Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Certificate Program

Director: Dr. Yeon Bai
Office: University Hall, Room 4026
Phone Number: (973) 655-3220
Program Coordinator: Ms. Donna Verney
Office: University Hall, Room 2105
Phone Number: (973) 655-5363

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Certificate Program is designed for the individual who has already earned a Bachelor of Arts or Sciences degree in another field, but who wishes to change careers and become a Registered Dietitian. There are no prerequisites for this program, regardless of a student's previous field of study.

Earning the AND Certificate involves completion of an undergraduate curriculum known as the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) (see below). The DPD is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and. Once the DPD is completed, students receive an ACEND Verification Statement which enables them to apply to an accredited Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Dietetic Internship, the completion of which is the final prerequisite to taking the national registration exam to obtain the status of Registered Dietitian.

Students can also complete the DPD by earning a Second Bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Food Science-Dietetics   See  Typically, students who earn the AND Certificate, as opposed to the Second Bachelor's degree, are simultaneously enrolled in the Master's in Nutrition and Food Science program (since courses from the Master's program can be substituted for some courses in the AND Certificate program).  For students who are not also enrolled in the Master's program, the Second Bachelor's degree is usually a better option. Students in the AND certificate program pay graduate tuition to take the DPD courses; students in the Second Bachelor’s program pay undergraduate tuition to take these same courses, but are also required to complete a minimum of 32 credits at Montclair State.  Students should determine whether to choose the Second Bachelor’s in Nutrition or the post-graduate AND Certificate based on the number of DPD courses they have left to complete (courses from a student’s previous undergraduate program can sometimes be substituted for courses in the DPD) and the cost of graduate vs. undergraduate tuition.  Those interested in applying to the 2nd Bachelor’s in Nutrition and Food Science program should contact Undergraduate Admissions.

Program Requirements

Complete with a minimum GPA of 2.50. (To meet DPD requirements each course must show a grade of 'C' or better)

Physical and Biological Sciences
Biochemistry must have been completed within the past 10 years.
BIOL 243Human Anatomy and Physiology4
BIOL 254Applied Microbiology3
CHEM 113Fundamentals of Chemistry4
CHEM 130Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry4
CHEM 270Fundamentals of Biochemistry5
Behavioral and Social Sciences
NUFD 153Dynamics of Food and Society3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Economics
Applied Macroeconomics
Applied Microeconomics
NUFD 150Food Composition and Scientific Preparation3
NUFD 240Sanitation Management and Food Microbiology: Certification1
NUFD 255Meal Design and Management4
NUFD 357Experimental Food Science 13
NUFD 192Nutrition with Laboratory4
NUFD 282Applied Nutrition in the Lifecycle3
NUFD 292Applied Community Nutrition3
NUFD 382Advanced Nutrition 14
or NUFD 501 Principles of Nutrition
NUFD 488Medical Nutrition Therapy 14
NUFD 490Nutrition and Food Science Professional Seminar1
NUFD 499Medical Nutrition Applications 12
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement3
ENWR 105College Writing I: Intellectual Prose3
NUFD 482Nutrition Counseling3
Learning Theory
NUFD 412Nutrition Education Techniques 13
or NUFD 581 Nutrition Education
Math and Data Processing/Evaluation
MATH 109Statistics3
NUFD 304Introduction to Research3
Food Service System Management
NUFD 253Quantity Food Purchasing and Production3
NUFD 350Quantity Food Applications3
NUFD 352Organization and Management of Foodservice Systems 13
Total Credits88

Must be taken at Montclair State University.