The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics at the University of Tennessee at Martin is to prepare graduates for their dietetic internships, the Registration Examination for Dietitians, and career practice in a dietetics-related field. Grounded in adult education theory, the science-based curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, team work, and authentic application of information. Graduates will acquire the skills necessary for both dietetics-related professional practice and lifelong learning.
The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at the University of Tennessee at Martin is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
(312) 899-0040 ext. 5400
Information related to program goals and objectives, policies and procedures, admission criteria, curriculum requirements, and costs can be found in the Student Handbook for the Didactic Program in Dietetics.
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Dietetics Curriculum and Course Sequence (Please note that the attached curriculum has been approved for implementation beginning Fall semester 2013.)
Prospective students will be considered for entry to the DPD based on the following criteria:
Cumulative GPA = 3.0 or better
Grade of C or better in each of the following courses:
Completion of application packet, which includes:
- BIOL 140 – Cell & Molecular Biology
- CHEM 111 – General & Inorganic Chemistry
- CHEM 112 – Organic & Biochemistry
- FSCI 200 – Food Principles
- FSCI 313 – Food Management
- NUTR 100 – Introductory Nutrition
Completion of interview with dietetics faculty
- DPD admission application
- Current transcripts from UTM and/or any other relevant universities or colleges attended
(Please note that the above criteria for admission to the DPD have been approved for implementation beginning Fall semester 2013.)
Graduates of the Didactic Program in Dietetics at the University of Tennessee at Martin receive Verification Statements from the program director, establishing eligibility for a Dietetic Internship. Successful completion of an ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship is required to write the Registration Examination for Dietitians, which is administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration(CDR). At present, there is a national shortage of internship spots. Approximately one in every two applicants gets accepted to a Dietetic Internship, making the application process very competitive.
Food Service Director
Food Research Specialist
Sales and Marketing Representative
Kathy Stanczyk, M.S., R.D.
Didactic Program Director
340 Gooch Hall
Martin, TN 38238
Phone: (731) 881-7100
Fax: (731) 881-7106