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, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040, url http://www.eatright.org/ACEND. As such, graduates are eligible to apply for ACEND-accredited dietetic internship programs. Completion of a dietetic internship is required after the DPD in order to take the Registration Examination and become a Registered Dietitian (RD)/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and become an active member 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. Growing areas of practice include sports nutrition, corporate wellness, journalism, and the food and nutrition industry. Students may receive more information from the department about RD/RDN requirements. Students completing this concentration may also choose to pursue graduate study or complete additional prerequisite requirements for health professional programs outside of nutrition and dietetics.
uTrack Requirements (for students entering Fall 2013 or later)
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 enter 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 complete orientation followed by an application for transition to upper division course and faculty advisor assignment. Applications are due February 1 and August 1 and are available on the CEHHS Office of Student Services website http://ehhsstudentservices.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.