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Dietetics Major - Coordinated Program in Dietetics

Note: The CP information below is for current CP students only. New/prospective students, please visit the
Didactic Program in Dietetics page. (Aug. 04)

The College of St. Benedict/St. John's University offers one of only a few baccalaureate degree programs in dietetics in conjunction with a liberal arts education in the country.  The strength of a Coordinated Program is that students integrate classroom theory with practical experience, that is, they apply their knowledge in professional settings.  The Coordinated Program (CP) provides the academic background and develops the professional skills needed to enter the profession of dietetics.  

Students in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics study in the three major areas of dietetics:  medical nutrition therapy, foodservice administration, and community nutrition and public health.  Courses in the curriculum offer hands-on laboratory experience and supervised practice in a variety of clinical settings.  Students completing the 4-year Coordinated Program in Dietetics at CSB/SJU receive a baccalaureate degree and are eligible to take the national Registration Examination for Registered Dietitians without the requirement of an additional internship to become a Registered Dietitian (R.D.).   

The Coordinated Program is currently granted continuing accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 1-800-877-1600, Ext. 5400.

Major in Coordinated Program in Dietetics

(64 credits + 24 credits in supporting courses)
Required Courses

Prerequisites

  • CHEM 105 Chemistry & Disease
  • BIOL 114/214 Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • COLG 140 Healthy Lifestyles:  Introduction for Health Professionals
  • MATH 124 Statistics

Nutrition Courses

  • NUTR 125 Concepts of Nutrition Science
  • NUTR 225 Experimental Food Science
  • NUTR 300 Social and Cultural Aspects of Food
  • NUTR 305 Leadership in Dietetics
  • NUTR 323 Public Health Nutrition:  Infancy through Aging
  • NUTR 330 Nutritional Biochemistry and Assessment
  • NUTR 331 Exercise Nutrition and Supplements
  • NUTR 332 Case Studies:  Chronic Disease
  • NUTR 333 Medical Nutrition Therapy:   Chronic Disease
  • NUTR 336 Case Studies:  Critical Care
  • NUTR 337 Medical Nutrition Therapy:  Critical Care
  • NUTR 341 Nutrition Education
  • NUTR 342 Interviewing and Counseling
  • NUTR 343 Food Production and Procurement
  • NUTR 347 Management Systems in Food Industry
  • NUTR 357 Entrepreneurship
  • NUTR 399 Senior Dietetics Practicum
Application to the Coordinated Program in Dietetics:
Selection Process for the CP

Entry into the Coordinated Program is competitive and class size is limited. Students interested in the Coordinated Program should contact the Program Director (Linda Shepherd; 320-363-5034; [email protected] ) during their first year to develop a four-year plan. The formal selection process for the CP begins during the fall semester of the junior year.

Criteria for Selection to the CP Program:
  1. Completion of NUTR 125, NUTR 225 and 323.
  2. Completion of all prerequisite courses (CHEM 105, BIOL 114, 214 and COLG 140).
  3. Cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5.
  4. A grade of C or better in all required courses taken to date.
  5. Development of a 4-year plan with a nutrition faculty member.
  6. Prior work and/or volunteer experience in some aspect of the profession is desirable but not required (e.g., foodservice, catering, or community health or nutrition program).

Candidate files will be reviewed by department faculty and ranked.  A formal written essay and an interview may be required. Students admitted to the CP are reserved placement in the Senior Coordinated Dietetics Practicum (NUTR 399) assuming all required courses within the major are satisfactorily completed, a GPA of a minimum of 2.5 is maintained, a grade of “C” or better is achieved in all required courses within the major, and the student is in compliance with the guidelines set forth in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics Student Handbook.

Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to clinical sites and must obtain personal liability insurance through the college/university for the Senior Coordinated Dietetics Practicum completed spring semester of the 4th year.

Sample 4 Year Coordinated Program in Dietetics Plan

Download --> 4 year plan pdf

Fall Spring
1st Year                                          
  • First Year Seminar
  • NUTR 125
    Concepts of Nutrition Science
  • Core-Humanities
  • Core-Language

    Total Credits:

4
4


4
4

16

  • First Year Seminar
  • Core-Language
  • Core-Theology 111
  • Core-Social Science OR Elective


Total Credits:

4
4
4
4



16

2nd Year
  • BIOL 121
    Intro to Cell/Molecular Biology
  • NUTR 225
    Experimental Food Science
  • NUTR 220
    Exploring Weight Issues
  • NUTR 230
    Cultural Foods
  • Core-Humanities OR Elective

Total Credits:

4


4

2

2

4

16

  • BIOL 214
    Principles of Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • NUTR 323
    Public Health Nutrition:  Infancy through Aging
  • CHEM 105
    Chemistry & Disease
  • Core-Fine Arts OR Elective


Total Credits:

4


4


4

4


16

3rd Year
  • NUTR 330
    Nutritional Biochemistry & Assessment
  • MATH 124
    Probability & Statistical Inference
  • NUTR 343
    Food Production & Procurement
  • Core-Theology OR Elective

Total Credits: 

4


4


4


4

16

  • NUTR 331
    Exercise Nutrition & Supplements
  • NUTR 341
    Nutrition Education
  • NUTR 342
    Interviewing & Counseling
  • Core OR Elective
  • Core OR Elective


Total Credits:

4


2

2

4
4


16

4th Year
  • NUTR 333
    Nutrition Therapy: 
    Chronic Disease
  • NUTR 305
    Leadership in Dietetics
  • Core-Ethics
  • Core OR Elective
  • Core OR Elective


Total Credits:

4


2

4
4
2/4


16/18

  • Senior Seminar
  • NUTR 337
    Nutrition Therapy: 
    Critical Care
  • NUTR 345
    Entrepreneurship & Management Sytems in Food Industry
  • Core OR Elective

Total Credits:

4
4


4



4

16

For more information on CSB/SJU Dietetics Programs, contact:

Linda Shepherd, Program Director
(320) 363-5034
[email protected]