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					 College of Undergraduate Studies
      Department of Nutrition
    Jaleh Dehpahlavan, Associate Professor, Didactic Program in Dietetics Director,
                                 Department Head
                                     jalehd@life.edu
                     Dr. Beverley Demetrius, Associate Professor
                                   bdemetrius@life.edu
      Donna Plummer, Assistant Professor, Dietetic Internship Program Director
                                   dplummer@life.edu
                     Dr. Wilfred Turnbull, Professor
                                    turnbull@life.edu

                             Telephone 770-426-2736
                                Fax 770-426-2698
               Nutrition now & into the Next Millenium




                               Creating the Future:
                       Partnering with the Public
                           American Dietetic Association




9/17/10
                                        Jaleh Dehpahlavan, M.MSc., R.D., L.D.
                                            Chair, Department of Nutrition
                                                 1269 Barclay Circle
                                               Marietta, Georgia 30060
                                                     770-426-2736
                                                   Fax 770-426-2698
                                               Email: jalehd@life.edu
Dear Prospective Student:

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Nutrition Programs at Life University. I am delighted to send you the
information you requested. In the following paragraphs, I pose a few questions and answers in an attempt to clarify
some of your concerns. After reviewing this information, if you have any further questions, please feel free to contact
me or any other faculty member in the Department of Nutrition. For further information, you can also access any of
the Nutrition Degree Offering Handbooks from the Department of Nutrition Website.
Q: What programs do we offer?
     1. BS in Nutrition- With this degree, students are able to enter into a Professional Program or pursue a career
          in the field of nutrition, which does not require Registered Dietitian (RD) credentials.
     2. BS in Dietetics- This program has been granted initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for
          Dietetic Education (CADE). Graduates of this program will be able to apply to an American Dietetic
          Association-accredited internship program and take the National Registration Examinations for Dietitians, in
          order to become Registered Dietitians.
     3. Verification Statement- This program provides opportunity for a student who has a BS Degree in Nutrition
          from a non-CADE accredited program to take required courses to become eligible for entrance into an
          internship program.
     4. Dietetic Internship- This program has been granted initial accreditation by the Commission on
          Accreditation for Dietetic Education (CADE). This program provides a great opportunity for graduates of a
          Dietetics Program to complete the last sequential step in becoming Registered Dietitians.
Q: What are the job opportunities and salary ranges for the programs?
     The job opportunities for graduates of the Nutrition Programs are endless and include careers in settings such as
     wellness, health club centers, nutrition programs for elderly and children, food companies, foodservice, hospitals,
     public health, and long-term care facilities.
    1. The salary for a graduate with an Associate Degree is between $20-30K.
    2. The salary for a graduate with a Bachelor Degree is between $30-40K; however graduates with RD
         credentials have the potential to earn more money and the job opportunities are greater.
    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for Dietetics in the future is very promising.
Q: Why should I come to Life University?
    1. Experienced and caring faculty who will guide you through your program of study.
    2. Small classes with a low ratio of student to faculty, which provides more hands-on experience.
    3. Versatile curricula, which will expose you to a variety of topics in the field of Nutrition and Dietetics.
    4. Ability to take a full load of courses during the Winter, Spring and Fall, which allows you to complete your
         program of study earlier.
    5. A beautiful campus that is conveniently located in the Marietta area near nature trails and shopping.
    6. Easy, affordable parking.
    7. Accelerated sciences (5-week courses) to meet graduation schedules.
    8. Academic calendar that uses the quarter system.
I hope I have answered some your questions, if I may be of any other assistance, please contact me.

Sincerely,


Jaleh Dehpahlavan, M.MSc., R.D., L.D.
Associate Professor, Department Head, Department of Nutrition, Didactic Program in Dietetics Director




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                     Department of Nutrition
                          Information Booklet

                        WELCOME TO LIFE UNIVERSITY

At Life University, our programs provide more than information for the moment;
they are life-changing experiences, which promote learning for a lifetime. Life
chooses to approach its Nutrition programs much differently than most
institutions. At Life, we provide advanced training combined with field
experience, which prepares our students for the challenge of today’s dynamic
employment environment.

                 Mission Statement of Department of Nutrition

The mission of the Department of Nutrition is to provide students with the
knowledge and skills necessary for a successful career in the various nutritional
settings within their community. This is to diversify the mission of the University
in its service to the community. The Department of Nutrition also strives to
provide an educationally challenging environment so that a graduate of any of
the Nutrition Programs can successfully meet the challenges of today’s dynamic
healthcare system.

Program offerings are broad and include:

          Bachelor of Science in Nutrition
          Bachelor of Science in Dietetics
          Verification Statement
          Dietetic Internship Program



                         Bachelor of Science in Nutrition

                                        Goals
The Department of Nutrition designed the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Degree to
provide the opportunity for the students to receive this degree and advance to the
professional program or advance degrees.




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                                 Career Opportunities
With this degree, students are able to enter into a professional program or
pursue a career in the field of nutrition, which does not require Registered
Dietitian (RD) credentials.


                     Bachelor of Science Degree Offerings
All students receiving any of the Bachelors of Science from the Department of
Nutrition must complete 188 credit hours of instruction.


Area I       Communication Skills and Humanities                              20 cr.
                    ENG 101       Composition I                      5 cr.
                    ENG 102       Composition II                     5 cr.
                    ENG 121       Public Speaking                    3 cr.
                    Electives                                        7 cr.

Area II      Natural Sciences, Mathematics, & Computers                       25 cr.
                    MAT 101               College Algebra            5 cr.
                    BIO 111               General Biology I          5 cr.
                    BIO 112               General Biology II         5 cr.
                    CHM 111               General Chemistry          5 cr.
                    CIM 101               Intro to Computers         5 cr.

Area III            Social Sciences                                           20 cr.
                    Any History (HIS 102, 102, 201, 202)
                    or POL 201      American Government               5 cr.
                    PSY 101         General Psychology                5 cr.
                    Electives                                        10 cr.

Area IV             Nutrition Core                                            48 cr.
                    NTR 209       Principles of Food Preparation     3 cr.
                    NTR 240       Medical Terminology                2 cr.
                    NTR 300       Fundamentals of Nutrition          4 cr.
                    NTR 301       Research Methodology               2 cr.
                    NTR 303       Menu Planning &
                                  Computer Analysis                  3 cr.
                    NTR 304       Introduction to Food Science       3 cr.
                    NTR 305       Community Nutrition                3 cr.
                    NTR 306       Advanced Nutrition                 4 cr.
                    NTR 307       Nutrition Education                2 cr.
                    NTR 309       Assessment, Interviewing,
                                  & Counseling                       4 cr.
                    NTR 320       Alternative Nutrition              2 cr.
                    NTR 360       Nutrition through the Life Cycle   3 cr.
                    NTR 401       Nutrition Therapy I                4 cr.
                    NTR 402       Nutrition Therapy II               4 cr.
                    NTR 405       Nutrition & Physical
                                  Performance                        3 cr.
                    NTR 433       Study of Vitamins & Minerals       2 cr.

Area V       Major Program Requirements                                                33 cr.
             (A)    BIO 431        Microbiology I                    5 cr.


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                      BIO 433         Microbiology II                   3 cr.
                      CHM 112         General Chemistry II              5 cr.
                      CHM 211         Organic Chemistry I               5 cr.
                      CHM 212         Organic Chemistry II              5 cr.
                      CHM 315         Biochemistry I                    5 cr.
                      CHM 316         Biochemistry II                   5 cr.
                      NTR 210         Nutrition Seminar
                                                & Future Trends         0 cr.

                                                                                           20 cr.
              B) 20 credit hours of the following:
              Natural Science, Mathematics, or Business (*Note: Physics I, II and/or III
              may be required for other advanced healthcare degrees.)


Area VI       Other Nutrition, Science, or Business Major
              Requirements                                                                 18 cr.
              (A)   8 credit hours Undergrad NTR Electives
                    10 credit hours any Nutrition, Science, or
                    Business Electives

Area VII      General Electives                                                            4 cr.
              Any Undergraduate Course not already taken.




                      BACHELOR of Science in DIETETICS
                                           Goals
Graduates with academic preparation in Dietetics, after successful completion of
an internship, will be eligible to sit for the National Exam for Registered Dietitians
and be competent to assume entry-level positions as dietitians in a variety of
settings.



                                 Career Opportunities
Job opportunities for graduates with Registered Dietitian credential are endless
and include work in settings such as hospitals, public health nutrition programs,
and long-term care facilities. Dietitians also work in child nutrition and school
lunch programs, community wellness centers, health clubs, nutrition programs for
the elderly, food companies, and foodservice management settings. Their
responsibilities are as varied as the settings in which they work. Dietitians also
work with physicians providing individual and group therapy. Another possibility
for dietitians is to work for pharmaceutical companies with lines of nutritional
products.




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                                       Job Comparison Table

Career Opportunities                                       Dietitian with             Nutritionist without
                                                          R.D. credential              R.D. credential
Hospitals                                                         *               Food Serv. Supervisor or Director
Public health nutrition programs                                  *                               *
Long-term care facilities                                                         Food Serv.Supervisor or Director
Child nutrition
                                                                  *                               *
School lunch programs                                             *                               *
Community wellness centers                                        *                               *
Health clubs                                                      *
Nutrition programs for the elderly
                                                                                                  *
                                                                  *                               *
Food industries
Physicians’ offices providing individual and
                                                                  *                               *
group therapy                                                     *
Pharmaceutical companies with nutritional                         *
product lines                                                     *
Provide Consulting
                                                                                                  *
                                                                  *
Health Coaching
                                                                  *                               *
(Note: All the career opportunities for the Nutritionist without R.D. Credential are lower salary jobs)

                   Bachelor of Science in Dietetics Degree Offerings

All students receiving any of the Bachelors of Science in Dietetics from the
Department of Nutrition must complete 188 credit hours of instruction.

Area I            Communication Skills and Humanities                                        20 cr.
                           ENG 101           Composition I                        5 cr.
                           ENG 102           Composition II                       5 cr.
                           ENG 121           Public Speaking                      3 cr.
                           Electives                                              7 cr.

Area II           Natural Sciences, Mathematics, & Computers                                25 cr.
                           MAT 101                    College Algebra             5 cr.
                           BIO 111                    General Biology I           5 cr.
                           BIO 112                    General Biology II          5 cr.
                           CHM 111                    General Chemistry           5 cr.
                           CIM 101                    Intro to Computers          5 cr.



Area III                   Social Sciences                                                   20 cr.
                           Any History (HIS 102, 102, 201, 202)
                           or POL 201      American Government                    5 cr.
                           PSY 101         General Psychology                     5 cr.
                           Electives                                              10 cr.

Area IV                    Nutrition Core                                                    48 cr.
                           NTR 209           Principles of Food Preparation 3 cr.
                           NTR 240           Medical Terminology            2 cr.
                           NTR 300           Fundamentals of Nutrition      4 cr.
                           NTR 301           Research Methodology           2 cr.


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                 NTR 303        Menu Planning &
                                Computer Analysis                  3 cr.
                 NTR 304        Introduction to Food Science       3 cr.
                 NTR 305        Community Nutrition                3 cr.
                 NTR 306        Advanced Nutrition                 4 cr.
                 NTR 307        Nutrition Education                2 cr.
                 NTR 309        Assessment, Interviewing,
                                & Counseling                       4 cr.
                 NTR 320        Alternative Nutrition              2 cr.
                 NTR 360        Nutrition through the Life Cycle   3 cr.
                 NTR 401        Nutrition Therapy I                4 cr.
                 NTR 402        Nutrition Therapy II               4 cr.
                 NTR 405        Nutrition & Physical
                                Performance                        3 cr.
                 NTR 433        Study of Vitamins & Minerals       2 cr.

Area V     Major Program Requirements                                      33 cr.
           (A)   BIO 431        Microbiology I                     5 cr.
                 BIO 433        Microbiology II                    3 cr.
                 CHM 112        General Chemistry II               5 cr.
                 CHM 211        Organic Chemistry I                5 cr.
                 CHM 212        Organic Chemistry II               5 cr.
                 CHM 315        Biochemistry I                     5 cr.
                 CHM 316        Biochemistry II                    5 cr.
                 NTR 210        Nutrition Seminar
                                          & Future Trends          0 cr.

Area V           Major Program Requirements                                     10 cr.
           (B)   10 credit hours of the following:
                 BIO 201          Anatomy & Physiology             5 cr.
                 MSC 301          Business Statistics              5 cr.

Area VI          Other Nutrition, Sciences or Business Major
                 Requirements                                                       32 cr.
(A)               26 credit hours of the following:
                 NTR 310          Marketing Your Services          2 cr.
                 NTR 311          Foodservice Operations           3 cr.
                 NTR 312          Food Safety & Sanitation         2 cr.
                 NTR 413          Nutrition Therapy III            3 cr.
                 NTR 414          Food, Nutrition & Culture        3 cr.
                 NTR 415          Quantity Food Production         2 cr.
                 NTR 417          Field Experience – Community     2 cr.
                 NTR 442          Foodservice Management           3 cr.
                 NTR 436          Clinical Field Experience        3 cr.
                 NTR 443          Management Field Experience      3 cr.

(B)              Any 6 credit hours of Nutrition Courses not already taken.
                 (NTR 411 Maternal/Child Nutrition and NTR 412 Geriatric Nutrition
                 are highly recommended to be taken for the degree)


Area VII   General Electives                                                0 cr.




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Verification Statement

This program provides opportunity for students who have a B.S. degree in
Nutrition (from an unaccredited CADE program) to take required courses to
become eligible for entrance into an internship without having to complete
requirements for the entire B.S. in Dietetics degree.

    Similarities and Differences among the Bachelor of Science Degrees
                     Offered by the Nutrition Department

Similarities

 All Bachelor of Science degrees are based on 188 credit hours of instruction.
 All Bachelor of Science degrees are based upon the General Core Curriculum
  of 66 credit hours.
 All Bachelor of Science degrees have the same requirements in the (Area V &
  VI A) Nutrition Core, Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Nutrition Seminar &
  Future Trends.

Differences

 The two degrees differ in Areas V – VII. The BS Degree in Nutrition is NOT
  accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education of the
  American Dietetic Association and the graduates of this program DO NOT
  meet the requirements necessary to enter an internship or sit for the national
  exam.

 BS in Dietetics incorporates all the foundation requirements outlined by the
  CADE of the American Dietetic Association to permit the issuance of a
  verification statement after graduation to permit entrance into an accredited
  internship program and sit for the national exam. Because this program
  adheres closely to the CADE prescribed requirements, there is very little room
  for variation. Area V must have 28 credit hours of instruction as outlined;
  therefore Area VII (General Electives) is unavailable.

                        The Dietetic Internship Program

The dietetic internship is structured in compliance with the standard of education
set by the CADE. The Dietetic Internship at Life University is a 9-month (37
weeks-27 credit hours) non-degree post baccalaureate program that provides
interns with necessary knowledge and skills to be eligible to sit for the National
Registration Exam for Dietitians and to pursue a variety of career opportunities in
the field of dietetics. Up to sixteen interns can be admitted to the program, which
starts mid Summer quarter and is completed by the end of Spring quarter of each
year.




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             Mission Statement of the Dietetic Internship Program

The mission of the Dietetic Internship Program supports the Life University
mission and provides practical experience and training for interns, so that the
program graduates will have the knowledge and skills to effectively meet the
responsibilities of nutritional services in community, clinical, managerial positions
and become leaders in their chosen field. Upon completion of the program and
receipt of the Verification Statement, the graduates will pass the National
Registration Examination for dietitians.

The mission of the Dietetic Internship Program is to also prepare the graduates
academically and professionally so that they may integrate, apply, and practice
theoretical knowledge necessary to provide quality nutritional care in a cost
effective manner, pursue innovations and leadership, both in the work place and
in professional associations.


               Credentialing Process for Dietetics Practitioners

Students are required to go through a sequential three-step process to become
Registered Dietitians. Those steps are:

       1. Completion of the didactic program in dietetics with minimum academic
          requirements as approved by the CADE.
       2. Complete a CADE-accredited internship
       3. Pass the National Registration Examination For Dietitians

The completion of this program fulfills the second step in the process.


                               Accreditation Status

The Didactic Program in Dietetics at Life University has been granted initial
accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE)
of the American Dietetic Association (ADA), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite
2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312/899-5400, 800/877-1600 ext. 5400.

The Dietetic Internship Program at Life University has been granted initial
accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE)
of the American Dietetic Association (ADA), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite
2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312/899-5400, 800/877-1600 ext. 5400.




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