2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog


Coordinated Program in Dietetics (Option I)

A Coordinated Program in Dietetics is an academic program in a U.S. regionally accredited college or university that culminates in a minimum of a baccalaureate degree. The Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP) at TCU offers the unique opportunity to acquire both the required didactic instruction (lecture and laboratory courses) and 1,200 clock hours of supervised practice necessary to meet the Core Knowledge and Competencies for the Registered Dietitian as mandated in the Accreditation Standards of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association). Graduates receive verification/establish eligibility to write the registration examination for dietitians and apply for active membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The mission of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP) is to support the missions of the University, college and department by providing a quality academic curriculum with a concentration in nutrition education that prepares students to be scientifically competent, accountable and ethically responsible citizens who are prepared to be productive, self-educating leaders within the dietetics profession and the global community. In addition, CP provides students with Core Knowledge and Competencies for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in compliance with the Accreditation Standards of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. CP combines coursework emphasizing the foundation of dietetic knowledge (communications, physical and biological sciences, social sciences, research, food, nutrition, management and health care systems) and supervised practice experiences. The supervised practice experience involves working with dietetic professionals to demonstrate performance in medical nutrition therapy, community nutrition, food service systems management and business/entrepreneurial dietetics.

Admission to TCU is required for all programs; however, admission to the University does not guarantee admission to the Coordinated Program in Dietetics. Eligibility for admission to the TCU Coordinated Program in Dietetics is based on successful completion of at least 60 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 for Nutrition (NTDT) and an associated requirement GPA of 2.75, 45 semester hours of required prerequisites and major courses, and 200 hours of documented food or nutrition practical experience. Application packets for the Coordinated Program in Dietetics must be received by Feb. 1, and applicants are notified of provisional acceptance by April 15. Students who are accepted begin coursework and supervised practice the subsequent fall semester. Final acceptance/enrollment in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics depends on successful completion of work in progress and required summer school prerequisites.

A student's continuation in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics is contingent upon attainment of a strong academic record and successful completion of the program sequence. Upon graduation, the student must attain a minimum Nutrition (NTDT) GPA of 3.0, attain a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the associated requirements, and earn a grade of "C-" or better in all NTDT courses and associated requirements. Students who successfully complete the Coordinated Program in Dietetics will receive verification and are eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians.

Costs for tuition and University fees are available through the Office of Admission or Financial Services. More detailed costs for students are outlined in the CP Student Handbook and include approximately $1,000-$1,500 per year for travel to supervised practice sites, lab fees, photocopying, school and office supplies, textbooks, lab coats, malpractice insurance and professional dues.

The TCU Coordinated Program in Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, Ill. 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040, ext. 5400, www.eatright.org/ACEND.

Requirements

The program of study requires a minimum of 77 hours, on a 135-hour degree, consisting of:

Major Requirements

NTDT 10003Contemporary Issues in Nutrition

3

NTDT 10103Food Preparation

3

NTDT 20403Nutrition

3

NTDT 21163Food and Culture

3

NTDT 30123Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle

3

NTDT 30144Quantity Food Production

4

NTDT 30233Essentials of Dietetics Practice

3

NTDT 30303Communication and Education for Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics

3

NTDT 30306Supervised Practice in General Dietetics

6

NTDT 30313Food Systems Management

3

NTDT 30317Supervised Practice in Food Systems Management

7

NTDT 30331Medical Terminology

1

NTDT 30333Medical Nutrition Therapy I

3

NTDT 40333Medical Nutrition Therapy II

3

NTDT 40337Supervised Practice in Medical Nutrition Therapy

7

NTDT 40343Nutritional Biochemistry

3

NTDT 40353Experimental Food Science

3

NTDT 40363Community Nutrition

3

NTDT 40364Supervised Practice in Community Nutrition

4

NTDT 40373Culminating Supervised Practice

3

NTDT 40403Research Methods in Nutrition

3

NTDT 40411Supervised Practice in Nutrition Research I

1

NTDT 40421Supervised Practice in Nutrition Research II

1

NTDT 40431Supervised Practice in Nutrition Research III

1

Associated Requirements

CHEM 10113General Chemistry I

3

CHEM 10123General Chemistry II

3

CHEM 10122General Chemistry II Laboratory

2

CHEM 30123Organic Chemistry I

3

BIOL 20214Anatomy and Physiology

4

BIOL 20234Basic Microbiology

4

MATH 10043Elementary Statistics

3

ECON 10223Introductory Microeconomics

3

OR

ECON 10233Introductory Macroeconomics

3

SOCI 20213Introductory Sociology

3

PSYC 20333Basic Leadership Theory and Skills

3

MANA 30653Survey of Management

3

MARK 30653Principles of Marketing

3

No minor is required.

All upper-level (30000 and 40000) NTDT courses must be taken at TCU.