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—has earned the highest level of accreditation available to an undergraduate nutrition program with a 5 year pass rate on the Registration Examination for Dietitians "testers within one year of first attempt" of 94 % (August 16, 2013) . The experiential learning opportunities that are the hallmark of this program will help put you a step ahead of the competition when you enter the job market.
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 Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association (ADA).
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. Even better, after earning your B.S. here, you’re guaranteed one of our internships as long as you meet program requirements. As for passing the R.D. exam, students who completed all of their nutrition studies at our college have a pass rate on this exam that exceeds the national CADE requirements.
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 your studies, you will provide valuable nutrition services in the community, while networking with local employers.
A respected name in nutrition education
Our students and faculty regularly present their research 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.
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.
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 Dietitians. With a foundation in the liberal arts, our Program’s commitment is to provide high quality education in accordance with the Accreditation Counsel for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Knowledge Requirements and Learning Outcomes with emphasis on scholarship, leadership, civic engagement, health and wellness and global connectivity.
The program will prepare graduates to be competent entry-level dietitians.
Over a 5-year period graduates who have taken the RD exam achieve a pass rate of at
- Over a five-year period, 60% of DPD graduates will apply to a supervised practice program the academic year they complete the program.
- Over a five-year period, 80% of those applying to a supervised practice program will be accepted.
- When surveyed, internship directors rate CCC student preparation with an overall knowledge/ability of 80% ACEND Knowledge and Skills for Didactic Programs as competent or higher.
- When surveyed, employers rate the preparation CCC students who have completed an internship and passed the RD exam with an overall knowledge/ability of 80% 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.
- At least 80% of the students who declare a major in Nutrition in the DPD will complete the program within 150% of time planned for completion. (full time students 3 years; part time students 6 years)
- Of the DPD 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.
The program will demonstrate a commitment to community service.
- Students will complete at least two courses that include a community service
component or show documentation of comparable community service hours.
- Upon Graduation, 80% of nutrition students will participate in at least three Nutrition
Outreach activities through the Allen Center for Nutrition or other outreach activities,
including the Health and Wellness Program and the Student Dietetic Association
- At least 80% of Graduates will indicate on the graduate survey that they participate in
one or more community activities.
The program will instill the value of lifelong learning and provide a variety of
experiential learning opportunities.
- Graduates who are RD’s will indicate on the graduate survey that they have completed
minimum hours of continuing education as required by the Commission on Dietetic
- Students will complete a minimum of 56 experiential hours in the combined areas of
clinical, community, counseling and foodservice.
- At least 80% of Graduates will indicate that the experiential learning was a valuable
component of their learning experience and rate it as satisfactory.
Note: Program outcomes data are available on request.