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2014–2015 Undergraduate Catalog

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Nutrition and Dietetics    

The community medical dietetics (CMD) program is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 800-877-1600.

Nutrition and Dietetics


  • To become eligible to write the Registration Exam for Dietitians, both classroom and supervised practice components must be completed.
  • Admission
    • Applicants with an ACT (or equivalent) score below 20 cannot be admitted as a major. High school chemistry is a prerequisite for freshman chemistry. A working knowledge of basic math operations and high school algebra is essential. All of the following are prerequisites for eligibility to enter the professional phase of the Coordinated Program: completion of all freshman and sophomore level courses set forth on the Suggested Course Sequence form, minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00, minimum grades of B in each of the following courses, CHEM 106; NUTR 273, 340, 341; a minimum grade of BC in BIOL 305.
  • Students must apply to enter the professional phase during May of the spring semester (traditionally the sophomore year) which immediately precedes their anticipated entry.
  • The number of eligible students accepted into the coordinated phase is limited by the number of opportunities for placement in supervised practice facilities. In the event applications from eligible students outnumber placement opportunities, all eligible applicants cannot be accepted. In this situation, eligible students will be accepted according to the number of course credits previously taken at Viterbo University, e.g., a student who has taken all course work at Viterbo University since the first semester of the freshman year is given priority over the student who has transferred the freshman year of credits from another institution. If the number of previous credits taken at Viterbo University by two eligible students is very similar, the cumulative grade point average (GPA) may also be used in the admission decision.
  • Students receive written verification (postmarked by June 15) of their acceptance status into the professional phase of the Coordinated Program.
  • Students must also complete required immunizations and successfully complete a Background Information Disclosure form and a criminal history check that is in compliance with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law. Those whose criminal history check identifies bars to clinical placement or places restrictions on client contact may not be allowed to progress in the program.
  • To remain in the program, junior- and senior-level students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00, and a minimum grade of B in each of the following courses, NUTR 351, 352, 370, 372, 400, 472, 476. Students who do not meet these grade requirements will be placed on academic probation within the program for a maximum of two semesters.  

Dietetics Major (Bachelor of Science in Community-Medical Dietetics)

  • Core curriculum and mission seminars (38-52 credits) – see the degree requirements section of this catalog
  • Major requirements (89-108 credits) – BIOL 104, 114, 296, 305, CHEM 106 or 120 and 121, 140 or 240, MATH 130 or 230, NUTR 273, 340, 341, 351, 352, 355, 356, 368, 370, 371, 372, 373, 400, 401, 470, 471, 472, 473, 476, PSYC 100 or 171, 424
  • Bachelor of Science requirement –a minimum of 11 credits of natural science and/or mathematics
  • Final degree requirements – a minimum of 120 college level credits, minimum of 40 credits at the 300/400 level

Transfer courses and waivers and/or substitutions could modify the required credit total in the core curriculum and major.

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