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Coordinated Program in Dietetics
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Future Education Model Program in Nutrition and Dietetics
Indiana State University's Dietetics Program has applied to open a new and exciting program in August 2022 to prepare Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.
The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) released the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for programs in nutrition and dietetics (see www.eatrightpro.org/FutureModel). These accreditation standards integrate didactic coursework with supervised experiential learning in a competency-based curriculum designed to prepare nutrition and dietetics practitioners for future practice.
Indiana State University's Dietetics Program demonstrated its leadership in education by submitting an application to be part of the third cohort of programs to be accredited by ACEND under these new standards. The ACEND Board has approved our phase 1 application and will make a final accreditation decision on the program in 2021 after review of our phase 2 report. If successful, following the phase 2 report review by the ACEND Board, we will begin recruiting students for our fall 2022 class.
- We will continue to recruit students and operate under our current coordinated program model for all undergraduate and graduate students through the Spring 2022 semester. Beginning in Fall 2022, all incoming freshmen and transfer applicants (undergraduate and graduate) will begin the Accelerated “4+1” model which provides students with a BS in Nutrition and a MS in Dietetics. Graduates of the Accelerated model will be eligible to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration national examination.
Contact Dr. Cassondra Strawser (Cassondra.Strawser@indstate.edu) with any questions.
Indiana State University's Coordinated Program in Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext 5400.
Why Dietetics at STATE?
Indiana State University, located in Terre Haute, Indiana, has the only fully accredited Coordinated Program in Dietetics within an 85 mile radius, and it is 1 of only 2 in the state of Indiana.
- Learn in the classroom
- Immediately apply knowledge as they work with clients and patients in supervised practice sites
- Medium-sized institution with a small, high quality dietetics program
- Admits only 16 students per year
- Individualized attention and interaction between students and faculty
- Provides many opportunities for leadership and recognition
- Dietetics employment of ISU Coordinated Program alums is near 100%
- Classroom education is provided by qualified faculty who often also function as preceptors at food service, community and clinical supervised practice sites. Students also work with site preceptors who are qualified dietitians with many years of experience. Many masters students work as graduate assistants teaching non major beginning nutrition and health courses.
- Admitted to begin junior year
- 1200+ clock hours of supervised practice experiences
- sequenced through the following 2 years
- Includes experiences in a wide range of food service, health care, and community facilities
- gives students an opportunity to decide, based on first-hand experience, which areas of dietetics interest them most
- One of only a few Coordinated Programs in the United States that offer the opportunity to complete the master's degree simultaneously with the dietetics program and its clinical requirements within 2 years after admission to the program if all prerequisites are met prior to admission to the program.
Graduate and Undergraduate students have an opportunity to learn from each other as they participate in the program together.
Want full time employment or part time employment to coordinate with family responsibilities? Dietetics can be the career for you.
- Dietetics is a rapidly growing field with many diverse career opportunities for the professional interested in food and nutrition.
- An individual wanting to become a Registered Dietitian (RD) must complete an accredited 4 year academic program and supervised practice experience before taking the national registration examination.
- The Coordinated Program in Dietetics includes both the academic (didactic) and supervised practice experiences within a 2 year period.
- With a Coordinated Program, there is no worry about completing course work and then not being accepted for a dietetic internship. It all comes as one package!
Misssion, Standards, Goal, and Outcomes
- March 15
- Admission Criteria
- Admission to the University
- Completion of prerequisite courses
- Essential Abilities
- Prior learning experiences cannot provide credit or exemptions from supervised practice requirements.
- Test out of required Foundational Studies courses as allowed by the University is permissible
- Transfer Credit
- Admission Process
- Requirements after Admission (Phase II)
Plan of Study
- Additional Policies
- Student Health Requirements
- Statement of Insurance Coverage