Nutrition Science Post-Baccalaureate Certificate


The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nutrition Science is a 48-credit hour program that equips students with a comprehensive understanding of nutrition.  The program provides the core didactic program in dietetics (DPD) coursework required to prepare students to pursue the Registered Dietitian (RD) credential.  The program is also appropriate for individuals who wish to pursue a terminal post-baccalaureate certificate in order to develop a credential in foundational nutrition science concepts and to enhance their effectiveness and opportunities in the workplace setting.

The Nutrition Science Post-Baccalaureate (DPD) courses, coupled with an AND-accredited Dietetic Internship (DI) and success on the AND examination will lead to Registered Dietitian (R.D.) status.  Graduates of Sage’s Nutrition Science DPD program have an above average pass rate on the AND registration examination.  For RD exam pass rates, go to :

Program Mission

The mission of the Russell Sage College nutrition science program is to provide women with an opportunity to study the foundation knowledge of food science, nutrition, and food service management within a small, private liberal arts environment.


Sage's program is registered with the New York State Department of Education and fulfills the competencies mandated by the State Education Department for New York State Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist status.

The Nutrition Program at Sage is also accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

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The dietetics option of the program (Didactic Program in Dietetics) is designed for students who wish to become registered dietitians (RD).  Successful completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) will result in the student being awarded a Verification Statement. Following completion of the (DPD), an ACEND accredited dietetic internship program is required before students are eligible to take the registration examination and obtain the RD credential. Acceptance into an internship program cannot be guaranteed. Recently, there has been a significant shortage of available internship positions and competition for dietetic internships is extremely fierce.

The Nutrition Science major also meets the educational requirements of the New York State Department of Education for certification in New York State as a Certified Dietitian, Certified Nutritionist or Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist (CDN).  Additional experience and examination requirements are needed for this credential.

Program Requirements

Students have six years to meet DPD requirements. If the student requires more than six years to complete DPD requirements, then the student must meet the DPD requirements currently in effect in order to be granted a Verification Statement of completion of DPD requirements.

Program Requirements

Registered Dietitian Requirements

  1. Complete a bachelor’s degree at a university accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
  2. Complete an ACEND  accredited supervised practice program.
  3. Pass the national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

Careers in Nutrition

Registered dietitians work in a wide variety of employment settings, including health care, business and industry, community/public health, education, research, government agencies and private practice.

Many work environments, particularly those in medical and health-care settings, require that an individual be credentialed as an RD. RDs work in:

  • Hospitals, HMO's or other health-care facilities, educating patients about nutrition and administering medical nutrition therapy as part of the health-care team. They may also manage the foodservice operations in these settings, as well as in schools, day-care centers and correctional facilities, over-seeing everything from food purchasing and preparation to managing staff.
  • Sports nutrition and corporate wellness programs, educating clients about the connection between food, fitness and health.
  • Food and nutrition-related business and industries, working in communications, consumer affairs, public relations, marketing, product development or consulting with chefs in restaurants and culinary schools.
  • Private practice, working under contract with health-care or food companies, or in their own business. RDs may provide services to foodservice or restaurant managers, food vendors and distributors or athletes, nursing home residents or company employees.
  • Community and public health settings, teaching, monitoring and advising the public and helping improve their quality of life through healthy eating habits.
  • Universities and medical centers, teaching physician’s assistants, nurses, dietetics students, dentists and others the sophisticated science of foods and nutrition.
  • Research areas in food and pharmaceutical companies, universities and hospitals directing or conducting experiments to answer critical nutrition questions and find alternative foods or nutrition recommendations for the public.

Program Goals & Objectives

The goal of the nutrition science program at Russell Sage College is to present educational opportunities that will prepare students with knowledge of nutrition, food science and food service management. Students will be provided with learning opportunities to develop the basic knowledge and skills necessary to support quality nutrition service for individuals, groups and communities.

Dietetics Program Goals and Outcomes

Dietetics Program Learning Outcomes

Estimated Program Costs

Estimated tuition and other program costs for 2013-2014 are:

Tuition $620.00 per credit hour
Books $1,200
Transportation $1,200
Personal $2,000
Health Insurance $1,448

For more information on expenses related to attending Sage and obtaining a degree can be found in the Students’ Catalog.

Additional expenses specific to the nutrition program include portfolio binder ($10-$60), photocopying or paper and printer cartridges for presentations, developing the portfolio and possibly a poster session, as well as decorating for the theme meal in Introduction to Food Science course will be the responsibility of the student. Travel (gas, tolls and/or parking) to complete required community assignments must also be budgeted. Projected cost for these incidentals is $300.00. In addition, during the second year students are expected to become members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The cost of student membership is $50.00 per year.

Students' Handbook

For policies and Procedures of the Post-Baccalaureate Program, refer to the Students' Handbook:

2013-2014 Students Handbook

Dietetic Internship Program (DI) at The Sage Colleges

The Sage Colleges offers an accredited dietetic internship in the Sage Graduate Schools School of Health Sciences. Matriculated students are eligible to apply for early admission to Sage's Dietetic Internship (DI) through a Pre-Select Application process . Students chosen for this special program reserve a position in the internship class nearly one year in advance of regular admission. They must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 and a nutrition coursework GPA of 3.3.

Dietetic Internship Pre-Select Application Process

The Sage Colleges Offers a post-baccalaureate accredited dietetic internship in the Sage Graduate Schools School of Health Sciences. Matriculated sage students are eligible to apply for early admission to Sage's Dietetic Internship (DI) through a Pre-Select application process. Students chosen for this special program reserve a position in the internship class nearly one year in advance of regular admission. They must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 and a nutrition coursework GPA of 3.3.

Pre-Select DI Application

Declaration of Intent

Academic Grievances and Petitions

In the event that a student has a complaint involving a faculty member or wishes to question a grade, the student should follow the procedures listed below:

  • Meet with the instructor involved. In the best interests of both parties, resolution ideally should be reached at this stage.
  • Meet with the instructor’s department chairperson if resolution is not reached between the student and instructor.  Meet with the Dean of the College, only in the event that the student feels procedures were not followed.
  • The Provost is the final decision-making authority.

After all other options with the Nutrition Science Program and The Sage Colleges have been exhausted, if the student wishes he/she may further pursue the matter with the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. For ACEND contact information, refer to the ACEND Grievance/Complaint Procedure in the Students' Handbook.

BS/Post-Baccalaureate/MS Information Sessions


All Troy campus sessions are held in Ackerman 300.

September 22, 12pm - Troy Campus

October 8, 5-7pm – Albany, Kahl Campus Center

November 17, 12pm - Troy Campus

January 22, 12pm - Troy Campus

March 6, 12pm - Troy Campus

April 24, 12pm - Troy Campus

May 15, 12pm - Troy Campus

Please be on time as not to miss vital information and count on staying close to two hours. For information please contact:

Professor Colleen McCrief, Coordinator, BS Program, Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics, or
Dr. Sonya Irish Hauser, Director, Post-bacc Program,

Online MS Information Sessions

The online information sessions will be conducted using Skype.

October 15, 7 pm EST

December 9, 8 pm EST

February 4, 12 pm EST

April 4, 7 pm EST

May 4, 8 pm EST

Please be on time as not to miss vital information and count on spending close to one hour. For information and to register for the Skype session please contact Dr. AbuSabha and provide her with your Skype name:

Dr. Rayane AbuSabha, Director, MS Program,

DI Information Sessions

All prospective interns are strongly encouraged to either attend an Information Session or arrange a telephone Information Session prior to completing the Dietetic Internship Application packet, which is due Feb. 15, 2015 for the Fall 2015 class.

Upcoming Information Sessions

DI PreSelect Information Session

Room: Ackerman Room 300                                                                    September 11

**Open only to The Sage College's DPD students (undergraduate or post-baccalaureate) matriculated students.

Onsite Track Information Session
Cowee IV, Troy Campus
October 22
Distance Track Information Session (via Skype)
2:30pm-4:00pm EST
** Please register for this information session by emailing by Oct. 17, 2014. Be sure to provide your Skype name.
October 23

DICAS info sessions for Sage students:

DI Application Workshop
ACK 300, Troy Campus
October 8
DICAS Application Workshop : Sage DPD Students
Location TBA
December 12


ACK= Sessions are held on the Troy Campus in Ackerman Hall, Room 300.
A= Sessions are held at the Kahl Campus Center Room 224 on the Albany Campus
T= Sessions are held at Buchman Pavilion, Troy Campus

Please contact DI Director, Professor McComb at or, Ms. Morgan at, if you wish to attend one of these sessions. More sessions will be scheduled for 2014. Please check back often for updated Information Sessions and Admissions Events.