Curriculum

Here's what you'll study

The Doctorate in Nutrition and Dietetics (DND) provides a strong, academic foundation in nutrition and dietetics to allow you to meet the challenges of a rapidly developing and changing profession. This three-year, full-time, entry-level coordinated program includes 90 credit hours of graduate work and 1,296 hours of supervised practice experience in a wide range of inpatient, outpatient, and community settings. 

The supervised practice component will prepare you to translate this knowledge into the provision of healthy, attractive food required for health and healing, patient care in the community and tertiary care hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation facilities, workplace wellness, and community nutrition services.

Successful candidates for the degree are required to meet grade requirements and demonstrate entry-level competency in the supervised practice component of the degree. As a graduate of the DND program, you'll receive verification to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians.

DND Curriculum Year One

Semester 1 (Fall) | 15 credit hours

  • BIOL 55600 Physiology I (3 credits)
  • BIOC-B 500 Introductory Biochemistry (3 credits)
  • NTRD-N 600 Legal and Ethical Issues in Nutrition and Dietetics (3 credits)
  • PBHL-B 561 Introduction to Biostatistics I (3 credits)
  • NTRD-N 640 U.S. Public Health Nutrition (3 credits)

Semester 2 (Spring) | 15 credit hours

  • BIOL 55700 Physiology II (3 credits)
  • NTRD-N 650 Food Science (3 credits)
  • NTRD-N 652 Meal Planning for Culturally Diverse Populations (3 credits)
  • NTRD-N 663 Evidence-based Practice in Nutrition and Dietetics (3 credits)
  • NTRD-N 670 Nutrition in Pregnancy & Lactation (3 credits)

Semester 3 (Summer) | 3 credit hours

  • NTRD-N 655 U.S. Food Market Place (3 credits)

DND Curriculum Year Two

Semester 4 (Fall) | 15 credit hours

  • MPAS-M 818 Principles of Medical Pharmacology for Physician Assistants (3 credits)
  • PBHL-H 508 Managing Health Care Accounting Information for Decision Making (3 credits)
  • NTRD-N 674 Pediatric Nutrition (3 credits)
  • NTRD-N 750 Vitamins and Minerals (3 credits)
  • NTRD-N 751 Human Metabolic Nutrition I (3 credits)

Semester 5 (Spring) | 16 credit hours

  • NTRD-N 752 Human Metabolic Nutrition II (3 credits)
  • NTRD-N 753 Nutrition and the Microbiome (3 credits)
  • NTRD-N 760 Personalized Adult Medical Nutrition Therapy I (3 credits)
  • NTRD-N 801 Seminar in Nutrition & Dietetics (1 credit)
  • PBHL-H 507 Management of Individual and Group Behavior (3 credits)
  • PBHL-H 509 Health Services Financial Management (3 credits) 

Semester 6 (Summer) | 9 credit hours

  • NTRD-N 740 Nutrition Counseling Techniques (3 credits)
  • NTRD-N 762 Personalized Adult Medical Nutrition Therapy II (3 credits)
  • NTRD-N 765 Advanced Pediatric Nutrition (3 credits)

DND Curriculum Year Three

Semester 7 (Fall) | 14 credit hours

  • NTRD-N 745 Nutrition Communication (3 credits)
  • NTRD-N 746 Nutrition Education Experience (1 credit)
  • NTRD-N 850 Process Improvement Proposal (3 credits)
  • NTRD-N 890 Supervised Practice (7 credits)

Semester 8 (Spring) | 11 credit hours

  • NTRD-N 855 Process Improvement Project (3 credits)
  • NTRD-N 890 Supervised Practice (8 credits)

Semester 9 (Summer) | 3 credit hours

  • NTRD-N 855 continues
  • NTRD-N 890 Supervised Practice Concentration Capstone (3 credits)