Undergraduate Nutrition and Dietetics Track
Students who want to become registered nutritionists dietitians choose the Nutrition and Dietetics Track. Information is available on how to become a Registered Nutritionist Dietitian at the ACEND website. The Didactic Program curriculum is externally approved through the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Upon completion of the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPD), a student becomes eligible to apply to an Accredited Dietetic Internship program. Successful completion of both the DPD and a Dietetic Internship makes a student eligible to write the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR) credentialing examination to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) in the United States. Students must apply and be accepted into the UIW DPD. Undergraduate students complete the didactic requirements while completing the Nutrition and Dietetics track of the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition. Post undergraduate students may complete DPD requirements as a non-degree seeking student or as a graduate student who completes the DPD requirements while concurrently completing a Master’s of Science Degree in Nutrition.
The Didactic Program in Dietetics, Nutrition and Dietetics track, prepares students for successful entry into supervised practice in dietetic internships leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist.
Goals and Objectives of the Program
To best achieve a desired outcome from any educational endeavor, it is necessary to define the goals of the program. Outcome data is available upon request from the Didactic Program Director or the Nutrition Department Chair. The current goals for the Didactic Program in Dietetics in the Nutrition Program of the University of the Incarnate Word are:
Program Goal 1: To prepare professional, knowledgeable individuals for entry level practice in nutrition and dietetics.
Program Objectives for Goal 1:
- Objective 1: At least 80% of DPD students will complete DPD requirements within three years (150% of the program length).
- Objective 2: Fifty percent of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
- Objective 3: Twenty-five % of program graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
- Objective 4: The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
- Objective 5: Over a period of three years, 70% of DPD graduates will receive a rating of “satisfactory” or better in Professional Responsibility and Practice as evaluated by responding supervised practice directors.
- Objective 6: Over a period of three years, 70% of DPD graduates will receive a rating of “satisfactory” or better in Professional Responsibilities as evaluated by responding employers.
- Objective 7: Over a period of three years, 70% of DPD graduates will receive a rating of “satisfactory” or better in their knowledge and skills as evaluated by responding supervised practice directors.
- Objective 8: Over a period of three years, 70% of DPD graduates will receive a rating of “satisfactory” or better in knowledge and skills as evaluated by responding employers.
- Objective 9: Over a period of three years, 50% of responding DPD graduates will report having worked in nutrition and dietetics or continued their education in nutrition and dietetics.
Program Goal 2: To educate individuals to meet the food and nutritional needs of underserved people.
Program Objectives for Goal 2:
- Objective 1: Over a period of five years, 50% of students receiving DPD verification statements will be minority.
- Objective 2: Over a period of five years, 50% of DPD graduates accepted into supervised practice programs will be minority.
- Objective 3: Over a period of five years, 75% of DPD students will receive a rating of “satisfactory” in knowledge of nutrition needs of underserved people as evaluated by responding employers.
DPD Outcomes are available upon request from the DPD Director, Dr. Beth Senne-Duff, email@example.com or the Department Chair, Dr. Neeta Singh, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Requirements to Receive DPD Verification Statement
The following criteria must be met to achieve the requirements for the DPD:
Admission to the University of the Incarnate Word Nutrition and Dietetics Track (DPD)
Students must be a current student at UIW. Admission to the UIW Nutrition Programs is based on criteria as stated in the University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs. Enrollment is limited in the DPD program so admission to the DPD is not automatic. Fulfillment of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Admission to the DPD program will be in accord with the University of the Incarnate Word's ”Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy”. This policy is published in the University of the Incarnate Word Student Handbook Admission criteria are listed below.
- Students apply to the DPD when all DPD prerequisites (listed below) have been completed. Students must be a current student at UIW to apply to the DPD program. Official transcripts of prerequisite courses must be on file with the University or Program. Students submit their application by December 20 for Spring semester admittance and by the third Monday of May for Fall semester admittance. Acceptance notification will be a week before classes start in January and by June 15 respectively.
- Student academic performance including overall achievement and achievement in science coursework.
- Students must have earned a minimum of a C in all prerequisite courses.
- Students must have a minimum of a 2.8/4.00 GPA in their prerequisite coursework.
- Two academic letters of reference (one from a Nutrition faculty member).
- Students must show evidence of having successfully completed the following undergraduate courses, equivalent courses, or higher level courses.
DPD Prerequisite Courses
- ACCT 2301 Accounting for Non-Business Majors or higher
- BIOL 1402 General Biology I & Lab
- BIOL 2321/2121 Anatomy & Physiology I and Lab & BIOL 2322/2122 Anatomy & Physiology II and Lab
4 credits of Anatomy & Physiology and BIOL 6392 Advanced Human Physiology
- BIOL 2474 Intro. to Microbiology & Lab or BIOL 3471 General Microbiology & Lab
- BMGT 3340 Management Theory and Practice
- CHEM 1301/1101 Chemical Principles I and lab
- CHEM 1302/1102 Chemical Principles II and lab
- ENGL 1312 Composition II
- MATH 1304 College Algebra or higher
- NUTR 1102 Introduction to Dietetics (undergraduate students only)
- NUTR 2341 Intro. to Nutrition or higher
- NUTR 2231/2131 Principles of Food Preparation & Lab or NUTR 41XX ST Food Lab
- PSYC 1301 Introduction to Psychology or SOCI 1311 Introduction to Sociology
Promotion and Retention Requirements for UIW DPD
Students must maintain satisfactory standards to progress in the DPD and must be complete all requirements to be eligible to graduate see UIW Catalog for graduation requirements. DPD requirements include:
- A minimum grade of C is required in all DPD courses.
- Students are required to take all prerequisites before enrolling in a course.
- Students may only take a DPD required courses two times. If a student withdraws or does not earn a grade of C or better after two attempts they are dismissed from the DPD. Exceptions are if they withdrew from the class for verified nonacademic reasons such as a major illness or death in the family.
- Students who withdraw or receive a final grade of less than a C in a DPD course will be allowed to repeat this course but a written plan will be developed in conjunction with the instructor, student, and DPD director and the agreement will be signed by the DPD director and the student.
- Students who receive a combination of four grades less than C or withdrawals (W) in DPD required courses will not be eligible to continue in the program, even if the student has already repeated one of the courses and received a grade of C or above. Students will be notified by the DPD Director of ineligibility to continue in the DPD. A petition process is outlined in the UIW Nutrition Student Handbook in the DPD section.
- The students dismissed from the DPD will not be eligible to receive DPD verification. If eligible, the student may continue in the degree program but not in the Nutrition and Dietetics track.
To remain in the DPD program must:
DPD Verification Requirements
- Complete all requirements for the Bachelor of Sciences in Nutrition degree (Nutrition and Dietetics track) at UIW or have already obtained a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or foreign equivalent. Information for international students regarding education and credentialing requirements may be obtained at Obtaining Dietetics Credentials with a Foreign Degree webpage.
- Complete all course work requirements for the DPD program.
- A ‘C ‘must have been earned in each course taken for the DPD to receive a verification statement
- Student must have earned a GPA of 3.0 in DPD courses.
- Complete a DPD Student Portfolio with all required documentation.
Students must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours of credit in designated DPD course requirements to obtain a DPD Verification Statement from UIW.
When the student has met all of these requirements, the DPD Director (who has been approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is a member of the UIW faculty) will provide the student with five copies of the official verification statement.
Receiving a verification statement does not guarantee admittance into a supervised practice program. It is strongly recommended that students have higher grades than the minimum required to earn a DPD verification statement, work experience, community service, and leadership experience. Please note that by Texas law, persons with a criminal history of a felony are ineligible to attain licensure for more information see Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.
Students admitted into the Nutrition program will develop a professional portfolio to demonstrate their achievement knowledge and skills related to nutrition. Additionally, the portfolio will be used to demonstrate the student's involvement in extracurricular activities, and the student's development of professional behaviors and attributes. The creation and maintenance of the student's portfolio is a necessary component in the Didactic Program in Dietetics, and therefore, all undergraduate students and graduate DPD students are required to participate in the portfolio process in order to receive the DPD Verification Statement necessary for admission into a dietetic internship.
The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at the University of the Incarnate Word is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, and (800) 877-1600, Extension 5400, email@example.com. Information available at The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.
The University of the Incarnate Word provides financial assistance information through the University Financial Aid Office. Information about billing, payment due dates, and withdrawal and refund of tuition and fees is available through the University Business Office. Information about various scholarships particular for students studying food and nutrition is collected and announced by the Nutrition faculty. In particular, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation and the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation offer a number of scholarships, usually starting at $500, for DPD students. Notices about these and other scholarships are made on the Nutrition department Blackboard site as they come available.
In 2017-2018 academic calendar, the estimated tuition and university fee for a full-time Undergraduate student is $14,175 per semester. In addition, Junior and Senior laboratory course fees are estimated to be $285 per semester. The estimated tuition and university fee for a Graduate student is $960 per credit hour.
Textbooks costs vary depending if a student rents, purchases an electronic copy, or purchases a bound book. It is recommended that DPD students keep textbooks in major classes as reference books to use in a supervised practice program and to prepare for the credentialing exam. The average cost of textbooks for a nutrition course is approximately $150 per course.
UIW General Information
Educational Resource Links from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Note: For more information about the Dietetic Internship please check Dietetic Internship on left side. For additional assistance, please contact Beth Senne-Duff, PhD, RDN, (210) 829-3165, firstname.lastname@example.org.