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DIT 114 - Medical Nutrition Therapy

Credits: 4
4 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: DIT 103  and DIT 106  
Co-requisites: ALH 140  

This course introduces the student to the concept of modifying the general diet to meet various medical conditions. Principles of patient interviewing, analysis of the patient’s nutritional needs and the interpretation of food restrictions in menu planning and food shopping are presented. The physical, psychological and social needs of the patient are presented with emphasis on its nutritional consequences. This course includes the study of nutritional care of the patient with upper and lower gastrointestinal disorders, weight management, diabetes and related endocrine disorders, coronary heart disease, atherosclerosis, enteral feeding, total parenteral nutrition (TPN), liver disorders, renal disease, cancer, HIV/AIDS and feeding disabilities. This course requires a per credit health career fee; check the tuition and fee schedule for the current rate.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Access data, references, patient education materials, consumer and other information from credible sources (CNDT 1.1).
  2. Implement actions based on care plans, protocols, policies and evidence-based practice (CNDT 1.4).
  3. Use clear and effective oral and written communication (CNDT 2.2).
  4. Function as a member of interprofessional teams (CNDT 2.5).
  5. Refer situations outside the nutrition and dietetics technician scope of practice or area of competence to a registered dietitian nutritionist or other professional (CNDT 2.6).
  6. Perform nutrition screening and identify clients or patients to be referred to a registered dietitian nutritionist (CNDT 3.1).
  7. Perform specific activities of the Nutrition Care Process as assigned by registered dietitian nutritionists in accordance with the Scope of Nutrition and Dietetics Practice for individuals, groups and populations in a variety of settings (CNDT 3.2).
Listed Topics
  1. Nutrition Assessment
  2. Nutrition and Illness
  3. Energy Management
  4. Diabetes Mellitus
  5. Gastrointestinal Disorders
  6. Enteral/Parenteral Feeding
  7. Complementary/Alternative Medicine
  8. Cardiovascular Disease
  9. Liver Disorders
  10. Renal Disease
  11. Cancer
  12. HIV/AIDS
  13. Feeding Disabilities
Reference Materials
Textbook, audio visual, case studies, textbook companion website
Approved By: Bullock, Quintin Date Approved: 05/16/2018

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