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					      Florida International University
   Robert Stempel School of Public Health
     Dietetics and Nutrition Department




Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition
       Student Orientation Handbook




   Dona C. Greenwood, PhD, RD, LD/N
              Program Director
Coordinated and Didactic Program in Dietetics
                                Table of Contents



                                                                       Page

Introduction ……………………………………………………………………………….. 3


Florida International University Mission Statement ……………………………………… 4


Robert R. Stempel School of Public Health ………………………………………………. 4


Dietetics and Nutrition Department Mission Statement …………………………… ……. 5


Undergraduate Program in Dietetics and Nutrition ………………………………............. 5


Informational Resources ………………………………………………………………….. 6


Professional Education for the Dietitian ………………………………………………….. 7


      Accreditation Statement …………………………………………………………... 7


      Approval Statement ………………………………………………………………. 7


      Additional Resources……………………………………………………………… 8


Program Differences……………………………………………………………................. 9


Faculty and Specialization ………………………………………………………...............10


The American Dietetic Association Code of Ethics ………………………………………12


Dietetics and Nutrition Policy and Procedures ……………………………………………15




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                                     Introduction

Florida International University (FIU) is Miami‟s public research university. Since opening in
1972, FIU achieved many benchmarks of excellence that have taken other universities more
than a century to reach. FIU, a member institution of the State University Systems of Florida,
was established by the Florida Legislative in 1965.

All academic programs of Florida International University are approved by the Florida Board of
Education, the FIU Board of Trustees and the Florida Board of Governors. The University is
accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
(SACS)1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; telephone number 404-679-4501))
to award the baccalaureate, master‟s and doctoral degrees. SACS reaffirmed FIU‟s
accreditation on December 5, 2000. Degree programs at FIU are accredited or approved by the
appropriate specialized accreditation agency, or are pursuing full accreditation or approval.

The Department of Dietetics and Nutrition offers a Bachelor‟s of Science (BS) degree in
dietetics and nutrition and courses in nutrition for interested students. There are two BS degree
tracks or programs. One program is the Coordinated Program (CP) in Dietetics. The CP
provides both the didactic and supervised practice experience within one accredited program.
This allows the graduate to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians, a national
examination. The second degree program is the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) which is
a traditional didactic program of study. To become a Registered Dietitian, the Didactic
Program provides the academic preparation for students to continue their professional
experiences in an accredited internship or graduate program towards completing requirements
to sit for the national registration examination.
This often requires relocating our of the South Florida area.

The Program in Dietetics and Nutrition offers graduate studies leading to a Master of Science
(MS) or a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Dietetics and Nutrition. The MS program is
designed to meet the needs of professional practitioners as well as students with undergraduate
degrees in related fields. The Ph.D. program prepares graduates to assume leadership roles in
research, academia, government agencies, private industry and community-based organizations.
Our doctoral program allows students to study and work side-by-side with nationally known
educators, researchers and practitioners who serve as mentors. Doctoral students must
complete a minimum of 55 hours after MS degree or 75 hours after BS. degree.

Minimum entrance requirements under the current University Graduate School policy must be
met. For the MS, this includes a „B‟ (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) average in all upper division work. For
the Ph.D., the University Graduate School GRE requirement is 1120 (verbal plus quantitative).
Additional requirements include submission of a 2 - 3 page statement of purpose, objectives
and goals for Ph.D. studies, a resume and 3 letters of recommendation. Previous completion of
a MS degree is not required for admission. Qualified students will be accepted into the Ph.D.
program on the basis of their compatibility with the research interests of departmental faculty.

Students who are candidates for the Master of Science degree in Dietetics and Nutrition must
complete a minimum of 37 semester hours of graduate study including at least 30 hours at this
University. All course work must be recent enough to be relevant to the contemporary field of
dietetics and nutrition.



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                               Florida International University
                                           Mission

       Florida International University is an urban, multi-campus, research university serving
southeast Florida, the state, the nation, and the international community. Our mission is to
impart knowledge through excellent teaching, promote public service, discover new knowledge,
solve problems through research, and foster creativity.

                                 University Values Statement

       As an institution of higher learning, Florida International University is committed to:
           Freedom of thought and expression
           Excellence in teaching and in the pursuit, generation, dissemination, and
              application of knowledge
           Respect for the dignity of the individual
           Respect for the environment
           Honesty, integrity and truth
           Diversity
           Strategic, operational, and service excellence
          

                         Robert R. Stempel School of Public Health

                                             Vision

       To serve as a model for stimulating educational programs and community-based
research in the advancement of public health that reflects a dynamic multi-cultural
environment.

                                            Mission

       To educate and train future leasers, researchers, and health professional from diverse
backgrounds

        To conduct innovative research and to translate that research into policy, program, and
practice.

       To promote healthy lives for the diverse communities of South Florida, especially the
underserved, and the peoples of the Caribbean and Latin America.




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                             Dietetics and Nutrition Department
                                      Mission Statement

The continuing mission of the Dietetics and Nutrition Department is:

          to develop professional dietetic practitioners at both the undergraduate and graduate
           level, and teach nutrition to non-majors

          to conduct research in human nutrition, dietetic management and community
           nutrition

          to serve the public as experts in the filed of nutrition as consultants, public speakers
           and as nutrition educators.


       The contribution of the dietitian/nutritionist to health and health care is unique. It
requires the integration of chemistry and biological sciences with social-psychological sciences
in the management of nutrition programs, quantity food operations and direct assistance to
people of all ethnic groups in the development of healthy food habits.


                    Undergraduate Programs in Dietetics and Nutrition

There are two undergraduate programs in the Dietetics and Nutrition Department:

              a. Coordinated Program (CP)
              b. Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

Both programs have the same pre-requisites, which are detailed in the Undergraduate Catalog
2005 – 2006, College of Health and Urban Affair, Dietetics and Nutrition, page 440. All
students must successfully pass the CLAST examination to enter either program. Both
programs use the same Academic coursework sequence of junior and senior courses. Refer to
http://chua2.fiu.edu/dietetics-nutrition/




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                                        Informational Resources
Admission            FIU admissions                  http://www.fiu.edu/orgs/admiss/
Requirements
                     Dietetics and Nutrition         http://chua2.fiu.edu/dietetics-nutrition/

Program              FIU Undergraduate Advising      http://www.fiu.edu/~advising/
Requirements
                     Assessment of Prior Learning
                     for Transfer students and       http://chua2.fiu.edu/dietetics-nutrition/advising.htm
                     General Advising

                     International Students          http://chua2.fiu.edu/dietetics-
                                                     nutrition/international.htm

Tuition              Tuition fees/additional costs   http://www.fiu.edu/orgs/register/

                     Withdrawal/Refund of            http://www.fiu.edu/orgs/cashiers/
                     Tuition policy

                     Books                           http://fiu.bkstore.com/

International        General Information             http://chua2.fiu.edu/dietetics-
Students                                             nutrition/international.htm

                     Insurance requirements          http://isss.fiu.edu

Access to Student    FIU Division of Student
Support Services     Affairs                         http://www.fiu.edu/~studaff/

Housing              FIU Housing and Residential
                     Life                            http://www.fiu.edu/%7Ehousing/

Protection of        FIU Policy and Procedures
Privacy and                                          http://www.fiu.edu/~register/policies.htm
Information
Scheduling           FIU Academic Calendar           http://www.fiu.edu/~register/calendars.htm
including
Vacations/Holidays   Interactive Class Schedule      http://sis.fiu.edu/

Injury/illness and
Medical exam/        University Health Services      http://www.fiu.edu/~health/
vaccination
requirements
Grievance Policy
and Disciplinary/    FIU Policy and Procedures       http://www.fiu.edu/~register/policies.htm
Termination
Procedures
Formal
Assessment/          Coordinated Program in          http://chua2.fiu.edu/dietetics-
Performance          Dietetics and Nutrition         nutrition/BSCPProgram.htm
Report
Graduation           FIU Office of                   http://www.fiu.edu/orgs/register/graduation.htm
Requirements         Registrar/Graduation




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                          Professional Education For The Dietitians

In order to promote ethical practice of the profession of dietetics, the profession has instituted
The American Dietetic Association. This association has been recognized by the United States
Office of Education as the accrediting/approving body for programs preparing students to
become Registered Dietitians (RD) at the undergraduate level. Upon completion of the
Coordinated Program, a student may sit for the national registration examination. The Didactic
Program provides the academic preparation for students to continue their professional
experiences in an accredited internship or graduate program towards completing requirements
to sit for the national registration examination.

Accreditation Statement

The Coordinated Program at Florida International University is currently granted accreditation
status by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of The American
Dietetic Association. CADE is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Commission
on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education.
CADE address and telephone number: 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL
60606, (CST) 312-899-0040.

Developmental Accreditation Statement

The Didactic Program in Dietetics at Florida International University is currently granted
approval status by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of The
American Dietetic Association. CADE is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the
Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department
of Education. CADE address and telephone number: 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000,
Chicago, IL 60606, (CST) 312-899-0040.


                                 What is a Registered Dietitian?

    A Registered Dietitian (RD) is a health care professional that is trained specifically to
    take their knowledge of nutrition, food, and disease and translate it into dietary
    recommendations and counseling for people. An RD has successfully completed:
        1. A program in which the educational requirements have been set forth by the
           American Dietetic Association (ADA) http://www.eatright.org
        2. A supervised practice experience as part of the baccalaureate program or a
           Dietetic Internship program CADE accredited.
        3. A Registration Examination for Dietitians.
        4. Maintains continuing education .




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Additional Resources




The American Dietetic Association, www.eatright.org
Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education (CADE),
http://www.eatright.org/cps/rde/xchg/ada/hs.xsl/CADE.html




Florida Dietetic Association, www.eatrightflorida.org




What is the purpose of the SDA?
The SDA is an organization that focuses on promoting nutrition and overall health. We believe
the more well-rounded our members are the better our organization can function.
Who makes up the SDA?
The SDA is made up of students who share an interest in nutrition and desire to learn more
about and be active in promoting good nutrition.
What types of activities does the SDA do?
Social, community service, educational, cultural, attend workshops, lectures, and seminars on
nutrition.

Florida International University Student Dietetic Association, www.fiu.edu/~sda




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The Student Dietetic Association

Our Mission

To evolve the SDA into an essential and valuable resource to FIU and to the community
through our roles in: leadership, services, and education.
As students of dietetics and nutrition, we will share information to expand our own knowledge
of all the different pathways our education may lead us, and of the plentiful opportunities
available to us, while being aware of everyone present. Respecting that everyone has different
interests, skills, and personalities, so as to combine everyone's abilities to impact community
and other like minded groups, while creating lasting relationships within the school of dietetics
and nutrition.
Our Objectives

We are currently rebuilding the foundations of this organization. This means we are making
dynamic changes in the way the club is participating in the school and the community, and
especially in member activity. The basic idea of the organization will be the same as always;
promoting nutrition and overall health, but with each new member is born new passion and new
ideas. We are looking forward to all the changes to come.

Our Goals

Our long term goals are in line with our mission statement. We would like to provide education
to the community, to be a strong presence on FIU's campus and to gain experience in the field
of Dietetics and Nutrition.
Please become a part of this exciting opportunity for personal and professional growth. There
are several leadership positions available within the Association as well and getting involved is
the first step in creating a bright future. If you would like to join the Student Dietetic
Association, please visit our website at http://www.fiu.edu/~sda/ or contact our Faculty
Advisor, Professor Rivera at riverat@fiu.edu.




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Program Differences

                              Coordinated Program           Didactic Program in Dietetics
        Application        University application        University application required;
                           required; CLAST exam          CLAST exam passed
                           passed; Special application
                           to CP

      Program Starts       Special application is due to Any term
                           CP Program Director by
                           March 1; Candidates
                           notified by June1;
                           Candidates complete
                           summer orientation courses;
                           successful admission to
                           program in the fall based on
                           passing grades from
                           summer courses

     Degree Outcome        Bachelor‟s of Science in      Bachelor‟s of Science in Dietetics
                           Dietetics and Nutrition       and Nutrition

   Professional Dietetic   Eligible to sit for             Eligible to continue professional
        Outcome            Registration Examination           experience to become RD:
                                                         1. Dietetic Internship or
                                                         2. Graduate Program with
                                                             Supervised Practice

  Program CADE Status      Accredited                    Developmental Accreditation

Student Enrollment         Capped at 18 per admitted No limitations in enrollment
                           year

Student Qualifications     Applicant‟s GPA, dietetic Meeting     FIU               admission
                           related work experience, requirements
                           volunteer experience, letter
                           of application

Student Characteristics    1. Maintain   2.0      GPA 1. Completing prerequisites for
                           throughout CP              Dietetic Internship or graduate
                                                      program
                           2. Eligible to sit
                              registration examination   2. Seeking Employment not
                              after graduation              requiring RD status
                                                         3. Flexible for part-time studies




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                                         Faculty and Specialization

Fatma G. Huffman, PhD, RD                                                      Chairperson
PhD., Auburn University (Nutrition)                                            Professor
   Specialization: Nutrition Biochemistry, Research in CVD, Diabetes
                                                                               Professor
Marianna Baum, PhD, RD
PhD., Florida State University (Food & Nutrition)
Specialization: Nutritional Status & HIV
                                                                               Professor
Adriana Campa, PhD, RD
PhD., University of Miami (International Studies)
Specialization: International HIV and Nutrition
                                                                               Associate Professor
Victoria Hammer Castellanos, PhD, RD
PhD., University of California at Davis (Nutrition Science)
Specialization: Nutrition Science, Protein Nutrition, Regulations of
Food Intake, Dietetic Practice in Long Term Care

Zisca Dixon, PhD, RD                                                           Associate Professor
PhD. Texas A & M University (Food Science and Technology)
Specialization: Food Science and Technology

Evelyn B. Enrione, PhD, RD                                                     Associate Professor
PhD., Purdue University (Nutrition)
Specialization: Medical Nutrition Therapy (Parenteral/Enteral
Nutrition/Nutrition Diagnoses)

Valerie George, PhD, LD/N                                                      Research Associate Professor
PhD., Laval University, Quebec, Canada (Nutrition)
Specialization: Nutrition Education, Counseling, Management, Research
Area: Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity in Children and Adolescents

Dona C. Greenwood, PhD, RD                                                     Clinical Assistant Professor
PhD., University of Surrey, England (Nutrition)                                Program Director
Specialization: Pediatrics, Food Service Systems Management                    CP/DPD in Dietetics

Susan P. Himburg, PhD, RD, FADA                                                Professor
PhD., University of Miami (Curriculum and Instruction)
Specialization: Leadership, Recruitment and Retention, Interdisciplinary
Education

Marcia Magnus, PhD, LD/N                                                       Associate Professor
PhD., Cornell University (Nutrition)
Specialization: Nutrition Education, Cross-Cultural Nutrition/Commmunity
Nutrition

Liza Merly, MS                                                                 Clinical Instructor
M.S., Florida International University (Biology) Specialization: Biology and
Immunology




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Tania Rivera, MS, RD                                                   Clinical Assistant Professor
M.S., Florida International University (Dietetics and Nutrition)       Clinical Coordinator
Specialization: Clinical Nutrition

Dian Weddle, PhD, RD, FADA                                             Associate Professor
PhD., University of Illinois at Chicago (Public Policy Analysis)
Specialization: Community Nutrition
Emphasis for older adults on home, Community based settings

Nancy S. Wellman, PhD, RD, FADA                                        Professor
PhD., University of Miami (Education)
Specialization: Aging, Public Policy, Media Communication, Nutrition
Screening and Marketing, Consumer Education, Food Labeling and
Tennis Nutrition




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                             The American Dietetic Association
                         Code of Ethics for the Profession of Dietetics

Preamble

The American Dietetic Association and its credentialing agency, the Commission on Dietetic
Registration, believe it is in the best interest of the profession and the public it serves to have a
Code of Ethics in place that provides guidance to dietetics practitioners in their professional
practice and conduct. Dietetics practitioners have voluntarily adopted a Code of Ethics to
reflect the values and ethical principles guiding the dietetics profession and to outline
commitments and obligations of the dietetics practitioner to client, society, self, and the
profession.

The Ethics Code applies in its entirety to members of The American Dietetic Association who
are Registered Dietitians (RDs) or Dietetic Technicians, Registered (DTRs). Except for
sections solely dealing with the credential, the Code applies to all members of The American
Dietetic Association who are not RDs or DTRs. Except for aspects solely dealing with
membership, the Code applies to all RDs and DTRs who are not members of The American
Dietetic Association. All of the aforementioned are referred to in the Code as “dietetics
practitioners.‟ By accepting membership in The American Dietetic Association and/or
accepting and maintaining Commission on Dietetic Registration credentials, members of The
American Dietetic Association and Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialed dietetics
practitioners agree to abide by the Code.

Principles

1. The dietetics practitioner conducts himself/herself with honesty, integrity, and fairness.
2. The dietetics practitioner practices dietetics based on scientific principles and current
   information.
3. The dietetics practitioner presents substantiated information and interprets controversial
   information without personal bias, recognizing that legitimate differences of opinions exist.
4. The dietetics practitioner assumes responsibility and accountability for personal competence
   in practice, continually striving to increase professional knowledge and skills and to apply
   them in practice.
5. The dietetics practitioner recognizes and exercises professional judgment within the limits
   of his/her qualifications and collaborates with others, seeks counsel, or makes referrals as
   appropriate.
6. The dietetics practitioner provides sufficient information to enable clients and others to
   make their own informed decisions.
7. The dietetics practitioner protects confidential information and makes full disclosure about
   any limitations on his/her ability to guarantee full confidentially.
8. The dietetics practitioner provides professional services with objectivity and with respect
   for the unique needs and values of individuals.
9. The dietetics practitioner provides professional services in a manner that is sensitive to
   cultural differences and does not discriminate against others on the basis of race, ethnicity,
   creed, religion, disability, sex, age, sexual orientation, or national origin.
10. The dietetics practitioner does not engage in sexual harassment in connection with
   professional practice.



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11. The dietetic practitioner provides objective evaluations of performance for employees and
    coworkers, candidates for employment, students, professional association membership,
    awards, or scholarships. The dietetic practitioner makes all reasonable effort to avoid bias
    in any kind of professional evaluation of others.
12. The dietetics practitioner is alert to situations that might cause a conflict of interest or have
    the appearance of a conflict. The dietetic practitioner provides full disclosure when a real or
    potential conflict of interest arises.
13. The dietetics practitioner who wishes to inform the public and colleagues of his/her
    services does so by using factual information. The dietetics practitioner does not advertise
    in a false or misleading manner.
14. The dietetics practitioner promotes or endorses products in a manner that is neither false
    nor misleading.
15. The dietetics practitioner permits the use of his/her name for the purpose of certifying that
    dietetics services have been rendered only if he/she has provided or supervised the
    provision of those services.
16. The dietetic practitioner accurately presents professional qualifications and credentials.
        a. The dietetics practitioner uses Commission on Dietetic Registration awarded
             credentials (“RD” or “Registered Dietitian”; “DTR” or “Dietetic Technician,
             Registered”; “CSP” or “Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition”; “CSR” or
             “Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition”; and “FADA” or “Fellow of the American
             Dietetic Association”) only when the credential is current and authorized by the
             Commission on Dietetic Registration. The dietetics practitioner provides accurate
             information and complies with all requirements of the Commission on Dietetic
             Registration program in which he/she is seeking initial or continued credentials from
             the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
        b. The dietetics practitioner is subject to disciplinary action for aiding another person
             in violating any Commission on Dietetic Registration requirements or aiding another
             person in representing himself/herself as Commission on Dietetic Registration
             credentialed when he/she is not.
17. The dietetics practitioner withdraws from professional practice under the following
    circumstances:
        a. The dietetics practitioner has engaged in any substance abuse that could affect
             his/her practice;
        b. The dietetics practitioner has been adjudged by a court to be mentally incompetent;
        c. The dietetics practitioner has an emotional or mental disability that affects his/her
             practice in a manner that could harm the client or others.

18. The dietetics practitioner complies with all applicable laws and regulations concerning the
    profession and is subject to disciplinary action under the following circumstances:
        a. The dietetics practitioner has been convicted of a crime under the laws of the United
           States which is a felony or a misdemeanor, an essential element of which is
           dishonesty, and which is related to the practice of the profession.
        b. The dietetics practitioner has been disciplined by a state, and at least on of the
           grounds for the discipline is the same or substantially equivalent to these principles.
        c. The dietetics practitioner has committed an act of misfeasance or malfeasance which
           is directly related to the practice of the profession as determined by a court of
           competent jurisdiction, a licensing board, or an agency of a governmental body.




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19. The dietetics practitioner supports and promotes high standards of professional practice.
    The dietetics practitioner accepts the obligation to protect clients, the public, and the
    profession by upholding the Code of Ethics for the Profession of Dietetics and by reporting
    alleged violations of the Code through the defined review process of The American Dietetic
    Association and its credentialing agency, the Commission on Dietetic Registration.




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Undergraduate Policies
ORGANIZATION
The Department of Dietetics and Nutrition has two undergraduate programs: Coordinated
Program (CP) and Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). The responsibilities of the
Program Director include the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation critical
to an effective educational program. The program director uses the Executive Education
Committee as a forum for program decisions.

Executive Education Committee for the Bachelor of Science Programs
Members: A minimum of 3 - 4 full time faculty members (Program Director, Clinical
Coordinator, Community instructor and Laboratory instructor) constitutes the Executive
Education Committee of the Coordinated and Didactic Programs in Dietetics.
Executive Session: Is the meeting of the faculty members of the Executive Education
Committee.
Chair: Of the Committee is the Program Director, for the Coordinated and Didactic
Programs in Dietetics

Charge: For the Executive Education Committee is to:
   1. Develop and revise as necessary policies and procedures for the undergraduate
      programs.
   2. Review and update admission requirements and procedures.
   3. Review and update curriculum/programs of studies/catalog/web site/recruitment
      information for undergraduate programs.
   4. Review and update graduation requirements (including DIE 4369 Comprehensive
      Examination).
   5. Review student petitions in executive session and make recommendations to
      general faculty.

POLICY I: The Undergraduate programs in the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition
support the University policy of equal opportunity.

PROCEDURE:
   1. No student will be denied entrance into a program based on race, religion, age,
      gender or disability.
   2. Information regarding ethnicity and sex is voluntarily provided by applicants only
      for purposes of statistical reporting.
POLICY II: Students admitted to the programs are held responsible for information and
program requirements contained in the University web site/catalog at the time of their
admission.


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PROCEDURES:
   1. The University will issue one free catalog or disc to each student upon admission.
      Students should obtain this from the Admissions or Registrars Office.
   2. Graduation requirements published in the web site/catalog current at the time
      student enrolled in the program will represent a contract between the University
      and student for necessary coursework in order to obtain a degree in dietetics and
      nutrition.
   3. Students completing these requirements as stated shall be awarded the degree of
      Bachelor of Science.
POLICY III: Students will maintain appropriate conduct in accordance with the
established rules and regulations of the clinical facilities (Coordinated Program) and/or the
University and/or the American Dietetics Association Code of Ethics.

PROCEDURES:
   1. Students will be informed by each clinical facility of any specific conduct code or
      behavioral issue(s) occurring in the facility. Students will follow the Human
      Resource Code of Conduct and American Dietetics Association Code of Ethics to
      guide their conduct and behavior during the placement (copy in Orientation
      Handbook/web site).
   2. Students will receive a coaching and/or verbal warning and/or written warning
      depending on the facilities Human Resources procedures for disciplinary issue(s).
      Program Director will be notified of disciplinary issue(s). Copy of the couching or
      written warning or disciplinary action will become a permanent part of the
      student‟s file.
   3. Program Director will work with the clinical facility to resolve behavioral issue(s).
      Student will be advised that termination of placement at the clinical facility could
      result if behavioral issue(s) continue to occur.
   4. The clinical facility may request the student placement be terminated. It will be the
      decision of the Program Director to:
        1. Seek another clinical placement location for the student to complete the
           practicum; or
        2.   Terminate the student from the Coordinated Program.
POLICY IV: Students must complete required courses in the Department of Dietetics and
Nutrition with grades of "C" or better in courses with prefix DIE, FOS and HUN.
Retention in the clinical portion of the Coordinated Program is contingent upon successful
completion of course pre and co-requisites.

PROCEDURES:
   1. Faculty members will report status of unsatisfactory student achievement in each
      course at mid-term to the student, to the Program Director (Coordinated Program).



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       Students who are concerned about their status report(s) should make appointments
       to speak with their professor of the course. This report(s) will not become a
       permanent record in the student‟s file.
   2. Program Director, if notified, will take action (encourage student to speak with
      faculty or encourage remedial work) with students failing to meet retention
      guidelines. If further action is needed, the Program Director will discuss options
      with faculty and the Chairperson of the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition.
   3. Appeals of decisions to dismiss students from the programs are outlined in the
      Student Government Association (SGA) procedures (FIU Student Handbook).
   4. Re-entry Procedure: Students request to re-apply for admission to the programs
      must be in writing. Each application will be considered on its individual merits and
      program capacity.
POLICY V: Students in the Coordinated Program who have previously completed the
didactic portion of the practicum classes will be held accountable for the didactic course
content at the time of taking the accompanying practicum. Students must meet the
practicum schedule of each specific course including talkbacks.

PROCEDURES:
1. Student who wishes to take a didactic course prior to taking the accompanying
   practicum, will obtain permission from advisor and the Program Director.
2. When taking the practicum course, the student will be held responsible for the
   didactic course content as follows:
       a. Student may attend didactic class or have a representative take notes or tape
       class (Please note that taping class is at the discretion of the class instructor).
       b. Student will not enroll for the didactic class.
       c. Student will be required to take the class exams including the final and receive
       an average grade of C or better to be retained in the Coordinated Program.
       d. Student will not be required to take quizzes or complete homework assignments
       but may do so and the instructor will grade and/or critique as needed.
3. The published syllabus for the practicum course is the guideline for on/off campus
   meetings, group learning experiences and clinic assignments which students are
   required to meet.
POLICY IV: Student files at the University and the Department are considered
"confidential".

PROCEDURES:
   1. Student file is initiated for each student upon application to a Program.
   2. Files are kept in a Departmental cabinet that is located in a locked storage room.



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    3. Only the Program Assistant, Departmental Secretary, non-student Staff, and
       Faculty have automatic access to these files.
Policy V: Students in the Coordinated Program who have previously completed the
didactic portion of the practicum classes will be held accountable for the didactic course
content at the time of taking the accompanying practicum. Students must meet the
practicum schedule of each specific course including talkbacks.

Procedures:
        1. Student, who wishes to take a didactic course prior to taking the
           accompanying practicum, will obtain permission from advisor and the
           Program Director.
        2. When taking the practicum course, the student will be held responsible for the
           didactic course content as follows.
            a. Student may attend didactic course or have a representative take notes or
               tape class (Please note that taping class is at the discretion of the class
               instructor).
            b. Student will not enroll for the didactic class.
            c. Student will be required to take the class exams including the final and
               receive an average grade of C or better to be retained in the Coordinated
               Program.
            d. Student will not be required to take quizzes or complete homework
               assignments but may do so and the instructor will grade and/or critique as
               needed.
        3. The published syllabus for the practicum course is the guideline for on/off
           campus meetings, group learning experiences and clinic assignments which
           students are required to meet.
POLICY VII: Each student may have access to his/her own Departmental student file.

PROCEDURES:
    1. Student access to files shall be limited to the office hours of the Department.
    2. The secretary will provide the student with his/her file. The file must be examined
       in the office or reception area. The secretary will return the student file promptly
       to the cabinet upon completion.
POLICY VIII: Students and faculty shall be protected for malpractice while in clinical
facilities on University business.

PROCEDURES:
    1. The University will purchase on an annual basis malpractice insurance for all
       students in the health programs while performing duties related to the programs
       and/or practicum.


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   2. Faculty and students are covered under this policy.
   3. Students may, if they wish, purchase individual coverage through an independent
      carrier for coverage.
POLICY IX: Students receiving an injury or involved in an accident while on assignment
at a clinical facility must cover their own expenses for medical treatment. The University
holds no responsibility for the safety of students while traveling to and from clinical
facilities nor during their placement at the facility.

PROCEDURES:
   1. All students enrolled in the University must pay a student health fee.
   2. The student health fee provides for accident coverage which will reimburse the
      student for medical expenses for emergency treatment.
   3. Students may purchase major medical health insurance through an independent
      carrier for more comprehensive coverage.
POLICY X: Students are responsible for the extra expenses to attend clinical facilities.

PROCEDURES:
   1. Students are expected to provide their own transportation to and from clinical
      affiliations.
   2. Any expenses incurred, such as meals and parking, are the student's responsibility
      and not that of the clinical facility or the University.
POLICY IX: The programs will usually follow the University calendar in regard to
vacations and holidays.

PROCEDURES:
   1. The schedule for clinical assignments will coincide with the schedule for classes
      published by the Registrar's Office.
   2. Spring Break, Thanksgiving Weekend and other holidays will be observed by the
      program.
   3. Exceptions may include Veteran's Day which may fall on a clinic assignment day.
POLICY XIII: Students are required to complete all assigned hours at a clinical facility.

PROCEDURES:
   1. Students are expected to be at the facility and ready for clinical assignment at the
      appointed time. Students are expected to be appropriately dressed for the clinical
      assignment.
   2. Students missing a clinical assignment must call the supervisor and faculty
      instructor prior to the assigned reporting time.



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   3. Arrangements must be made with the clinical supervisor to make up missed hours.
      The student will work with the clinical supervisor as to how and when the time
      will be made up. The student must inform the faculty of this arrangement before
      the activity begins.
   4. Any deviation from the above (arrangement for missed hours) must be discussed
      with faculty and clinical supervisor.
   5. Schedule changes may be made only with prior approval by the FIU faculty and in
      concurrence with the clinical supervisor.
POLICY XIII: Students will adhere to the American Dietetic Association „Code of
Ethics‟

PROCEDURES:
   1. Students will become familiar with the American Dietetic Association, „Code of
      Ethics‟ which is located on the Department web site and reproduced in the Student
      Orientation Handbook.
   2. Students will discuss ethical issues in classes and with clinical supervisors in order
      to understand their application to each specific setting.
   3. Students will respect and adhere to the facilities patient confidentiality Policy &
      Procedures. Class assignments or case studies shall have no patient defining
      information (name or initials). Discussions regarding patient information and/or
      institutions will be limited to closed meetings and classrooms without visitors.
POLICY XIV: All students have the right to file a grievance procedure if the attempt of
an informal resolution fails.

PROCEDURES:
   1. When problems occur in class or clinical assignments, student should discuss the
      situation with the appropriate instructor during office hours. (Make appointment to
      discuss.)
   2. If this appointment does not resolve the issue, further problem solving measures
      should be taken up with the Program Director.
   3. The highest level of this informal process would involve making an appointment
      with the Department Chairperson to discuss the problem.
   4. When the informal process fails to solve the problem, the student may file a
      grievance according to the "Rights and Responsibilities of Students".
POLICY XV: Once a letter grade has been recorded on a grade report form of the
University, a student cannot be allowed to improve a grade by additional
assignments/projects at that time. (Grading policies of the University are followed.)
POLICY XVI: Students will complete annual physicals & PPD, update any
immunizations prior to placements in clinical facilities. Required immunizations include:
Rubeola & Rubella. Hepatitis B is strongly recommended.


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PROCEDURES:
   1. Students can arrange with the Student Health Center for a physical exam and TB
      test (PPD).
   2. Students must complete a Health History Screening Questionnaire prior to their
      appointment. If any questions are answered yes, the student must schedule their
      own appointment with a Doctor or Nurse Practitioner at the Student Health Center.
   3. This exam will be completed free of charge for enrolled students at the Student
      Health Center. There will be a fee charged for the PPD test, and any
      immunizations needed by the Health Center.
   4. If the student chooses to use their own personal physician instead of the FIU
      Student Health Center, the test results and a statement from the physician that the
      student is in good health is required. The student should bring the statement to the
      department.
   5. A written confirmation of adequate physical health from the Student Health Center
      must be placed in the student's file in the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition. It
      is the student's responsibility to bring this to the department. This will be
      considered valid for one year only.
   6. Students without a written confirmation on file will not be allowed to begin
      coursework each fall semester requiring clinical placement.
POLICY XVII: All students enrolled in a Baccalaureate degree program must complete
the Undergraduate program of studies in the prescribed order as published in the web site/
University Catalog upon their admission to the program. Exception(s) to published
sequence/ requirements must be reviewed and approved by a majority vote of the
Department Faculty.

PROCEDURES:
   1. Each student must meet with an advisor to review program of studies.
   2. Students enrolling in a course that has an accompanying lab with register for the
      lecture and lab in the same semester.
   3. Any exceptions to this plan must be approved as follows:
           a. Student presents a written petition to her/his advisor (including current FIU
              transcript).
           b. Program Director (Coordinated/Didactic Program) presents petition to an
              Executive Education Committee. Advisor will present to Committee if
              student is seeking a minor in Nutrition.
           c. The Executive Education Committee reviews petition, deliberates possible
              actions and forwards recommendation to Program Director or advisor.
           d. Faculty teaching a course that requires a pre-requite(s) are the only faculty
              that can provide the student with a permit number to register for the class


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                 without taking the pre-requites. Copy of this action will become part of the
                 student‟s file.
4. International students working towards obtaining a verification statement from Florida
   International University, Didactic Program in Dietetics;
          a. International transcripts must be evaluated for the equivalency of a U.S.
             degree
                 1. List of agencies are located on the American Dietetics Association,
                    Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education web page
                    (eatright.org). Students must use one of the listed agencies on this web
                    site for evaluation of foreign transcripts.
          b. Students should make an appointment with Program Director and/or advisor.
             Student should bring with them to the scheduled appointment
                 1. An official copy of the foreign transcript evaluation including copy of
                    official foreign transcripts.
          c. International students will need to meet all of the requirements for the
             verification statement according to Florida International University Didactic
             Program in Dietetics accredited by the Commission on Accreditation Dietetic
             Education. The Department faculty has decided in the best interest of
             preparing the student for practice as a Registered Dietitian, the student will;
                 1. Complete courses DIE 3244/L, Medical Nutrition Therapy/Lab, DIE
                    4246/L, Clinical Nutrition/Lab, and DIE 3317, Dietetics in Community
                    Health regardless of courses completed in their international course of
                    study.
                 2. Complete a minimum of 15 credit hours from the selected
                    Departmental curriculum.
                 3. Complete other courses as recommended by Program Director and/or
                    advisor to meet the requirements of Florida International University
                    Didactic Program in Dietetics to obtain a verification statement.
  POLICY XVIII: All students must take DIE 4963, Comprehensive Examination in
  Dietetics prior to graduation.

  PROCEDURES:
      1. Students enrolled in the Didactic Program in Dietetics will enroll in DIE 4963,
         Comprehensive Dietetic Examination and take the examination as a pass or fail
         course.
          a. Students enrolled in the Didactic Program in Dietetics will be allowed to take
             the examination no more than two times.
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        c. Didactic student will enroll in the semester of their final course work for the
           comprehensive examination.
2. Students enrolled in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics will enroll in DIE 4963,
   Comprehensive Dietetic Examination, during the Fall semester of their senior year.
        a. Students are required to successfully pass the Comprehensive Dietetic
           Examination to graduate from the Coordinated Program.
        b. Students enrolled in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics will be allowed to
           take the examination no more than two times.
        c. Students enrolled in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics who do not
           successfully pass the comprehensive examination (taken twice) will be
           removed from the Coordinated Program in Dietetics and will graduate from
           the Didactic Program in Dietetics.
        d. Student is responsible for registering for the comprehensive   examination.
Fall semester (Coordinated Program students and Didactic Program students)
The comprehensive examination will be administered three times. The first administration
will be on the Friday after the last day of finals week of Fall Semester. The second
administration will be between the New Years Day Holiday and the first day of Spring
semester classes. A third administration of the comprehensive examination will occur
three to five days after the second administration of the comprehensive examination,
depending on the university schedule.
Students registered for the comprehensive examination during the Fall semester have a
choice between the December date and the first date in January for their comprehensive
examination (first try).
Spring and Summer semesters (Didactic Program students)
The comprehensive examination will be administered 2 times. The first administration
will be on the Friday after the last day of finals week. A second administration will occur
three to five days after the second administration, depending on the university schedule.
Coordinated Program students failing the comprehensive examination will not begin their
Advanced Practicum until a passing score is achieved. Upon the second failure, the
student will:
               1. Be required to drop the Advanced Practicum;
               2. Be dropped from the Coordinated Program; and
               3. Be transferred and graduate from the Didactic Program in Dietetics.
Didactic students who fail the comprehensive examination twice will receive a failing
grade in DIE 4963 as a course grade.
Approved by Department Faculty 1/5/91



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Reviewed/Edited Executive Education Committee Fall 1991, Spring 1995, Spring 1996,
Spring 1999, Fall 2006




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