The growing importance of good nutrition and the national debate about what that means makes the field of Nutrition Science more important than ever to public health and well being. With the growing prominence of this science you can play a key role in raising awareness about the effects of diet and nutrition on physical health.
With a degree in Nutrition Science from Sage, you can work in the public or private sector, specialize in an age group or conduct research of your own. Sage will help you make your contribution to this exciting and evolving field.
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). 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 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.
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.
For policies and Procedures of the Nutrition Science Program, refer to the Students Handbook:
Click on the links below for each specific college and program policy:
Estimated tuition and other program costs for 2011-2012 are:
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For more information on expenses related to attending Russell Sage College and obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree can be found in the RSC 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 junior year students are expected to become members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The cost of student membership is $50.00 per year.
Transfer agreements have been established between the Russell Sage College program, Adirondack Community College, Hudson Valley Community College and Schenectady County Community College. These have been arranged so that students will be able to complete a B.S. in nutrition within four semesters.
The R.D. credential is attained upon successful completion of an examination administered by a branch of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). Only those students who have completed an AND-accredited internships may take this examination. While many career opportunities exist for the B.S. graduate, the additional R.D. credential leads to more flexible career choices.
The Sage Colleges offers a post-baccalaureate 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.
Russell Sage's Capital Region location provides multiple opportunities for students to supplement their learning with field experience. Nutrition majors have worked at the New York State Department of Health, Food & Drug Administration, Cooperative Extension Agency, WIC programs, and local hospitals. Faculty assist students in obtaining these placements.
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.
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.
If the student wishes he/she may either initially or 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/MS Information Sessions
April 15th, 1:00 pm
May 13th, 11:00 am
All of the above sessions are held on the Troy Campus in Ackerman Hall, Room 300. Please be on time as not to miss vital information and count on staying close to two hours. For information please contact:
Professor Stephanie DiBacco, Coordinator, BS Program, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Sonya Irish Hauser, Director, MS Program, email@example.com.
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, 2012 for the Fall 2012 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.