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You will perform supervised practice experiences during your last two years of the Coordinated Program. After successfully completing the bachelor degree requirements, didactic coursework, and these supervised practice experiences, you will be eligible to take the registration exam. Throughout these supervised practices, students have opportunities to develop their entrepreneurial skills. 

Food Service Systems Management I Laboratory 

Junior dietetics majors plan dining events, often highlighting cuisines from different cultures. In order to ensure authenticity, dietetics students work with Seton Hill students from other nations. Cultural projects can also be completed in one of the other supervised practices or in the lab portion of Food Science and Technology II, while modifying a recipe to enhance its healthful value. 

Food Service Systems Management I Supervised Practice 

Junior dietetics students experience quantity food purchasing, preparation, and equipment at local school districts. Students develop menus to meet nutrition guidelines and facility requirements for the population served. 

Health Promotion and Nutrition Education Supervised Practice

Junior dietetics students teach individuals of all age groups from preschoolers to senior citizens. Each student has the opportunity to plan and manage an event. Students have experiences in community programs such as WIC and Head Start, and travel to Washington, D.C. to visit Congress, the United States Department of Agriculture and the National Institutes of Health. Students plan research activities and learn to use research equipment. Students also participate in a workshop at a nationally-known children's hospital.

Medical Nutrition Therapy I Supervised Practice

Senior dietetics majors conduct initial client interviews at a local hospital. They participate in a workshop at a local burn center. They also learn about functional feeding evaluations and the treatment of clients with feeding disorders at The Children's Institute. Students learn how to perform Nutrition Focused Physical Examinations.

Community Nutrition Supervised Practice 

Senior dietetics majors participate in a variety of experiences with dietitians in local community agencies and programs. Students complete research activities. Additionally students spend three weeks at a long-term care facility and use entrepreneurial skills to write and pitch a business plan for an on-campus program.

Medical Nutrition Therapy II Supervised Practice 

Senior dietetics students plan, implement and evaluate medical nutrition therapy of individual clients and groups. Students learn how to perform Nutrition Focused Physical Examinations.

Food Service Systems Management II Supervised Practice 

Students participate in management functions in food service operations of local hospitals or long-term care facilities. Some of the activities include developing employee schedules, writing job descriptions, evaluating delivery systems, and planning a monotony breaker in the employee cafeteria. 

Professional Meetings and Conferences

Students also have opportunities to network with other dietetics professionals at professional meetings and conferences.


The Nutrition and Dietetics Program calendar follows the Traditional Semester Academic Calendar except during the spring semester in the senior year. Senior level students in the program have supervised practice 40 hours per week throughout the spring semester, beginning with the entire month of January and during all regularly scheduled breaks. To view the current and/or upcoming year's calendar, click on "Traditional Semester Academic Calendar," here.

The Coordinated Program Handbook of Policies and Procedures provides additional information about this and other topics.  


General costs including tuition, fees, books, and housing can be found at Tuition and Fees. The Semester Course Schedule provides lab fees for each course. For the 2018-2019 academic year, lab fees for nutrition and dietetics courses and supervised practices and science labs are $345 for freshman year, $210 for sophomore year, $645 for junior year and $635 for the senior year. 

Because the Coordinated Program includes supervised practice opportunities required to become eligible for the registration examination, the student will have additional expenses beyond tuition, books and lab fees in the junior and senior years. Students are required to have health insurance and physical examinations both years.  Costs of those physicals will vary depending upon level of insurance and previous immunizations.  Students are required to have transportation to and from supervised practice sites.  Since sites are between 2 and 99 miles from Seton Hill, costs will vary.  Students are required to have professional liability insurance costing approximately $40 for two years.  They are also required to have the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance ($8 per year), the Pennsylvania State Criminal Background Check ($10 per year), and the FBI Clearance (approximately $27 per year) in the junior year and the senior year.  

The Coordinated Program Handbook of Policies and Procedures (PDF) provides additional information about this and other topics.