education, research, and service.
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Are you interested in health and wellness, nutrition and food science, nutrition therapy, or food service management? Consider a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics.
The dietetics program includes human anatomy, chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, nutrition science, and medical therapy. The program provides students with expertise in human nutrition, food systems management, diet therapy, community nutrition, and experimental methods in food science. Louisiana Tech’s Nutrition and Dietetics undergraduate degree–RD concentration is designed to prepare students to become Registered Dietitians Nutritionists (RDNs). Dietitians promote good health by improving nutritional practices of individuals and groups. Dietitians provide nutrition education, conduct nutrition research and work in clinical, community, and food service settings.
Students who complete the B.S. degree in the RD concentration will be awarded a Verification Statement of completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics. Students are eligible to apply for a dietetic internship with the verification statement. The dietetic internship provides students the opportunity to meet the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics performance requirements in order to take the national Registered Dietitian exam.
An additional option for students is the Nutrition and Dietetics undergraduate degree-non-RD concentration. This B.S. degree allows students to complete a minor in an approved area that supports their career goals. This degree concentration provides a wide variety of employment opportunities in the areas of foods, food systems management, and community programs.
REQUIREMENTS TO BECOME A REGISTERED DIETITIAN
- Complete a bachelor’s degree at a university accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
- Complete an ACEND accredited dietetic internship. (The School of Human Ecology has an accredited dietetic internship).
3. Pass the national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
The Louisiana Tech Didactic Program in Dietetics 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, 8000-877-1600 ext. 5400, www.eatright.org/ACEND
Mrs. Dawn Erickson, DPD Director, P.O. Box 3167, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA 71272;
Dr. Ethel Jones, Director,Human Ecology, P. O. Box 3167, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA 71272;
Dr. Janet Pope, Associate Dean,Applied and Natural Sciences, P. O. Box 10197, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA 71272; 318-257-4287; email@example.com
PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY INSURANCE
- Go to www.proliability.com
- Select “Students” under “Healthcare Professionals.”
- Click “Apply Now” or “Get a Quote.”
The next page is “GETTING STARTED.”
- Fill out the boxes as follows:
Enter the date effective – September 1, 201_ (whatever year you are taking the class).
For PROMO CODE select School/classmate.
For PRACTICE TYPE selectStudent.
For STATE OF RESIDENCE, select Louisiana. Click continue.
- For OCCUPATION, select dietitian. Then click continue.
- For the Quick-Quote, click the “Apply Now” directly above $35 (if not a member of Academy).
- Now fill in the application.
CURRICULUM AND COURSES
Is a dietetic internship necessary?Yes, completion of an accredited dietetic internship is required in order be eligible to take the national examination to be a registered dietitian. The steps to becoming a Registered Dietitian (RD) include the following:
1. Completion of a bachelor’s degree at a university that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Tech’s BS program is accredited by ACEND)
2. Completion of an ACEND accredited dietetic internship (Tech’s DI is accredited by ACEND)
3. Pass the national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
Where can I complete my internship? ACEND accredited internships are offered through universities, health care facilities, foodservice corporations and community agencies. Most internships are six to twelve months in length, and they may or may not be combined with graduate course work. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (www.eatright.org) includes a comprehensive listing of accredited dietetic internships.
How hard is it to get an internship? Dietetic Internships are highly competitive. Nationwide, approximately, 50-60% of individuals applying are accepted. Therefore, students should do all they can to make themselves competitive. This includes earning good grades, especially in the curriculum; obtaining work experience in the field; and participating in dietetics-related extra-curricular activities. Also, some programs require the GRE. High scores on the GRE also are beneficial.
Can I complete my internship at Louisiana Tech?Louisiana Tech University does offer an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship. Admission is on a competitive basis. As is true of other internships, you must apply for and be admitted into the Louisiana Tech University Dietetic Internship. The Louisiana Tech DI begins in July and ends in May of each year. It includes a total of 15 hours of graduate course work, in addition to supervised practice in one of three geographic areas in Louisiana: Shreveport, Monroe/Ruston, or Alexandria. For more information, check out the Tech DI web site.
Click here to access information about accredited dietetic internships.
NUTRITION AND DIETETICS CAREERS
Job opportunities in nutrition and dietetics are widely available and diverse. Listed below is a sampling of possibilities. (Note: Many jobs require you to be a registered dietitian.)
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Jobs in Clinical Dietetics
- Dietitian in General Clinical Practice
- Clinical Dietitian in a Specialty Area (Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Renal/Dialysis, Surgery, Pediatrics, Nutrition Support, etc.)
- Clinical Nutrition Management
Jobs in Community Dietetics/Public Health
- Public Health Nutritionist
- WIC (Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program) Nutritionist
- Weight Management Nutritionist
- Home Healthcare Dietitian
- Private Practitioner
- Outpatient Dietitian in a Specialty Area (Diabetes Centers, Dialysis Centers, Cardiac Rehab
- Centers, Fitness and Wellness Centers, etc.)
- Sports Nutritionist
- Cooperative Extension 4-H Coordinator or Nutrition Specialist
- Food and Drug Inspector
Jobs in Food Service Management
- Hospital Foodservice Administrator
- Commercial Foodservice Administrator
- Correctional Facility Foodservice Administrator
- School Foodservice Administrator/School Nutrition Services
Jobs in Industry
Sales Representative (food, pharmaceutical sales)
Food Buyer or Distributor
Food and Culinary Professional
Food Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations Specialist
Test Kitchen Scientist
Jobs in Education
Community College Nutrition Educator
Dietetic Educators of Practitioners
Nutrition Educator for the Public
Nutrition Educators of Health Professionals
Check out what some of our graduates are doing now:
Kati Batson, MS, RD, LDN
BS (2007), DI (2008), MS (2010)
Clinical Dietitian specializing in Developmental Disabilities
Pinecrest Supports and Services Center, Pineville
Ashley Comeaux, MS, RD, LDN
BS (2008), DI (2009), MS (2011)
Clinical Dietitian and Nutrition Support
St. Francis Medical Center, Monroe
Paul McCarty, BS (2008)
Dept. of Health and Hospitals, Office of Public Health
Mandy Milligan, MS, RD, LDN
BS (2007), DI (2008), MS (2009)
LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport
Meghan Tooke Kavanaugh, MS, RD, LDN
BS (2007), DI (2008), MS (2009)
St. Francis Diabetes and Nutrition Center, Monroe
Adjunct Instructor, Louisiana Tech University
Ashley Weston, BS
(2008), DI – Southern University and A&M College (2009)
Jenny Craig, Baton Rouge, LA
Demetrius Willis, MBA, MS, RD, LD, CTP
BS (2001), DI (2002), MS – Health and Physical Education, LA Tech (2004), MBA,
University of Phoenix (2009)
Dietitian and Fitness Coordinator
Nutrition and Dietetics links
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – www.eatright.org
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics – http://www.eatrightacend.org/ACEND/
Louisiana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – www.eatrightlouisiana.org
Louisiana Board of Examiners in Dietetics and Nutrition (licensure board) – www.lbedn.org
Marsh Affinity Group Services (liability insurance) – www.proliability.com
Louisiana Tech University:
University Catalog/Bulletin: http://catalog.latech.edu/
Tuition Calculator: http://www.latech.edu/finaid/resources/coa.php
Academic Calendar: http://www.latech.edu/registrar/calendar.shtml
Financial Aid: http://www.latech.edu/financial_aid/
EARN A MINOR IN HUMAN NUTRITION
The minor in human nutrition requires 19 hours to include: FNU 103, 203, 220, 253, 402, 403, 404.
FNU 103: Human Nutrition and Weight Control (0-1-1)
Fall, Winter, Spring
FNU 203: Human Nutrition (0-3-3)
FNU 220: Life Cycle Nutrition (0-3-3)
FNU 253: Sports Nutrition (0-3-3)
FNU 402: Human Nutritional Biochemistry I (0-3-3)
FNU 403: Community Nutrition (0-3-3)
FNU 404: Human Nutritional Biochemistry II(0-3-3)
EARN A MINOR IN CULINARY MANAGEMENT
The minor in culinary management requires 19 hours to include: FNU 103, 201, 203, 232, 302, 412, and 472.
FNU 103: Human Nutrition and Weight Control (0-1-1)
Fall, Winter, Spring
FNU 201: Food Cost Accounting (0-3-3)
FNU 203: Basic Human Nutrition (0-3-3)
FNU 232: Basic Food Science (3-2-3)
FNU 302: Quantity Foods Field Experience (4-2-3)
FNU 412: Advance Food Science (3-2-3)
FNU 472: Food Systems Management II (0-3-3)
If you are transferring into the dietetics program from a community college or another university, our goal is to facilitate your transfer and help you complete the BS program in a timely manner. If you take the right classes during your first two years and if you earn acceptable grades, you can be on track to complete the BS degree in two years.
Courses that might be completed at the community/local college include:
• English Composition I and II (6 hours)
• College Algebra (3 hours)
• Statistics (3 hours)
• Speech Communications – public speaking (3 hours)
• Anatomy and Physiology I, with lab (4 hours)
• Anatomy and Physiology II (3 hours)
• Inorganic Chemistry (3 hours)
• Organic/Biochemistry, with lab (4 hours)
• Microbiology, with lab (4 hours)
• Psychology (3 hours)
• Sociology (3 hours)
• Fine Arts – music, theater, dance or art appreciation (3 hours)
• Humanities elective (3 hours)
• Introductory Accounting (3 hours)
• Medical Terminology (3 hours)
• Basic Human Nutrition (3 hours)
• Nutrition Elective (3 hours)
Note:In order to be ready for upper division nutrition and dietetics courses at Louisiana Tech University, you must complete 54 hours of required course work, including the basic nutrition and science requirements in advance, with no grade lower than a “C”, and you must have a curriculum GPA of 2.85 or higher for the RD concentration or 2.3 for the non-RD concentration.
If you are taking courses at a university or community college in the state of Louisiana, you and/or your current advisor can check the most recent edition of the Board of Regents Master Course Articulation Matrix, available on the Board of Regents website, to determine the equivalency of general education courses at your college/university to those at Louisiana Tech. Be sure to use the transfer matrix for the current year.
If you are uncertain as to whether a specific course will count toward the BS degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at Louisiana Tech University, please contact us prior to enrolling in the course:
Mrs. Dawn Erickson, DPD Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Janet Pope, Associate Dean, email@example.com
Dr. Ethel Jones, Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
The LA Tech DI Program’s Mission Statement, Goals, and Objectives/Outcome Measures are provided below.
Dietetic Internship Mission Statement
To prepare dietetic interns to become competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists who are employed in the field of dietetics; to provide service to their profession and community; while emphasizing research and continuation of graduate studies.
Dietetic Internship Goals and Objectives/Outcome Measures
Goal #1– The Dietetic Internship Program will prepare interns to be competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists who complete the program within 150% of program length, who gain employment in the field of dietetics within 12 months of program completion, and who provide service to their profession and community.
Objective 1: 100% of preceptors who respond to the Supervising Dietitians Evaluation will “agree” interns are prepared for entry-level practice upon completion of the DI program.
Objective 2: At least 80% of graduates who respond to the Post Graduate- DI Program Evaluation will report they have provided service to the community (ex. Wellness fairs, presentations, etc.) after completion of the DI.
Objective 3: At least 90% of students who are admitted to the Dietetic Internship program will successfully complete the program within 150% of the program length or 16.5 months. (Program Completion)
Objective 4: At least 80% of program graduates will take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion. (Graduate Performance on Registration Exam)
Objective 5: At least 80% of the DI program graduates, over a five-year period, will pass the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionist within one year following their first attempt. (Graduate Performance on Registration Exam)
Objective 6: At least 90% of the students who complete the DI will find employment in the field of dietetics within 12 months of completing the DI or will choose full-time graduate studies. (Graduate Employment)
Objective 7: 100% of employers who respond to the Employer Questionnaire will indicate their employees (former interns) “are prepared” for entry-level practice. (Employer Satisfaction)
Goal #2 –The Dietetic Internship Program will emphasize research to internship graduates and will encourage their continuation of the Nutrition and Dietetics master’s program at Louisiana Tech University within one year after completion of the Dietetic Internship.
Objective 1– 100% of the students who complete the DI and respond to the Post Graduate- DI Program Evaluation will “agree” they developed competence in using outcomes based research in practice.
Objective 2– At least 60% of the students who complete the DI will continue in the Nutrition and Dietetics master’s program at Louisiana Tech University within one year of completing the DI program.
Objective 3–During the accreditation reporting period, at least 8 former interns who are continuing in the graduate program will complete their Master’s degree annually.
Objective 4– Annually, at least 4 students who have completed the graduate program will have their research accepted for a professional presentation or manuscript.