Catalog • 2011-2012

Nutrition – Major/Minor

For information contact Dr Martine Scannavino

Program Description

The Cedar Crest College Didactic Program in Nutrition is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of The American Dietetic Association (ADA), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312-899-0040, ext. 5400. Graduates of the nutrition program will receive a bachelor of science in nutrition, and those meeting the program requirements will receive a verification statement showing that they have attained the foundation knowledge and skills found in the Standards of Education of the ADA.

The nutrition program is designed to prepare students for application to an accredited internship, graduate school, or the job market. Students considering entrance to the profession of dietetics as a registered dietitian (RD)must complete these three components:

  • A bachelor’s degree (it does not have to be in nutrition) and successful completion of academic coursework at a CADE-approved/accredited institution with a minimum cumulative and didactic GPA of 3.0;
  • Admission and successful completion of a CADE-accredited dietetic internship; and
  • A passing grade on the National Registration Examination for Dietitians.

Completion of the bachelor’s degree and didactic program (Step 1) may lead to, but does not guarantee, admission into a dietetic internship.

Mission of the Nutrition Program

In concert with the philosophy of Cedar Crest College and the Standards of Practice (ADA), 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.

Total number of credits required by program: The Didactic Program in Dietetics has a 76-credit requirement

Program Requirements

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements of Cedar Crest College, it is recommended that high school students take two years of high school laboratory science. A departmental visit and interview with department faculty is strongly recommended for all applicants.

Adult students are encouraged to apply. A meeting with the nutrition program director is required to determine if prior coursework can be used to meet some of the Nutrition major requirements. At the time of admission, prior science coursework cannot be more than ten years old, and prior nutrition coursework cannot be more than five years old. In order to receive a verification statement, you must complete at least 20 credits of nutrition courses at Cedar Crest College and have a minimum cumulative and didactic GPA of 3.0.

Nutrition Major

Expenses (in addition to comprehensive, special fees and transportation)

There will be a laboratory fee of $100 per course for NTR 220 and 320. Transportation to and from field experiences is the responsibility of the student.

Departmental Review for Field Placement

Students majoring in Education, Nuclear Medicine, Nursing, Nutrition or Social Work are required to complete a field practicum or clinical experience. Because this requirement necessitates working with the public in a professional setting, it is important that the student has advanced interpersonal skills, mature judgment, and appropriate professional demeanor. Thus faculty in these programs will review students prior to the practicum and make appropriate recommendations up to and including removal from placement.

Program Requirements

The following clinical requirements are mandatory in order to participate in the following courses: NTR 217, 327 & 328, 330 and 340. The clinical requirements must be complete prior to the registration of these courses and must be updated every year.

  • Child abuse check
  • FBI Criminal Background check
  • Physical and immunization record
  • Current PPD
  • Proof of Health Insurance
  • Professional Liability Insurance
  • Drug Screen

To declare nutrition as your major you must complete the following courses with a grade of C or better: CHEM 111, CHEM 112, CEHM 203, BIO 117, BIO 118, BIO 127, NTR 210, and MAT 110,

All Nutrition Majors must declare the major prior to registering for NTR 200 and all 300 level courses.

You must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for the major. For those wishing to pursue a verification statement and future application to a Dietetic Internship and registration you must achieve a minimum cumulative and Didactic GPA of 3.0.

Once the declaration of major form has been approved, you will be assigned an adviser from the nutrition program. At this time, you must meet with your nutrition adviser to plan the remaining coursework needed according to the approved curriculum in place at that time. Upon declaration of the major you will be given the Nutrition Program Student Handbook which provides a student with all of the requirements, policies and procedures of the program. Students are required thoroughly read and sign a statement of acknowledgment and agreement of all policies for continuation in the program

SOC 100 Intro to Culture and Society
PSY 100 General Psychology
WRI 100 Basic Composition
BIO 117 Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO 118 Anatomy and Physiology II
BIO 127 Clinical Microbiology. Prereq CHEM 103 or CHEM 111
MAT 110 Probability and Statistics
CHEM 203 Survey of Organic Chemistry , Prereq CHEM 111 & 112
NTR 130 Food and Culture
NTR 200 Nutritional Biochemistry, Prereq CHEM 203. Declared Majors and Minors or permission only
NTR 210 Principles of Human Nutrition, Prereq BIO 112 or Bio 117, or CHEM 103
NTR 212 Nutrition for Women and Children, Prereq NTR 210
NTR 220 Principles of Foods, Prereq NTR 210
NTR 217 Nutrition Education in the Community, Prereq NTR 212
NTR 300 Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism I, Prereqs NTR 210, NTR 200, BIO 118. Declared Majors and Minors only
NTR 301 Management in Dietetics, Prereq - Junior Standing, NTR 210, Declared Majors and Minors only
NTR 305 Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism II, Prereq NTR 300, Declared Majors and Minors only
NTR 320 Experimental Foods Prereqs CHEM 203, NTR 220, Declared Majors only.
NTR 327 Medial Nutrition Therapy I, Prereqs NTR 305, Declared Majors only.
NTR 328 Medical Nutrition Therapy II, Prereq NTR 327, Declared Majors only.
NTR 330 Food Systems Operations, Prereq NTR 301, NTR 220, Declared Majors only.
NTR 340 Nutrition Counseling, Prereqs NTR 217, NTR 327, Declared Majors only.
NTR 350 Seminar in Nutrition, Capstone, Senior standing, NTR 327, 217, 320, Declared Majors only.

Fulfillment of LAC Requirements

Students majoring in Nutrition fulfill the Technology, Information Literacy and Oral Performance requirements with: NTR 217, NTR 305, NTR 320, NTR 327, NTR 328, NTR 330, NTR 340 and NTR 350

Nutrition Minor

Program Requirements for the Nutrition Minor (If applicable)

All Nutrition minors must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

Course Requirements for the Nutrition Minor (18 credits)

All students in the nutrition minor must complete a core of 12 credits to be chosen from the following courses and all associated prerequisits:
NTR 130 Food and Culture 3 credits
NTR 210 Principles of Human Nutrition 3 credits
NTR 212 Nutrition for Women and Children 3 credits
NTR 220 Principles of Foods 3 credits

Then select six additional credits in nutrition from the following:
NTR 113 Nutrition and Fitness 1 credit
NTR 114 Nutrition and the Elderly 1 credit
NTR 115 Eating Disorders and Weight Management 1 credit
NTR 217 Nutrition Education in the Community 3 credits
NTR 300 Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism I 3 credits
NTR 305 Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism II 3 credits