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2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Allied Health Major, B.S. (Nutrition and Foods Concentration)

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College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences

Department of Allied Health Sciences

Nutrition and Foods Concentration

Accredited by:

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)

120 South Riverside Drive, Suite 2000

Chicago, IL 60606-6995

(312) 899-4874


Dietetics professionals apply scientific knowledge and skills to effective nutritional care of patients and clients in clinical and community settings. The dietetics practitioner will be expected to apply critical thinking skills in assessing nutritional status of patients and providing evidenced-based nutrition care and medical nutrition therapy. Skillfulness in implementing nutrition interventions and monitoring the effectiveness of nutrition therapy or counseling is required at all levels of dietetics practice. The interdisciplinary health care team utilizes the skills and knowledge of the well-trained registered dietician as the expert in planning and implementing nutrition therapy. Dietetics professionals provide nutrition education and counseling to patients and clients, health coaching in out-patient settings, diabetes education and training, monitor tube feedings or nutrition support for patients in critical care units, management of clinical nutrition departments or health care food service operations.

Upon successful completion of the requirements for the Nutrition and Foods concentration (didactic program in dietetics), students are eligible to apply for dietetic internships where they will perform 1200 hours of supervised practice in a variety of dietetics rotations. Once the supervised practice is successfully completed, the student will be eligible to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians (RD exam.) Licensure requirements for registered dietitians vary according to state statutes but all require a passing score on the RD exam. An option for students who delay or choose not to pursue the RD credential is taking the examination to become a dietetic technician, registered immediately upon completion of the requirements for the nutrition and foods concentration and the B.S. degree.

Admission Requirements

Applications will be accepted and reviewed in the semester following the accrual of 45 credit hours. The application process will include a review of transcripts and evaluation of a written statement of personal and career goals. Requirements for admission in the Nutrition and Foods concentration are as follows:

  • Maintain a overall GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale (developmental studies grades/quality points excluded);
  • Complete science courses and all NTFD courses with a minimum grade of C or better in each course within the first two attempts.

General Program Information

To earn a degree from ETSU, there are specific course requirements put forth by ETSU, by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), by each college, and by each department. All students must meet the degree requirements at each of these levels. Please follow the format below:

University-level Degree and Graduation Requirements

Total Credit Hours for Degree: 120

TBR General Education Requirements: 41 Credit Hours

Below you will see the categories and courses specified under TBR General Education Requirements. Note that certain courses are required for this degree, specific to this major. Thus, these courses will satisfy both a TBR General Education requirement AND a requirement of this major. (Other majors may require different General Education courses.) Where specific courses are required for this major, we only list those courses under the category. If there are no specific major requirements for a category, all course options appear.


9 credits, consisting of 6 credits of written composition and 3 credits of oral communication.

Written Composition

Complete both of the following: 

Oral Communication

Complete one of the following:

Humanities and Fine Arts

9 credits, consisting of 3 credits of literature, 3 credits of fine arts, and 3 credits of humanities electives.


(ENGL 2210 , ENGL 2220 ,or ENGL 2430  suggested.)

Social and Behavioral Sciences

6 credits, consisting of the following:


6 credits, consisting of both of the following:

Natural Sciences

8 credits, consisting of the following lectures and labs.


Students will enroll in the appropriate general education math course during their first calendar year of enrollment at ETSU. Students required to complete learning support in mathematics must enroll in a learning support-designated section (L01-L99) of MATH 1530  during their first 15 hours at ETSU (not including summer) unless they are also required to complete learning support in reading or writing. Students needing learning support in reading or writing in addition to learning support in math should enroll in MATH 1530-Lxx immediately upon completing their other learning support requirements. Additional information may be found on the University Advisement Center website www.etsu.edu/uac/learningsupport/

Minor: no minor required

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