FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

Florida International University - Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work
Florida International University - Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work
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Bachelor of Science in Dietetics & Nutrition, Dietetics Track

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Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) offers the necessary academic experience towards becoming a Registered Dietitian. It is designed for individuals who wish to complete their dietetic internship following their attainment of a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition. Students must complete an accredited dietetic internship to be eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians. There are a variety of internships throughout the United States, though not many in South Florida. Admission is very competitive; generally good grades and volunteer/work experience are essential.

Mission

The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at Florida International University is to provide students with a comprehensive, rigorous academic core of knowledge and skills so they are critically thinking graduates who are ethically and culturally competent and prepared for evidence-based supervised practice in the profession of dietetics and/or post-baccalaureate educational programs.

Program Goals and Objectives (program outcomes data available on request)

Goal 1 – Graduates are prepared to become entry-level Registered Dietitians.

  • Over a 5-year period, 70% graduate within 150% of the normal program length (within three years of successfully completing HUN 4240 Nutrition & Biochemistry).
  • Over a 5-year period, 25%* of students will apply for supervised practice programs within 12 months of graduation.
*Due to the large number of non-traditional students at FIU, criterion has been set at 25%.  Students often need to work after graduation to save money to pursue supervised practice programs.
  • Over a 5-year period, of students applying for a supervised practice program, 50% will be admitted.
  • Over a 5-year period, 80% of graduates will pass the Registration Examination for Dietitians on the first sitting.

Goal 2 – Graduates will demonstrate knowledge and skills required for success in the field of dietetics and nutrition.

  • Over a 5 year period, 85% of Supervised Practice Program Directors will be satisfied with the background knowledge of DPD graduates.
  • Over a 5 year period, 85% of employers will be satisfied with the background knowledge of DPD graduates who enter related fields in dietetics.
  • Over a 5-year period, 75% of students will pass undergraduate comprehensive exam.

Coordinated Program (CP)

The Coordinated Program (CP) is designed for individuals who wish to graduate with a B.S. of science degree, "job ready," and eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians. The program provides experience in the three broad areas of dietetic practice (management, clinical, and community) and is designed to prepare entry-level dietitians for careers in a variety of health care and food service facilities.

Successful completion of this program will result in the receipt of a CP Verification Statement which establishes eligibility to take the national exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).  Successful completion of the exam results in the Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN) credential and eligibility to apply for state licensure in those states that provide licensure for dietitians. 

The Department has notified the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of its intent for voluntary program closure of the Coordinated Program (CP) effective December, 2017.  The last class of the Coordinated Program in the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition will be admitted August, 2015, for undergraduates and spring 2016 for graduate students.  The CP will be accredited until December, 2017.

The Department will continue to have an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) (courses) at the bachelor's level. Upon successful completion of the DPD and University’s requirements, a student will be able to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in dietetics and nutrition. As a graduate with a DPD verification statement and a bachelor’s degree, a student is eligible to apply to a dietetic internship to meet the requirements to become a registered dietitian.  The student may apply for a dietetic internship program at another institution to complete the supervised practical experience required to be a registered dietitian.

Mission

The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at Florida International University is to provide students with a comprehensive, rigorous academic core of knowledge and skills so they are critically thinking graduates who are ethically and culturally competent and prepared for evidence-based supervised practice in the profession of dietetics and/or post-baccalaureate educational programs.

Goal #1 – Graduates will be prepared for entry-level positions in general dietetics.

  • Over a 5-year period, 85% of students will complete the curriculum sequence within 150% of the normal program length:
    • Within 10 (or 150% of time completion) semesters for undergraduate students.
    • Within 3 (or 150% of time completion) semesters of entering supervised practice sequence for post-graduate students completing CP only
  • Over a 5-year period, 80% of graduates will pass the Registration Examination for Dietitians on the first sitting or within one year of the first sitting
  • Over a 5-year period , 80% of graduates will find employment in the field within 12 months of graduation
  • Over a 5-year period, 85% of students will indicate that learning experiences were congruent with the expected competencies needed for entry-level practice 

Goal #2 – Graduates will meet expectations of employers in health care agencies.

  • Over a 5-year period, 90% of employers in South Florida1 will be satisfied with the CP graduate’s preparedness to work in an entry-level position in dietetics

Program outcome data is available upon request to the Program Director.

For those students updating their current CP applications:

CONTACT US

Department of Dietetics & Nutrition

Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work
Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique Campus, AHC5 312
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199

Phone: 305-348-2879
Fax: 305-348-1996
Email: bsdn@fiu.edu (B.S. program information)
msdn@fiu.edu (M.S. program information)
phdn@fiu.edu (Ph.D. program information)

Fatma G. Huffman, Ph.D., R.D.
Professor and Chair
Email: huffmanf@fiu.edu

Laurie Holmes
Office Manager
Phone: 305-348-2879
Email: lholmes@fiu.edu

 

Julia Gonzalez-Pampin, M.S.
Graduate Student Services Administrator
Phone: 305-348-4902
Email: 
gonzalj@fiu.edu

 

Denise Medrano, M.S.
Academic Advisor 
Phone: 305-348-7776 
Email: dmedrano@fiu.edu

Ginelle Bou Nassar
Program Assistant
Phone: 305-348-2878
Email: gbounass@fiu.edu

Joan A. Marn, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.
Clinical Instructor and Director of Didactic Program in Dietetics
Phone: 305-348-7303
Email: jmarn@fiu.edu