Nutrition – Major/Minor

Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics

For information contact Professor Martine Scannavino, miscanna@cedarcrest.edu, 610-606-4666, ext. 3486

Program Description

The Cedar Crest College Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics is fully accredited by the Accreditation Counsel for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 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 Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics requirements and program requirements will receive a verification statement showing that they have attained the knowledge and competencies found in the ACE ND Accreditation Standards for Didactic Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics Leading to Supervised Practice 2012.

The Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics is designed to prepare students for application to an accredited Internship Program (IP), 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 ACEND-approved/accredited institution with a minimum cumulative and didactic GPA of 3.0;
  • Admission and successful completion of a ACEND-accredited Internship Program; and
  • A passing score 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 an Internship Program.

Mission of the Nutrition Program

With a foundation in the liberal arts, the Cedar Crest College Department of Nutrition is dedicated to providing students the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to advance in the field of dietetics, pursue diverse career paths, and to enter graduate level studies in nutrition with a commitment to evidence-based science and professional ethics

Mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics

In concert with the Mission and Vision of Cedar Crest College, the mission of the Cedar Crest Didactic Program in Dietetics is to develop competent entry-level dietetic professionals.  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 and Learning Outcomes with emphasis on scholarship, leadership, civic engagement, health and wellness and global connectivity

Total number of credits required by program: The Didactic Program in Dietetics has a 79-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 director of the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics 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 and receive a grade of B- or better in all Nutrition Didactic course work.

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 medical and background clearances are mandatory in order to participate in the following courses: NTR 327 & 328, and 330. All clearances must be completed prior to the course start dates and must be updated every year.

  • Child abuse check
  • Criminal Background checks
  • Report of Health Evaluation and Medical History
  • Immunization and Titer Policy, 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: CHE 111, MAT 110, CHE 203, BIO 117, BIO 118, BIO 127, CHEM 217 (NTR 200) and NTR 210.

All Nutrition Majors must declare the major prior to registering for 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 Program and registration you must achieve a minimum cumulative and Didactic GPA of 3.0 and receive a grade of B- or better in all Nutrition didactic course work.

Once the declaration of major form has been approved, you will be assigned an adviser from the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics. 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 Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics Student Handbook which provides a student with all of the requirements, policies and procedures of the program. Students are required to thoroughly read and sign a statement of acknowledgment and agreement of all policies for continuation in the program.

Course Requirements

CHE 111 Chemical Principles

SOC 100 Intro to Culture and Society 

PSY 100 General Psychology 

WRI 100 College Writing
BIO 117 Anatomy and Physiology I

BIO 118 Anatomy and Physiology II

BIO 127 Clinical Microbiology. Prereq CHE 103 or CHE 111

MAT 110 Probability and Statistics 

CHE 203 Survey of Organic Chemistry , Prereq CHE 111 & MAT 110

CHEM 217 Nutritional Biochemistry (NTR 200), Prereq CHE 203 or CHE 206. Declared Majors and Minors or permission only

NTR 130 Food and Culture 

NTR 210 Principles of Human Nutrition, Prereq BIO 112 or Bio 117, or CHE 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, CHEM 217 (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 CHE 203, NTR 220, Declared Majors only.

NTR 327 Medial Nutrition Therapy I, Lecture and Clinical, Prereqs NTR 305, Declared Majors only.

NTR 328 Medical Nutrition Therapy II, Lecture and Clinical, 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 130, NTR 217, NTR 305, NTR 320, NTR 327, NTR 328, NTR 330, NTR 340 and NTR 350

Nutrition Minor

Nutrition Minor Mission

The  Cedar Crest College Nutrition minor is committed to integrating basic nutrition  concepts and interventions that promote personal, community and global health and wellness  into a student’s chosen major field of study

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 the following core of 9 credits to be chosen from the following courses and all associated prerequisites: 

NTR 130 Food and Culture 3 credits
NTR 210 Principles of Human Nutrition 3 credits
NTR 212 Nutrition for Women and Children 3 credits

Then select nine 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 220 Principles of Foods 3 credits 

NTR 300 Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism I 3 credits 

NTR 301 Management in Dietetics 3 credits
NTR 305 Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism II 3 credits 

NTR 360 Nutrition and Non-Communicable Disease 3 credits