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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 (B.S.) in Nutrition and Dietetics offers the initial phase of a professional program known as the Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD). Didactic and introductory supervised experiences are part of the curriculum and serve as a foundation for the Master of Dietetics Studies (MDS). Students must meet all admission requirements to seek the dual B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics and the Master of Dietetics Studies. Successful completion of both degrees certifies the student as eligible to take the national exam to become a Registered Dietitian (RD). Students admitted into the undergraduate program are not guaranteed placement into the MDS unless they maintain a 3.0 grade point average and have completed all degree core, support courses and Texas core with a grade of “C-” or better. Students on the B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics track who are not able to complete the Master of Dietetics Studies, may earn the Bachelor of Science degree if they meet the University graduation requirements, but are not eligible for the verification statement to take the RD exam.

Program Options

Bachelor's Degree:

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)

The minimum number of semester credit hours for this degree, including the Core Curriculum requirements, is 120, at least 39 of which must be at the upper-division level. All candidates seeking this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements, which are listed in the UTSA Undergraduate Catalog.

Degree Requirements

A. Degree Core Requirements

NDT 3191Applied Food Science Practicum1
NDT 3203Introduction to Nutrition and Dietetics Careers3
NDT 3292Food Production Practicum2
NDT 3313Applied Food Science3
NDT 3323Nutrition and Health Assessment3
NDT 3333Nutrition Counseling and Education3
NDT 3343Nutrition in the Life Span3
NDT 3353Production and Foodservice System Management I3
NDT 3413Advanced Human Nutrition3
NDT 4091Community Service Practicum1
NDT 4191Nutrition Care Process Practicum1
NDT 4313Production and Food Service System Management II3
NDT 4323Medical Nutrition Therapy I3
NDT 4333Community Nutrition3
NDT 4343Nutrition in Disease Prevention and Health Promotion3
NDT 4353Medical Nutrition Therapy II3
NDT 4363Current Issues in Nutrition3

B. Support courses

BIO 1053
BIO 1061
Introductory Microbiology
and Introductory Microbiology Laboratory
BIO 2053
BIO 2051
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I
BIO 2063
BIO 2061
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory II
BIO 3513Biochemistry3
CHE 1103
CHE 1121
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
CHE 1113
CHE 1131
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
CHE 2603
CHE 2612
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
MGT 3013Introduction to Organization Theory, Behavior, and Management3
NDT 2043Introduction to Nutritional Sciences3
PSY 1013Introduction to Psychology3
or SOC 1013Introduction to Sociology
or ANT 1013Introduction to Anthropology
STA 1053Basic Statistics3

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):

NDT 5313

Public Health Nutrition and Policy

NDT 5323

Nutrition Pathophysiology

NDT 5333

Nutritional Supplements and Functional Foods

NDT 5343

Integration of Metabolism

NDT 5947

Advanced Dietetics Practicum I

NDT 5957

Advanced Dietetics Practicum II

NDT 5901

Seminar in Dietetics

NDT 5911

Research Seminar

Students must successfully pass a comprehensive examination under the capstone course NDT 5901 Seminar in Dietetics

B. Graduate Free Elective (Select a minimum of 2 semester credit hours of the following): 

NDT 5851

Independent Study

KAH 5063

Health Behavior Theory

KAH 5073

Essential Concepts in Health Promotion

KAH 6063

Obesity and Health

KAH 6223

Exercise Nutrition

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 Nutrition and Dietetics 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-nutrition/dietetics 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 Nutrition and Dietetics, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Must complete 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.
  • Must complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of “C-” or better. Detailed information about the courses, including the Texas common course numbers may be obtained from the Undergraduate Catalog.
  • Must complete NDT 2043 Introduction to Nutritional Sciences or BIO 2043 Nutrition or equivalent course with a grade of "B-" or better.
  • May not repeat a prerequisite course more than twice to meet the grade criteria.
  • Must complete all support courses (prerequisite courses) by the end of the summer semester prior to entering the program in the Fall Semester.
  • Must 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.
  • Must have a personal interview with the program faculty (by invitation).

Transfer students must meet all the above criteria and meet all the UTSA undergraduate admission requirements. Official transcripts from all institutions attended must be submitted.

Undergraduate Catalog:



Graduate Admissions Requirements:

Admission to the program is based on the following criteria:

  1. 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.
  2. Students from other 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:   
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. Foreign educated students must submit official transcripts as well as a course-by-course evaluation by an approved creden­tialing organization.
    5. 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.
    6. 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. 
    7. Personal interview with the admission committee.

Graduate Catalog:


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