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Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences
 
BS in Nutrition and Dietetics, Coordinated Program
This is a 4 year program which will lead to a BS degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, Coordinated Program (NDCP). The program has a concentration in Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) and combines theoretical and experiential learning in Nutrition and Dietetics with at least 1200 hours of supervised practice in affiliated medical facilities. The proposed educational framework is based on the knowledge, skills and core competencies established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) for entry-level dietitians.

Students are first admitted to the didactic Nutrition and Dietetics program and then apply to the NDCP towards the end of their sophomore year in Nutrition and Dietetics, after completion of at least 30 credits.

The supervised practice component is comprised of three rotations: MNT (22 weeks), Food Service Management (8 weeks) and Community (8 weeks). Students are assigned to one of three affiliated medical facilities: American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC), Rafik Hariri University Hospital (RHUH) or Saint George Hospital- University Medical Center (SGH). The practicum experience typically begins in September and ends in June; this will offer a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice experience.

AUB’s NDCP has been granted candidacy for accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext 5400. http://www.eatright.org/ACEND . This accreditation allows students, who successfully complete the program, to be eligible to sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) examination for dietitians in the United States in order to obtain the Registered Dietitian (RD) status.

 

Goals and Objectives of the Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinated Program

The goals of the Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinated Program are listed below; each is followed with supporting program objectives.

Program Goal 1: 

To provide quality didactic and supervised practice learning experiences that prepare graduates to be competent entry level dietitians.

Program Objectives for Goal 1: 

a. At least 80% of students who enter the CP will successfully complete the program and receive a verification statement within four and a half years after enrolment.

b. Over a period of five years, at least 80% of all graduates of the CP who sit for the colloquium/RD exam will pass from the first time.

c. At least 90% of responses that evaluate the competencies attained from the CP will meet or exceed a rating of 3 on a 1 – 5 scale.

d. At least 90% of ratings of professional preparation from the CP graduate’s view will reach a rating of at least 3 on a 1 – 5 scale.

e. At least 90% of ratings of professional knowledge from the employer’s opinion will reach a rating of at least 3 on a 1 – 5 scale.

Program Goal 2: 

To prepare graduates who will commit to improving the quality of life of the community through improved health and wellbeing.


Program Objectives for Goal 2: 

a. Within five years after graduation from the CP, employment data will demonstrate that at least 70% of all graduates who sought employment will be employed in Lebanon or the Middle East region in a health-related position that requires nutrition expertise.

Program Goal 3:     

To prepare graduates who will be successfully employed in their fields, attend graduate school or pursue other career options.

Program Objectives for Goal 3: 

a. At least 80% of CP graduates who have sought higher education will pursue an advanced degree within 12 months after graduation. .

b. At least 80% of CP graduates who have sought employment in dietetics will be employed within 12 months of program completion

c. At least 80% of employers will indicate that they would hire a graduate of the American University of Beirut CP in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Program outcome data are available from the program director upon request.

 

Program Costs

Detailed information regarding the cost of obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree from the American University of Beirut may be found at the following link:
http://www.aub.edu.lb/comptroller/Documents/docs/Tuition%20Fees%202016-17.pdf

As well as in the University Catalog at the following link:
http://www.aub.edu.lb/registrar/Documents/catalogue/undergraduate16-17/fees-expenses-withdrawals.pdf

The final year of study consists of three didactic courses and a specific number of hours of supervised practice experience for a total of 33 credits to be taken during the final year of the program. Students registered in the final year of the NDCP will be billed for only 19 credits and following the cost per credit set by the University. 

In the event of a withdrawal from the NDCP, the refund policy for the AUB course credits will be as per the University’s withdrawal policy as outlined in the course catalog found at the link listed above. Students withdrawing from the program would not receive clearance for graduation until all fees have been settled and each student will be required to sign a statement (provided in Section VII: Withdrawal Policy Agreement Form) indicating they have been made aware of the withdrawal policy. Additional costs for students enrolled in the NDCP, include the following during the supervised practice experience:

· Lab coats, appropriate attire (~ $50)
· Books and supplies (variable)
· Transportation
· Health Insurance Plan Policy (HIP) – includes liability to travel to assigned areas 

* Note that Professional student liability insurance and Drug testing/criminal checks do not apply in Lebanon.

 

Financial Aid

Students may qualify for financial aid through the University. For more information consult the University catalog at the following link: http://www.aub.edu.lb/registrar/Documents/catalogue/undergraduate15-16/financial-aid.pdf

Information is also available at webpage of the Financial Aid Office at the following link: http://www.aub.edu.lb/faid/Pages/index.aspx

 

Requirements for BS in Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinated Program (NDCP)

Students are first admitted to the three year Nutrition and Dietetics program, in addition, a separate application for the NDCP must be submitted during the second semester of the sophomore year (upon completion of at least 30 credits). The selection of students for the NDCP is based  on cumulative average of the sophomore year (80 or above, unless stated otherwise by the NFSC department) and completion of the prerequisite courses. Individuals interested in applying to the NDCP must contact the Department for application details towads the end of the sophomore year.

A maximum of 20 students are admitted to the program each year depending on practicum site availability. Students applying to the NFSC department for a second BS in Nutrition and Dietetics are not eligible for the NDCP.


Graduation Requirements

Eligibility for Graduation

To be eligible for graduation with the degree of BS in Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinated Program, a student must:

      • Successfully complete a minimum of 133 credits hours
      • Complete a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice in an affiliated hospital/practicum site
      • Achieve an overall minimum cumulative grade of 80 in each of the three years of NDCP.
      • Achieve an overall minimum average grade of 80 in the supervised practice           
      • Successfully complete the program within four and a half years of enrollment in NDCP 

Failure to meet the above NDCP graduation requirements will result in dismissal from the program in which case, students will graduate with a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics (ND).

 

Degree Curriculum
Nutrition and Dietetics I

First Semester

Credits

BIOL

201

General Biology I

4

CHEM

200

Basic Chemistry

3

CHEM

205

Introductory Chemistry Laboratory

2

ENGL

203

Academic English

3

PSYC

201

Introduction to Psychological Science

3

Total 15

Second Semester

Credits

CHEM

208

Survey of Organic Chemistry

3

CHEM

209

Introductory Organic Laboratory

2

PHYL

246

Physiology for Nursing Degree Students and
Undergraduates

4

ENGL

204

Advanced Academic English

3

Humanities Elective

3

Total 15

NDCP II

First Semester

Credits

AGSC

212

Microeconomics Theory of Food and Farming1

3

ARAB

201A, 201B, or higher

Arabic Communication Skills2

3

NFSC

221

Basic Nutrition3

3

NFSC

261

Introductory Biochemistry4

3

Humanities Elective

3

Total 15

1Course offered in fall and spring
2 The Arabic Placement Test is optional
3 Course offered in fall and spring
4 Course offered in fall and spring

Second Semester

Credits

NFSC

274

Human Nutrition and Metabolism

3

NFSC

240

Nutrition Status Assessment

2

MNGT

215

Management of Organizations

3

NFSC

265

Food Chemistry

3

NFSC

267

Food Analysis5

2

NFSC

290

Food Service Management

3

NFSC

229

Menu Planning

1

Total 17

5 Course offered in fall and spring

Summer Session

Credits

CMPS

209

Computers & Programming for the Sciences

3

NFSC

225A

Job shadowing

0

Total 3

NDCP III

First Semester

Credits

NFSC 

210

Statistics in Nutrition and Food Sciences

3

NFSC

285

Nutrition in the Life Cycle6

2

NFSC

286

Nutrition in the Life Cycle Lab for NDCP

1

NFSC

222

Community Nutrition

3

NFSC

277

Food Microbiology

3

NFSC

292

Medical Nutrition Therapy I

3

NFSC

279

Medical Nutrition Therapy Lab I for NDCP

1

Total 16

6 Course offered in fall and spring

Second Semester

Credits

NFSC

287

Food Processing

2

NFSC

289

Food Processing Lab

1

NFSC

293

Medical Nutrition Therapy II

3

NFSC

297

Medical Nutrition Therapy Lab II for NDCP

1

NFSC

224

Advanced Nutrition Principles and Practices

1

NFSC

296

Current Topics in Food Sciences and Nutrition7

1

NFSC

299

Projects in Nutrition and Food Sciences8

2

NFSC

275

Quantity Food Production

2

Humanities Elective

3

Total 16

7 Course offered in fall and spring
8 Course offered in fall and spring

Summer Session

Credits

Humanities Elective

3

NFSC

225B

Job shadowing

0

Total 3

NDCP IV

First Semester

Credits

NFSC

283

Nutrition Education and Communication

3

NFSC

284A

Seminar in Clinical Dietetics

1

NFSC

298F

Dietetic Practicum

14

Total 18

Second Semester

Credits

NFSC

284B

Seminar in Clinical Dietetics

1

NFSC

298S

Dietetic Practicum

14

Total 15

Total Credits 133

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