Accreditation Information

Program Mission

The mission of the DPD is to prepare students with advanced knowledge and skills that will enable graduates to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists; to lay the foundation for lifelong learning, service, and leadership; and to be ethically responsible professionals who will lead personally and professionally fulfilling lives.

Goals and Objectives

The following goals are based on the “2017 Core Knowledge for the RDN” (Appendix C). These are the criteria that programs which prepare graduates to be Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) and Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) must meet to be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Goal 1 

To provide a challenging academic program that prepares DPD graduates for success in a dietetic internship program in order to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.

  • Objective 6.1: Over a five-year period, the first time pass rate on the Registration Examination for Dietitians for DPD graduates who have completed a dietetic internship program will be at least 80%.
  • Objective 6.2: Over a five-year period, at least 80% of graduating baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate students will have completed the degree and DPD requirements within 150% of the time planned for completion.
    • Program length (transfer students, post-baccalaureate students) = 2 years; 150% = 3 years
    • Program length (students entering as first time in college students) = 4 years; 150% = 6 years
  • Objective 6.3 a: Over a five-year period, at least 70% of students who receive a DPD Verification Statement of Completion will apply to a dietetic internship program within 12 months of graduation/completion.
  • Objective 6.3 b: Over a five-year period, at least 70% of DPD graduates who apply to a dietetic internship program will be accepted.
  • Objective 6.4 a: Over a five-year period 80% of the DPD graduates will be rated with an average score of ≥4.0 on a 5 point scale when evaluating their preparation for their dietetic internship by their Dietetic Internship Director.

Goal 2

To prepare DPD students to lead personally and professionally fulfilling lives as evidenced by participation in lifelong learning, service, and leadership.

  • Objective 6.4 b: Over a five year period, at least 20% of students who complete the degree/program requirements will be accepted into graduate programs within twelve months of completion. (Lifelong learning)
  • Objective 6.4 c: Over a five-year period, at least 50% of alumni who respond to the DPD Alumni Survey will indicate they have assumed leadership positions and/or are involved in professional community service. (Leadership and service)

Outcome Data

A summary of the outcome data is available on request from the current DPD Director.

Estimated Cost of the Program

Annual cost and fees to attend TWU are described in the current General Catalog under the sections on financial information. The following is an estimation of program cost to the individual student for the 2018-2019 academic year. These estimates are based on full-time attendance (15 semester hours).

Estimated Nine-Month Student Budget

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ItemOff-CampusOn-CampusAt-Home
Tuition (15 sem hrs) $6,584 $6,584 $6,584
Fees $2,992 $2,992 $2,992
Books and Supplies $1,050 $1,050 $1,050
Room and Board $6,993 $8,181 $2,500
Personal Expenses $2,439 $2,124 $1,206
Transportation $1,269 $882 $1,269
Total* $21,327 $21,813 $15,601

*Add $13,740 for out-of-state tuition charges.

Additional variable fees may include:

  • Laboratory course fees (per course): $30
  • Laboratory coats: $30
  • Personal transportation to laboratory sites for NFS 3722: $30
  • Professional organization (e.g. Academy, FNN) membership: $100

Total for additional variable fees: $190

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation (ANDF) and the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation (TANDF) offer scholarships that are open to students who are members of these associations. ANDF scholarship information is available within the ANDF website and information for TANDF scholarships is available at the TANDF website.

Graduation and Program Requirements

Grade Point Requirements

A graduating senior must have at least an overall 2.0 in all coursework, a 2.0 in TWU coursework, and 2.0 in major, minor and core courses by the beginning of the intended semester of graduation. A course that has been repeated is counted only once, and the higher grade is counted for repeated coursework in determining grade points accumulated. Transcripts and diplomas are withheld if the student is indebted to the University.

Credit-by-examination courses will not be considered in computing the grade point average to determine eligibility for graduation. A course in which the student has made a grade of F cannot be repeated by correspondence for credit. The Office of the Registrar keeps an accurate record of the number of semester credit hours each student has earned.

Residency Requirements

  1. A minimum of 25% of the semester credit hours must be at TWU
  2. At least one-half of the upper level courses in the major and at least one-half of the upper level courses in the minor must be completed at the University. Correspondence and credit-by-examination courses do not satisfy residence requirements for graduation. 

Advanced Semester Credit Hours Requirement

A minimum of 36 advanced semester credit hours is required for any baccalaureate degree. An advanced course for a baccalaureate degree is one that is numbered 3000 or 4000. 

Transfer Work Needed for Degree Completion

All transfer work required for degree completion must be received by TWU within four weeks of the end of the term for which a student has applied to graduate. Transfer work not received by this deadline, or failure to apply to have the graduation application forwarded to a future term by the rollover deadline, will require the student to reapply to graduate the following term (with a new application fee assessed).

Summary of University Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree

This catalog is designed to assist the student and academic advisor in planning and scheduling a degree program. Each student should keep in mind, however, that she or he alone is ultimately responsible for understanding and fulfilling all degree requirements. Students are responsible for their own degree plans and for the completion of all requirements for the degrees that they seek. Below are the minimum requirements for undergraduate degrees:

  • Completion of core curriculum with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher

  • Completion of three semester credit hours for global perspectives requirement

  • Overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher

  • TWU grade point average of 2.0 or higher

  • Major and minor 2.0 grade point average or higher

  • No grades of Incomplete on the transcript

  • Successful completion of a minimum of 120 semester credit hours

  • Successful completion of a minimum of 36 advanced semester credit hours

  • Successful completion of a major or an approved degree program, verified in the My Progress degree plan located in Student Self-Service

  • Successful completion of residency requirements:

    • 25% of all semester credit hours required for the degree at TWU

    • half of major upper level and half of minor upper level courses at TWU

  • Successful completion of comprehensive examinations where applicable

  • Successful completion of all departmental, legislative, and University course requirements. See degree plans and web sites for academic programs’ requirements.

Global Perspectives Graduation Requirement

Living in an interconnected global society requires an appreciation of the complexity and interdependency of world events and issues. Undergraduate education at TWU aims to broaden students’ perspectives, expand the boundaries of their conversations and provide them opportunities to recognize and understand other worldviews. To meet this goal, all undergraduates who enroll at TWU must complete a global perspectives requirement.

A global perspective refers to skills, knowledge, and attitudes in areas such as global dynamics, non-western worldviews, international systems and events, and global cultures. To meet this requirement, students may either complete three (3) semester credit hours of courses that have been approved for global perspectives, complete a major in which the global perspective competencies are integrated across the curriculum and is approved for global perspectives designation, or complete global perspectives approved courses in international study or independent study. These methods of achieving global perspectives may be combined when appropriate, and students will be encouraged to pursue as many opportunities as their degree programs allow.

Courses approved for global perspectives are indicated on departmental degree plans with the designation (GP), are listed on the Undergraduate Studies and Academic Partnerships website, and may be identified online in the Course Search through Webadvisor.

Double Major

Students may earn a degree with a double major by completing all requirements set forth by each major. To qualify as a double major, both majors must be the same degree type (BA, BS, BBA, etc.) and be awarded in the same semester. Two majors that do not share a common degree type constitute two separate degrees (see Second Baccalaureate Degree requirements). If a student in pursuit of a double major chooses to graduate with one major before completing both, the student will have to reapply to the institution to pursue a second baccalaureate degree (see Second Baccalaureate Degree requirements).

Students earning a degree with a double major will receive a single diploma listing the degree (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, etc.) with both majors. The academic transcript will show a single degree posting with both majors listed.

Second Baccalaureate Degree Conferred at the Same Commencement

In departments where the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science degrees are awarded in the same field, a student completing the prescribed courses in one of the majors and earning a minimum of 135 semester credit hours, 42 advanced hours and all the requirements of the second baccalaureate degree may receive both degrees at the same commencement.

When a second baccalaureate degree is desired in a field other than that covered by the first degree, the student must earn a minimum of 30 additional semester credit hours, including 12 advanced hours in the second field, and must meet all catalog requirements for the second degree.

Second Baccalaureate Degree

When an additional baccalaureate degree is desired in a field other than that covered by the first degree, the student must meet all the catalog requirements for the second major. A student who pursues an additional bachelor's degree must:

  • Hold a valid bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Complete a minimum of 30 additional semester credit hours in residence at TWU, including half the major or a minimum of 15 advanced hours
  • Complete the state-mandated credits in history and government if they were not completed for the first degree

Courses taken for prior baccalaureate degrees may be used for the next degree except for the required 30 additional semester credit hours. These degree requirements apply to students holding a baccalaureate degree from TWU or other accredited institution. 

Senior Registration for Graduate Studies

In the last semester of their undergraduate degree program at TWU, students who are within 12 semester credit hours of a baccalaureate degree will be permitted to register for courses which may be applied toward meeting the requirement for the master’s degree, provided that the total registration does not exceed 16 semester credit hours and proper application is made to the Dean of the Graduate School before registering for such courses. Students must have filed a Degree Plan Verification form and a Proof of Eligibility form with the Office of the Registrar before enrolling in graduate-level courses.

No work completed by an undergraduate student shall apply to a graduate degree, except for the work completed by seniors as provided for in this section. No work which is regularly a part of an undergraduate program shall apply toward a graduate degree, except for Texas Woman’s University seniors who have made special application at the time of registration for graduate credit for certain specific courses to be applied toward a graduate program approved by their major department and by the Dean of the Graduate School.

Graduation Honors Recognition

Graduating seniors (those receiving a baccalaureate degree) whose cumulative grade point average (GPA) reflects excellent scholarship are awarded their degree cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude. A minimum of 30 semester credit hours must be earned at TWU before the final semester to qualify for this recognition. The cumulative GPA ranges for these graduation honors designations are listed below:

  • Summa Cum Laude: 3.900 and above
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.700-3.899
  • Cum Laude: 3.500-3.699

Graduation honors recognition at the commencement ceremony is based on the cumulative GPA at the end of the semester prior to the final semester. Graduation honors recognition as recorded on the diploma or posted to the official transcript is based on the cumulative GPA at the end of the final semester.

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