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    Sep 26, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nutrition Major, BS in Health and Human Sciences – Dietetics Concentration


Nutrition and dietetics education leading to credentialing as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The Nutrition major is designed for students interested in basic and applied sciences, and students are able to pursue one of two concentrations: the Dietetics Concentration or the Basic Science Concentration. The Dietetics Concentration of the Nutrition Major is accredited as a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext. 5400, url https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend. As such, graduates are eligible to apply for ACEND-accredited dietetic internship programs and, following successful completion of a dietetic internship, are eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians to become Registered Dietitians (RD)/Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) and active members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. RDs or RDNs are food and nutrition professionals who unite the science of nutrition with application of nutrition principles to improve health through interventions, including education and counseling, at the community and individual levels or by addressing nutritional aspects of medical problems in clinical practice. Many work in acute care hospitals, long-term care, and medical offices as members of the health care team or in community-based settings. Other areas of practice include corporate wellness, journalism, sports nutrition, the food and nutrition industry, and others.

The M.S. in Nutrition with a concentration in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics

In 2018, the Department was selected by ACEND to develop a Future Education Model Graduate Program, which will begin to be phased in effective Fall 2020 following ACEND review of a phase 2 report in Spring 2020. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science program with a Nutrition-Dietetics major who are interested in clinical nutrition practice as a RDN are eligible to apply if they meet admission requirements. The application deadline is August 1 prior to the senior year of undergraduate study. This program represents a reorganization of the current Dietetic Internship and will integrate traditional coursework with practice-based courses that enable students to complete the bachelor’s degree (Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Nutrition-Dietetics) and master’s degree (Master of Science in Nutrition with a concentration in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics) in five years and be eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians upon graduation. Students admitted to this master’s program concentration do not enroll in graduate coursework during the four years of the bachelor’s degree program, but graduate study commences with the summer term immediately following graduation.

Application and admission to the M.S. in Nutrition with a concentration in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics

A student intending to enter the Master of Science program in Nutrition with a concentration in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics is required to complete coursework in the Nutrition-Dietetics concentration for the first three years of undergraduate study. At this point, students must apply for the Master of Science program and be accepted into the Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics concentration in order to enroll in specific prerequisite upper-division courses that will establish the knowledge and skill set necessary for the transition to graduate study and for meeting of ACEND-required competencies. Students who do not enroll in the Master of Science program may still complete the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition-Dietetics and the Didactic Program in Dietetics and apply for dietetic internships. Admission requirements for the Master of Science program with a concentration in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics include at minimum:

  1. Academic achievement
  a. Cumulative GPA: 3.3 (encompasses all college coursework).
  b. Nutrition coursework: completion of NUTR 100 *, NUTR 302 , NUTR 311 , NUTR 313 , NUTR 314 , NUTR 315 , NUTR 316 NUTR 320   with grades of B- or better in all NUTR-prefix courses.
  c. Science coursework: completion of CHEM 120 *, CHEM 130 *, CHEM 260 ; BCMB 230 ; MICR 210 * with a 3.0 or higher overall GPA in the sciences.
  d. Other non-departmental coursework: CLAS 273 ; CMST 240 *; ENGL 295 * or ENGL 360 *; approved FDSC course, KNS 350 ; PSYC 110 ; PUBH 201 ; STAT 201 *; university general education requirements.
  1. Standardized test performance - GRE with recommended scores of 150 (verbal), 150 (quantitative), and 4.0 (analytical) or higher in order to be competitive.
  2. Submission of an online application for admission to the Graduate School by August 1 prior to the senior year of undergraduate study in the B.S. Nutrition-Dietetics Concentration. The completed application must include current transcripts, a personal statement detailing experience as well as long- and short-term goals, and a resume. No recommendation forms are required.
  3. In-person interview with the program director and representatives of the program faculty in August shortly following the application deadline.

Admission decisions will be based upon meeting of listed admission criteria as well as completeness of application, clarity of written and oral expression, and expressed interest in pursuing a career as a RDN. Admission is competitive and students accepted to the Master of Science program in Nutrition with a concentration in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics are required to follow the Nutrition-Dietetics concentration curriculum during the fourth year of the undergraduate program with the addition of HRT 445 and NUTR 426 Clinical Nutrition II Practicum and complete the Bachelor of Science degree. To maintain good academic standing for entry into the Master of Science program, students must complete all required coursework and maintain GPA and grade minimums specified in the admission criteria.

uTrack Requirements

Universal Tracking (uTrack) is an academic monitoring system designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation. In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones. Milestones include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA. uTrack requirements only affect full-time, degree-seeking students who first entered Fall 2013 or later. uTrack does not apply to transfer students who entered prior to Fall 2015.

Requirements for Transition to Upper Division

Students who have completed 45 hours of coursework and are on track to enter term 5 of the Dietetics Concentration curriculum must apply for transition to upper division course and faculty advisor assignment. Applications are due May 1 and are available on the CEHHS Office of Advising and Student Services website https://cehhsadvising.utk.edu/. Students must follow the curriculum and complete the prerequisite requirements on schedule in order to complete the degree program on time. Missed prerequisites may delay graduation by at least one year. In order to graduate with a major in nutrition, regardless of concentration, students must earn a grade of C or better in every required nutrition course plus in prerequisite courses where noted. Minimum requirements to apply for the Master of Science in Nutrition, Concentration in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics, are higher and are detailed above.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Sciences – Nutrition Major – Dietetics Concentration


Term 1 Hours Milestone Notes
CHEM 120 * or CHEM 128  4 2.6 cumulative GPA
ENGL 101 * or ENGL 118  3  
1MATH 125 * or MATH 141 * or MATH 147  3-4  
NUTR 100 * 3  
2Arts and Humanities Elective * 3  
Term 2
CHEM 130 * or CHEM 138  4 CHEM 120 * with a grade of C or better
ENGL 102  3  
PSYC 110 * or PSYC 117 * 3  
2Arts and Humanities Elective * 3  
2Cultures and Civilizations Elective * 3  
Term 3
BCMB 230   5 3.0 cumulative GPA
CHEM 260   3 CHEM 130 * with a grade of C or better
CMST 240 * or CMST 247 * 3 NUTR 100 * with a grade of C or better
1Unrestricted Elective 3  
Term 43
2Cultures and Civilizations Elective * 3 BCMB 230  with a grade of C or better
1Unrestricted Elective 3 CHEM 260  with a grade of C– or better
MICR 210  3  
ENGL 295 * or ENGL 360  3  
STAT 201 * or STAT 207  3  
Term 5
4Approved FDSC course 3-4 PSYC 110 
KNS 350   3  
6NUTR 311   4  
CLAS 273   3  
PUBH 201 * 3  
Term 65
NUTR 302   3 No milestones
6NUTR 313   3  
6NUTR 314   3  
6NUTR 315   2  
6NUTR 316   1  
6NUTR 320   2  
Term 7
HRT 210   3  No milestones
6NUTR 330   1  
6NUTR 410   1  
6NUTR 412   3  
6NUTR 415   3  
6NUTR 425   1  
6NUTR 422   3  
6,7NUTR 413S   1  
Term 8
6NUTR 303   3 No milestones
6NUTR 416   3  
4NUTR 420   2  
1,8Unrestricted Electives 5  
TOTAL 120  
1 Select any courses not already required for the major. Students who do not place into MATH 125 * or MATH 141 * will first take MATH 119  or MATH 123 *, which can be used as an elective.
2 Select courses from the University General Education list .
3 Submit form for continuation in the major by May 1st. See advisor.
4 Select from FDSC 100 , FDSC 241 , or FDSC 415 .
5 At the completion of term 6 – Students meeting eligibility requirements may apply for acceptance/tracking into M.S. Program in Nutrition – Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics Concentration or continue on in the traditional Dietetics Concentration.
6 Must be taken at UT.
7 This course requirement is waived for students accepted to the M.S. in Nutrition, Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics concentration who are not in the Service Learning Honors program as associated competencies will be completed in a graduate course.
8 Students accepted to the M.S. in Nutrition, Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics concentration, must enroll in 6NUTR 426  (2 credit hours) and HRT 445 .

* Meets University General Education Requirement .