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 Didactic Program in Dietetics at the University of Arkansas is currently granted full accreditation status by the Accreditation for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

 

The mission of the Didactic Program at the University of Arkansas is to produce graduates who have the academic preparation necessary for success in a supervised practice program in nutrition and dietetics, graduate school and other career opportunities.

Program Goal 1

The program will produce graduates to be competent for entry into supervised practice and other postgraduate professional programs through high-quality educational offerings.

      Program Objectives for Goal 1

  • The pass rate for DP graduates taking the Registration Examination for the first time will be at least 80% over a five year period.
  • Over a five year period, 60% of students enrolled in the Bachelor-level DP will complete the program/degree requirements in 150% of the time planned for completion, or three years.
  • Within 12 months of graduation, 50% of students who complete the DP program/degree requirements will apply for post-baccalaureate supervised practice and 50% of those who apply will be accepted.

Program Goal 2

The program will prepare competent nutrition and dietetics practitioners.

      Program Objectives for Goal 2

  • The pass rate for DP graduates taking the Registration Examination for the first time will be at least 80% over a five year period.
  • Within 12 months of graduation, 50% of those graduates who apply to supervised practice programs, but are not accepted will find employment in the area of nutrition and dietetics and/or will be accepted into a graduate program, as assessed with both Senior Exit and Alumni Surveys.
  • Dietetic internship directors will rate at least 70% of graduates as prepared or well-prepared for entry into a dietetic internship on Dietetic Internship Director Surveys.
  • Employers will rate at least 70% of graduates who did not complete supervised practice programs, but found employment in the area of nutrition and dietetics as prepared or well-prepared based on their education and training on Employer Surveys.

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.

Semester-by-Semester Degree Plan:

To view degree plans prior to 2017-2018, see Human Nutrition and Hospitality Innovation Degree Archives.

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.

Instructor with young students outside working in a school garden. Photo by the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.

Quick Facts

Department:
School of Human Environmental Sciences

Human Nutrition & Dietetics Student Handbook (PDF)

Average Starting Salary:
$42,000

RD Exam Pass rate:
6 month and 5 year data, as well as first-time pass rates and time to pass exam within year of first attempt are all available upon request

Internship Required:
Yes

Commonly Paired Minors:
Food Science, Business, Spanish, Sustainability


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Accreditation Information:

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
www.eatrightpro.org/acend

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