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Nutrition

Nutritionists inspire individuals and communities to make healthy food choices for wellness, enhanced sports performance, and in preventing and treating disease.

Degrees & Offerings
  • B.S.
Location
  • Bloomsburg
  • Lock Haven
  • Mansfield
Department
College
Program Contact
Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Nutrition
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The field of nutrition focuses on the study of how food and dietary choices impact human health and well-being. Nutritionists and dietitians work to promote optimal nutrition and develop dietary plans that meet individuals' specific needs, whether it's for general health, weight management, or managing specific health conditions. They assess dietary habits, provide nutrition education, and offer guidance on making healthier food choices.

Nutrition plays a crucial role in preventing and managing various health issues, and professionals in this field work in diverse settings, including hospitals, schools, public health agencies, and private practice, to help individuals and communities lead healthier lives through proper nutrition.

The Nutrition program prepares students to complete advanced degrees in the field, qualify for post-baccalaureate internships and/ or seek employment upon graduation. Career opportunities in this growing field include jobs as clinical dietitians, food-service directors, sports nutritionists, corporate nutritionists, private practice dietitians, wellness and weight control experts, and community dietitians in public and private organizations.

Course Delivery Format

  Bloomsburg

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Lock Haven

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Mansfield

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Clearfield

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

Concentrations

Dietetics 

Available at Mansfield in Face-to-Face, Online, and Hybrid formats.

For those wishing to become registered dietitians (or interested in obtaining an entry-level job in the field of nutrition or food service management). It is designed to teach students a varied background in nutrition. 

Completion of Dietetics Concentration prepares students for a rewarding career in nutrition and dietetics. Career opportunities in this growing field include jobs as food service directors, nutritionists in schools and fitness facilities, food and nutrition experts for food manufacturers or grocery store chains, clinical dietitians, and wellness and weight control programs. Many Dietetics graduates have found employment through community programs such as the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, or are employed in a variety of public and private organizations. 

This program provides specialized courses in life cycle nutrition, community nutrition, advanced nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, nutrition education and counseling, food science, food service, chemistry, and biology.

Sports Nutrition 

Available at Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield in Face-to-Face, Online, and Hybrid formats.

For those wishing to work in fitness and sports. The Sports Nutrition concentration is ideal for students who are looking to pursue a graduate degree in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Chiropractic Care, or graduate studies, and want a strong background in nutrition.  It is also designed for students who wish to prepare for careers in corporate wellness centers, fitness centers, and university and commercial athletic teams. 

Completion of Sports Nutrition Program prepares students for careers in this rapidly growing field. This program is ideal for students who wish to work with healthy and active individuals and groups, or those who are seeking to develop or rebuild an active, healthy lifestyle. 

This program provides a solid foundation for students who wish to study community-based health, wellness, and athletic performance.  Individuals who hope to become Registered Dietitian-Nutritionists must complete the dietetics concentration or take additional courses that will qualify them to apply for a post-baccalaureate internship.

Courses and Curriculum

Degree Requirements Degree Works

Note: Please see the CU degree requirements effective Fall 2023. All enrolled students can also review their degree program requirements and track progress to degree completion in Degree Works

Degree Requirements Degree Works

Note: Please see the CU degree requirements effective Fall 2023. All enrolled students can also review their degree program requirements and track progress to degree completion in Degree Works.

  • Community Nutrition
  • Nutrition Counseling and Education
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Nutritional Biochemistry
  • Life Cycle Nutrition
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy  
  • Nutrition Organization Management
  • Nutritional Assessment and Medical Terminology
  • Physiological Chemistry – General and Organic
  • Principles of Food Science
  • Quantity Food Production
  • Sports Nutrition 

Nutrition and dietetics students are subject to all University academic requirements.  The following academic requirements apply only to those continuing in the Nutrition and Dietetics Program.  

  1. Courses required for the B.S. in Nutrition: Dietetics concentration may not be taken Pass/Fail.  
  2. Nutrition and Dietetics courses may be repeated once.  Failure to achieve a “C” grade or better after taking the same course for a second time will block the student from earning the DPD Verification Statement.  If the course is failed twice, the student will not be able to earn the Nutrition degree.  
  3. Requirements for the B.S. in Nutrition: Dietetics concentration must be completed in 7 years, or the student may need to repeat certain courses.

The following academic standards stated must also be met to receive a Verification Statement.  This statement is required for an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) dietetic internship or supervised practice program.  It may be required by Future Education Graduate Programs and Coordinated Programs in Dietetics, state licensure, and in some states for certification. It may also be required by potential employers.

  1. Students must meet all DPD course KRDN learning outcomes benchmarks with a grade of 70% or higher. Failure to achieve a 70% or better will require remediation (See Remediation Policy for further details).
  2. Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.7 upon graduation.  
  3. A grade of “C” or above is required in all nutrition and dietetics (NUTR) courses or the course must be repeated.  
  4. Student must earn their bachelor's degree in nutrition with a concentration in Dietetics.

Additional information about Verification Statements is available on the ACEND website by clicking here.

Students must meet all clinical agency health requirements. These may include background checks, specific immunizations, urine drug testing, and a respirator fit test. Students will be expected to cover the costs of background checks, immunizations, urine drug testing, and respirator fit test. 

Degree Requirements: Nutrition

Core Courses:

NUTR 200 Introduction to Nutrition 3 Credits 
NUTR 205 Principles of Food Science 4 Credits
NUTR 310 Nutritional Assessment and Medical Terminology   3 Credits
NUTR 315 Life Cycle Nutrition   3 Credits
NUTR 320 Community Nutrition  3 Credits
NUTR 325 Nutrition Counseling and Education3 Credits
NUTR 415 Advanced Nutrition3 Credits
NUTR 420 Nutrition Research Seminar3 Credits
Total Credits25 Credits

Nutrition: Dietetics (B.S.): 120 s.h.

The Dietetics Concentration is for students who wish to become registered dietitians and seek a varied background in nutrition.

Required Courses

NUTR 300 Cultural Nutrition3 Credits 
NUTR 335 Nutrition Organization and Management3 Credits 
NUTR 400 Medical Nutrition Therapy I3 Credits 
NUTR 405 Medical Nutrition Therapy II3 Credits 
NUTR 410 Quantity of Food Production3 Credits 
HLSC 115/BIOL 180 Anatomy and Physiology I4 Credits
HLSC 120/BIOL 181 Anatomy and Physiology II4 Credits
BIOL 235 Allied Health Microbiology4 Credits
CHEM 116 Physiological Chemistry I: General Chemistry4 Credits
CHEM 117 Physiological Chemistry II: Organic and Biological4 Credits
CHEM 251 Nutritional Biochemistry4 Credits
STAT 141 Introduction to Statistics3 Credits 
ACC 221 Principles of Accounting I3 Credits 
Total Credits48 Credits

Total Semester Hours for the major (Core plus Concentration): 73 credits

Sample Schedule

View Dietetics sample schedule

Degree Requirements: Nutrition

Core Courses:

NUTR 200 Introduction to Nutrition   3 credits
NUTR 205 Principles of Food Science 4 credits
NUTR 310 Nutritional Assessment and Medical Terminology    3 credits 
NUTR 315 Life Cycle Nutrition   3 credits
NUTR 320 Community Nutrition 3 credits
NUTR 325 Nutrition Counseling and Education3 credits
NUTR 415 Advanced Nutrition3 credits
NUTR 420 Nutrition Research Seminar3 credits
Total Credits    25 credits

Nutrition: Sports Nutrition (B.S.): 120 s.h.

Required Courses

NUTR 300 Cultural Nutrition3 credits
NUTR 330 Sports Nutrition 3 credits
NUTR 360 Kinesiology/EXER 255 Func. Anatomy3 credits
NUTR XXX Elective  3 credits
EXER 378 Exercise Physiology 3 credits
HLSC 115/BIOL 180 Anatomy and Physiology I  4 credits
HLSC 120/BIOL 181 Anatomy and Physiology II   4 credits
CHEM 116 Physiological Chemistry I: General Chemistry 4 credits
CHEM 117 Physiological Chemistry II: Organic and Biological 4 credits
CHEM 251 Nutritional Biochemistry   4 credits
STAT 141 Introduction to Statistics  3 credits
ACC 221 Principles of Accounting I  3 credits
Total Credits41 credits

Total Semester Hours for the major (Core plus Concentration): 66 credits

Sample Schedule

View Sports Nutrition sample schedule

  1. Students must earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition, Dietetics option, and earn their Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) verification statement from CU – Mansfield DPD to be eligible to apply for an ACEND accredited dietetic supervised practice program.
  2. Be accepted to and complete an ACEND accredited dietetic supervised practice program after completing the degree at CU – Mansfield.

There are 3 types of accredited Dietetic Supervised Practice Programs that students can choose to apply to:

  1. Dietetic Internship
  2. Future Education Model Graduate Program
  3. Coordinated Master’s Program

Information can be obtained on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) website.

Dietetic Supervised Practice Programs require a minimum of 1,000 hours of ACEND accredited supervised practice program.  There are 3 major areas of dietetics which include clinical dietetics, community and nutrition education, and food-systems management.  Additional experiences that might be provided include research, sports nutrition, pediatrics, culinary nutrition, retail nutrition, informatics, food sustainability, and other related areas.  The additional experiences vary by program.  For more information, view the ACEND Accredited Program Directory.

Students apply for dietetic supervised practice programs during their senior year of the baccalaureate degree.  Dietetic supervised practice programs are highly competitive.

  1. Pass the Registration Examination for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN). The Registration Examination is a national board registration examination, which leads to the credential of Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.  The Commission of Dietetic Registration (CDR) sets the requirements for the RDN exam.  The RDN exam is a computer-based exam that covers the content in the three major areas of dietetics: Clinical, Community, and Food Service and Food-systems Management. Once students complete the dietetic supervised practice programs and earn the dietetic supervised practice program’s Verification Statement, they are eligible to sit for the RDN examination.

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master's degree (the master’s degree does not need to be in the area of nutrition) to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). For more information about this requirement visit the CDR website. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at CU - Mansfield are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program.

In some states, licensure or certification is required for registered dietitian-nutritionists.  State requirements vary by state. The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) provides information about state licensure requirements click here.  Pennsylvania has licensure requirements, which can be viewed here.  CDR provides an overview between CDR certification and state licensure; click here for more information.

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here.

Graduates who do not complete ACEND-approved dietetic internships after graduation are eligible to take the national dietetic technician, registered (DTR) exam and work as dietetic technicians in long-term care, community nutrition programs such as WIC, other health care settings; food service managers in schools, health care institutions, and additional settings.  Graduates may also continue their education by attending graduate school. 

Mission Statement

The mission of the CU Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is to provide graduates with the evidence-based knowledge and skills foundational to supervised practice leading to eligibility for the Commission for Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN). The program also prepares graduates to become Dietetic Technicians, Registered (DTR) and to pursue entry-level careers in foodservice management, community nutrition; and/or to attend graduate school in a complex and changing global society.

Program Goal #1

Program graduates will be adequately prepared to apply for acceptance into accredited supervised practice programs.

Objective 1.1: At least 80% of students complete program requirements within six years (150% of planned program length).  

Objective 1.2: At least 40 percent of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.

Objective 1.3: Of program graduates who apply to a supervised practice program, at least 60 percent are admitted within 12 months of graduation.

Objective 1.4: 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%.

Objective 1.5: Within 12 months of graduation, 75% of the graduates’ supervisors who complete a survey will agree or strongly agree that the graduates are prepared for their current position (e.g., Supervised Practice, Graduate Program, or Employment).  

Objective 1.6: Within 12 months of graduation, 75% of the graduates who complete a survey will agree or strongly agree that they are prepared for their current position (e.g., Supervised Practice, Graduate Program, or Employment).  

Program Goal #2

Program graduates applying to graduate or pre-professional school will be accepted, and those seeking entry-level employment in nutrition, or a related field will be employed.  

Objective 2.1: Of those who do not apply or are accepted into supervised practice programs, at least 75% of graduates will apply to graduate schools, or pre-professional schools, or seek employment within 12 months of graduating from the program.

Nutrition Student Learning Objectives

Our students will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to use and interpret current research in developing knowledge of nutrition, sports nutrition, and dietetic practice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use oral and written communications effectively as individuals and in group settings requiring collaboration and teamwork.
  • Demonstrate problem-solving and critical thinking skills related to medical nutrition therapy.
  • Demonstrate their ability to apply management principles using problem-solving and critical thinking skills in hypothetical practice situations.
  • Exhibit understanding of public policy and its effects on health care systems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop nutrition prescriptions for a variety of individuals and groups

Program outcomes data are available upon request.

Student Learning Outcomes

BS Nutrition Dietetics Program

  1. Demonstrate the ability to use and interpret current research in developing knowledge of nutrition, sports nutrition, and dietetic practice.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to use oral and written communications effectively as individuals and in group settings requiring collaboration and teamwork.
  3. Demonstrate problem-solving and critical thinking skills related to medical nutrition therapy.
  4. Demonstrate their ability to apply management principles using problem-solving and critical thinking skills in hypothetical practice situations.
  5. Exhibit understanding of public policy and its effects on health care systems.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to develop nutrition prescriptions for a variety of individuals and groups nutrition therapy.

BS Nutrition Sports Nutrition Program

  1. Demonstrate the ability to use and interpret current research in developing knowledge of nutrition, sports nutrition, and dietetic practice.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to use oral and written communications effectively as individuals and in group settings requiring collaboration and teamwork.
  3. Exhibit understanding of public policy and its effects on health care systems.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to develop nutrition prescriptions for a variety of individuals and groups.
  5. Assess and make sports-specific recommendations for athletes.

BS Nutrition Minor  

  1. Promote nutrition knowledge among non-nutrition majors Promote basic knowledge of foods among non-nutrition majors
  2. Students are able to Apply professional guidelines to a practice scenario Use the nutrition care process to make decisions, to identify nutrient related problems, and determine and evaluate nutrition interventions.
  3. Develop food and nutrition interventions to affect change and enhance wellness in diverse individuals and groups
  4. Develop an educational session or program / educational strategy for a target population 

The Nutrition and Dietetics Program has been in existence at Mansfield since the 1970's. The Commonwealth University-Mansfield Nutrition and Dietetics program is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) (Formerly the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association or CADE) the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 800/877-1600 ext. 5400.

This program provides the didactic instruction required to meet the ACEND (Formerly CADE) Foundation Knowledge and Skills for Entry-Level Dietitians and Standards of Education. This program allows graduates to apply for an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (Formerly Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education) supervised practice program, which leads to eligibility to write the registration examination for dietitians.

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master's degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).

For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at CU-Mansfield are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program.

In some states, licensure or certification is required for registered dietitian-nutritionists.  State requirements vary by state. The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) provides information about state licensure requirements click here.  Pennsylvania has licensure requirements, which can be viewed here.  CDR provides an overview between CDR certification and state licensure; click here for more information.

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here.

B.S. IN NUTRITION: DIETETICS CONCENTRATION - ACCREDITATION

The Commonwealth University – Mansfield dietetics concentration is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) (Formerly the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association). The last self-study was completed in 2016 and was successfully approved for the maximum 7-year term for accreditation. The program is fully accredited through 12/31/2025.

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)

120 South Riverside Dr.
Plaza Suite 2000 
Chicago, IL 60606 
(312)-899-0040 Ext. 5400 
Email: acend@eatright.org

Distance education components for multimodal classes, via Zoom include access to an electronic device (laptop, computer, notepad/IPad, or phone), camera, speakers, and microphone.  In addition to accessing Zoom, an electronic device that is capable of logging into an account and/or running software will be needed to access the Learning Management System – CU Brightspace, or any other software/web-based program.  When logging into Learning Management System – CU Brightspace, or any other software/web-based program, you will need to use your university email and password.  You may need to show your student identification card for online exams/quizzes.  All students’ private information will be protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).

Cost of Attendance & Financial Aid

Student Opportunities

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The nutrition minor provides a strong background in food and nutrition enhancing many fields of study. The minor is especially well suited to students going into healthcare fields but may also be valuable to students going into the fields of psychology, social work, public health education, school education, coaching, journalism, and hospitality/ food service management.

  1. Promote nutrition knowledge among non-nutrition majors
  2. Students are able to: apply professional guidelines to a practice scenario; use the nutrition care process to make decisions, to identify nutrient related problems, and determine and evaluate nutrition interventions
  3. Develop food and nutrition interventions to affect change and enhance wellness in diverse individuals and groups 

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Program Requirements:

NTR 2211 Introduction to Nutrition

NTR 3305 Principles of Food Science

NTR 3314 Life Cycle Nutrition 
 

Select three from:

NUTR 220 Nutrition and Exercise

NUTR 300 Cultural Nutrition

NUTR 320 Community Nutrition

NUTR 325 Nutrition Counseling and Education 

NUTR 330 Sports Nutrition

NUTR 400 Medical Nutrition Therapy I

NUTR 405 Medical Nutrition Therapy II

NUTR 415 Advanced Nutrition

NUTR 420 Nutrition Research Seminar 

Students who major in nutrition may qualify for some of the many of the scholarships offered by Commonwealth University. 

There are three scholarships specifically for Nutrition and Dietetics students at Commonwealth University. Nutrition and Dietetics students in their junior year of study may be eligible for additional scholarships available from the Central Pennsylvania Dietetic Association and the American Dietetic Association.

A list of available scholarship opportunities is available through CU FInancial Aid.

The scholarship is awarded based on character, scholarship, culture, and service, which is taken from the Mansfield Creed. Faculty and Student Dietetic Association officers rank applicants on these traits.

Miss Keller was a foods instructor in the Home Economics Department and she served as department chairperson. 

This scholarship is presented to a student who is majoring in dietetics. The recipient of this scholarship can be either an entering or currently enrolled student who demonstrates strong academic ability and has financial need. This is an $850.00 non-renewable award.

This scholarship is presented to a nutrition and dietetics major. Preference is given to a student from Wyoming or Clinton County.

Careers

There are a variety of career opportunities for graduates of the Nutrition Program at Commonwealth University - Mansfield. Graduates are currently working as clinical dietitians in hospitals and long-term care facilities; as managerial dietitians in food service and clinical nutrition management positions; as community nutritionists in outpatient clinics for health care companies and physicians' offices, at Women, Infants and Children clinics, in community fitness programs; as private practice dietitians and consultants; and as educators and researchers. The jobs mentioned above are only a sample of the potential careers open to students who major in Nutrition at CU - Mansfield. Other career options include:

Potential Job Opportunities

  • Clinical dietitian in hospital, HMO, or other health care facility
  • Consulting dietitian
  • Dietitian in a nursing home
  • Community dietitian with the Women, Infants and Children Program
  • Public health dietitian
  • Dietetic educator
  • Researcher with food or pharmaceutical companies
  • Researcher in a University or hospital setting
  • Sports nutritionist with fitness teams or corporate wellness programs
  • Pharmaceutical sales representative
  • Consumer affairs in food and nutrition related businesses
  • Public relations in food and nutrition related businesses
  • Product development in food and nutrition related businesses
  • Private practice dietitian
  • Food service director in a hospital, or other health care facility
  • School food service director
  • Day-care food service director
  • Correctional facility food service director
  • Caterer
  • Peace Corps worker
  • Cooperative extension agent
  • Food buyer or distributor
  • Food and drug inspector

Meet our Students

Nicole Dann talks about her major, sports nutrition, and why she chose to attend CU - Mansfield.

Avery Yoder '16 on internship

My name is Avery Yoder and I graduated from CU - Mansfield in May 2016 with a B.S. in Nutrition with concentrations in dietetics and sports nutrition. I am currently living in my hometown of Hamburg, PA while completing my dietetic internship through Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA. I will be finishing up my internship in April 2017 and plan to take (and pass!) my RD exam in late May or early June. I plan to relocate to the Mansfield area after passing my exam to hopefully earn a job in clinical nutrition.

Avery Yoder '16
B.S. in Nutrition with concentrations in Dietetics and Sports Nutrition
Kelsey Rudinski

I'm Kelsey Rudinski and I currently reside in Charleston, West Virginia working as a WIC Nutritionist. I work at the largest WIC office in West Virginia. I see something different every day. Most of my time is spent counseling families on proper feeding practices, food safety, growth and development, balanced diet. I also do outreach work, developing education material and working with local vendors. I earned my BS Nutrition/Dietetics and BS Sports Nutrition from CU - Mansfield. I am working on my Masters of Health Science with a concentration in Health Education and Promotion at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.

Kelsey Rusinski
B.S. Nutrition: Dietetics and Sports Nutrition
Sarah Hess '15

My name is Sarah Hess and I graduated from CU - Mansfield in Spring 2015 with a Bachelors in Dietetics and Sports Nutrition. I then went on to complete my dietetic internship at Dominican University in Illinois. The internship consisted of community, clinical, and foodservice rotations along with seminar classes. I moved back to NY after completing the internship and passed my State Board exam and became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and Certified Dietitian Nutritionist (CDN). I am currently working as a community dietitian with Cornell Cooperative Extension and Finger Lakes Eat Smart New York.

Sarah Hess '15
B.S. Nutrition: Dietetics and Sports Nutrition
Kaylie Pick '15

My name is Kaylie Pick. I graduated from CU - Mansfield in the spring of 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics and sports nutrition. After completing my undergraduate program I began my distance track internship with Marywood University, a program which placed emphasis on health promotion and wellness. During this time I was able to set myself up within clinical, foodservice, and community nutrition rotation sites all near my hometown of Troy, Pa. After completing my internship in the spring of 2016, I spent the majority of the summer working as a dietary aid at the Troy Community Hospital while studying for my Registered Dietitian exam. I was able to take, and pass, the exam towards the end of that summer.

Kaylie Pick '15
B.S. Nutrition: Dietetics and Sports Nutrition Concentrations
Kelsey Rudinski
Sarah Hess '15
Kaylie Pick '15
Avery Yoder '16 on internship
Nutrition class at CU - Mansfield

Vision

To provide a student-focused learning environment that allows nutrition students to develop their potential in becoming competent leaders who empower their patients, clients, employees, and communities.

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Values

Scholarship: We enthusiastically embrace student learning. We believe students should be actively engaged learners in, as well as out, of the classroom. We believe faculty and students should be life-long learners. Character: We provide an environment which encourages personal accountability, integrity, honesty, and courage. We create an atmosphere, which fosters respect for others students may encounter in their personal and professional lives. Culture: We celebrate the uniqueness of individuals with whom nutrition professionals interact. We provide opportunities for students to learn about the unique needs of humans from a variety of backgrounds. Service: We support our local community and embrace service learning. We encourage our students to participate in volunteer activities related to the major.

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Unique Program Features

Personalize your degree through our two concentrations in the program - Dietetics or Sports Nutrition. You'll take specialized courses in life cycle nutrition, community nutrition, advanced nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, nutrition education and counseling, food science, food service, chemistry, and biology. Career opportunities in this growing field include clinical dietitians, food-service directors, sports nutritionists, corporate nutritionists, private practice dietitians, wellness and weight control experts, or pharmaceutical sales representatives. You can get involved with student organizations like the Student Dietetic Association, Mansfield University Community Health Club (MUCH), and Future Healthcare Professionals Club. Dietetics concentration is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

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Program Strengths

According to Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (Now known as Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics) site reviewers who evaluated this program during our last ten-year accreditation site visit our strengths include the following: Highly qualified, hard-working, extremely competent program director who provides a nurturing student-centered learning environment. Supportive, collaborative faculty in related disciplines who fully support the dietetics education program and success of its students Administrators who recognize the program's accomplishments and commitment to quality Articulate enthusiastic and determined students who appreciate the competency of the faculty and quality of the academic program.

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