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Dietetics and Nutrition, BS

Keiser University

This program is available in the following Florida campuses:

Lakeland Campus, Melbourne Campus, Pembroke Pines Campus, Port St. Lucie Campus

Effective June 1, 2022, the BSDN program transitioned to a master’s degree coordinated program with a single point of entry. There will be no new enrollments into the BSDN program after August 29, 2022. The new program is the Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) through June 30, 2028 at the Melbourne campus and through June 30, 2030 at the Lakeland, Pembroke Pines, and Port St. Lucie campuses.

Program Description

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,

Please note: Most hospitals and nursing homes are now requiring evidence of full vaccination for COVID-19 along with other vaccinations. Many sites are allowing exemptions for religious or health reasons for their employees, but not for students. Students may be required to show evidence of full COVID-19 vaccination; otherwise, they may not be able to complete the program.

Program Mission

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.

Program Goals

  • Prepare a diverse population of graduates for successful careers as Registered Dietitians/Registered Dietitian Nutritionists in a variety of settings.
  • Graduates will be committed to professionalism, leadership, and service to the community while working as Registered Dietitians/ Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.

Student Estimated Costs

Program Objectives

  • At least 80% percent of the program’s students complete program/degree requirements within 3 years (150% of program length).
  • The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
  • 80% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  • Of graduates who seek employment, 80% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or a related field within 12 months of graduation.
  • Over a 3-year period, 80% of employer responses will indicate via the employer survey, graduates first year performance rate “average (3) to excellent (5).”
  • 20% of graduates who respond to an alumni survey will report involvement in leadership and/or community activities.

Prerequisites for Major Courses

  • Background check and drug screening when applicable.
  • Minimum grade of “C” for general education courses.
  • Successful completion of BSC2085C, BSC2086C, MCB2000C, STA2023, MAC2015, CGS1000C*, ENC1101*, ENC1102*, CHM2045, CHM 2045L, CHM2046, CHM2046L, HUN2201, BCH1020C, PSY1012* or SYG1000* and AML1000* or ENL1000* or CWL1000* and ECO2013* or ECO1023* are prerequisites for the major.
  • Minimum cumulative grade average of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0.
  • BSDN Students must successfully complete the didactic core courses in order to enter the supervised practice phase.

Courses marked with * are general education requirements but are not required prerequisite courses for entrance into the Core courses at the Melbourne Campus.

Alternate Pathway:
(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.

  • Submit an original copy of a DPD erification Statement.
  • Achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in their undergraduate degree.
  • Provide two letters of reference
  • Submit a one page letter of applications that includes, but is not limited to work and volunteer experience, projected focus in the field of dietetics and an overview of the applicant’s desire to become a practicing Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.
  • Complete an interview with the Program Coordinator or Program Director
  • Take a pretest to establish placement in a cohort

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.

Other Considerations:

  • Criminal Background Checks, both Level 1 and Level 2 are required at various stages of the program, and are at the student’s expense.
  • 10-panel drug testing is required before supervised practice and at the discretion of the supervised practice site, and is at the student’s expense.
  • Uniforms and lab coats are required during core classes and supervised practice, and are at the student’s expense.
  • Travel to and from supervised practice sites is at the student’s expense.
  • Students may participate in the selection process at Supervised Practice sites offering stipends when that opportunity is available. Keiser University neither is a part of nor involved in the stipend recipient selection process.

Program Outline

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 Courses

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

Upper Division Courses

Dietetics and Nutrition Major Courses (69.0 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 4.0 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 3.0 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.

Program Outcomes

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