Nutrition Science Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nutrition Science is a 45-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 program at Sage, because of its small size, encourages the exchange of ideas and information among students and between students and faculty to enhance the learning process. The faculty members recognize that students develop personally and professionally as they experience the scientific, management and liberal studies approaches to problem identification and solution. The faculty encourages students with diverse talents and backgrounds to enter the Nutrition Science program.
The mission of the Sage Nutrition Science program is to provide students with a foundational knowledge of nutrition, food science, and food service management within a small, private, liberal arts college.
Program General Goal
The goal of the Nutrition Science program at the Sage Colleges is to present educational opportunities that will prepare students with knowledge of nutrition, food science, and food service management. These opportunities will develop the basic knowledge and skills necessary to support quality nutrition services for individuals, groups, and communities.
* In NTR 325 and NTR 522, students are required to complete a total of 24 hours of
approved nutrition community volunteer experience.
* Students are required to become members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
(AND) during their first year (Annual Dues about $50).
* Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or above and must earn a "C" or better in HMN 201, and all NTR courses to earn the AND verification statement and to apply to a Dietetic Internship.
Total Credits Required for Certificate : 45
The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at The Sage Colleges is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Post-Secondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. The address and phone number of ACEND are: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-4876.
An undergraduate degree and 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. In 2006-2008, graduates of Russell Sage College’s undergraduate Nutrition Science major 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 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.
An Accredited Dietetic Internship at The Sage Colleges
The Sage School of Health Sciences also offers an accredited Dietetic Internship (DI). Post-Baccalaureate students are eligible to apply for early admission to the Dietetic Internship offered at Sage. Students chosen for this special program reserve a position in the internship class nearly one year in advance of regular admissions. They must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 and a nutrition coursework GPA of 3.3. Students apply to this program in the fall of their final year. The DI can serve as the experience requirement for the CDN credential. Admission requirements and a description of the dietetic internship at Sage can be found in the Sage Graduate School catalog.
Graduates of the Nutrition Science Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program at Sage can find careers in dietetics, medicine, nutrition education and health promotion, the food industry, and sports nutrition. Graduate degrees received by Nutrition Science majors include MA/MS, MBA/MPH, MD and PhD. Graduates have received appointments at accredited Dietetic Internships through the country including Dallas, TX, Boston, MA, Baltimore, MD and New York City.
The Colleges’ AND representative will verify completion of the DPD for all Sage’s successful degree candidates who have earned a “C” or better in all nutrition science courses including HMN 201, and who have an overall GPA of 3.0 or above.
BS/MS Information Sessions
Wednesday, June 12th, 5pm - on the Albany Campus, Kahl Campus Center,
Tuesday, July 16th, 12pm, Ackerman Hall, room 300, Troy campus.
Please be on time as not to miss vital information and count on staying close to two hours. For information please contact:
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, 2011 for the Fall 2011 class.
Upcoming information sessions:
November 6th, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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, Dr. Rayane AbuSabha at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to attend one of these sessions. More sessions will be scheduled for 2012. Please check back often for updated Information Sessions and Admissions Events.