Nutrition Professor with Student


B.S. at The Sage Colleges

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 Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition Science from The Sage Colleges, 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.

Program Mission

The mission of The Sage Colleges Nutrition Science program is to advance the field of nutrition through scholarship, outreach, and preparation of entry-level registered dietitians (RD) within a small, private liberal arts college.  

Program Goals & Objectives

The goal of the nutrition science program is to prepare competent graduates capable of succeeding in advanced education and/or entry-level employment and to prepare students who will seek opportunities to actively participate in the community as a team member and leader in a variety of settings.

Application and Admission Requirements

Information on application procedures and required materials for admittance into The Sage Colleges can be found for first-year students and transfer students.

Estimated Program Costs

For  information on expenses related to attending The Sage Colleges and obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree can be found in the The Sage Colleges Catalog Tuition and Fees for Russell Sage College, Tuition and Fees for Sage College of Albany, and Financial Aid at The Sage Colleges.

Additional expenses specific to the nutrition program include  photocopying or paper and printer cartridges for presentations, developing a poster for Honors poster session (Program Honors Students, only), 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 $58.00 per year.

Program Completion Requirements

Student Handbook & Calendar

For policies and procedures of the Nutrition Science Program, as well as a Nutrition Department calendar, please refer to the Student Handbook.

The Sage Colleges Academic Calendar

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.

Didactic Program in Dietetics

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 (includes a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice) 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.

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.

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is housed in the undergraduate college. Both BS and MS students can complete the DPD and then become eligible to apply to a Dietetic Internship. The DPD students can take the Registered Dietitian (RD) examination after completing a Dietetic Internship (at least 1200 hours of supervised practice). Sage DPD students have been accepted into Dietetic Internships across the U.S., including Michael DeBakey Medical Center in Texas, University of Connecticut, University of Delaware, and Bronx VA Dietetic Internship in New York City.


Didactic Program in Dietetics Registered Dietitian’s Examination Pass Rates

  • The current 5-year pass rate (2015-2019) for students passing within one year of first attempt for the DPD is 99% (102 of 103 graduates passed within one year following first attempt).*

The ACEND Benchmark is at least 80% of graduates over a 5-year period pass the credentialing exam within one year following the first attempt.

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Pass Rates on the
Registered Dietitian (RD) Examination

Year Number first time test takers Number passing within one year of first attempt One year pass rate National Average
2015 19 19 100%
2016 23 23 100%
2017 23 23 100% 95.90%
2018 21 21 100% 92.96%
2019 17 16 94% 91.66%
Total 103 102 99%

*After Completing the DPD coursework, students have to complete a 6-month to 1-year dietetic internship before becoming eligible to take the RD exam. For example, Class of 2017 takes the exam in 2018.



Sage’s Nutrition Science 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 program is also accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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Credentialing Exam

The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) is the credentialing agency for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN). After successfully receiving a verification statement from an ACEND-accredited dietetics program and completion of an ACEND-accredited supervised practice dietetic internship program, individuals pursuing the RDN credential must pass the CDR’s dietetic registration exam.