Bachelor of Science Degree Granted
The dietitian education program (DEP) at Buffalo State has been an accredited dietetic program since 1973. It is the only coordinated program in the SUNY system.
The DEP is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-5400. firstname.lastname@example.org
The program is dedicated to providing quality education that prepares the student for competent practice and current and future roles in the dietetic profession.
The program is committed to facilitating the intellectual, personal and professional growth and lifelong learning of students.
The program is committed to developing critical thinking, problem solving and leadership skills to prepare students for the challenges of an evolving diverse community and work place.
The program is committed to providing for the integration of theory with the application of learning through a sequence of supervised practice experiences that encourages student self-evaluation and self-direction.
Note: Target Measures are being reviewed and may be modified.
The program outcome data is reported in the annual report, self-study, and program assessment report (PAR) that are submitted to ACEND for continuing accreditation and reaccreditation of the program. The annual report is submitted every fall. The submission of a self-study followed by a site team visit occurs every ten years, and a PAR is submitted five years after the submission of the self-study leading to accreditation of the program. The program outcome data may be obtained from the DEP director and the chairperson of the department.
Selection criteria are not listed in order of importance, but rather in order of completion.
An information meeting is held in early December to distribute applications, explain the selection process and associated deadlines and to answer applicant questions. The selection process occurs during the spring semester. Students not currently enrolled at Buffalo State may contact the department in early December for application information and deadlines. A department faculty committee selects no more than 16 students to the dietitian education program each year. Enrollment is limited because of the supervised practice component of the program and program accreditation.
Currently, the DEP program is transitioning from a generalist emphasis to a new emphasis of nutrition communication. The competencies associated with this emphasis are included in the DEP Handbook for Students.
The baccalaureate degree in the CPD requires a total of 136–160 credits. Of these, 33–63 credits are in the areas that meet the Buffalo State Intellectual Foundation (General Education) requirements, 43 credits are didactic, and 29 credits are supervised practice. Thirty-nine credits are courses from outside the Department that are required to meet some of the ACEND Core Knowledge and Competencies for the RD and may meet some of the Intellectual Foundation requirements.
The following are the requirements:
I. Intellectual Foundation (General Education) Requirements (33-63 credits)
II. Required Courses for Major**
A. Department - didactic courses for DEP (45 credits)
NFS 100 Introduction to Food Preparation (3)
NFS 102 Introduction to Nutrition (3)
NFS 111 Applied Management in Dietetics (3) I
NFS 200 Applied Food Chemistry (3)
NFS 211 Applied Management in Dietetics II (3)
NFS 230 Introduction to Dietetics Profession (2)
NFS 302 Advanced Nutrition (3)
NFS 311 Applied Management in Dietetics (3) III
NFS 315 Life Cycle/Community I (3)
NFS 316 Life Cycle/Community II (3)
NFS 330 Integrative and Functional Nutrition (1)
NFS 401 Medical Nutrition Therapy I (4)
NFS 402 Medical Nutrition Therapy II (3)
NFS 403 Medical Nutrition Therapy III (3)
NFS 405 Principles of Nutrition Education (2)
NFS 411 Applied Management in Dietetics IV
NFS 430 Introduction to Nutrition Research (3)
B. Department - supervised practice courses for DEP (29 credits)
NFS 419 Introduction to Clinical Practice (2)
NFS 445 Nutritional Care A (3)
NFS 446 Nutritional Care B (4)
NFS 447 Nutritional Care C (5)
NFS 448 Nutritional Care D (5)
NFS 449 Nutritional Care E (2)
NFS 450 Senior Practicum in Dietetics (4)*
NFS 451 Specialty Practice (1)
NFS 471 Experience in Health Care Food Service Systems (3)
*Designated W (writing intensive course)
C. Required Courses Outside the Department** (39 credits)
BIO 100 Principles of Biology (3)
BIO 210 Bacteriology (3)
BIO 308 Human Anatomy and Physiology (3)
BIO 309 Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab (1)
CHE 111 Fundamentals of Chemistry I (4)
CHE 112 Fundamentals of Chemistry II (4)
CHE 321 Principles of Organic Chemistry (4)
CHE 322 Biological Chemistry (4)
CIS 101 Computer Fundamentals (3)
ECO 305 Statistics for Economics (3)
MAT 311 Introductory Probability and Statistics (3)
LIB 100 Introduction to Library Research Methods (1)
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (3)
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology (3)