Dietetics

Dietetics

The Dietetics Program offers a baccalaureate degree in dietetics and post-graduate dietetic internships.

Bachelor of Science in Dietetics

Didactic Program in Dietetics

The mission of the Idaho State University Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)  is to educate individuals through didactic and practical experiences in food and nutrition and to develop visionary and competent graduates who will be competitive applicants for supervised practice and future leaders in the field.

Prospective students should schedule a conference with the program director. The requirements of the program, curriculum, supervised practice experience, and registration examination are explained to prospective and current students in the program.

Completion of the required course work and attainment of a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics makes one eligible to apply for admission into a Dietetic Internship. The graduate must complete a dietetic internship prior to becoming eligible to take the National Registration Exam for Dietitians.

NOTE: Enrollment in the Idaho State University Didactic Program in Dietetics and/or fulfillment of specific requirements does NOT ensure admission into the Dietetic Internship Program.

Program Goals and Outcome Measures

The following goals and outcome measures were identified in the 2017 Program Self Study for continued accreditation. These goals and outcome measures reflect the mission of the Idaho State University DPD and are the basis for program evaluation and effectiveness.

Program Goal One: Prepare students to perform competently in a dietetic internship (DI) in preparation to be an entry-level dietitian.

Outcome Measures

  1. At least 90% of students who accept an offered seat in the DPD will graduate within 3 years of acceptance into the 2-year professional portion of program.
  2. At least 65% of DPD graduates will apply to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
  3. At least 50% of DPD graduates who apply to a supervised practice program will be accepted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
  4. At least 80% of graduates over a five-year period pass the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within one year following first attempt.  
  5. 90% of graduates over a five-year period pass the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within one year following first attempt.
  6. At least 70% of graduates from this program will receive an aggregate score of 4 or higher indicating strong preparation on their knowledge and skill of dietetics from supervised practice program directors.
  7. At least 70 % of responding graduates will indicate an aggregate score of 4 or higher (defined as strong preparation) that the DPD program prepared them for their supervised practice experience

Program Goal Two: Provide didactic and field experiences for students by continuing cooperative relationships with community, clinical and foodservice management dietitians, other health care professionals and administrators in order to prepare graduates to work in the current health-care environment and in industry.

Outcome Measures

  1. Students will be assigned learning experiences in a minimum of two different experiential sites for both foodservice, community courses and one experiential site for medical nutrition therapy courses.
  2. 1/3 of DAC members will consist of external constituents and/or preceptors from facilities providing learning experiences to dietetic students.
  3. 50% of graduates will participate in professional organizations within 18 to 24 months following graduation.
  4. 70% of respondents on a preceptor satisfaction survey will indicate an aggregate score of “4” or higher (indicating strong or positive) in their experiences precepting ISU dietetic students.

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) 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, (800) 877-1600). Students completing their B.S. degree are eligible to apply for dietetic internships.

Dietetic Internship (DI) Program

The mission of the ISU Dietetic Internship Program is to provide a supervised postgraduate practical experience that exceeds the performance requirements of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, which prepares interns for successful completion of the registration exam and entry-level practice.

The DI Program provides for supervised experience in clinical, community, and administrative dietetics leading to a certificate of completion. Graduates of the Dietetic Internship Program will be eligible to take the National Registration Exam for Dietitians.

The following goals and outcome measures were identified in the 2013 Program Assessment Report. These goals and outcome measures reflect the mission and philosophy of the Idaho State University Dietetic Internship and are the basis for program evaluation and effectiveness.

Program Goals and Outcomes

Program Goal #1: Prepare interns to become professionally competent registered dietitians through a comprehensive supervised practice experience.

Outcome measures:

  • 90% of interns will complete the program.
  • 90% of interns who complete the program will take the exam within 1 year of completion
  • 90% of interns who take the RD exam will pass on the first time.
  • Mean registration exam scores will be greater than or equal to the national average.
  • 90% of working RD’s will be satisfied that the DI program adequately prepared them for careers in dietetics.
  • 90% of RD’s will receive satisfactory ratings from employers.

Program Goal #2: Develop effective and self-reliant professionals who are committed to lifelong learning

Outcome Measures:

  • Interns will rate the session on CDR Professional Development Portfolio as useful or higher greater than or equal to 80%.
  • 10% of the alumni will seek graduate degrees, obtain specialty certification, or have a leadership role in a professional organization.

Program Overview

Internship Components: Community dietetics, clinical dietetics, and food service management are all major areas of emphasis. Interns rotate through various sites including: medical centers, university food services, long-term care facilities, local health departments, local school district, a diabetes center, nephrology center, and out-patient clinics.

Number of Positions: There are eighteen (18) internship positions - Eight (8) interns in Meridian, eight (8) interns in Pocatello, and two (2) interns in Twin Falls.

Selection Process: Applicants are primarily ranked according to their grade point average (minimum 3.0), work experience, and references. Finalists will go through a 15-20 minute interview.

Internship Length: The length of the internship is two academic semesters: Fall (August through mid-December) and Spring (mid-January through mid-May).

Weekly Time Requirement: Approximately 40 hours per week are spent in seminars and rotations. An additional 20 hours per week are usually required for preparation and completing assignments. Interns work in facilities Tuesday through Friday; Monday is spent in seminar. Travel time has not been included but some rotations are 20-50 miles away.

Housing

Dietetic Internship students may choose to live in University housing or in a variety of off-campus sites. In Meridian, no University housing is available.

Transportation

Each student should have his or her own car or, at least, access to one. Some rotation sites are up to one hundred miles away (e.g. Pocatello to Twin Falls).

Liability for safety in travel to and from assigned rotation sites will rest on the individual dietetic intern. In no way does the Dietetic Programs or Idaho State University assume liability for interns for safety in travel to and from assigned rotation sites.

The Dietetic Internship (DI) Program is also accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The DI Program provides a supervised post-graduate practical experience preparing interns for successful completion of the registration exam and entry-level practice.

Bachelor of Science in Dietetics

Admission Requirements:

  1. Accumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  2. Completion of required courses listed under pre-dietetics with no course grade lower than a C in any of the following classes:
    CHEM 1101Introduction to General Chemistry3
    CHEM 1102Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry3
    CHEM 1103Introduction to General Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory1
    BIOL 1101Biology I4
    BIOL 2221Introductory Microbiology3
    BIOL 2221LIntroductory Microbiology Laboratory1
    BIOL 3301
    3301L
    Anatomy and Physiology
    and Anatomy and Physiology Lab
    4
    BIOL 3302
    3302L
    Anatomy and Physiology
    and Anatomy and Physiology Lab
    4
    ENGL 1101English Composition3
    or ENGL 1101P English Composition Plus
    ENGL 1102Critical Reading and Writing3
    NTD 1104Foods3
    NTD 2204Meal Management2
    NTD 2239Nutrition3
  3. Completion of ISU General Education requirements is strongly suggested prior to applying and must be completed before graduation-- see the General Education Requirements described in the Academic Information section of this catalog.

Students may apply to the professional component of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) only in the spring semester once requirements are met. Appointments are awarded to begin the following fall semester. Requirements for the DPD include: a 3.0 accumulative grade-point-average or above; completion of several of the ISU General Education requirements including several basic sciences and English; pre-requisite food and nutrition courses.

Application Process:

Students may apply to the professional component of the DPD only in the spring semester once requirements are met. Applicants must complete the DPD application, write a letter of application, and include an application fee of $20. In addition, transcripts of all colleges and universities attended other than ISU must be submitted unless required classes taken at other colleges or universities are already listed on the student’s ISU transcript. Applications will not be reviewed until all application materials have been received. The application deadline is February 15th.

Application should include the following:

  1. A completed DPD application form available on program website at http://www.isu.edu/dietetics/.
  2. Official sealed transcripts are needed from non-ISU applicants.
  3. A typed letter of application stating reasons for selected dietetics as a career and professional goals.
  4. A non-refundable application of $20 (make check payable to the Dietetics Program).
  5. Put all materials together in one large envelope and send to the address below.

NOTE: Students accepted into the dietetics program must start the hepatitis B series shots and TB screening. This can be done by the Student Health Center, a private physician, or a clinic. Students under 35 must submit proof of updated and acceptable MMR vaccines (Mumps, Measles, and Rubella.) Students will also be required to complete a background check prior to beginning community based rotations.

Applications should be sent to:

Laura McKnight, MPH, RD, LD
Director, Dietetic Programs
Kasiska School of Health Professions
Idaho State University
921 S. 8th Ave. Stop 8117
Pocatello, ID 83209-8117

Dietetic Internship (DI) Program

Program Eligibility and Admission:

  1. Candidates must have a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics, Family and Consumer Sciences (Home Economics), or Food and Nutrition and have completed Didactic Program in Dietetics requirements as established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois, 60606-6995. Phone: 800-877-1600.
  2. A minimum grade point average of 3.00 is required for admission.
  3. Eighteen (18) interns, ten (10) in Pocatello and eight (8) in Meridian, will be admitted to the program with the April computer match, with a start date in August.

NOTE: Enrollment in the Idaho State University Didactic Program in Dietetics and/or fulfillment of specific requirements does not ensure admission into the Dietetic Internship Program.

New students are admitted to the Dietetic Internship Program for the fall semester. Candidates should submit all application materials no later than February 15th for admission the following Fall semester. Application information and instructions can be obtained from the Dietetic Internship website at http://www.isu.edu/dietetics/dietetic-internship-di/admission-and-application-for-the-di/. A $50 non-refundable fee will be charged for processing applications.

Send Pocatello Application Fee to:

Charlene Byington, MEd, RDN, LD
Dietetic Internship Director
Kasiska School of Health Professions
Idaho State University
921 S. 8th Ave. Stop 8117
Pocatello, ID 83209-8117

Send Meridian Application Fee to:

Ruth Schneider, MPH, RD, LD
Idaho State University - Meridian
1311 E Central Dr.
Meridian, ID 83642

Bachelor of Science in Dietetics

Pre-Dietetics Required Courses

BIOL 1101
1101L
Biology I
and Biology I Lab
4
BIOL 2221
2221L
Introductory Microbiology
and Introductory Microbiology Laboratory
4
BIOL 3301
3301L
Anatomy and Physiology
and Anatomy and Physiology Lab
4
BIOL 3302
3302L
Anatomy and Physiology
and Anatomy and Physiology Lab
4
CHEM 1101Introduction to General Chemistry3
CHEM 1102
CHEM 1103
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
and Introduction to General Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory
4
COMM 1101Principles of Speech3
ECON 2201Principles of Macroeconomics3
ENGL 1101English Composition3
or ENGL 1101P English Composition Plus
ENGL 1102Critical Reading and Writing3
HCA/HE 2210Medical Terminology and Communication2
MATH 1108Intermediate Algebra4
MATH 1153Introduction to Statistics3
NTD 1101Introduction to Dietetics1
NTD 1104Foods3
NTD 2204Meal Management2
NTD 2239Nutrition3
PSYC 1101Introduction to General Psychology3
SOC 1101Introduction to Sociology3

Didactic Program in Dietetics Required Courses

ACCT 3303Accounting Concepts3
ENGL 3307Professional and Technical Writing3
MGT 3312Individual and Organizational Behavior3
NTD 3300Medical Nutrition Therapy I3
NTD 3300LMedical Nutrition Therapy I Lab2
NTD 3301Medical Nutrition Therapy II3
NTD 3301LMedical Nutrition Therapy II Lab2
NTD 3360Nutrition Through the Lifecycle3
NTD 3312Quantity Foods3
NTD 3312LQuantity Foods Laboratory1
NTD 4407Principles of Community Nutrition3
NTD 4408Applications in Community Nutrition3
NTD 4410Food Service Systems Management3
NTD 4410LFood Service Systems Management Laboratory1
NTD 4457Experimental Foods3
NTD 4461Nutritional Biochemistry I3
NTD 4470Dietetics Senior Seminar2
NTD 4485Nutritional Biochemistry II3

In addition:  Electives to total 120 credits.  See advisor regarding class sequencing.

Dietetic Internship (DI) Program

Required Courses1

NTD 4486Dietetic Internship Seminar I6
NTD 4487Dietetic Internship Seminar II6
NTD 4488Internship in Dietetics I11
NTD 4489Internship in Dietetics II11
1

A $1,450.00 course fee will be applied in addition to tuition for each NTD 4488 and NTD 4489.

How to Read Course Descriptions

Courses

NTD 1101 Introduction to Dietetics: 1 semester hour.

History of the profession, academic pathway, outline of internship expectations, career opportunities, and professional ethics. S

NTD 1104 Foods: 3 semester hours.

Fundamental processes underlying food preparation with emphasis on the chemical and physical properties of foods. Lecture and laboratory. F

NTD 1139 Consumer Nutrition: 3 semester hours.

Introduction to nutrition, relationships among food choices, levels of nutrition, health of the individual and family. Experiences in dietary analysis, label and advertising critiques, and discussions of current trends. Designed for non-science majors. F, S

NTD 1199 Experimental Course: 1-6 semester hours.

This course is not described in the catalog. The course title and number of credits are announced in the class schedule by the scheduling department. Experimental courses may be offered no more than three times.

NTD 2204 Meal Management: 2 semester hours.

Management of money, time, and energy for the selection, preparation, and service of nutritious meals to fit current lifestyles. Lecture and laboratory. PREREQ: NTD 1104. S

NTD 2239 Nutrition: 3 semester hours.

Descriptive survey of nutrients required by the human body and the health consequences of nutrition practices. Study of food sources and proper dietary selection needed to fulfill human needs. PREREQ: CHEM 1101; CHEM 1102 recommended. Partially satisfies Objective 5 of the General Education Requirements. F, S

NTD 3300 Medical Nutrition Therapy I: 3 semester hours.

Medical nutrition therapy for the prevention and treatment of diseases including obesity, eating disorders, diseases of the liver and gastrointestinal tract, cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus. PREREQ: Acceptance into Didactic Program in Dietetics. COREQ: NTD 3300L. F

NTD 3300L Medical Nutrition Therapy I Lab: 2 semester hours.

Introduction to the profession of dietetics and medical nutrition therapy. Development of nutrition assessment skills, care plans and modified diet writing. PREREQ; Acceptance into Didactic Program in Dietetics. COREQ: NTD 3300. F

NTD 3301 Medical Nutrition Therapy II: 3 semester hours.

Medical nutrition therapy in treatment of neurological and metabolic disorders, enteral and parenteral nutrition, HIV/AIDS, renal, pulmonary, neoplastic diseases, food allergies and intolerance. PREREQ: NTD 3300 and NTD 3300L. COREQ: NTD 3301L. S

NTD 3301L Medical Nutrition Therapy II Lab: 2 semester hours.

Medical nutrition therapy in treatment of neurological and metabolic disorders, enteral and parenteral nutrition, HIV/AIDS, renal, pulmonary, neoplastic diseases, food allergies and intolerance. PREREQ: NTD 3300 and NTD 3300L. COREQ: NTD 3301. S

NTD 3312 Quantity Foods: 3 semester hours.

Principles and procedures for preparation of quantity food. Experiences in food production facilities with coordination of management principles through cost control, supervision, and food production. Two hours lecture. PREREQ: NTD 1104 and NTD 2204. COREQ: NTD 3312L. F

NTD 3312L Quantity Foods Laboratory: 1 semester hour.

Practical application of food production methods in various facilities. COREQ: NTD 3312. F

NTD 3340 Nutrition for Health Professionals: 3 semester hours.

Nutrition through the lifecycle, function of nutrients in the body, medical nutrition therapy in the treatment and prevention of diseases. PREREQ: BIOL 3301 or BIOL 3302 or HO 0111. F, S

NTD 3360 Nutrition Through the Lifecycle: 3 semester hours.

Nutrition in pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and senior adulthood. Physiological changes during the lifecycle and changing nutrient needs. PREREQ: NTD 2239. S

NTD 4407 Principles of Community Nutrition: 3 semester hours.

Introduction to nutritional programming and education in community and public health settings. Emphasis on principles of needs assessments, program planning, implementation and evaluation. Discussion of national nutrition status, food insecurity and identification of those at highest risk. PREREQ: NTD 3360, or NTD 2239 and permission of instructor. F

NTD 4408 Applications in Community Nutrition: 3 semester hours.

Application of nutritional programming and education in community and public health settings. Emphasis on conducting needs assessments, program planning, implementation and evaluation, nutrition presentations and nutrition counseling skills development. PREREQ: NTD 4407. S

NTD 4409 Professional Readings: 1-3 semester hours.

Identification and investigation of conceptual ideas about the relationship of programs, trends, legislation, and developments in food and nutrition. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. D

NTD 4410 Food Service Systems Management: 3 semester hours.

Principles and concepts of foodservice management planning, organization, and controls. Development of skills through projects in foodservice facilities. PREREQ: NTD 3312 and NTD 3312L. COREQ: NTD 4410L. S

NTD 4410L Food Service Systems Management Laboratory: 1 semester hour.

Practical application of foodservice management skills in various facilities. COREQ: NTD 4410. S

NTD 4439 Sports Nutrition: 3 semester hours.

Nutrition recommendations for competitive and recreational athletic performance. Rationale for nutrition practices through an examination of individual nutrient metabolism. Controversies and misinformation addressed. PREREQ: NTD 2239. D

NTD 4457 Experimental Foods: 3 semester hours.

Development of experimental methods and their application to cookery and food technology; preparation of student for independent investigation in foods; acquaintance with literature in the field. Two hours lecture/four hours laboratory. PREREQ: Junior standing and NTD 1104. F

NTD 4461 Nutritional Biochemistry I: 3 semester hours.

Advanced study of nutrition science, including protein, carbohydrate, lipid, vitamin, and mineral metabolism. Introduction to research methodology and professional literature. PREREQ: NTD 2239, CHEM 1101, CHEM 1102, and CHEM 1103 or higher levels of chemistry including inorganic, organic, and biochemistry. F

NTD 4470 Dietetics Senior Seminar: 2 semester hours.

Current issues in food and nutrition. Discussion of research and application to practice. PREREQ: Senior in Dietetics. F

NTD 4481 Special Problems in Nutrition and Dietetics: 1-2 semester hours.

Students select problems on the basis of special needs, interests, or abilities and work on them independently in the laboratory, library, or community, with regular conferences with the advisor. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. D

NTD 4485 Nutritional Biochemistry II: 3 semester hours.

Human metabolism in health and disease. Emphasizes interrelationships among horrmones, carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, vitamins and minerals within tissues and organs. PREREQ: NTD 4461 or permission of instructor. S

NTD 4486 Dietetic Internship Seminar I: 6 semester hours.

Advanced studies in given areas of community nutrition, clinical nutrition and food systems management. Students investigate and present current research problems. Oral and written reports required. Graded S/U. COREQ: NTD 4488. F

NTD 4487 Dietetic Internship Seminar II: 6 semester hours.

Advanced studies in given areas of community nutrition, clinical nutrition and food systems management. Students investigate and present current research problems. Oral and written reports required. Graded S/U. PREREQ: NTD 4486 and NTD 4488. COREQ: NTD 4489. S

NTD 4488 Internship in Dietetics I: 11 semester hours.

Supervised field experience at regional health care facilities, food service establishments, and community programs. Graded S/U. PREREQ: Admission into Dietetic Internship program. COREQ: NTD 4486. F

NTD 4489 Internship in Dietetics II: 11 semester hours.

Continuation of NTD 4488 with supervised field experience at regional health care facilities and food service establishments and community programs. Emphasis on entry level skills in clinical, community, and administrative dietetics. Graded S/U. PREREQ: NTD 4486 and NTD 4488. COREQ: NTD 4487. S

NTD 4492 Special Problems in Nutrition and Dietetics: 1-2 semester hours.

Students select problems on the basis of special needs, interests, or abilities and work on them independently in the laboratory, library, or community, with regular conferences with the advisor. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. D

NTD 4495 Dental Nutrition: 1 semester hour.

This course reviews the role of nutrition in attaining and maintaining optimum oral health. The course explores how the essential nutrients influence oral health, nutrition in special populations, and nutrition and disease processes that can influence oral health. This course is only available to students in the Idaho Dental Education Program in the Department of Dental Science. S

Faculty

Director and Clinical Associate Professor

McKnight
DPD Director

Associate Professors

Blanton

Weeden

Clinical Associate Professor

Schneider

Clinical Assistant Professor

Byington
DI Director

Emerita

Dundas

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