Bachelor of Science in Nutrition (Dietetics)

Total Semester Credit Hours (sch): 120  
Major: 53 sch

NUTRITION.BS       CIP Code: 30.1901.00

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

Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition (Dietetics) is a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), 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 requires submission of an application.

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 cost, 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 requires the submission of an application. All students who wish to be considered for admission to the B.S. in Nutrition (Dietetics) should declare their major as B.S. in Nutrition (Dietetics). 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 (1000 and 2000 level degree courses), meeting the grade requirements, and completing a mandatory NFS department orientation.

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 required list of courses (1000 and 2000 level degree courses). All application materials are due to the TWU DPD Program Director by October 1.

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 3.25 (last 60 hours for Post-Bachelor students).
  6. Completion of an NFS department orientation.

Refer to the NFS website for the DPD Handbook, Application Form, and orientation 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 3.25 (GPA for Post-Bachelor students will be calculated using all the DPD required list of courses 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 required list of courses is completed, prospective B.S. in Nutrition (Dietetics) DPD students will be permitted to apply to the Dietetics Program. If accepted, students are 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.

* NFS 2011 may be taken as a sophomore or, if a transfer student, the first semester enrolled at TWU.

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.
  • Required “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 one time.
  • 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.

Degree Requirements

Texas Core Curriculum

ENG 1013Composition I3
ENG 1023Composition II3
Mathematics3
Life & Physical Sciences6
Language, Philosophy, & Culture3
Creative Arts3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
GOV 2013U.S. National Government3
GOV 2023Texas Government3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
CAO: Women's Studies3
CAO: First Year Seminar, Wellness or Mathematics3
Total Semester Credit Hours42

Courses Required for Major

NFS 1302
NFS 1301
Food Preparation Principles
and Food Preparation Principles Laboratory
3
NFS 2011Introduction to Dietetics1
NFS 2033
NFS 2031
Food Microbiology
and Food Microbiology Laboratory
4
or BACT 1003 Microbiology
or BACT 1001 Microbiology Laboratory
NFS 2323Introduction to Nutrition3
NFS 3033Nutrition throughout the Life Cycle3
NFS 3043Community Nutrition3
NFS 3083Bionutrition3
NFS 3101Advanced Nutrition Laboratory1
NFS 3201Nutrition Assessment1
NFS 3323
NFS 3321
Food Science
and Food Science Laboratory
4
NFS 3713
NFS 3722
Quantity Food Production and Service
and Quantity Food Production and Service Laboratory
5
NFS 4103Medical Nutrition Therapy I3
NFS 4113Medical Nutrition Therapy II3
NFS 4301Principles of Nutritional Genomics1
NFS 4313Advanced Nutrition: Micronutrients3
NFS 4303Advanced Nutrition: Macronutrients3
NFS 4473Nutrition Therapy and Education Methods3
NFS 4601Literature in Nutrition and Food Science Seminar1
NFS 4701Dietetics As a Profession1
NFS 4744Principles of Foodservice Systems4
Total Semester Credit Hours53

Other Requirements

BIOL 1113
BIOL 1111
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory (may be applied from core)
4
BUS 3003Principles of Management3
CHEM 1013
CHEM 1011
Introductory Chemistry
and Introductory Chemistry Laboratory (may be applied from core)
4
CHEM 1023
CHEM 1021
Introduction to Organic and Physiological Chemistry
and Introduction to Organic and Physiological Chemistry Laboratory
4
MATH 1703Elementary Statistics I3
SPCH 1013Oral Communication3
ZOOL 2033
ZOOL 2031
Human Anatomy and Physiology
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
4
NFS 3173Culture and Food (GP)3
PSY 1013Introduction to General Psychology (may be applied from core)3
Total Semester Credit Hours31

(GP) Satisfies global perspectives graduation requirement. 

First Year
FallTCCNSemester Credit Hours
NFS 1302
NFS 1301 (Lab)
Food Preparation Principles
and Food Preparation Principles Laboratory
3
BIOL 1113
BIOL 1111 (Lab)
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory
( BIOL 1306, BIOL 1406) and ( BIOL 1106)4
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
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
( PHED 1238, PHED 1301) and ( EDUC 1100, EDUC 1200, EDUC 1300) 
Fitness and Health: Enhancing Personal Wellness
and Fitness and Health Laboratory
( PHED 1238, PHED 1301) and ( PHED 1164, PHED 1301) 
Core Approved Mathematics
 
 Semester Credit Hours 16
SpringTCCN
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
GOV 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
Select 3 semester credit hours from the following:3
Financial and Quantitative Literacy MATH 1332 
Introduction to Mathematics MATH 1333 
Elementary Analysis I MATH 1314, MATH 1414 
PSY 1013Introduction to General Psychology PSYC 23013
 Semester Credit Hours 15
Second Year
FallTCCN
NFS 2011Introduction to Dietetics 1
CHEM 1013
CHEM 1011
Introductory Chemistry
and Introductory Chemistry Laboratory
( CHEM 1305, CHEM 1405) and ( CHEM 1105)4
SPCH 1013Oral Communication SPCH 13113
Select 4 semester credit hours from the following:4
Food Microbiology
and Food Microbiology Laboratory
 
Microbiology
and Microbiology Laboratory
( BIOL 2320) and ( BIOL 2120) 
Multicultural Women's Studies3
 Semester Credit Hours 15
SpringTCCN
NFS 2323Introduction to Nutrition HECO 1322, BIOL 13223
CHEM 1023
CHEM 1021 (Lab)
Introduction to Organic and Physiological Chemistry
and Introduction to Organic and Physiological Chemistry Laboratory
( CHEM 1307) and ( CHEM 1107)4
GOV 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
MATH 1703Elementary Statistics I MATH 1342, MATH 14423
ZOOL 2033
ZOOL 2031 (Lab)
Human Anatomy and Physiology
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
4
 Semester Credit Hours 17
Third Year
FallTCCN
NFS 3033Nutrition throughout the Life Cycle 3
NFS 3043Community Nutrition 3
NFS 3083Bionutrition 3
BUS 3003Principles of Management 3
Language, Philosophy, Culture3
 Semester Credit Hours 15
SpringTCCN
NFS 3173 (GP)Culture and Food 3
NFS 3201Nutrition Assessment 1
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 Hours 16
Fourth Year
FallTCCN
NFS 4103Medical Nutrition Therapy I 3
NFS 4301Principles of Nutritional Genomics 1
NFS 4303Advanced Nutrition: Macronutrients 3
NFS 3101Advanced Nutrition Laboratory 1
NFS 4701Dietetics As a Profession 1
NFS 4744Principles of Foodservice Systems 4
 Semester Credit Hours 13
SpringTCCN
NFS 4113Medical Nutrition Therapy II 3
NFS 4313Advanced Nutrition: Micronutrients 3
NFS 4473Nutrition Therapy and Education Methods 3
NFS 4601Literature in Nutrition and Food Science Seminar 1
Elective3
 Semester Credit Hours 13
 Total Semester Credit Hours:  120

(GP) courses satisfy global perspectives graduation requirement.