Nutrition Lab

B.S. at Russell Sage College

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 Russell Sage College, 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 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.

Program Goals & Objectives

The goal of the nutrition science program 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 Program Costs

For  information on expenses related to attending Russell Sage College and obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree can be found in the RSC 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.

Student Handbook

For policies and procedures of the Nutrition Science Program, refer to the Student Handbook.

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 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.

Registered Dietitian’s Examination Pass Rates

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. 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 Pass Rates

  • The current 5-year pass rate (2012-2016) for students passing within one year of first attempt for the DPD is 100% (83 of 83 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.  A pass rate improvement plan as required by ACEND, was developed and implemented in 2008 for the DPD.  The plan is evaluated and updated annually to ensure progress.

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 
2012 14 14 100% 72%
2013 13 13 100% 73%
2014 14 14 100% 75%
2015 19 19 100% 71%
2016 23 23 100% 76%
Total 83 83 100%

*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 2010 takes the exam in 2011.


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
120 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
800-877-1600 ext. 5400