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Major in Nutrition and Foods with Dietetic Concentration

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  • There are 3 steps to becoming an RD:

    1.    Obtain a bachelor’s degree at a US regionally accredited university and complete course work from an ACEND-accredited Dietetics Program (DP), and receive a Verification Statement.
    2.    Complete an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program.  This is generally referred to as a Dietetic Internship (DI).
    3.    Pass a national registration examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR, http://www.cdrnet.org/).

    The state of Texas does have licensure for RDs and many organizations require RDs to apply for licensure. Information can be found on the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation web page. https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/diet/diet.htm
    Graduates of the Texas State DP can receive a Verification Statement (VS) after verification of passing all required KRDN’s within the degree plan, and are eligible to apply for admission to Dietetic Internships (DI). The Texas State DI is accredited by ACEND. There are many DIs located throughout the US.
    All RD/RDNs must maintain their accreditation status by completing continuing professional education requirements. For more information, visit https://www.eatrightpro.org/practice#continuing-professional-education

    Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a RD. In addition, CDR requires that students complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetic (ACEND).

  • General Timeline. You should begin investigating DI programs (http://www.eatrightacend.org/ACEND/content.aspx?id=6442485414) during the end of your junior year, and apply during the last semester of your senior year.
    The annual application deadlines are in February and November, with more DIs accepting applications in February. Students graduating in May or during the summer typically apply by the February deadline.
    Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS). Each DI provides directions for applying to their programs. Most use the DICAS site (https://portal.dicas.org/) hosted by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It is recommended that you watch the DICAS instructional video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qP28aNF_hkI.
    In general, DICAS requires that you create an account and provide personal and background information, including details about your college education (transcripts for all colleges attended), details about DP courses, contact information of your DP Director (Ms. Brasfield at Texas State), a list of awards, experience, certifications, volunteer activities, an updated resume, three letters of reference (2 academic and 1 from volunteer/work experience), a list of DIs for which you are applying, etc. It takes some time to gather these materials. This system requires $50 to apply for the first DI, and an additional $25 for each additional program to which the student applies.
    Computer Matching. Application to most DIs includes a computer matching process. Application is made online at D&D Digital (https://www.dnddigital.com/ada/index.php). Applicants rank their preference for all internship to which they apply. This system requires $55 to register.
    Specific Timeline. For those applying in February, the DICAS portal opens December 1, the application deadline is in February, and results are reported at the D&D Digital (matching) website (http://www.dnddigital.com/) on the first Monday in April. For those applying in November, the DICAS portal opens July 1st.

  • Verification Statements. To receive a Verification Statement from the Texas State DP Director, students enrolled in the DP must:

    1.    Successfully complete all DP degree requirements and demonstrate achievement of the Knowledge for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (KRDN) requirements within specific courses. Courses are described in the DP degree plan in the undergraduate catalog and during student advising appointments. All DP students must pass (earn a score of at least 70%) for the assignment/test/quiz/presentation associated with the KRDN during the course. If the KRDN is not passed, the student will have the opportunity for remediation during the semester. Remediation will require additional work and/or testing. If a student does not pass the assignment/test even after remediation, the course instructor will notify the Didactic Program Director.  A verification statement will not be awarded unless the student provides the Didactic Program Director with evidence that he/she has demonstrated achievement the KRDN.  This evidence can be in the form of a non-course assignment or activity that will be reviewed and graded by the Didactic Program Director.
    2.    Provide accurate permanent physical and email addresses to Texas State. (It is helpful if you complete a survey (link emailed shortly after graduation by DP Director) verifying contact information.
    3.    The DP Director will mail 6 copies of the Verification Statement to the address provided.

    Verification statements are issued after the University Registrar has posted the final grades and indicated the bachelor’s degree was issued on the designated graduation day, and the DPD verifies all of the KRDN’s were met by the student.
    Students who already have a bachelor’s degree can complete the dietetics curriculum in consultation with the DP Director to obtain a Verification Statement. Students enrolled in the MS in Human Nutrition take a combination of undergraduate and graduate courses, in consultation with the DP Director, and receive a Verification Statement upon completion of the designated courses and demonstrated achievement of KRDN’s being met during the coursework.

    Transfer Credit and Prior Learning Policies. When students have attended other universities prior to enrolling to Texas State, they must submit their transcripts for review. Transfer courses from other institutions in Texas that automatically transfer as Texas State equivalents can be found at (https://tim.txstate.edu/transferguide). For Nutrition and Foods courses taken at colleges or universities outside of Texas, students must provide course syllabi to the DP Program Manager and Director who will review the syllabus and textbooks used in each course to determine whether that course is an appropriate substitute for a specific Texas State course. If a course is considered to be an appropriate substitute, the DP Program Manager will notify the College of Applied Arts nutrition advisor and an official substitution will be granted. The DPD does not offer course credit for prior learning other than that earned from transfer courses.

  • The 2017 Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) Accreditation Standards for Nutrition and Dietetics Didactic Programs requires the curriculum to be designed to ensure the breadth and depth of requisite knowledge needed for entry into supervised practice to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. The program’s curriculum must include required components, including prerequisites. The Knowledge for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (KRDN) Knowledge for Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (KRDN’s) are within the required course work. The following is the complete list of the required KRDN’s.

    KRDN 1.1    Demonstrate how to locate, interpret, evaluate and use professional literature to make ethical, evidence-based practice decisions.
    KRDN 1.2    Use current information technologies to locate and apply evidence-based guidelines and protocols.
    KRDN 1.3    Apply critical thinking skills.
    KRDN 2.1    Demonstrate effective and professional oral and written communication and documentation.
    KRDN 2.2    Describe the governance of nutrition and dietetics practice, such as the Scope of Nutrition and Dietetics Practice and the Code of Ethics for the Profession of Nutrition and Dietetics; and describe interprofessional relationships in various practice settings.
    KRDN 2.3    Assess the impact of a public policy position on nutrition and dietetics practice.
    KRDN 2.4    Discuss the impact of health care policy and different health care delivery systems on food and nutrition services.
    KRDN 2.5    Identify and describe the work of interprofessional teams and the roles of the others with whom the registered dietitian nutritionist collaborates in the delivery of food and nutrition services.
    KRDN 2.6    Demonstrate an understanding of cultural competence/sensitivity.
    KRDN 2.7    Demonstrate identification with the nutrition and dietetics profession through activities such as participation in professional organizations and defending a position on issues impacting the nutrition and dietetics profession.
    KRDN 2.8    Demonstrate an understanding of the importance and expectations of a professional in mentoring and precepting others.
    KRDN 3.1    Use the Nutrition Care Process to make decisions, identify nutrition-related problems and determine and evaluate nutrition interventions.
    KRDN 3.2     Develop an educational session or program/educational strategy for a target population.
    KRDN 3.3    Demonstrate counseling and education methods to facilitate behavior change and enhance wellness for diverse individuals and groups.
    KRDN 3.4    Explain the processes involved in delivering quality food and nutrition services.
    KRDN 3.5    Describe basic concepts of nutritional genomics.
    KRDN 4.1    Apply management theories to the development of programs or services.
    KRDN 4.2    Evaluate a budget and interpret financial data.
    KRDN 4.3    Describe the regulation system related to billing and coding, what services are reimbursable by third party payers, and how reimbursement may be obtained.
    KRDN 4.4    Apply the principles of human resource management to different situations.
    KRDN 4.5    Describe safety principles related to food, personnel and consumers.
    KRDN 4.6    Analyze data for assessment and evaluate data to be used in decision-making for continuous quality improvement.

  • Students who are admitted to Texas State can choose a major in Nutrition and Foods; one option is the Dietetics Program (DP) track. Requirements for the Texas State DP are detailed in the Undergraduate Catalog, which is online (http://www.txstate.edu/curriculumservices/catalogs/undergraduate/catalogs.html). In addition, degree outlines can be found at http://advising.appliedarts.txstate.edu/degrees/majors/FCS.html. The DP track requires 122 semester hours, including, in addition to general studies courses, courses in nutrition and foods, chemistry, biology, and family & consumer sciences. In order to graduate, students must maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher. (NOTE: To be competitive for post-graduate Dietetic Internships, the GPA should be much higher. See How to Prepare for Dietetic Internships.)
    While rewarding, the DP track is also challenging. Newly enrolled students who are potentially interested in obtaining the Registered Dietitian (RD, aka Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, RDN) credential should declare the DP track as their major. As long as the GPA is ≥ 2.75, students can remain in this track and graduate when they have completed all requirements. However, if grades are consistently lower, students should consult with their advisor and consider either retaking certain courses or switching to the nutrition and foods (with a minor) track. To graduate from this track, the minimum GPA requirements are 2.0 (Texas State), 2.25 (major) and 2.0 (minor).
    Successful DP students have an aptitude for science, exhibit a consistent work ethic, and, like all Nutrition and Foods majors, have a passion for improving the lives of others.