Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Program
An important component of healthcare, dietetics involves helping people meet their nutritional needs through diet counseling and nutrition support. Dietetics integrates knowledge of food, nutrition, management, basic sciences, and social sciences to improve the dietary intake and health of individuals and communities.
Dietetics applies knowledge about food and nutrition to help people achieve a lifetime of optimal health.
Our program provides students with an academic background in clinical, community, and administrative dietetics to follow the didactic requirements of the American Dietetic Association to become registered dietitians. Students complete specific courses in medical nutrition therapy, community nutrition, foodservice management, business, and food science.
Experiential learning is an important component of a dietitian's education. Therefore, students are encouraged to gain paid or volunteer experience in a healthcare facility, community nutrition program, or foodservice institution.
Mission, Goals, and Outcome Measures
Drexel's Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) integrates a foundation in the nutrition sciences with courses in the humanities to provide the knowledge, skills, and professional values for successful entry in dietetic internships, graduate school, or dietetics employment. The learning environment is structured to provide opportunities for experiential learning, including co-operative education and participation in research and use of current technology.
Fulfilling Goals to Educate Future Dietitions
GOAL 1: To provide quality didactic instruction and learning experiences to prepare graduates for acceptance into internships and graduate schools and/or work in dietetics.
- Students obtain the knowledge, skills, and professional values specified by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education.
- On senior program evaluation responses, 90 percent of the knowledge and skill statements will be selected as competent.
- Fifty percent of juniors will do co-op and 90 percent of seniors will participate in a research project.
- On average, 75 percent of graduating students will apply to an accredited dietetic internship or graduate school.
- On average, 80 percent of students who apply to internships, and 80 percent who apply to graduate school, are accepted.
- Of those graduates seeking employment in nutrition- and food-related careers, 80 percent will be employed within three months of program completion.
GOAL 2: To prepare graduates accepted into internship programs to become competent entry-level dietitians.
- Drexel alumni achieve over a five-year period a pass rate of at least 80 percent on the registered dietitian exam.
- On surveys to employers of internship graduates, the mean rating of each of 10 learning outcomes will meet or exceed the rating of "3" (satisfactory).
GOAL 3: Through recruitment efforts, encouragement, motivation, and support, faculty and staff will increase the number and diversity of students who enter and complete the DPD.
- The number of students registered in 300- and 400-level NFS courses is 12 or higher.
- At least 10 percent of DPD students will be from underrepresented groups.
- At least 90 percent of the students enrolled in the program two years before completion of the DPD will finish the program on time.