The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Natural Sciences

B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics-Coordinated Program (CP)

Program Description

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.

Admission requirements

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:

  1. Completion of all course requirements for the BS in Nutrition by Spring semester of the senior year.
  2. A minimum major GPA of 3.0
  3. 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.

Curriculum

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)

Number Course Cr
NUT201 Fundamentals of Human Nutrition* 3
NUT301 Community Nutrition 3
NUT312 Food Chemistry 3
NUT323 Food Analysis 2
NUT356 Nutrition Status Assessment 2
NUT367 Food Processing 2
NUT345 Industrial Food Production 2
NUT334 Food Management 3
NUT378 Food Microbiology 2
NUT389 Nutrition in Life Cycle 3
NUT401 Advanced Human Nutrition 3
NUT423 Medical Nutrition Therapy 4
NUT445 Counseling Communication Skills 2
NUT467 Hospital Administration 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)

Number Course Cr
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
CHM204 Quantitative Analysis 2
CHM310 Basic Organic Chemistry 3
CHM313 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
STA205 Biostatistics* 3

* These are also counted as part of the Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) requirements 


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