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COEHD  Degree Information Sheet

Joint Degree: BS in Nutrition and Dietetics / MDS of Dietetic Studies

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Purpose of Program

The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics & Master of Dietetic Studies is a joint degree that is known as the Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD). The Master of Dietetics Studies (MDS) is a non-thesis option with an emphasis in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and Treatment. Didactic and introductory supervised experiences are part of the curriculum and serve as a foundation of the program. Students who successfully complete the joint degree within the CPD receive a verification statement that certifies their eligibility to take the Commission on Dietetics Registration national examination to become a Registered Dietitian (RD).

Students must meet all admission requirements to seek the jointl Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and the Master of Dietetics Studies. 

Program Options

Bachelor's Degree:

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)

Students seeking the joint degree in Nutrition and Dietetics must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements. The courses listed below satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements. If courses are taken to satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree.

MAT 1073 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Mathematics. BIO 1233 or BIO 1404 and BIO 1243 or BIO 1413 should be used to satisfy the Life and Physical Sciences requirements. ANT 1013 or SOC 1013 or PSY 1013 should be used to satisfy the Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement. STA 1053 may be used to satisfy the Component Area Option.

Degree Requirements

A. Degree Core Requirements

NDT 3191 Applied Food Science Practicum

NDT 3203 Introduction to Nutrition and Dietetics Careers

NDT 3292 Food Production Practicum

NDT 3313 Applied Food Science

NDT 3323 Nutrition and Health Assessment

NDT 3333 Nutrition Counseling and Education

NDT 3343 Nutrition in the Life Span

NDT 3353 Production and Foodservice System Management I

NDT 3413 Advanced Human Nutrition

NDT 4091 Community Service Practicum

NDT 4191 Nutrition Care Process Practicum

NDT 4313 Production and Food Service System Management II

NDT 4323 Medical Nutrition Therapy I

NDT 4333 Community Nutrition

NDT 4343 Nutrition in Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

NDT 4353 Medical Nutrition Therapy II

NDT 4363 Current Issues in Nutrition

B. Support courses

BIO 1053 Introductory Microbiology

BIO 1061 Introductory Microbiology Laboratory

BIO 2083 Human Anatomy

BIO 2091 Human Anatomy Laboratory

BIO 2103 Human Physiology

BIO 2111 Human Physiology Laboratory

BIO 3513 Biochemistry

CHE 1103 General Chemistry I

CHE 1121 General Chemistry I Laboratory

CHE 1113 General Chemistry II

CHE 1131 General Chemistry II Laboratory

CHE 2603 Organic Chemistry I

CHE 2612 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory

MGT 3013 Introduction to Organization Theory, Behavior, and Management

NDT 2043 Introduction to Nutritional Sciences

PSY 1013 Introduction to Psychology

or SOC 1013 Introduction to Sociology

or ANT 1013 Introduction to Anthropology

STA 1053 Basic Statistics

Master's Degree:

Non-thesis option: Minimum of 30 semester credit hours including 28 hours of the core courses, and 2-3 hours of free electives.

A. Core Courses (28 semester credit hours):

Core Courses (28 semester credit hours):
NDT 5313Public Health Nutrition and Policy3
NDT 5323Nutrition Pathophysiology3
NDT 5333Nutritional Supplements and Functional Foods3
NDT 5343Integration of Metabolism3
NDT 5947Advanced Dietetics Practicum I7
NDT 5957Advanced Dietetics Practicum II7
NDT 5901Seminar in Dietetics1
NDT 5911Research Seminar1
Students must successfully pass a comprenshive examination under the capstone course NDT 5901 Seminar in Dietetics

B. Graduate Free Elective (2-3 semester credit hours): 1


NDT 5851

Independent Study

KAH 5063

Health Behaviors

KAH 5073

Essential Concepts in Health Promotion

KAH 6063

Obesity and Health

KAH 6223

Exercise Nutrition
Total Credit Hours30-31

Career Opportunities

Students who complete the program and graduate from the university are trained for careers in dietetics and nutrition.

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Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet UTSA admission requirements and be in good standing with last institution attended (previous college experience). In addition, applicants must meet/fulfill the following departmental requirements or submissions:

Requirements for Admission to The University of Texas at San Antonio:

Requirements for Admission to the Coordinated Program in Dietetics:

The admission requirements into the Dietetics and Nutrition degree are intended to offer a program with high standards for success. Some of the requirements are known to be a good predictor of achievement in the graduate professional phase of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics. While students can declare a pre-dietetics/nutrition track, there is a restricted placement in the advanced practicum courses, which limits the capacity for admission into the Coordinated Program in Dietetics. Admission into the major as part of a cohort group occurs in the Fall semester. In order to declare a major in Dietetics and Nutrition, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of all support courses and most of the Texas Core requirements with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and be in good standing with the University.
  • All prerequisite courses must be passed with a “C–” or better. Detailed information about the courses, including the Texas common course numbers may be obtained from the Undergraduate Catalog.
  • No prerequisite course can be repeated more than twice to meet the grade criteria.
  • All support courses (prerequisite courses) must be completed by the end of the summer semester prior to entering the program in the Fall semester.
  • Submit a program application, two completed reference forms (program specific) preferably by faculty members and a statement indicating personal career goals, knowledge of the profession, commitment, interests, and motivation.
  • A personal interview with the program faculty.
  • Transfer students must meet all the above criteria and meet all the UTSA undergraduate admission requirements. Official transcript from all institutions attended must be submitted.

Undergraduate Catalog:

Graduate Admissions Requirements:

All applicants must meet UTSA Graduate School admission requirements and be in good standing with last institution attended. In addition, applicants must meet/fulfill the following departmental requirements or submissions:

  • Applicants must have a verification statement from an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) or an equivalent baccalaureate degree in nutrition and dietetics from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution.
  • Applicants whose undergraduate major is not in nutrition and dietetics must have taken all prerequisite courses described under the Nutrition and Dietetics Program in the undergraduate catalog.  In addition applicants must have completed all or equivalent undergraduate courses in dietetics and nutrition to meet core knowledge and competencies mandated by the accreditation.  All coursework must have been passed with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Acceptance to the MDS program is contingent on having a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in all the undergraduate coursework, as well as in any graduate-level courses previously taken.
  • Foreign educated students must submit official transcripts as well as a course-by-course evaluation by an approved credential issuing organization.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must have a score of at least 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL or a score of 6.5 on the IELTS.
  • Applicants are required to submit a program application along with statement of interest and two faculty references (use standard program form) to the Admission Committee. 
  • Personal interview with the admission committee.

Admission to the program is based on the following criteria:

Students who have been admitted into the UTSA Coordinated Program in Dietetics as undergraduate students are guarantee acceptance into the Master of Dietetics Studies program if they have maintained a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in their coursework.

Students from other dietetic/nutrition institutions will be considered for the Master of Dietetics Studies if openings are available in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics. The number of students in the program is determined by the number approved through the accreditation process and the number of placement available for the advanced practicum.  These applicants must meet all the requirements described below:  

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