B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics-Coordinated Program (CP)
The Coordinated program in nutrition and dietetics is a 4 year program with a nutrition therapy emphasis. It combines three years of didactic education and a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice in the field of dietetics. Upon successful completion of the CP, students are awarded a BS CP in Nutrition and Dietetics. They will also be able to take the colloquium exam and become licensed dietitians in Lebanon. Students are first admitted to the BS in nutrition program, and can then apply for the CP in their senior year after undergoing a selection process.
The proposed educational framework has a planned curriculum that supports the learning activities to attain all the foundation knowledge and competencies set by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND: 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60696-6995, 312-899-0040; http://www.eatright.org/ACEND/) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Coordinated Program will aim to seek full accreditation by ACEND.
The fourth year of the CP consists of 27 credit hours, 24 credits of practicum and 3 credits of didactic courses. The practicum component is comprised of three rotations: Medical Nutrition Therapy ( 22 weeks), Food Service Management( 8 weeks) and Community Nutrition ( 8 weeks). The practicum experience typically begins in the first week of September and ends beginning of June; thus ensuring a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice experience.
The program will start in Fall 2014
Enrollment in the CP is highly competitive and occurs during the student’s senior year of study. Students must fill a separate application form for admission into the CP. Applications to the CP are accepted once a year and no more than 15 applicants will be admitted according to the following criteria:
- Completion of all course requirements for the BS in Nutrition by Spring semester of the senior year.
- A minimum major GPA of 3.0
- Submission of a dietetic application along with a personal statement.
Eligible students will be invited to a personal interview on campus and a brief writing activity will follow the interview. Applicants who are not eligible for the CP will be considered for the Dietetic Internship Program if they wish to complete an internship program after their BS in one of the LAU-affiliated hospitals.
Students must complete a total number of 121 credits. These are broken down to 66 credits of LAC requirements and 60 credits of major and other requirements.
Major requirements (66 credits)
|NUT201||Fundamentals of Human Nutrition*||3|
|NUT356||Nutrition Status Assessment||2|
|NUT345||Industrial Food Production||2|
|NUT389||Nutrition in Life Cycle||3|
|NUT401||Advanced Human Nutrition||3|
|NUT423||Medical Nutrition Therapy||4|
|NUT445||Counseling Communication Skills||2|
|NUT499||Senior Study in Nutrition||3|
|NUT597||Dietetic Practicum I||12|
|NUT598||Dietetic Practicum II||12|
|NUT570||Ethics for Dietetic Practice||1|
|NUT580||Dietetic Seminar I||1|
|NUT585||Dietetic Seminar II||1|
School requirements (21/27 credits)
|BIO201||General Biology I||4|
|BIO222||Microbiology, a Human Perspective||3|
|BIO260||Human Anatomy and Physiology||3|
|BIO261||Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab||1|
|BCH301||Introduction to Biochemistry||4|
|CHM200||Essentials of Chemistry||3|
|CHM310||Basic Organic Chemistry||3|
|CHM313||Organic Chemistry I Lab||1|
* These are also counted as part of the Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) requirements
This program requires 121 credits and can be completed in four years by those entering as sophomores. See the suggested four-year study plan.
This program is offered in Beirut and Byblos.