Bachelor of Science in Nutrition (Dietetics)

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DPD Program Director:  Dolores Kearney, MPH, RDN, LD
Phone: 940-898-2641
E-Mail: dkearney1@twu.edu

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

120 semester credit hours.

Major

75 semester credit hours.

The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition (Dietetics) is a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) which is an accredited program for students who are preparing to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs). A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) is a food and nutrition expert who has met the minimum academic and professional requirements to quality for the credential "RDN." The majority of RDNs work as clinical dietitians in the treatment and prevention of diseases using medical nutrition therapy. Clinical dietitians work in hospitals, HMOs, private practice, outpatient clinics, or other healthcare facilities. In addition, a large number of RDNs work in community and public health settings, schools, foodservice administration positions, government agencies, pharmaceutical companies, and in academia and research. A growing number of RDNs work in the food and nutrition industry, in business, journalism, sports nutrition, and corporate wellness programs. The B.S. in Nutrition (Dietetics) DPD program is an application-only process with acceptance capped at 40 students annually.

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at Texas Woman's University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312-899-0400 extension 5400, www.eatrightacend.org.

Some RDNs hold additional certifications in specialized areas of practice. These are awarded through the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and/or other medical and nutrition organizations, and are recognized within the profession, but are not required. Some of the certifications include pediatric or renal nutrition, sports dietetics, nutrition support, and diabetes education.

In addition to RDN credentialing, many states have regulatory laws for licensing dietitians and nutrition practitioners. Frequently, these state requirements are met through the same education and training required to become an RDN.

Requirements to Become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

  • Complete a minimum of a bachelor's degree at a US regionally accredited university or college and coursework accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and complete the requirements for a Verification Statement.
  • Complete an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program at a healthcare facility, community agency, or a foodservice corporation, or combined with undergraduate or graduate studies. Typically, a supervised practice program will run six to 12 months in length. The most popular supervised practice program is a dietetic internship. Currently, acceptance into a supervised practice program is a competitive process.
  • Pass a national board examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). For more information regarding the examination, refer to www.cdrnet.org.

Completion of the B.S. in Nutrition (Dietetics) DPD does not guarantee admission into a dietetic supervised practice (internship) program. Admission to supervised practice programs are very competitive; therefore, students are encouraged to apply to a variety of programs to increase their chances of being accepted. Supervised practice programs vary by length, location, specialty, and required application fee.

Application to the B.S. in Nutrition (Dietetics) DPD

Admission to Texas Woman’s University does not guarantee acceptance into the B.S. in Nutrition (Dietetics) or the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). The B.S. in Nutrition (Dietetics) DPD at TWU is an application-only process with acceptance capped at 40 students annually. All students wishing to graduate with a B.S. in Nutrition (Dietetics) must initially apply to TWU and declare their major as B.S. in Nutrition (no emphasis area selected). Students will take coursework as outlined on the B.S. in Nutrition (Dietetics) Program of Study. Students will be eligible to apply to the B.S. in Nutrition (Dietetics) DPD only after completing the required list of courses, meeting the grade requirements, and completing a mandatory NFS department orientation.

After acceptance into the B.S. in Nutrition (Dietetics) DPD, students will declare their emphasis as B.S. in Nutrition (Dietetics). Students who have completed the B.S. in Nutrition (Dietetics) DPD requirements and meet the requirements for a Verification Statement are eligible to apply to a supervised practice (internship) program.

Admissions Process to the B.S. in Nutrition (Dietetics) DPD

Applications for admission to the B.S. in Nutrition (Dietetics) DPD will be made after the successful completion of the prerequisites. All application materials are due to the TWU DPD Program Director by October 1. Admission decisions and notifications will be made by October 31.

Students must meet the following criteria to qualify to apply to the B.S. in Nutrition (Dietetics) DPD:

  1. Admission to Texas Woman’s University.
  2. Submission of TWU B.S. in Nutrition (Dietetics) DPD Application Form.
  3. Completion of prerequisites for B.S. in Nutrition (Dietetics) DPD courses. Required courses may not be repeated more than one time.
  4. Meet the B.S. in Nutrition (Dietetics) DPD grade requirements.
  5. Overall GPA of 3.00 (last 60 hours for Post-Bachelor students).
  6. Completion of an NFS department orientation.
  7. Completion of an in-person writing sample.
  8. Submission of a resume.

Refer to the NFS website for the DPD Handbook, Application Form, orientation dates, and writing sample dates.

Prerequisites for B.S. in Nutrition (Dietetics) DPD Admission

The required grade point average for application to the B.S. in Nutrition (Dietetics) DPD is 3.00 (GPA for Post-Bachelor students will be calculated using all the DPD prerequisites and the previous undergraduate courses in reverse chronological order to total 60 semester credit hours). The courses listed below must be completed prior to progressing to Junior level courses (3000 level courses). Students must complete the mandatory NFS department orientation. Students who do not meet these requirements must meet with their academic advisor to determine an appropriate degree major.

After the above prerequisite courses are completed, prospective B.S. in Nutrition (Dietetics) DPD students will be permitted to enroll in the courses listed below. Students must receive a grade of “B” or higher in these courses. Students who do not meet these requirements must meet with their academic advisor to determine an appropriate degree major.

Verification Statement

Requirements to receive a Verification Statement from the TWU B.S. in Nutrition (Dietetics) DPD in order to be eligible for entry into an ACEND-accredited supervised practice (internship) program are:

  • Earn a grade of “B” or higher in: NFS 1301, NFS 1302, NFS 2323, NFS 3033, NFS 3043, NFS 3083, NFS 3713, NFS 2011, and NFS 3722.
  • Earn a grade of “C” or higher in all other DPD-required courses.
  • Achieve an overall GPA of 3.25.
  • B.S. in Nutrition (Dietetics) DPD students may repeat a DPD-required course only once.
  • Complete a minimum of 24 hours of advanced undergraduate nutrition, food science, and foodservice management courses at TWU.

Note: Requirements for a Verification Statement are different than the requirements for earning a degree at TWU.

Bachelor of Science in Nutrition (Dietetics) Program of Study

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
NFS 1302
  & NFS 1301
Food Preparation Principles
   and Food Preparation Principles Laboratory
3
BIOL 1113
  & BIOL 1111 (Lab)
Principles of Biology I
   and Principles of Biology I Laboratory
4
ENG 1013Composition I3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
Select 3 semester credit hours from the following:3
KINS 1902
  & UNIV 1231 (required for first year students)
Fitness and Health: Enhancing Personal Wellness
   and Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience
 
KINS 1902
  & KINS 1901 (Lab)
Fitness and Health: Enhancing Personal Wellness
   and Fitness and Health Laboratory
 
Core Approved Mathematics
 
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
ENG 1023Composition II3
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
GOV 2013U.S. National Government3
Select 3 semester credit hours from the following:3
Financial and Quantitative Literacy 
Introduction to Mathematics 
Elementary Analysis I 
PSY 1013Introduction to General Psychology3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
CHEM 1013
  & CHEM 1011
Introductory Chemistry
   and Introductory Chemistry Laboratory
4
SPCH 1013Oral Communication3
Select 4 semester credit hours from the following:4
NFS 2033
  & NFS 2031 (Lab)
Food Microbiology
   and Food Microbiology Laboratory
 
BACT 1003
  & BACT 1001 (Lab)
Microbiology
   and Microbiology Laboratory
 
Multicultural Women's Studies3
Language, Philosophy, Culture Core3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring
NFS 2323Introduction to Nutrition3
CHEM 1023
  & CHEM 1021 (Lab)
Introduction to Organic and Physiological Chemistry
   and Introduction to Organic and Physiological Chemistry Laboratory
4
GOV 2023Texas Government3
MATH 1703Elementary Statistics I3
ZOOL 2033
  & ZOOL 2031 (Lab)
Human Anatomy and Physiology
   and Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
4
 Semester Credit Hours17
Third Year
Fall
NFS 2011Introduction to Dietetics1
NFS 3033Nutrition throughout the Life Cycle3
NFS 3043Community Nutrition3
NFS 3083Bionutrition3
BUS 3003Principles of Management3
 Semester Credit Hours13
Spring
NFS 3173 (GP)Culture and Food3
NFS 3201Nutrition Assessment1
NFS 3323
  & NFS 3321 (Lab)
Food Science
   and Food Science Laboratory
4
NFS 3713
  & NFS 3722 (Lab)
Quantity Food Production and Service
   and Quantity Food Production and Service Laboratory
5
Creative Arts Core3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall
NFS 4103Medical Nutrition Therapy I3
NFS 4301Principles of Nutritional Genomics1
NFS 4303Advanced Nutrition: Macronutrients3
NFS 3101Advanced Nutrition Laboratory1
NFS 4701Dietetics As a Profession1
NFS 4744Principles of Foodservice Systems4
 Semester Credit Hours13
Spring
NFS 4113Medical Nutrition Therapy II3
NFS 4313Advanced Nutrition: Micronutrients3
NFS 4473Nutrition Therapy and Education Methods3
NFS 4601Literature in Nutrition and Food Science Seminar1
Elective3
 Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 120

(GP) courses satisfy global perspectives graduation requirement.