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Program Requirements & Schedules

Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics (Undergraduate)

Undergraduate Sample Schedule

Course Hours
Introduction to Nutrition and Dietetics 1
Microcomputer Applications 3
Nutrition 3
Composition I 3
Concepts of Wellness/Health and Safety/Outdoor Leisure Pursuits 2/3/3
OBU Connections 2
Survey of the Bible 3
  17/18/18

 

Course Hours
College Algebra 3
General Biology I 4
Foods 3
Contemporary World 3
Interpreting the Bible 3
  16

 

Course Hours
Fundamentals of Chemistry 4
Sports Nutrition 3
Community & Life Cycle Nutrition 3
World Literature 3
Personal Finance/Public Speaking 3
  16

 

Course Hours
Fundamentals of Organic and Biological Chemistry 4
General Psychology/Introduction to Sociology 3
Nutrition Counseling and Education 3
Western Civilization 3
Fine Art/Music/Theater 3
  16

 

Course Hours
Food Systems Management 3
Human Resources Management 2
Nutritional Biochemistry 3
Human Anatomy and Physiology I (suggested)* 4
Spanish I (any offered foreign language) 3
  15
 

*Human Anatomy and Physiology I is not a degree requirement. However, it is a greatly beneficial prerequisite to Human Anatomy and Physiology II.

Course Hours
Advanced Nutrition 3
Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
Nutrition Assessment 3
American National Government/American Civilization 3
Spanish II (any offered foreign language)** 3
  16
 

**Must be the second semester of the same foreign language taken previously.

Course Hours
Technical & Professional Writing 3
Applied Microbiology 4
Elementary Statistics 3
Medical Nutrition Therapy I Practicum 1
Medical Nutrition Therapy I 3
Research in Dietetics 2
Senior Seminar in Dietetics 1
  17

 

Course Hours
Experimental Food Science 3
Medical Nutrition Therapy II Practicum 1
Medical Nutrition Therapy II 3
Arts Engagement 1
Electives TBD
  8 + Elective Hours

 

 

Guidelines for Issuing Verification Statements from the DPD Program

  • The student must successfully complete the general requirements for graduation in either the catalog in effect at the time of admission or in a subsequent one.
  • The student must successfully satisfy the requirement for a B.S. degree in Nutrition and Dietetics as specified in the current university catalog.
  • The student must have a C or higher in all courses.
  • Verification Statements will be issued on or after the date of graduation by the DPD Director.

Undergraduate Degree Summary Sheets

Undergraduate Course Catalog

 

MS/DI Program (Graduate)

Graduate Sample Schedule

This 36-hour program can be completed in 15 months. All courses after the DI are fully online. Graduates of Ouachita's DPD program have priority access to the MS/DI program.

DIET 5003 Advanced Community Nutrition – 3 credit hours
DIET 6013 Nutrition and Dietetics Research – 3 credit hours
DIET 6023 Supervised Practice I – 3 credit hours

5003. Advanced Community Nutrition.

Provides an understanding of the methods, strategies, and evaluation of nutrition and diet counseling with consideration of learning styles. Integration of scientific principles of nutrition and food science into the use of foods and nutrients in disease prevention and treatment in accordance with competencies for the entry-level dietitian. Fall Term 2.

6013. Nutrition and Dietetics Research.

Research in nutrition and dietetics to reflect content, application to practice, and study parameters and design. Students will read current research, write critiques, and make presentations for discussion. Fall Term 1.

6023. Supervised Practice I.

The first semester of supervised learning experience in clinical, community and administrative dietetics designed to meet specific objectives and achieve identified clinical, community and administrative nutrition competencies. Experiences scheduled in a variety of health care settings. Fall.

DIET 5043 Nutrition Counseling – 3 credit hours
DIET 6033 Advanced Administrative Dietetics – 3 credit hours
DIET 6053 Supervised Practice II – 3 credit hours

5043. Nutrition Counseling.

Theoretical and applied issues in nutrition counseling. Students will learn the theories of behavior change and how to apply these to nutrition issues. Spring Term 2.

6033. Advanced Administrative Dietetics.

Equips students with leadership and management skills needed to establish and maintain effective food and nutrition programs. Spring Term 1.

6053. Supervised Practice II.

The second semester of supervised learning experience in clinical, community and administrative dietetics designed to meet specific objectives and achieve identified clinical, community and administrative nutrition competencies. Experiences scheduled in a variety of health care settings. Spring.

DIET 6083 Diabetes, Obesity and Weight Management – 3 credit hours
DIET 6093 Trends in Nutrition – 3 credit hours
DIET 6113 Nutrition and Dietetics Applied Statistics – 3 credit hours

6083. Diabetes, Obesity and Weight Management.

Prevalence of overweight/obesity in different socio-economic and populations groups, global perspectives, and epidemiology.  In-depth study of diabetes, including prevalence, classification, risk factors, pathophysiology, therapy, management, and prevention. Summer Term.

6093. Trends in Nutrition.

Exploration of current topics in nutritional science, food science and public health nutrition. Examines emerging issues in nutrition. Summer Term.

6113. Nutrition and Dietetics Applied Statistics.

The overall goal of this course is to teach students how to take raw behavioral science data, explore it, and present the results in a useful way. Students will receive a broad introduction to some of the fundamental tools and concepts of statistics for representing, visualizing, modeling, and interpreting data. Summer Term.

DIET 6063 Sports Nutrition – 3 credit hours
DIET 6073 Pediatric Nutrition – 3 credit hours
DIET 6103 Eating Disorders – 3 credit hours

6063. Sports Nutrition.

Exercise physiology and nutrient requirements in sports and exercise: macronutrient, micronutrient and fluid needs of athletes engaged in specific sports, pre/post exercise meals, gender specific requirements, role of ergogenic aids, eating disorders, and role of exercise in weight management and chronic disease. Fall Term 1.

6073. Pediatric Nutrition.

Effects of nutritional factors on development from prenatal growth to adolescence. This course examines the physiologic, biochemical, and nutritional aspects of disease processes relevant to infants and children up to 18 years of age. Medical nutrition therapy for a variety of medical conditions found in this population will be discussed including inborn errors of metabolism, food hypersensitivity, obesity, and diseases of the major organ systems. Fall Term 1.

6103. Eating Disorders.

Eating behaviors vary widely across individuals, but only the extremes of these behaviors are considered pathological. This course provides an opportunity for students to attain a theoretical overview of eating and weight-related disorders, including anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder, bulimia nervosa, obesity, and dieting. The course will discuss theories and current literature on the causes, diagnosis, symptoms, and treatment of eating and weight-related disorders. Fall Term 2.

The supervised practice and on-campus schedule for the fall and spring semesters is listed below.

 

Supervised Practice Rotation Schedule

Abbreviations represent:

OR = Orientation on-campus
CL = Clinical nutrition practicum
CO = Community nutrition practicum
AD = Administrative dietetics practicum
Staff = Intern completes staff week on-site for RDN
OBU = Testing on-campus

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Graduate Degree Summary Sheets

Graduate Course Catalog

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