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The Nutrition and Food Management Program is housed in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at South Carolina State University which is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. South Carolina State University is in good standing with its accrediting body for higher education and continues to thrive to assure a quality education is granted to each student that matriculates through the University. The Didactic Program in Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is noted for being accredited since 1979 by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.


The Bachelor of Science Degree (BS) in Nutrition and Food Management (NFM) is an integral part of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. The Nutrition Option of the Didactic Program in Dietetics is designed for students to meet the Foundation Knowledge Requirements and Learning Outcomes specified by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. In addition to meeting the Foundation Knowledge Requirements and Learning Outcomes, the degree provides a broad general education with required courses in Fine Arts, English Composition, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences.


The Nutrition Option of the Didactic Program in Dietetics curriculum is 130 credit hours, which is designed to be completed in four years. Students who successfully complete the curriculum will be granted verifications statements, which allows students to apply to a dietetic internship or another supervised practice track.


The Food Management Option curriculum is 120 credit hours and is designed to be completed in four years. After successfully completing this program students are prepared to manage and operate food and restaurant operations throughout the world.


Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR’s Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR’s website. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).


In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements (click here) https://www.cdrnet.org/state-licensure?fnf=%2Fstate-licensure&set_ga_opt_in_cookie=1&set_ga_opt_in=Save+Settings


Licensure information for South Carolina can be found here (https://llr.sc.gov/diet/licensure.aspx ) For more information to become an RDN click here


ACCREDITATION STATUS

The accreditation of South Carolina State University’s Nutrition Option of the Didactic Program in Dietetics is accredited the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Program outcome data is available upon request. For additional program information about ACEND please contact:

ACCREDITATION COUNCIL FOR EDUCATION IN NUTRITION AND DIETETICS (ACEND)
ACADEMY OF NUTRITION AND DIETETICS
120 S RIVERSIDE PLAZA, SUITE 2000
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 60606-6995
800/877-1600 EXT 5400
EMAIL:
ACEND@EATRIGHT.ORG