Human Nutrition and Dietetics
Why should I major in Human Nutrition and Dietetics?
The Human Nutrition and Dietetics program primarily prepares students to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with an optional pathway to become a Nutrition & Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTR), or a non-RD nutrition-related professional.
The University of Arkansas's Nutrition and Dietetics Education Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext. 5400. Complete program details can be found in the student handbook.
The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is to prepare graduates for successful careers in nutrition and dietetics. These graduates will serve in diverse areas of practice in Arkansas, the United States, and the world with professionalism and leadership. Through this preparation, graduates will be eligible for supervised practice and graduate school leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become registered dietitian nutritionists.
Program Goal 1
Program graduates will possess the foundational technical knowledge and communication skills to be competent for entry into supervised practice, other post-graduate programs and for careers in nutrition and dietetics for individuals and families in the state of Arkansas and beyond.
Program Goal 2
Program graduates will be prepared to be active professionals exhibiting characteristics of professionalism, leadership, and service to the profession of nutrition and dietetics and their community.
At least 80% of program students complete program requirements within 6 years (150% of the program length).
At least 65% of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
Of program graduates who apply to a supervised practice program, at least 75% are admitted within 12 months of graduation.
The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
85% of the program graduates who complete a dietetic internship/supervised practice or graduate school will be rated as having met or exceeded performance expectations as indicated by Dietetic Internship (DI) Director Survey results.
85% of the program graduates will rate their overall preparation in human nutrition and dietetics as having met or exceeded expectations
90% of Dietetic Internship Directors will agree that program graduates met or exceeded expectations for professionalism and leadership as indicated by DI Director Survey results.
50% of program graduates responding to alumni survey will report participation in professional and/or community service activities.
50% of program graduates responding to alumni survey will recognize the importance of professionalism and service through their participation in Nutrition and Dietetics professional local, state, and/or national groups and/or through service to the profession through service as a mentor to students/interns.
Program outcomes data are available on request.
What can I do with a degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics?
Accreditation is given to Didactic Programs in Dietetics (DPD), that are in compliance with the Standards of Education. When you complete the DPD, you are eligible to apply for dietetic internships. Completion of the internship qualifies you to take the national registration exam, and passing it earns you the title of Registered Dietitian. There are many different career fields for a RDN, NDTR, or non-RD nutrition graduate:
- Public Health Nutrition
- Acute Care Setting
- Sports Nutrition
- Corporate Wellness
- Food Industry
- School Nutrition Programs
- Long-term Care Facility
- Private Consulting Practice
- More Career Options
What does a Human Nutrition and Dietetics major study?
In addition to the University core courses, Human Nutrition and Dietetics majors will take project-based courses like biochemistry, human physiology, community nutrition, medical nutrition therapy and more.
Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Human Nutrition and Dietetics program at the University of Arkansas are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program/apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.
In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. View more information about state licensure requirements
View more information about educational pathways to become a RDN
Course requirements and a semester-by-semester degree plan for Human Nutrition and Dietetics can be found in the UA Course Catalog. There is also printable 2022-2023 checksheet and an archive of past PDFs of the checksheets and semester-by-semester degree plans available in Box.
How can a Human Nutrition and Dietetics student be involved?
The School of Human Environmental Sciences and the University offer a variety of outlets for students to gain professional development experiences.
Student Dietetic Association - Open to any student interested in the field of dietetics. Activities are designed to inform members of the field of dietetics and to spread information to the public. Membership provides an excellent opportunity to interact with dietetics professionals and a chance to work with the community. Faculty Sponsors: Nancy Buckley and Mechelle Bailey. Find the organization on Hogsync and Instagram.
Accreditation for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-899-0040 ext. 5400