Natural Science Division
DIDACTIC PROGRAM IN DIETETICS (DPD)
STUDENT HANDBOOK, revised April 2018
Pepperdine University Nutritional Science DPD has been granted initial accreditation at the baccalaureate level until 2023 by the
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000,
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, 800-877-1600, www.eatright.org/acend
Welcome to Pepperdine Universitys Nutritional Science Program in the Natural Science Division of Seaver College!
This handbook is designed to help students with the program policies and procedures to which you are required to follow while you are a student enrolled in the DPD. The Handbook is not intended to be all-inclusive, but rather is to be used as a supplement to Pepperdine Universitys Undergraduate Student Handbook. All of Pepperdines policies and procedures apply to DPD students; however, this handbook discusses specific guidelines as they apply to students enrolled in the DPD. It outlines accepted policy, based on the programs compliance to the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics 2017 Accreditation Standards as adopted July 29, 2016; Effective June 1, 2017 and then, updated January 26, 2018, and effective July 1, 2018. This handbook is one tool for you to use in completing your Nutritional Science degree at Pepperdine. It is important that you read and become knowledgeable about the information presented in both this and Pepperdines Undergraduate Student Handbook. In addition, you should meet with your advisor once each term at minimum to plan your course of study, and to assure that you are making adequate progress towards your degree. If you have further questions about the Nutritional Science program, especially those not covered in the handbook, please be sure to speak with your advisor. The faculty is here to support your academic career and guide you along the way towards a career in Dietetics, Nutritional Science, and other related Health Professions and employment.
Nutritional Science Major Program Director: Susan Edgar Helm, PhD, RDN NUTR 101, 210, 212 (lab), 301, 310, 360, and 460; Didactic Program Director (DPD and NSCP-ISPP) firstname.lastname@example.org NSCP-ISSP NUTR 640/660
RAC 111, (310) 506-4325 ADVISOR: last names ending in A-M
Nutritional Science Major, Faculty: Loan Pham Kim, PhD, RDN NUTR 211, 212 (lec), 301, 440 and MATH 317 email@example.com Senior Capstone course (NUTR 499) RAC 109, (310) 506-6369 ADVISOR: last names ending in N-Z Nutritional Science Certificate Program- Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway: Sunnie DeLano, MS, RDN NUTR 340; NSCP-ISSP NUTR 610-613 (NSCP-ISSP), Director firstname.lastname@example.org RAC 154, (310) 506-4974 Adjunct Professors of Nutritional Science: Sarah Dhillon, MBA, BA NUTR 213, NUTR 313 email@example.com Lorrie Kole, MS, RD GE NUTR 210 firstname.lastname@example.org Natural Science Division: (310) 506-4321
The DPD Student Handbook for the Nutritional Science program at Pepperdine University TABLE OF CONTENTS Section I - Introduction
1. Mission Statement 4 2. Program Goals and Outcomes 4 3. Program Student Learning Outcomes 4-5 4. Accreditation 5 5. ACEND 2017 Knowledge requirements of DPD program 6-8
Section 2 Pepperdine Academic Regulations and Policies
1. Admission to Pepperdine 8 2. Tuition and fees 8 3. University policies and procedures 8 4. Academic Calendar 9 5. Student Services 9 6. Assessing and granting credit for prior learning 10 7. Review of coursework obtained outside the United States 10 8. Student Grievances 10
Section 3 Academic Overview 1. Curriculum and Academic map 11 2. Student and Professional Organizations 12 3. DPD verification statements 12
Section 4 Post baccalaureate considerations 1. What is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) 13 2. Pathway to becoming a RDN 13 3. Post graduate options
A. Dietetic Internships (Supervised Practice Programs) 13 B. Computer Matching 14-15 C. Four Year Academic Plan 15-16 D. Graduate School 16 E. Careers 16-17
1. Program Mission Mission Statement The major of Nutritional Science exists to prepare students to integrate and apply scientific principles of food, nutrition, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, physiology, management, and behavioral and social sciences to achieve and maintain the health of the public. 2. Program Goals and Outcomes Program Goals of the Nutritional Science DPD are designed to: 1. provide the student with the foundation, knowledge and skills required of didactic education in dietetics for successful participation in dietetic internships and/or post-baccalaureate programs; passing the registration examination for entry-level dietitians; continued lifelong learning; and productive future careers in nutrition, public health and dietetics.
2. prepare students to integrate research using current technology in the advancement and dissemination of knowledge related to nutrition as an applied science.
3. prepare students to assume roles in leadership, management, and policy development. 3. Measureable Program Outcomes for each Program Goal are: To provide the student with the foundation, knowledge and skills required of didactic education in dietetics for successful participation in dietetic internships and/or post-baccalaureate programs; passing the registration examination for entry-level dietitians; continued lifelong learning; and productive future careers in nutrition, public health and dietetics.
1.1 Alumni will achieve over a 5-year period a pass rate of at least 90% on the RD (Registered Dietitian Nutritionist) exam. 1.2 Within 12 months of completing the program, at least 80% of graduates will have passed the RD exam, obtained employment related to their
major, or enrolled in an accredited continuing education program. 1.3 Students applying to post-graduate supervised practice programs will have at least a 90% placement rate. 1.4 100% of graduates will have been examined and passed by a mock registration exam. 1.5 By middle of senior year in the program, 100% of students will have received instruction specifically about graduate school choices in
nutrition, dietetics, or foodservice. 1.6 DPD will comply with the Standards in Education as outlined by CADE of the AND (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics). 1.7 90% of the DPD students will be accepted into a CADE accredited dietetic internship. 1.8 100% of the DPD students will create and maintain a student and academic portfolio. 1.9 70% of DPD graduates will rate their preparation for their dietetic internship experiences as satisfactory. 1.10 80% of employers of DPD graduates will rate the students preparation as satisfactory.
To prepare students to integrate research using current technology in the advancement and dissemination of knowledge related to nutrition as an applied science.
2.1 100% of students can analyze results and draw reasonable conclusions from them. 2.2 100% of students can locate appropriate sources by searching both electronic and print databases. 2.3 100% of students can distinguish between science and pseudoscience. 2.4 100% of students will prepare a grant proposal and present research about AND defined current public health concerns and international
nutrition issues. 2.5 100% of DPD courses will integrate nutrition research principles, evidence based medicine and evidence based practice into the course
content and evaluations. 2.6 100% of DPD students will demonstrate competence in the use of appropriate productivity tools (Word Processors, spreadsheets, graphic
programs, PowerPoint, excel, web-based discussion groups, and statistical analysis programs). To prepare students to assume roles in leadership, management, and policy development.
3.1 80% of DPD students will be members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 3.2 80% of DPD students will continue membership in the AND during their dietetic internship. 3.3.1 60% of DPD graduates who enter the profession will continue membership through the next five years. 3.4 100% of DPD students will participate in self-evaluation of teamwork and leadership. 3.5 50% of DPD students will identify a mentor in a professional organization such as the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (CAND)
(and foundation) or the Los Angeles Dietetic Association (LAD). 3.6 70% of DPD students will attend the CAND Annual Meeting. 3.7 50% of the DPD students will attend Public Policy Day and/or complete the Washington D.C. internship on Nutrition policy with the National
Institute for Health. 3.8 90% of DPD students will participate in student organizations, including the Student Dietetic Association at Seaver College.
4. Accreditation The Nutritional Science Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) was awarded a 10-year accreditation in 1992. The Nutritional Science major is accredited by an external reviewer, ACEND (Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics) such that students receive a didactic education in compliance with the 2017 Accreditation Standards. As such, the undergraduate curriculum provides a theoretical foundation necessary for the practice of dietetics. T