2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog


Didactic Program in Dietetics (Option II)

A Didactic 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 Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at TCU offers the required didactic instruction (lecture and laboratory classes) to meet the Core Knowledge 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). The curriculum includes courses with a focus on basic human nutrition, food science, food and culture, community nutrition, food systems management, medical nutrition therapy and nutrition research. These courses are based on a solid science and math background, which include general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, physiology, psychology and elementary statistics. The DPD prepares students for careers in a variety of nutrition/dietetics settings, including clinical, community, education, food systems or business/entrepreneurial.

The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at Texas Christian University is to support the missions of the University, college and department by providing a preeminent academic curriculum that prepares students to be scientifically competent, accountable and ethically responsible food, health and nutrition professionals prepared for supervised practice and/or graduate school and advancing as self-educating dietetics professionals who will become registered dietitians. The DPD combines coursework emphasizing the foundations of dietetic knowledge (communications, physical and biological sciences, social sciences, research, food, nutrition, management and health care systems).

Admission to TCU is required for all programs; however, admission to the University does not guarantee admission to the Didactic Program in Dietetics. Eligibility for admission to the Didactic 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) classes, and an associated requirements GPA of 2.75, 45 semester hours of required prerequisites and major courses, 200 hours of documented food or nutrition practical experience and an application packet. Application packets for the Didactic 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 the subsequent fall semester. Final acceptance/enrollment in the Didactic Program in Dietetics depends on successful completion of work in progress and required summer school prerequisites.

A student's continuation in the Didactic Program in Dietetics is contingent upon attainment of a strong academic record and successful completion of the program sequence. Students must complete 500 hours of documented food or nutrition practical experience prior to their final semester in the Didactic Program in Dietetics. 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 a grade of "C-" or better in all associated requirements. Students who successfully complete the Didactic Program in Dietetics will receive verification and are eligible to apply for a post-graduate Dietetic Internship.

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 DPD Student Handbook and include approximately $1,000 per year for items such as textbooks, lab fees, photocopying, school and office supplies, lab coat and professional dues.

The TCU Didactic 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 58 hours, on a 125-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 30101Career and Professional Issues in Nutrition

1

NTDT 30103Gourmet Foods

3

NTDT 30123Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle

3

NTDT 30133Meal Management

3

NTDT 30144Quantity Food Production

4

NTDT 30233Essentials of Dietetics Practice

3

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

3

NTDT 30313Food Systems Management

3

NTDT 30331Medical Terminology

1

NTDT 30333Medical Nutrition Therapy I

3

NTDT 40101DPD Senior Seminar

1

NTDT 40333Medical Nutrition Therapy II

3

NTDT 40343Nutritional Biochemistry

3

NTDT 40353Experimental Food Science

3

NTDT 40363Community Nutrition

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.