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Dietetics Concentration in Nutrition

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The mission of the Tarleton Nutrition Sciences Program in conjunction with the Nutrition and Dietetics Didactic Program (DPD) Consortium at Stephen F. Austin State University is to prepare highly qualified graduates for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become registered dietitian nutritionists.

Goal #1 - The program will prepare graduates to be successful in graduate studies, supervised practice, or as dietetics professionals.

Goal #2 - The program will commit to academic excellence by preparing graduates to engage in the process of critical thinking and problem solving while demonstrating confidence and integrity necessary for success in supervised practice programs and or dietetics related jobs.

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Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Consortium with Stephen F. Austin State University

The DPD consortium between Tarleton State University and Stephen F. Austin State University was approved August 2020 by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The Tarleton program is housed in the College of Health Sciences and Human Services in the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, Public Health, & Nutrition Science on the Stephenville campus. The DPD program is part of Nutrition Science Concentration in the Bachelor Science in Public Health.

There are no specific admission requirements for the DPD program. Interested students will follow the admission requirements outlined by the university.

The Nutrition Sciences concentration is the pathway that equips students with food, nutrition and dietetics knowledge required of a registered dietitian. In addition to a B.S. in Public Health with a concentration in Nutrition Sciences, students will receive a verification statement from Stephen F. Austin State University as the provider institution of the ACEND DPD. The program is only available on the Stephenville campus.  The verification statement indicates graduates have met the requirements to apply for dietetic internship. As part of the program requirement TSU DPD students will take the following 6 courses through Stephen F. Austin State University via distance education. (No travel or relocation required)

Course Number Course Name
NUTR 4305 (RISTO 4331) Food Service Management
NUTR 4309 Community Nutrition
NUTR 4325 Nutrition Counseling
NUTR 4339 Advanced Nutrition

The TSU students will register and pay tuition through TSU by filling out the DPD Consortium registration form with program coordinator, Paula McKeehan, MS, RD, LD. The course will be taught through SFA and appear on TSU transcript. There will be no additional cost to the TSU student except for standard online instruction fees. Those can be explained and calculated by visiting the tuititon calculator.

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Student Expenses


Tarleton DPD consortium students will not incur any additional costs. The standard distance course fee will be applied to the six distance consortium courses (listed above). DPD students are encouraged to join the Dietetics and Food Profession Organization (no fee) and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, $58 membership fee. 

Tarleton supports a live-on requirement of two years for new incoming students (freshmen) and transfer students with less than 12 credit hours, including students with AP and dual-credit. Transfer students with more than 12 credit hours are required to live on campus for 1 year. All residential students are required to have a meal plan. Visit housing for more information on pricing.

Tuition Cost
Texas Resident – Undergraduate $194.36 per hour
Differential Tuition - College of Health Sciences and Human Services $52.79 per hour


Financial Aid and Program Scholarships

Tarleton State University provides over $106 million annually in financial aid. Learn how the Office of Financial Aid can help you fund your educational goals. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Students interested can apply for scholarships. Nutrition Sciences offers Jewell Taylor Dietetics scholarship. Students interested in this scholarship must complete the general scholarships application.

The DPD program is mandatory for those wanting to pursue a career as a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) and a dietetic technician, registered (DTR).

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How to become a registered dietitian (DPD program)

The registered dietitian is the nutrition and food expert. To become a part of the growing and vital profession of dietetics, take the following steps:

  1. Complete a baccalaureate didactic degree program that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) such as the concentration in Nutrition Science as part of the Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health at Tarleton State University.
  2. Acquire supervised practice experience by competing for and successfully completing an Accredited Dietetic Internship.
  3. Pass the CDR credentialing exam for Registration Dietitian Nutritionist.

Students who wish to become a DTR must complete the DPD program, obtain a verification statement, and sit for the DTR Exam.


The Didactic Program in Dietetics Consortium at Tarleton State University is a partnership with Stephen F. Austin State University and is currently granted Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics.