B.S. in Nutrition (Dietetics)
TWU’s bachelor of science in Nutrition with an emphasis in dietetics prepares you for a career as a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In this program, you will learn the principles of food and nutrition sciences, as well as how to create and manage quality nutrition programs.
This degree program is offered at TWU’s Denton campus, with a few courses available online.
Careers & Salaries
There are many career opportunities for RDNs. Specific jobs in this field include:
- Clinical dietitians in hospitals, HMOs, long-term care facilities and outpatient clinics
- Community dietitians for programs such as Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
- Sports nutritionists for professional and college teams, as well as fitness facilities and schools
- Food service managers
- Private practitioners
Salaries in these professions vary widely. Payscale.com currently lists a median annual income of $50,000 for registered dietitians. The job outlook in this field is growing.
Why Nutrition at TWU?
Our faculty members focus on your individual needs to succeed in the program. This support continues as advisors guide you as you get ready for your dietetic internship. We even offer a course (NFS 4701 Dietetics as a Professional) that walks you through the internship registration and application steps, which we know can be confusing.
The TWU dietetics program provides the right balance of both academic and career development. In fact, our graduates have a 95 percent one-year pass rate on the national RDN exam.
Our degree program includes the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPD), which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Once accepted into the dietetics program, you will take upper level courses that focus on nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, food service management and food science. As a full-time student, you can complete the coursework for this bachelor’s degree within four years.
You will also need to complete a dietetic internship, which takes 6-24 months. As an internship applicant, you must have a competitive GPA, leadership experience, work or volunteer experience in areas related to dietetics and letters of recommendation.
To become an RDN, you need to pass the Registration Examination for Dietitians, which you will take after completing your internship.
If you are interested in pursuing a master's of nutrition, TWU offers a combined master's degree/internship program in dietetics. At the end of six years, you can earn your bachelor's and master's degrees and be qualified to sit for the national board examination to become an RDN.
The BS in Nutrition: Emphasis in Dietetics along with the dietetic internship prepares graduates to take the national Registration Examination for Dietitians and apply for a license to practice through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Dietitians. Licensing of dietitians in Texas is voluntary. If you are a resident of another state, contact our department to determine whether our program fulfills requirements to apply for licensure in your home state.
When you apply to TWU, we will evaluate your academic achievement and preparation, as well as your standardized test scores. Admission to TWU is valid for four terms, unless you have attended another higher education institution.
Check out the links below for specific admissions information:
- How to apply
- Freshman Student Admissions
- Transfer Student Admissions
- International Student Admissions
- Other Types of Undergraduate Admissions
Questions about the admissions process? Contact the Office of Admissions Processing.
Office of Admissions Processing
Texas Woman’s University
P.O. Box 425649
Denton, TX 76204-5649
940-898-3076 or 1-866-809-6130 ext. 3076
Admission to the B.S. in Nutrition (Dietetics) DPD
All applicants must meet the TWU general admission requirements. In addition, for admission 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), and meeting the grade requirements.
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:
- Admission to Texas Woman’s University.
- Submission of TWU B.S. in Nutrition (Dietetics) DPD Application Form.
- Completion of prerequisites for B.S. in Nutrition (Dietetics) DPD courses. Required courses may not be repeated more than one time.
- Meet the B.S. in Nutrition (Dietetics) DPD grade requirements.
- Overall GPA of 3.25 (last 60 hours for Post-Baccalaureate students).
Refer to the NFS website for the DPD Handbook and Application Form.
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-Baccalaureate students will be calculated using all the DPD-required 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 who do not meet these requirements must meet with their academic advisor to determine an appropriate degree major.
- Required “C” or higher in the following courses: BIOL 1111, BIOL 1113, CHEM 1011, CHEM 1013, CHEM 1021, CHEM 1023, ZOOL 2013, ZOOL 2011, ZOOL 2023, ZOOL 2021, NFS 2031 or BACT 1001, NFS 2033 or BACT 1003, MATH 1013 or MATH 1023 or MATH 1303, MATH 1703, SPCH 1013, and PSY 1013.
- Required “B” or higher in the following courses: NFS 1301, NFS 1302, NFS 2011*, and NFS 2323.
After the above required list of courses is completed, students will be permitted to apply to the BS in Nutrition (Dietetics) DPD 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.
For More Information
Sherry Vanatta, M.S., RDN, LD
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