BS in Nutrition (Dietetics)

Prepare for a career as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with a Texas Woman’s BS in Nutrition emphasis Dietetics degree.

Program Features

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  • Degree completion in as little as four years, or 121-130 credit hours*
  • High quality, affordable education and career preparation
  • Prepare for a career as a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN)
  • Study the principles of food and nutrition sciences, as well as how to create and manage quality nutrition programs
  • Small classes with accessible, knowledgeable and supportive faculty, including flavor scientists and an emulsion chemist
  • Scholarship recipients receive in-state tuition
  • Classes take place on TWU’s Denton campus with some online course options

*Individual requirements may vary.

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.

Beginning in 2024, a minimum of a master's degree will be an eligibility requirement in order to take the CDR dietetic registration exam.

Why Nutrition at TWU?

An accredited program

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at Texas Woman's University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

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Dietetic Internship Master’s Degree Program

Get your undergraduate degree in a nutrition-related field and become an RDN with the dietetic internship/master’s program.

Research opportunities

At TWU, you have the opportunity to participate in research with faculty in any of the on-campus laboratories. Research possibilities include:

  • Examining the effect of berries on bone health and prevention of osteoporosis
  • Evaluating the impact of various protein sources on exercise recovery
  • Diabetes control
  • Influence on parameters involved in the regulation of ovulation
  • The effect of dietary fats on neurological behavior and neuroinflammation

Community nutrition options include the development of community education programs and evaluation and design or outreach opportunities. 

Established partnerships for internship and job opportunities

Texas Woman's has established relationships with several North Texas-based food companies to bring you connections to internships and job opportunities after graduation. Corporations include:

  • PepsiCo
  • Yum Brands
  • Pizza Hut
  • Valdez Spice
  • Ben E. Keith
  • Tyson Foods

TWU believes in opening doors for its students

The Career Connections Center on each campus provides advising services and tailored career planning for our students and alumni, from career advising and networking to negotiating a salary after graduation. The Career Center has also implemented Handshake, a unique resume reviewing and job opening database that works to fast-track your job search.

For our budding entrepreneurs, TWU’s Center for Women Entrepreneurs is the state’s only university center dedicated to women’s entrepreneurship and business ownership. The Center provides tools for you to succeed including access to training/coaching, funding, mentoring and networking opportunities.

Career Opportunities

The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists a median annual income of $60,370 per year for dietitians and nutritionists with a much faster than the average growth rate. 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

You also have the option of continuing your education and boosting your future earning potential with a TWU graduate degree in nutrition, exercise and sports nutrition or food science and flavor chemistry.

Program Requirements

As a full-time student, you can complete the 121-130 required semester credit hours in just four years with:

  • 42 hours of Texas core curriculum, which can be transferred from previous programs or community colleges
  • 53 hours required for the nutrition dietetics major
  • 35 hours of other required courses and electives
  • 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
  • Pass the Registration Examination for Dietitians to become an RDN, which you will take after completing your internship

A full list of courses and requirements are available in the course catalog.

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.

Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Admission

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:

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
oap@twu.edu
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:

  1. Admission to Texas Woman’s University.
  2. Submission of TWU B.S. in Nutrition (Dietetics) DPD Application Form.
  3. Completion of prerequisites for B.S. in Nutrition (Dietetics) DPD courses. Required courses may not be repeated more than one time.
  4. Meet the B.S. in Nutrition (Dietetics) DPD grade requirements.
  5. 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.

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.

Read the DPD Handbook 2019-2020

Review the DPD Application for Admission

For More Information

advisingnfs@twu.edu
940-898-2636

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