The philosophy of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at CWU is consistent with the mission of the university. The primary purpose of the university and DPD is academic, this is, discovering and creating new knowledge, preserving and transmitting it, and applying it to life’s experiences. All other areas of the organization complement and support that function. CWU and DPD are dedicated to providing the best qualified faculty, knowledgeable and imaginative administrators and staff, excellent library resources and appropriate facilities and instructional equipment. These strengths combined with a well planned curriculum and close personal attention affords the opportunity for a high quality education for all students.
The Dietetics specialization plus three additional courses (PSY 101, ECON 101, and ANTH 130 or 357) fulfills the requirements of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics for a Didactic Program in Dietetics. The DPD program is currently granted continuing accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).ACEND
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Completion of this program qualifies the student to apply for admission to an ACEND Accredited Supervised Practice Experience also known as a Dietetic Internship. Following this the student is eligible to sit for the registration examination. Passing the registration exam qualifies the graduate to become a Registered Dietitian (R.D.).
Prior to being admitted into the Dietetics Specialization, students shall apply to the BS in Food Science and Nutrition major with a specialization in Foods and Nutrition and must then complete the following courses:
Please Note: Completing these courses does not guarantee admission to Central Washington University or the degree program.
TOTAL PRE-SPECIALIZATION 51-53
In addition to successfully completing all of the pre-specialization courses, applicants to this specialization must have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 at the time of application and a GPA in all of the pre-major classes of 3.0. Students planning on entering the Dietetics Specialization are encouraged to declare their major in the BS Food Science and Nutrition with a Foods and Nutrition Specialization as early in their studies as possible so that they may be assigned a major advisor and receive proper advising in this field.
COMPLETE SPECIALIZATION REQUIREMENTS
Students are highly encouraged to complete at least five credits of NUTR 490, Cooperative Education NUTR 490 is currently offered only during the summer
TOTAL CREDITS: 102
Students wishing to apply for admission into an ACEND accredited Dietetic Internship must complete the above major requirements plus the following three courses: ANTH 130, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (5) OR ANTH 357, Medical Anthropology: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Health and Healing (4), and ECON 101, Economic Issues (5), and PSY 101, General Psychology (5). These courses may also meet breadth requirements at Central Washington University.
The requirement for CHEM 111, 111LAB, Introduction to Chemistry and Laboratory, may be met by satisfactorily completing CHEM 181, 181LAB and 182, 182LAB, General Chemistry and Laboratory. The requirement for CHEM 112, 112LAB, Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Laboratory, may be met by satisfactorily completing CHEM 361, 361LAB, 362, Organic Chemistry and Laboratory. The requirement for CHEM 113, 113LAB, Introduction to Biochemistry, may be met by satisfactorily completing CHEM 431, 431LAB and 432, Biochemistry and Laboratory. The requirement for BIOL 201, Human Physiology, may be met by satisfactorily completing BIOL 355, 356, Human Anatomy and Physiology. Students interested in applying to nursing programs following the completion of this degree are recommended to take BIOL 355 and BIOL 356 instead of BIOL 201.
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