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Dietetics

Mrs. Mary Catherine Schallert

Welcome to the website for the University of Memphis undergraduate program in dietetics. Our mission is to graduate students with knowledge and skills to positively impact the nutritional health of the global community. We are particularly proud to be able to offer our students service-learning, research, study abroad and internship opportunities. This is an exciting time to choose a career in dietetics! We hope this site provides helpful information about our program and profession. It is always exciting to hear from students who are interested in a career in nutrition - we are eager to answer all of your questions, so please don't hesitate to contact me.

Healthfully,

Mary Catherine Schallert MS, RDN, LDN, FAND
Clinical Assistant Professor | Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Our curriculum provides foundation, knowledge and skills in the areas of communications, physical and biological sciences, social sciences, research, food, nutrition, management and health care systems. Graduates of our program are competent in their ability to effectively communicate, apply scientific methods and the nutrition care process, and to use tools of professional management.

All program graduates who complete the program requirements with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 receive an ACEND- Verification Statement and are eligible to apply for a supervised practice program (dietetic internship). However, we recommend that students maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25 in order to be competitive for placement in a dietetic internship program. Dietetic internship graduates are eligible to complete the national registration examination to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

All program graduates who receive an ACEND Verification Statement are eligible to take the Dietetic Technician Registration examination. Successful completion of this examination results in the NDTR (Nutrition and Dietetics Technician Registered) credential. Program graduates who choose not to apply for a dietetic internship appointment have varied career options. They select careers in extension services, business, health care and education. Graduates are prepared to apply for graduate/professional post-baccalaureate programs.

The prospective intern must make entry into the D & D Digital Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Internship Matching and complete the online internship application process through DICAS . Check the D & D site for the exact deadline date. More information about the DICAS process and D & D digital matching may be obtained from your undergraduate didactic director.

Information about admission, tuition, housing, graduation and the academic calendar can be found on the University of Memphis website. The University of Memphis Office of Student Accountability provides a Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities. To find information on academic regulations, financial aid and support services for students browse the University Undergraduate Catalog.

The dietetics concentration is accredited as a didactic program in dietetics (DPD) by:

Accreditation Council for Education of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606
800-877-1600 ext. 5400
The University of Memphis Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) program has been granted full accreditation by ACEND through 2023

Admission

For Degree-Seeking Students

Dietetics program admission follows the University admission criteria and application process. Criteria and deadlines are available in the Undergraduate Bulletin. Applications are taken online. When completing the application, your major will be Health Studies with a concentration in Dietetics.  *See Undergraduate Catalog

For Students with a Bachelor's Degree

This admission procedure is for students who have already completed a bachelor's degree and only need to complete Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) coursework.

  • Submit an official copy of all transcripts to Mary Catherine Schallert, Program Director, University of Memphis, School of Health Studies, Memphis, TN 38152
  • Students who completed their degree(s) outside of the United States and its territories must have their academic degree validated and a course-by-course evaluation completed. Refer to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website for a list of Independent Foreign Degree Evaluation Agencies. Contact the agency for current information and costs. Submit an official report to Mrs. Schallert that includes degree and course equivalency.
  • Send an email to Mrs. Schallert requesting an Official DPD Evaluation. Include a list of all transcripts that she can expect, your mailing address, email address and phone number.
  • Allow 2 - 4 weeks to receive the DPD Evaluation via email after the transcripts have been received. Summer requests may take longer.
  • If you decide to complete the University of Memphis DPD Program, follow the University of Memphis Undergraduate Admission Procedures.

Scholarship and Financial Aid

Mission

To prepare graduates with knowledge and skills to positively impact the nutritional health of the global community.

Program Goal 1

The program will produce competitive graduates for entry-level dietetics positions across the U.S.

Objectives for Goal:

  • 70% of program students will complete the DPD/degree requirements within 150% of the program length.
  • 50% of qualified graduates will apply to a dietetic internship program or other pathway providing supervised practice experience within 12 months of graduation.
  • 50% of qualified graduates who desire to complete a supervised practice experience will be accepted within 12 months of graduation.
  • 70% of students who desire to complete a graduate degree will be accepted within 12 months of graduation.

Program Goal 2

The program will encourage, motivate and support students to participate in experiences that promote lifelong learning and achieve professional goals.

Objectives for Goal:

  • At least 50% of students will attend a minimum of one local, state, or national dietetic association meeting.
  • At least 50% of alumni will report being adequately prepared or highly prepared to meet professional goals as a result of their DPD program.

Specific program outcome data is available upon request. However, we are proud to say that we currently exceed all objective benchmarks for both Goal 1 and Goal 2.

Curriculum

For additional dietetics degree and program curriculum information:

Students are encouraged to maintain at least a 3.25 GPA to be competitive for a dietetic internship appointment.

In addition to tuition, book and laboratory fees, students enrolled in NUTR 4605: Internship in Nutrition are required to:

  • Complete a background check through PreCheck at the approximate cost of $50
  • Be up-to-date on immunizations
  • Have a negative result on a TB skin test
  • Have completed a basic physical exam
  • Carry their own student liability insurance policy (approximately $30 through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) prior to entering their assigned facility for clinical observation.
  • Students will also participate in a 6-week intensive hands-on culinary medicine training program as a part of their capstone experience. This program costs approximately $100 per student and is the student's responsibility.

For a complete listing policies and procedures- please view the student handbook. Additional costs are involved with the Food Science courses, but are clearly outlined in the syllabi of the respective courses.


Resources

Internship and Employment of SHS Alumni

Each program within the School of Health Studies requires a 240- or 360-hour internship during the student’s senior year. The internship experience allows students to apply what they learn in the classroom to the workplace. Our career specialist, Fonda Fracchia, provides students with professional career counseling/coaching, resume critiques, mock interviews, job search strategies, career events, networking opportunities and more.

Study Abroad

Each year, faculty members within the School of Health Studies lead students on a study abroad expedition. Most recent experiences have taken students to Cape Town, South Africa and Florence, Italy. Other destinations include Switzerland, Belize, Costa Rica and China. Students receive course credit and greatly benefit from the overall experience. For more information pertaining to the upcoming trip, please contact Mary Catherine Schallert.

Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (SAND)

Students and elected officers in the Dietetics program have been meeting formally and informally since the organization began in the early 90s as the SDA (Student Dietetic Association). SAND (Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) has and continues to provide an array of services and opportunities for students embodying the organization such as: volunteer work, networking (among students and professional RDNs), distribution of information regarding the dietetic internship process, and marketing the career to the student body and community as a whole. Please visit the SAND to learn more!

Dietetics Student Handbook

For comprehensive information regarding the University of Memphis Didactic Program in Dietetics, including policies and procedures as they relate to students enrolled in the program, please read the Dietetics Student Handbook.