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Coordinated Program in Dietetics

The mission of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP) is to support the missions of the University, College, and Department by providing a quality academic curriculum with a concentration in nutrition education that prepares students to be scientifically competent, accountable, and ethically responsible citizens who are prepared to be productive, self-educating leaders within the dietetics profession and the global community at large. The goals and student learning objectives of the program support the CP mission. Data collected to determine achievement of program goals is available upon request to ACEND and to the public.

The two-year (junior/senior years) CP combines didactic course work with over 1,200 hours of supervised practice. The core knowledge and competencies for the Registered Dietitian (RD) emphasize the scientific and evidence base of dietetics practice (integration of scientific information and research into practice), professional practice expectations (beliefs, values, attitudes and behaviors for the professional dietitian level of practice), clinical and customer services (development and delivery of information, products and services to individuals, groups and populations), practice management and the use of resources (strategic application of principles of management and systems in the provision of services to individuals and organizations) and additional support knowledge (underlying the requirements specified above). The NTDT curriculum includes courses in human nutrition, food science, food and culture, community nutrition, food systems management, medical nutrition therapy, and nutrition research. These courses are based on a solid science, business, and math background, which include general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, physiology, psychology, sociology, economics, marketing, management and elementary statistics.

The supervised practice component of the CP involves working with food/nutrition/dietetics professionals to demonstrate performance in nutrition therapy, community nutrition, food service systems management, business/ entrepreneurial dietetics, culinary medicine and nutrition research. The program does not grant credit or supervised practice hours for prior learning, self-organized volunteer activities, or other professionally-related activities. The TCU CP has a nutrition education concentration that builds on the core knowledge and competencies to become a Registered Dietician. This concentration is consistent with available resources and the need for nutrition education in the Fort Worth/Dallas area. Nutrition education has long been considered a focus and strength of the TCU CP, and supervised practice experiences include varied opportunities to build expertise in this area throughout the two-year program.

Admission to TCU is required for all programs, however admission to the University does not guarantee admission to the CP. Neither TCU nor the Department of Nutritional Sciences discriminate on the basis of personal status, individual characteristics or group affiliation, including but not limited to, classes protected under federal and state law. Eligibility for admission to the TCU CP is based on successful completion of at least 60 semester hours with a Nutrition GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), an Associated Requirements GPA of at least 2.75, 45 semester hours of required prerequisites and major courses specified in the TCU Undergraduate Catalog and in the CP Application , 200 documented hours of practical experience in food or nutrition, and an application packet. Application packets for the CP must be received by February 1, and applicants are notified of provisional acceptance by April 15. Provisionally accepted applicants must pass a background check following notification of provisional acceptance during the spring semester. Students who are accepted begin coursework in the CP the subsequent fall semester. Materials and directions for application to the program are available from the website of the Department of Nutritional Sciences. Final acceptance/enrollment in the CP depends on successful completion of work in progress and required summer school prerequisites.

A student’s continuation in the program is contingent upon attainment of a strong academic record and successful completion of the program sequence. As stated in the CP Policies and Procedures, students must attain a minimum Nutrition GPA of 3.0, attain a minimum grade point average of 2.75 in the Associated Requirements, and earn a grade of “C-” or better in all Nutrition courses and all Associated Requirements. Students who successfully complete the TCU Coordinated Program in Dietetics will complete greater than 1200 hours of supervised practice and the undergraduate coursework to receive CP verification and will be eligible to take the registration examination for dietitians and to apply for active membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The current first-time five-year pass-rate on the registration examination for the CP is 86%. The current one-year pass-rate on the registration examination for the CP is 96%. Students who receive CP verification are eligible to apply for a state license with the Texas State Board of Examiners of Dietitians. In the state of Texas, after passing the Registration Examination to become a Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD/RDN), one may become a Licensed Dietitian. For more information about Texas State Licensure visit

Incoming nutrition majors in fall 2018 and thereafter are eligible to pursue the 5-year Combined BS/MS in Dietetics. This combined program offers students the unique opportunity to complete the required didactic instruction (lecture and laboratory courses) and supervised practice experience hours necessary to meet the Core Knowledge and Competencies for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist as mandated by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetic (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in five years. Curriculum is based on educational standards mandated by ACEND. Graduates receive verification and establish eligibility to write the Registration Examination for Dietitians. This program will replace the Coordinated Program in Dietetics in May 2021. The first graduating class in the Combined BS/MS will apply to the program in February 2020, earn the BS in Dietetics in May 2022 and the MS in Dietetics in May 2023.

Direct undergraduate costs for tuition, room, board, books and supplies for this academic year may be found on the TCU website at Additional detailed expenses for CP students are outlined in the CP Student Handbook and include approximately $1,000-1,500 per year for travel to supervised practice sites, textbooks/school supplies, lab coats/clothing, malpractice insurance, medical exams, drug screening, current immunizations, criminal background check, food handler’s card, CPR certification, professional dues and registration for professional seminars.

The Texas Christian University Coordinated Program in Dietetics is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND):

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