The Keiser University Dietetics and Nutrition Coordinated Program offers a concentration in Medical Nutrition Therapy at the Lakeland, Pembroke Pines and Port St. Lucie Campuses. The program concentration in Health Promotion Disease Prevention is offered at the Melbourne Campus.
Keiser University’s Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and Nutrition combines clinical evaluation, community concerns, and food service management into a profession long valued for its service to individuals and the community at large and focused on optimal nutrition and the prevention of chronic diseases. The Coordinated Program in Dietetics is unique since the didactic instruction is integrated with the supervised practice. Following graduation, students are eligible to take the Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD/RDN) examination. Upon successful completion of this exam, the RD/RDN is eligible for licensure in Florida or any other state that licenses dietitians/nutritionists.
Keiser University Melbourne, Lakeland, Pembroke Pines and Port St Lucie ‘s Nutrition and Dietetics Education Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, USA, 800-877-1600 ext. 5400, https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend.
Please Note: Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In addition, CDR will continue to require that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Coordinated Program in Dietetics and Nutrition program at Keiser University are eligible to take the credentialing exam for RDNs upon completion of the program. If the program is not completed before Jan 1 2024, however, graduates will also be required to earn a graduate degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become an RDN. The graduate degree can be earned prior to enrolling in the BSDN program or after completing the BSDN program at Keiser University. A graduate degree includes a master’s degree, practice doctorate, or doctoral degree (e.g., Ph.D., Ed.D, D.Sc.). The graduate degree may also be in any area, provided it is granted by a U.S regionally accredited college/university, or foreign equivalent. All other entry-level dietitian registration eligibility requirements remain the same. If registration eligibility is established prior to January 1, 2024 a graduate degree will not be required.
The mission of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics and Nutrition is to provide a comprehensive baccalaureate program, inclusive of a high quality didactic curriculum and supervised practice, preparing students for entry-level practice as Registered Dietitians/Registered Dietitian Nutritionists in a diverse environment demonstrating professionalism, leadership, and a commitment to service community needs.
Courses marked with * are general education requirements but are not required prerequisite courses for entrance into the Core courses at the Melbourne Campus.
(Available only at Lakeland, Pembroke Pines, Port St. Lucie campuses. The Alternative Pathway is not available at the Melbourne campus location.)
Graduates of an ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) who meet the following requirements may apply for the Alternate Pathway Option. Graduates of this alternate pathway option receive a BS in Dietetics and Nutrition, completing four courses to establish residency ( HUN 4445 Nutrition and Disease 1, HUN 4446C Nutrition and Disease 2, DIE 4365 Dietetics Management of Nutrition Programs, DIE 4506 Seminar in Dietetics and Nutrition) and then completing Supervised Practice. These graduates are also eligible to sit for the RD/RDN exam after receiving their Verification Statement from the Keiser University Coordinated Program.
Graduates of the alternate pathway option receive a BS in Dietetics and Nutrition. Requirements for graduation from the alternate pathway option include the successful completion of four core courses and the supervised practice.
To receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and Nutrition, students must earn 120.0 credit hours. Program requirements are as follows:
|Lower Division Major Course (3.0 credit hours)|
|Principles of Nutrition||3.0 credit hours|
|Behavioral/Social Science (3.0 credits)|
|Introduction to Psychology or...||3.0 credit hours|
|Introduction to Sociology||3.0 credit hours|
|Computers (3.0 credits)|
|Introduction to Computers||3.0 credit hours|
|Economics (3.0 credits)|
|ECO1023 - Microeconomics or...||3.0 credit hours|
|ECO2013 - Macroeconomics||3.0 credit hours|
|English (6.0 credits)|
|English Composition I||3.0 credit hours|
|English Composition II||3.0 credit hours|
|Humanities (3.0 credits)|
|American Literature or...||3.0 credit hours|
|English Literature or...||3.0 credit hours|
|Contemporary World Literature||3.0 credit hours|
|Mathematics (6.0 credits)|
|College Algebra||3.0 credit hours|
|Statistics||3.0 credit hours|
|Natural Science (24.0 credits)|
|Fundamentals of Biochemistry||4.0 credit hours|
|Human Anatomy/Physiology I||4.0 credit hours|
|Human Anatomy/Physiology II||4.0 credit hours|
|General Chemistry||3.0 credit hours|
|General Chemistry Lab||1.0 credit hour|
|Advanced Chemistry||3.0 credit hours|
|Advanced Chemistry Lab||1.0 credit hour|
|Microbiology||4.0 credit hours|
|Dietetics and Nutrition Major Courses (83.0 credit hours)|
|Fundamentals of Food||4.0 credit hours|
|Food Science||4.0 credit hours|
|Life Cycle Nutrition||3.0 credit hours|
|Dietetics in Community Health||3.0 credit hours|
|Advanced Nutrition||3.0 credit hours|
|Research Methods||3.0 credit hours|
|Management of Dietary Systems||4.0 credit hours|
|Medical Nutrition Therapy 1||3.0 credit hours|
|Medical Nutrition Therapy 2||4.0 credit hours|
|Nutrition Counseling and Communication||4.0 credit hours|
|Nutrition and Disease 1||3.0 credit hours|
|Nutrition and Disease 2||4.0 credit hours|
|Dietetics Management Nutrition Programs||3.0 credit hours|
|Seminar in Dietetics and Nutrition||3.0 credit hours|
|Supervised Dietetics Practice 1A||3.5 credit hours|
|Supervised Dietetics Practice 1B||3.5 credit hours|
|Supervised Dietetics Practice 2A||3.5 credit hours|
|Supervised Dietetics Practice 2B||3.5 credit hours|
|Field Exp in Nutrition & Dietetics A||3.5 credit hours|
|Field Exp in Nutrition & Dietetics B||3.5 credit hours|
* The above supervised practice rotations consist of a variety of sites including food service management, community and clinical nutrition. More information about supervised practice is available upon request.
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