One degree…35+ professional opportunities.
When you study the science of nutrition at Cedar Crest College, you are laying the groundwork for a wide variety of rewarding career options. Graduates of our nutrition program are currently employed at some of the area’s most well-respected health care facilities and organizations, including St. Luke's Hospital, Lehigh Valley Hospital/Pediatrics, Advantage Nutrition, Aetna, Lehigh University and the U.S. Veterans Administration.
Our Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)—your first step in becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist —maintains full accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) for an undergraduate nutrition program The CCC DP has 5 year average pass rate for examinees sitting the Registration Examination for Dietitians within one year of first attempt of 88.57% (August 16, 2015) The experiential learning opportunities that are the hallmark of this program will help put you a step ahead of the competition when you pursue your chosen path after graduation.
Take the first step toward an exciting and rewarding career in the field of nutrition.
Specialty Careers in Nutrition
Qualified dietitians are very much in demand in the following specializations, to name a few:
- Public health/community nutrition
- Clinical nutrition
- Behavioral health nutrition
- Environmental nutrition
- Many more positions in both governmental and private sector organizations
The Cedar Crest College Advantage
The highest level of accreditation
Our program is accredited by the Accreditation Counsel for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.
An easier track to becoming a registered dietitian
The bachelor’s degree in nutrition at Cedar Crest prepares students for the next step in becoming an R.D.— a dietetic internship. After a student earns their nutrition degree at Cedar Crest College, they may be eligible to apply to our Dietetic Internship Program which provides the supervised practice experience that qualifies them for the RDN credential. The Didactic Program in Dietetics is designed to prepare students for a post graduate supervised practice experience which is the first step to becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. For most students this will be in the form of a dietetic internship which is also offered at Cedar crest College. Students are also prepared for graduate schools or the job market.
A college committed to health and wellness
“Health and wellness” is one of the five guiding principles of the College, as outlined in our strategic plan. This means more opportunities for you to put your nutrition knowledge into action at events such as our annual health and wellness conference.
Valuable real-world experiences
Our Allen Center for Nutrition, which offers outreach programs throughout the Lehigh Valley, provides students with a variety of civic engagement opportunities. As part of the program, students gain valuable experiences in community, food service and healthcare settings with local nutrition professionals.
A respected name in nutrition education
Our students and faculty regularly present their work at local, state and national conferences. In addition, surveys indicate that internship directors and employers are impressed with the preparedness of Cedar Crest nutrition graduates.
Cedar Crest College Department of Nutrition Mission Statement
In concert with the philosophy of Cedar Crest College and the Standards of Practice of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the nutrition program is committed to developing competent dietetic professionals who serve the public through the promotion of optimal nutrition and act with integrity and respect for differences.
Didactic Program in Dietetics Mission Statement
In concert with the Mission and Values of Cedar Crest College, the mission of the Cedar Crest Didactic Program in Dietetics is to develop competent entry level Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. With a foundation in the liberal arts, our Program’s commitment is to provide high quality education in accordance with the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Knowledge Requirements for Dietitians with emphasis on scholarship, leadership, civic engagement, health and wellness and global connectivity.
DPD Program Goals
The program will prepare graduates to be competent entry-level dietitians.
- Over a five-year period, 80% of all graduates who sit the RD exam will pass on their first attempt.
- Over a five-year period, 80% of all graduates who sit the RD exam will pass within one year of their first attempt
- At least 80% of the students who declare a major in Nutrition in the DP will complete the program within 150% of time planned for completion. For full time students 3.75 years; part time students 5.25 years.
- Over a five-year period, 60% of DP graduates will apply to a supervised practice program the academic year they complete the program.
- Over a five-year period, 80% those applying to a supervised practice program will be accepted
- Of the DP graduates who did not apply to or were not accepted into a dietetic internship 80% will attend graduate school or successfully pursue other career opportunities.
- When surveyed, 80% of internship directors rate CCC student preparation with an overall knowledge/ability of ACEND Knowledge and Skills for Didactic Programs as competent or higher.
- When surveyed upon graduation, at least 80% of all graduates rate their overall knowledge/ability of ACEND Foundation Knowledge Requirements and Learning Outcomes as competent or higher
The program will prepare graduates who demonstrate a commitment to community service and service to the profession of dietetics.
- Upon graduation, 80% of DP students will have participated in at least three Nutrition Outreach activities through the Allen Center for Nutrition or other outreach activities, including programs sponsored by the Student Dietetic Association, The Lutz Center for Community Service or other community supporting organizations.
- Over a five-year period, 65% of DP graduates will report an ongoing commitment to serving their community through participation in one or more activities which would include volunteering to provide nutrition education and support to community residents, organizations or health professionals.
- Over a five-year period, 35% of DP graduates who hold the RD or DTR credential will report an ongoing commitment to serving the profession of dietetics through participation in activities which would include engagement in a professional association, attendance at professional meetings, presenting at a professional conference, or serving on a professional committee.
- Over a five-year period, all DP faculty will demonstrate the value of community service by participating in one or more Nutrition Outreach activities through the Allen Center for Nutrition or other community outreach activities.
- Over a five-year period, all DP faculty will demonstrate the value of service to the profession of dietetics in at least one of the following ways; engagement in a professional association, attendance at professional meetings, presenting at a professional conference, or serving on a professional committee.
Note: Program outcomes data are available on request.
Detailed information about the program’s requirements, costs and fees can be viewed in the 2016-2017 Nutrition Program Student Handbook
To be eligible for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, the student must meet the following requirements.
- Completion of a minimum of 120 credits.
- Satisfactory completion of all nutrition courses outlined in the curriculum for the nutrition major.
- Satisfactory completion of college requirements as described by the catalog at time of graduation.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition WITH Verification Statement: Maintenance of a 3.0 GPA or higher
- Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition WITHOUT Verification Statement: Maintenance of a 2.5-2.99 GPA Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition
- Completion of the Application for Graduation by the deadline.
Students who successfully complete the DP and receive a Verification Statement are also eligible to sit the Dietetic Technician Registration (DTR) Exam.
All students must complete the program’s exit survey and exit exam before Verification Statements will be issued.