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Foods, Nutrition and Dietetics Major and Didactic Program in Dietetics


Mission of Foods, Nutrition, and Dietetics: to provide students a high quality academic preparation in foods, nutrition, and dietetics that enables graduates to successfully enter dietetic internships, graduate programs, and a variety of related employment opportunities and concurrently offer service courses and expertise to other areas of the University while seeking academic excellence and Christian integrity.


Goals and Measurable Outcomes y.of the Dietetics Program

 Accreditation Status of the Didactic Program in Dietetics

The current food, nutrition, and dietetics program at Carson-Newman University was accredited as a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) by the Accreditation Council for Education in Dietetics (ACEND) in 2006. ACEND is located at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) headquarters at 120 Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606; 800-877-1600. Students are eligible to be verified to apply for an accredited Dietetic Internship after receiving the degree in Foods, Nutrition, and Dietetics and meeting GPA requirements and the competencies for the DPD. After the Dietetic Internship is completed, verification is given to the students to take the Registration Examination to earn the Registered Dietitian (RD) credential.

Admission Requirements

Once the student meets the university admission requirements, there are no additional requirements for admission to the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. Admission to the Didactic Program in Dietetics upper division course requires a 2.8 GPA.  College admission requirements are listed in the current Carson-Newman Undergraduate Catalog.


Program Costs

Family and consumer sciences majors will be responsible for tuition, room and board, and meal costs listed in the current Carson-Newman Undergraduate Catalog. Foods, nutrition, and dietetics majors at Carson-Newman University will be responsible for the following additional estimated costs:

  • Laboratory coat $25.00
  • Student Organization Membership Fee (varies) $50.00-$60.00 per year
  • Family and Consumer Science Lab Fees (FN 310, FN 316) $100.00
  • Duncan Cooperative Management Lab Fee $100


Dietetics Program Degree Requirements

All areas of study within the department include a senior internship/field experience program for application of college concepts and training. Foods, Nutrition, and Dietetics majors complete a 150-hour field experience with a Registered Dietitian and one-semester cooperative management learning experience in Duncan Hall Cooperative Management and Housing Lab.

Synopsis sheet for FND


Field Experience/Internship Policies

Field experiences/internships in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences are required as part of the course curriculum. In order to qualify for field experience, students must comply with the policies as outlined in the Family and Consumer Sciences Comprehensive Internship Manual. It is not a college requirement that student interns be paid for the field experience. Student interns are required to complete 50 hours on site for each hour of credit the course carries. The internship experience should provide a variety of learning opportunities.

The amount and quality of training the student will receive in the internship cannot be guaranteed by the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences since there may be significant differences in participating firms and agencies. The success and quality of the internship experience is also dependent upon the student's initiative.

Student Responsibilities for field experiences include the following:

Meet eligibility requirements. The student must have attained senior status (96 hrs.), be in good academic standing (2.8 GPA), and have completed required prerequisite courses (see undergraduate catalog).

Attend required orientation meeting with faculty coordinator during the semester preceding the field experience.
Complete application process including:

  • File Degree Plan (see FCS Student Handbook) with Registrar,
  • Complete Résumé,
  • Identify one or more potential field experience sites and arrange for interview(s) (See Field Experience Site Selection in Handbook),
  • File and discuss Internship Proposal with faculty coordinator,
  • Select most suitable site and obtain signed agreement,
  • Notify contact person at site chosen and write thank you letters to others,
  • Register for field experience course, and
  • Pay tuition.

Arrange appointment with the supervisor at the site chosen to identify specific objectives of the field experience and to review the FCS Comprehensive Internship Manual noting the dates for the supervisor's completion of the mid-term and final evaluations, which he/she is to mail directly to the faculty coordinator.

Other Policies

For all other policies, students should refer to the Carson-Newman Undergraduate Catalog and/or the FCS Student Handbook.

FCS Student Handbook

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is a dietitian? A dietitian is a highly qualified professional who is recognized as an expert on food and nutrition.

Where are dietitians found? Dietitians can be found in a variety of settings, including Management (healthcare institutions, schools, cafeterias, restaurants); Clinical (hospitals, nursing homes, HMO's); Community (home and health care agencies, daycare centers, health and recreation clubs); Research (government agencies, food and pharmaceutical companies, major universities and medical centers); Consultation (contract with a healthcare facility or in private practice — full or part-time); and Business (food and nutrition related industries).

How does one become a dietitian? There are two different path ways to becoming a dietitian:

Pathway 1: You can enroll in an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited Coordinated Program in Dietetics, which is a bachelor's or master's degree program providing the required dietetics coursework and at least 900 hours of supervised practice. Upon successful completion of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics you are eligible to sit for the registration examination for dietitians.

Pathway 2: You can enroll in an ACEND accredited/developmentally accredited bachelor's degree program such as the foods, nutrition, and dietetics major at CNC. After you receive your degree, you then will meet supervised practice experience by completing an ACEND accredited Dietetic Internship. After you complete the Dietetic Internship, you are eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians.

When you pass the Registration Examination, you become a Registered Dietitian and can use the initials "RD" after your name, signifying that you are an expert on food and nutrition.

What is AND?
The Association of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) is the largest professional organization of food and nutritional professionals in the world with membership of over 70,000. It is a powerful advocate on behalf of the dietetics profession, serving the public through the promotion of optimal nutrition, health, and well-being. If you want more information, you may call the Association of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) at 312/899-0040 or view their web site http://www.eatright.org or write them at the following address:

Association of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995

What is ACEND?
The foods, nutrition, and dietetics major (Didactic Program in Dietetics) has been granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995. You also can contact the ACEND at 312-899-0040 ext. 5400 for more information or view the web page at http://www.eatright.org.

Where are our C-N foods, nutrition, and dietetics graduates employed?
Many of our dietetics graduates are employed in clinical settings such as community hospitals. One graduate is serving as the regional dietitian for a denominational, residential, geriatric facility; another is a physician with a specialty in pediatric neurology; and another is a nurse practitioner with a rape crisis center. Over 50 percent of our graduates have acquired advanced degrees; some are affiliated with teaching or nutrition education in colleges and universities. One of our dietetic graduates has served as a missionary in Turkey.

Additional Questions?
If you have questions about the program, please feel free to contact:

Kitty R. Coffey, PhD, RD, LDN, CFCS
Professor and Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics
Chair, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (865) 471- 3295

Fax: (865) 471-7119
Campus PO Box: 71881

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