2017-2018 Academic Year

UG Calendar Banner

NOTE: Banner images should be placed in this first content block and should be at least 720px wide.

Chair

Daphne Lordly, DEd (UniSA), MAHE (MSVU), PDt FDC, Associate Professor

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Human Nutrition (BScAHN) prepares students for a wide choice of careers in nutrition and for the professional practice of dietetics. The programs use classroom, community service, and practice learning to develop an interdisciplinary knowledge core in nutrition as related to health, wellness and illness and their determinants. Through rich and varied experiential learning opportunities, students gain practical skills related to application and interpretation of knowledge. Faculty members maintain professional ties with society and grassroots community organizations, hospitals, community services, research organizations and businesses that enrich students’ educational experience through placements, research projects and other professional activities.

A common core of nutrition courses consisting of 9.5 units serve as the foundation for the three BScAHN program options: Nutrition, Dietetics, and Dietetics with Internship. Each of these programs offer a curriculum to provide students with a diverse number of possible career choices in the field of nutrition. Selected courses are available via distance learning.

Admission Requirements

Please refer to sections 2.1.4 Admission Requirements and 2.1.6 Additional Admissions Requirements.

Admission of Mature Students

Please read section 2.1.4.3 Mature Admissions Policy carefully. Entrants under the mature admission policy are not admitted to a degree program until 3.0 units are completed. Students wishing to enter applied human nutrition should consult with the Department upon admission to the University to plan their sequence of courses.

Transfer Requirements

Students who wish to transfer credits from another degree program at the Mount or another post-secondary institution should refer to section 2.1.4.4 Requirements for Transfer Students. While every effort will be made to accommodate transfer students into the program, students should realize that because professional programs are highly structured and require coursework to be taken in specified sequence, extended time may be needed to complete degree requirements. Students are urged to contact the Department as early as possible if a transfer is contemplated.

Programs

Students may apply to the Nutrition or Dietetics programs described below. Application to the Internship Education Program is made during study in the Dietetics program.

Immunization Requirement
To be able to participate in courses, including internships, which have placements or labs in health facilities it is necessary to have a physician complete a health screening form that verifies your immunization for contagious diseases. There is a fee for the immunization and your health plan may cover all or part of this cost. Please contact the Department for more information.

Criminal Records Check
Students are advised that certain courses and the internship which have placements in health facilities and community organizations require a recent and currently valid Criminal Record Check including a Vulnerable Sector Search.

BScAHN Nutrition (20.0 units)

The nutrition program is best suited to those students who want to combine their nutrition studies with more electives. Nutrition is the study of the relationships among food, its nutrients, the environment and health. Careful choice of electives in the Nutrition option of the BScAHN prepares graduates to seek work in a variety of nutrition-related fields including commodity marketing boards, food retailing, government, social services, homemaking services, and the agri-food sector. Graduates may also choose to pursue additional studies for careers in school-based community teaching, research, or business.

Program Requirements
Students must successfully fulfill the following requirements:
obtain a GPA of 2.0 or higher in 6.0 units of NUTR courses taken to complete degree requirements
students may complete a 3.0 unit minor by fulfilling the requirements for the minor as defined by the department offering the minor. Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the required 3.0 units
successful completion of the following 20.0 units:
Required Core Nutrition Courses (10. units)
BIOL 22020.5 unit
BIOL 22050.5 unit
BIOL 22060.5 unit
CHEM 10110.5 unit
CHEM 10120.5 unit
CHEM 24010.5 unit
CHEM 3501/BIOL 3501 0.5 unit
CHEM 3502/BIOL 35020.5 unit
MATH 22080.5 unit
MATH 22090.5 unit
NUTR 1010
0.5 unit
NUTR 11020.5 unit
NUTR 11030.5 unit
NUTR 11060.5 unit
NUTR 22040.5 unit
NUTR 2211
0.5 unit
NUTR 23240.5 unit
NUTR 33130.5 unit
NUTR 33260.5 unit
NUTR 44060.5 unit
Required Electives (10.0 units)
1.5 units of NUTR at the 3000 level or above
(excluding NUTR 4501, 4502 and 4503)
1.5 units
2.0 units of Arts and/or Science courses
(in addition to those listed above)
2.0 units
6.5 units of electives
Note: Students are encouraged to consult with their advisor to 
ensure electives are chosen to benefit their career goals.
6.5 units

 
*Important Note: The BScAHN (Nutrition) does not include the courses necessary to meet the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP) guidelines for application to a dietetic internship. 

BScAHN Dietetics (20.0 Units)

The dietetics program is for those students who want to become professional dietitians (PDt or RD), legally registered to practice in the Canadian province(s) of their choice. The BScAHN (Dietetics) program supports the achievement of the Integrated Competencies for Dietetic Education and Practice (ICDEP) and meets the guidelines of Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP) so that graduates can apply for a dietetic internship and become registered.

Dietetics integrates and applies the principles of food, nutrition and health to promote the nutritional well-being of the public. Dietetics prepares students for careers in a variety of settings such as community nutrition, long-term care, hospitals, home care, fitness centres, or private practice. Dietitians are increasingly found in non-traditional roles such as supermarkets, food industry, food and equipment sales, and health care management.

There are several routes available to students for a dietetic internship. Students in the BScAHN (Dietetics) may apply to the Mount’s Internship Education Program (IEP). Alternately, students in their final year of study in the BScAHN (Dietetics) may apply through PDEP for a post-degree dietetic internship. Students may also choose to pursue graduate studies in nutrition with a combined internship such as the Mount’s MScAHN plus IEP. All these routes are competitive with GPA requirements defined in the BScAHN (Dietetics) and IEP. 

Program Requirements
Students must successfully fulfill the following requirements:
obtain a GPA of 2.0 or higher in 8.0 units of NUTR courses taken to complete degree requirements
students may complete a 3.0 unit minor by fulfilling the requirements for the minor as defined by the department offering the minor. Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the required 3.0 units
 successful completion of the following 20.0 units:
Required Core Nutrition Courses (10.0 units)
BIOL 22020.5 unit
BIOL 22050.5 unit
BIOL 22060.5 unit
CHEM 10110.5 unit
CHEM 10120.5 unit
CHEM 24010.5 unit
CHEM 3501/BIOL 35010.5 unit
CHEM 3502/BIOL 35020.5 unit
MATH 22080.5 unit
MATH 22090.5 unit
NUTR 1010
0.5 unit
NUTR 11020.5 unit
NUTR 11030.5 unit
NUTR 1106
0.5 unit
NUTR 2204
0.5 unit
NUTR 22110.5 unit
NUTR 23240.5 unit
NUTR 33130.5 unit
NUTR 33260.5 unit
NUTR 44060.5 unit
Required Dietetics Courses (4.5 units)
 NUTR 33150.5 unit
 NUTR 3325
0.5 unit
 NUTR 34070.5 unit
 NUTR 44000.5 unit
 NUTR 44080.5 unit
 NUTR 44090.5 unit
 NUTR 44140.5 unit
 NUTR 44170.5 unit
 NUTR 44440.5 unit
Required Electives (5.5 units)
0.5 unit of NUTR in addition to those listed above0.5 unit
0.5 unit of FSGN0.5 unit
0.5 unit of BUSI, THMT, or ECON
0.5 unit
2.0 units of Arts and/or Science courses
(in addition to those listed above)
2.0 units
2.0 units of electives
Note: Students are encouraged to consult with their advisor
to ensure electives are chosen to benefit their career goals.
2.0 units

 

BScAHN Dietetics and Internship Education Program (23.0 Units)

The BScAHN (Dietetics) Internship Education Program (IEP) requires the completion of 23.0 units including all 20.0 units required for the BScAHN (Dietetics) plus 3.0 units of internship courses. The IEP enables students to build on theoretical knowledge and internship experiences to fulfill the competencies required by PDEP to reach entry-level professional dietetic competence. Students in the IEP complete three internship courses designed to provide the necessary experiences in clinical, community and administrative areas. The first course is normally integrated between the third and fourth years of study in the BScAHN (Dietetics) and the second and third courses follow the fourth year of study. Interns must be prepared to relocate for their internship courses and to accept little to no financial compensation.

Eligibility

In order to apply for admission to the IEP students must be enrolled full-time at the Mount; must have completed a minimum of 10.0 units; must have achieved a GPA of 2.7 or higher in BScAHN (Dietetics) courses; achieved a passing grade in each of these courses; and a minimum grade of B- in required NUTR courses including NUTR 2204, NUTR 2211, NUTR 2324, NUTR 3313, NUTR 3315, NUTR 3325, NUTR 3326, NUTR 3407, NUTR 4400, NUTR 4406, NUTR 4408, NUTR 4409, NUTR 4414, NUTR 4417 and NUTR 4444.

Prior to the Level I internship course, students will normally have completed NUTR 3313, 3315, 3325, 3326, 3407 and CHEM 3502; as well as the prerequisites for these courses. Students are advised to consult their faculty advisor early in their program to discuss eligibility and course scheduling and to seek related work experiences in the summers preceding application.

Application

A formal application for admission to the Internship Education Program is required. Application forms are available from the Applied Human Nutrition Office and must be completed and returned to that Office by December 15.

Selection Procedure and Criteria

Selection, based on established criteria and following a standard process is conducted by a committee that consists of the department Chair or designate, the Internship Coordinator, a representative from the professional dietetic community and a graduate of the Mount’s Internship Education Program. The number of qualified applicants selected each year is dependent on Program resources. Meeting minimum qualifications does not guarantee admission.

Admission to the BScAHN (Dietetics) IEP will be conditional pending winter semester final grade results, which must meet grade requirements indicated above.

Students should note that details of selection criteria and procedures can be found in the IEP Policy & Procedure Manual.

Internship Program Standards

In order to remain in the Internship Education Program, students must adhere to the Program Policies and Procedures, including those for withdrawal and temporary withdrawal from internships.

There are three possible grades for internships

  • P Pass. Students continue to the next internship course.
  • NCR No credit repeat. Students must repeat the internship course and pass before continuing to the next course. Normally a student may receive only one NCR grade and remain in the degree program.
  • F Fail. A failing grade in an internship results in dismissal from the IEP (students may still complete the BScAHN).
Program Requirements
Students must successfully fulfill the following requirements:
obtain a GPA of 2.7 or higher in 8.0 units of NUTR courses
achieve a minimum grade of B- in NUTR 2204, NUTR 2211, NUTR 2324, NUTR 3313, NUTR 3315, NUTR 3325, NUTR 3326, NUTR 3407, NUTR 4400, NUTR 4406, NUTR 4408, NUTR 4409, NUTR 4414, NUTR 4417 and NUTR 4444 
achieve a grade of P in each of the 3.0 units of required internship placements (NUTR 4501, 4502 and 4503) Note: Internship courses (NUTR 4501, 4502 and 4503) cannot be counted in the calculation of the GPA.
❏ students may complete a 3.0 unit minor by fulfilling the requirements for the minor as defined by the department offering the minor. Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the required 3.0 units.
successful completion of the following 23.0 units:
Required Core Nutrition Courses (10.0 units)
BIOL 22020.5 unit
BIOL 22050.5 unit
BIOL 22060.5 unit
CHEM 10110.5 unit
CHEM 10120.5 unit
CHEM 24010.5 unit
CHEM 3501/BIOL 35010.5 unit
CHEM 3502/BIOL 35020.5 unit
MATH 22080.5 unit
MATH 22090.5 unit

NUTR 1010
0.5 unit
NUTR 11020.5 unit
NUTR 11030.5 unit
NUTR 11060.5 unit
NUTR 2204
0.5 unit
NUTR 22110.5 unit
NUTR 23240.5 unit
NUTR 33130.5 unit
NUTR 33260.5 unit
NUTR 44060.5 unit
Required Dietetics Courses (4.5 units)
NUTR 33150.5 unit

NUTR 3325
0.5 unit
NUTR 34070.5 unit
NUTR 44000.5 unit
NUTR 44080.5 unit
NUTR 44090.5 unit
NUTR 44140.5 unit
NUTR 44170.5 unit
NUTR 44440.5 unit
Required Electives (5.5. units)
0.5 unit of NUTR in addition to those listed above0.5 unit
0.5 unit of FSGN0.5 unit

0.5 unit of BUSI, THMT, or ECON
0.5 unit
2.0 units of Arts and/or Science courses
(in addition to those listed above)
2.0 units
2.0 units of electives
Note: Students are encouraged to consult with their advisor
to ensure electives are chosen to benefit their career goals.
2.0 units
 Required Internship Courses (3.0 units)
 ❏   NUTR 4501 1.0 unit
 ❏ NUTR 4502 1.0 unit
 ❏ NUTR 4503 1.0 unit

 

The sequences listed below for dietetics will usually be followed:
YearSeptember-DecemberJanuary-AprilMay-August
 1Academic TermAcademic Term      Related Work Experience
 2Academic TermAcademic TermRelated Work Experience
 3Academic TermAcademic TermInternship Term
 4Academic TermAcademic TermInternship Term
 5Internship Term


Honours Degree

Students wishing to obtain an honours degree must make formal application through the Department chairperson by May 1 of the third year of the program or after the completion of 15.0 units. Students are encouraged to apply earlier in the program so that the appropriate course can be selected.

Minimum requirements for acceptance into the honours are a GPA of 3.0 in 10.0 of the required academic units completed and a grade of at least C- in each of these units.

BScAHN Honours (Nutrition or Dietetics)
A BScAHN Honours (Nutrition or Dietetics) requires:
 ❏  fulfilment of the requirements of the 20.0 unit undergraduate degree
including the completion of NUTR 4499
 ❏1.0 unit from each core group A, B, and C listed in the Bachelor of Arts (General Studies):
❏ Core A - Sciences & Mathematics (1.0 unit)
❏ Core B - Social Sciences (1.0 unit)
❏ Core C - Humanities (1.0 unit)
 ❏ obtain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a grade of at least C- in 10.0 units of the required honours courses
 ❏obtain an overall GPA of 3.0 or more in all courses counted for the degree beyond the first 5.0 units taken.


Note: First-class honours will be awarded to students who maintain a GPA of 3.5 or better in 10.0 units in the honours subject and no grade below B- in all courses counted for the degree beyond the first 5.0 units taken.
 

BScAHN Honours (Dietetics with Internship Education Program)
A BScAHN Honours (Dietetics with Internship Education Program) requires:
fulfilment of the requirements of the 23.0 unit undergraduate degree
including the completion of NUTR 4499
obtain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a grade of at least C- in 10.0 units of the required honours courses
obtain an overall GPA of 3.0 or more in all courses counted for the degree beyond the first 5.0 units taken. Note: Internship courses (NUTR 4501, 4502 and 4503) cannot be counted in the calculation of the GPA


Note: First-class honours will be awarded to students who maintain a GPA of 3.5 or better in 10.0 units in the honours subject and no grade below B- in all courses counted for the degree beyond the first 5.0 units taken.

Minors

Science Minor
Students in a Bachelor of Science program may complete a science minor in Applied Human Nutrition by fulfilling the following requirements: 
 ❏3.0 units selected from NUTR 1102, 1103, 1106, 2211, 2204, 3325, 4400, 4408, 4409

Note: The courses listed under the science minor may be used to fulfill Core A - Science & Mathematics but may not be counted as professional electives.

Professional Minor
Students in a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science or Professional Studies program may complete a professional minor in Applied Human Nutrition by fulfilling the following requirements:
 ❏3.0 units chosen from NUTR 1102, 1103, 1106, 2204, 2211, 2240, 2300, 2324, 3205, 3315, 3326, 3330, 4414, 4417


Academic Note: This web-based calendar information is applicable for the current 2017-2018 academic year which runs from September 01, 2017 to August 31, 2018.  

Copyright 2017 Mount Saint Vincent University. All Rights Reserved - Disclaimer