Professor, Coordinator and DPD Director
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences Carver Complex South-Bonner Wing RM 108D
The Nutrition and Hospitality Management Program at AAMU is designed for students who possess a strong interest in the sociological, psychological, and economical aspects of food as it relates to nutritional status and world hunger. The program provides a broad education in the science of nutrition and preparation of food as related to an individual’s lifestyle, culture, and health.
The two concentrations within the Nutrition and Hospitality Management program are Hospitality Management and General Dietetics or the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD).
The mission of the DPD program at AAMU University is to prepare students to become registered dietitians by providing quality dietetic courses and didactic course learning experiences for students to complete the DPD, which prepares and enables students to enter into, and successfully complete an accredited dietetic internship and/or obtain employment in the health-care industry.
Students and graduates are eligible for membership in The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Association grants student membership at a reduced rate as long as they are enrolled in approved or accredited programs. Along with membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, students become members of the North Alabama Dietetic Association (ALDA). Students are encouraged to join the local ALDA affiliation.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website: http://www.eatright.org/Back to Top
According to the ACEND web site, in order to become a registered dietitian, one must do the following:
Complete a minimum of a bachelor’s degree at the US regionally accredited university or college and course work accredited or approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).
Complete an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program at a health-care facility, community agency, or a foodservice corporation or combined with undergraduate or graduate studies. Typically, a practice program will run six to 12 months in length or a 1200-hour.
Pass a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). For more information regarding the examination, refer to CDR’s website.
Complete continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.
Additional certifications in specialized areas of practice, such as pediatrics, weight management, renal nutrition, nutrition support, and diabetes education are available for RD’s. These certifications are awarded through CDR, the credentialing agency for AND, and/or other medical and nutrition organizations recognized within the profession, but are not required.
Finally, students are highly encouraged to take the GRE exam, late fall semester of their senior year. More and more internship programs are requiring a GRE score even though their internship does not have a master’s degree component. If a student has not taken the GRE, they may be limited in their application process.Back to Top
The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at AAMU is offered in the undergraduate program in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Area of Nutrition and Hospitality Management as the General Dietetics option. Upon completion of the program, the student is qualified to apply for admission to an accredited dietetic internship. Upon successful completion of the dietetic internship, the student is eligible to write the registration examination to become a registered dietitian.
The dietetics concentration is appropriate for students who would like to become recognized nutritionists or registered dietitians. There are three steps to becoming a registered dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) including:
RD Exam Prep Course
Dietetic Internship Program Directory
DICAS Instructional Video
D&D Digital Instructional Video
D&D Digital Website
Suggestions to improve your chances for Dietetic Internship
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The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at AAMU is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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For additional program information, please contact:
Nahid A. Sistani, Ph.D., RD, LD
Professor, Coordinator and DPD Director
Nutrition and Hospitality Management
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
Carver Complex South-Bonner Wing Room 108D
Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University
Normal, AL 35762
Students are referred to the University Bulletin for specific requirements for admission and graduation for all students. Additional departmental program and DPD requirements include:
Goal 1: Prepare graduates to be competent entry-level dietetic professionals.
Program Objectives for Goal 1
Goal 2: Graduates will be prepared to work in a variety of practice settings and diverse and multicultural environment and be able to effectively communicate, analyze, problem solve, think critically, perform high quality team-work, and continue life-long learning.
Program Objectives for Goal 2
Program outcomes date are available upon request.