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Frequently Asked Questions
What types of jobs do graduates with a degree in Community Nutrition commonly pursue?
Graduates commonly find positions in a wide range of organizations, agencies and businesses. Examples include: the Extension Service, federal food and nutrition programs such as Senior Meals, WIC, child nutrition or Headstart; public health departments, wellness programs and fitness centers are other common employment sites as well as school systems. The major is complimentary with specialty certifications such as Non-Profit Leadership or Personal Trainer. Graduates with courses in foodservice may find employment as supervisors/managers of foodservice operations or pursue a credential as a Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional.
Is Community Nutrition a good degree if my plan is to go to graduate school?
Because of the strong chemistry, anatomy, biochemistry, statistics and research foundation of the major, graduates are well positioned for success in a range of graduate programs. Common advanced degrees of recent graduates include: nutrition, medicine, exercise kinesiology, business administration, chiropractic, dietetics, public health, and osteopathy. Flexibility within the curriculum allows the student to add required pre-requisite courses such as genetics or physics in preparation for graduate studies. Students considering graduate education should discuss their interests and goals with their academic advisor early so that specific courses can be included in the student's academic plan.
Is the Community Nutrition Program accredited?
Unfortunately, there is no national accreditation agency for nutrition.
Will this degree allow me to practice as a nutritionist in all states?
Requirements differ from state to state for licensing of nutritionists. A degree in Community Nutrition enables graduates to become licensed in the state of North Dakota. Students planning to move to other locations are urged to discuss their plans with their advisor as a step to investigating other states' requirements, if any.
Is there a professional examination after I graduate?
There is no professional examination for nutrition graduates.
Are there professional organizations that would be useful to me as a student and later as a nutrition professional?
The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior is an excellent organization for nutritionists. In addition, many states have nutrition councils which are good opportunities for nutritionists to maintain their education and network with other nutrition professionals. Both organizations encourage student participation with a designated student membership category.
What is the Supervised Practice experience and where is it done?
The supervised practice experience is an opportunity for the senior level student to work side-by-side with a nutrition professional in the community to gain hands-on work experience, thus utilizing and cementing many of the principles and techniques learned from coursework. The experience is similar to an internship giving the student the advantage of having some actual work experience in the field. Students typically work 2 eight hour days/week, usually on Tuesday and Thursday, in a community agency or program (days and times are flexible) and is required for completion of the degree. A minimum of 180 hours of supervised practice is required to earn 4 credits. Community Nutrition supervised practice experiences occur during the fall or summer sessions and must be applied for in advance. Due to the need for contracts there are a limited number of supervised practice sites. Students with specific interests are encourage to discuss this with their advisor and the supervised practice course instructor early in their academic career in order to allow enough time to make arrangements.
What do I need to have completed before I apply for the Supervised Practice experience?
Supervised Practice Admission Requirements:
- Minimum 2.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale
- No grade lower than a "C" in a required science course or in a professional (N&D) course. A transcript audit may be conducted by the Program Director.
- Completion of N&D 341 and N&D 342 or N&D 345 reflected on transcripts.
- Completion of a minimum of 50 hours of service learning prior to application for supervised practice. These must be documented by submission of a Service Learning portfolio with the application.
- Willingness to pay for and submit to a criminal background check and immunizations, as required by regulations.
- Must have reliable transportation to and from work sites, including those away from the agency’s main office.
- Completion of an online application and submit a Service Learning portfolio to the Department office in person.
- For more specific information please visit admission info.
How do I apply for the Supervised Practice experience?
Supervised practice must be planned in advance and specific requirements must be met prior to applying. It is recommended that you talk to your advisor and the supervised practice course instructor at least a year in advance of the time you wish to start the experience. In addition there are specific deadlines associated with supervised practice depending on whether it is completed in the fall or summer semester. (At this time Community Nutrition supervised practice is not available during spring semester.) Please refer to the table below.
If you wish to complete your experience in the fall of your senior year
Deadline is the Friday before spring break of your junior year
If you wish to complete your experience in the summer following your senior year
Deadline is October 15 of your senior year
An application packet must be completed that includes: letter of application, resume, and service learning portfolio. An interview is also required.
- Please refer to the following documents for further information:
How do I know if Community Nutrition is the right major for me?
It depends on what your focus and career interests are. In general, a Community Nutrition major is trained to work with healthy individuals and groups, those who would benefit from information about normal nutrition, health, physical performance and wellness. There is no specialized training to work in a hospital or health care facility, no inclusion of medical aspects such as the role of nutrition in the disease process or pathophysiology.
The strong emphasis on science, nutrition, health and wellness is excellent preparation for those planning to pursue an advanced degree or apply for further education in a health care-related field. The major can be completed in 4 years, facilitating graduation in a timely manner if the student plans to pursue additional education.
The flexible curriculum allows the student to pursue a minor or complimentary certifications. Disciplines that fit well with a Community Nutrition degree include: exercise science, public health, nursing, pre-med, entrepreneurship, business administration, food service management, sociology and psychology.