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 : www.sage.edu/academics/professional_exams/.
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).
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
800/877-1600 ext. 5400
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.
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.
- Complete a bachelor’s degree at a university accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
- Complete an ACEND accredited supervised practice program.
- Pass the national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
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.
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.
Estimated tuition and other program costs for 2013-2014 are:
|Tuition||$620.00 per credit hour|
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.
For policies and Procedures of the Post-Baccalaureate Program, refer to the Students' Handbook:
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.
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.
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.
All sessions are held on the Troy campus in Ackerman 300.
September 22, 12pm
November 17, 12pm
January 22, 12pm
March 6, 12pm
April 24, 12pm
May 15, 12pm
Please be on time as not to miss vital information and count on staying close to two hours. For information please contact:
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: TBA 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
|Distance Track Information Session (via Skype)
** Please register for this information session by emailing
email@example.com by Oct. 17, 2014. Be sure to provide your Skype name.
DICAS info sessions for Sage students:
|DI Application Workshop
ACK 300, Troy Campus
|DICAS Application Workshop : Sage DPD Students
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or, Ms. Morgan at email@example.com, 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.