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Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

Overview of the Degree

The degree plan has a strong focus in the sciences with support courses in chemistry, physiology, mathematics, food microbiology/sanitation and safety.  Career courses include nutritional sciences, food preparation, biochemistry, experimental foods,  foodservice systems management, medical nutrition therapy and community nutrition.

The program is designed for students who have an interest in food, nutrition, and dietetics and enjoy working with people.  Employment opportunities include positions in hospitals, clinics, community agencies, private consulting, long term care, extension services, foodservice operations, and corporate wellness or fitness centers.

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics

The Didactic Program in Dietetics at Texas Tech is approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext 5400, http://www.eatright.org/ACEND.  The curriculum is designed to achieve the core knowledge and competencies necessary to prepare graduates for an internship program or to pursue careers in the food, wellness and health, nutrition, or foodservice industry.

Acceptance into the Didactic Program in Dietetics is granted after completing 60 hours and is based on overall 3.0 GPA, an average of a 3.0 GPA after the first three NS courses and a minimum of a 2.0 GPA in the first three chemistries as well as human physiology. A list of the exact courses and criteria for acceptance may be found at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/hs/nhr/ns/pdf/DPD_Requirements.pdf. Transfers into this program must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.  Once accepted they are eligible to complete upper level NS courses.  Students who successfully complete the academic program receive a Verification Statement that qualifies them to apply for a dietetic internship (such as the post-baccalaureate offered at Texas Tech University).  The dietetic internship consists of a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice to gain the competencies needed to practice as an entry-level dietitian.  Upon completion of the internship, graduates are eligible to take a national examination to become a registered dietitian (RD).

Mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics

The mission of the DPD Program is to prepare graduates for careers in dietetics and related fields by offering core knowledge and skills through quality education, for the purpose of improving and enhancing the human condition.

Goal 1:  To prepare students with a broad-based education to successfully complete a dietetic internship or pursue a career in a food, nutrition, or related field.

Objectives

  1. Over a five year period, at least 60% of the qualified graduates will apply for dietetic internships within 12 months of graduation
  2. Over a five year period, at least 80% of the graduates applying for dietetic internships will be accepted into a dietetic internship within 12 months of graduation.
  3. Over a five year period, at least 80% of the DPD graduates who take the Registration Exam for Dietitian will pass it in the first attempt.
  4. When surveyed, 80% of the responding internship directors agree that TTU graduates were able to perform the responsibilities of the internship program
  5. At least 80% of the alumni that complete a dietetic internship agree that the program prepared them well for a dietetic internship
  6. At least 50% of the alumni who do not enter an internship will pursue post-graduate education or secure employment in the food, nutrition or related field, within a year of program completion

Goal 2: The program will graduate high quality students

  1. At least 80% of students accepted into the DPD program will complete the program within three (3) years of acceptance (150% of the usual time expected to complete the program after acceptance)
  2. Over a five year period, at least 80% of the DPD graduates who take the Registration Exam for Dietitian will pass it in the first attempt.
  3. When surveyed, 80% of responding internship directors rate DPD graduates as good or excellent on demonstrated knowledge and skills and competencies
  4. When surveyed, 80% of the responding internship directors agree that TTU graduates were able to perform the responsibilities of the internship program
  5. When surveyed, 80% of responding internship directors states they would accept another Texas Tech graduate into their dietetic internship.

***Outcomes of Objectives available upon request

Admission Information

Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences Degree Plans: (pdf format)

Verification Statement - Didactic Program in Dietetics

A Verification Statement of Completion is a document which verifies that a student has completed the DPD requirements to apply for a position in a dietetic internship program or to apply to take the national exam for Dietetic Technicians, Registered (DTR).