The Coordinated Program (CP) in Dietetics at Arkansas State University is administered by the Nutritional Science Program in the College of Nursing & Health Professions. The program provides for the achievement of knowledge and performance requirements for entry-level dietitians through integration of didactic instruction with a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice, as established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The supervised practice experiences occur in foodservice, community and clinical settings. The program features a “clinical” concentration, which allows students to build upon foundation knowledge and competencies for future proficiency in the clinical area of dietetics.
Students apply for admission to the CP in the spring semester of the sophomore year. The CP requires two years (includes two summers) to complete the didactic instruction and supervised practice rotations. Students must have reliable transportation for travel to various practice sites for the rotations. A Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics is granted to students upon completion of the program’s 126 hours. Upon graduation, students are eligible to take the national credentialing examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) to become registered dietitians. In addition to RD credentialing, many states have regulatory laws for dietitians and nutrition practitioners. Frequently these state requirements are met through the same education and training required to become an RD.
Goals and Objectives
The successful graduate will:
- Perform as a knowledgeable, competent entry-level dietitian.
Eighty percent (80%) of students admitted to the program will complete the program in less than three years.
Eighty percent (80%) of graduates will successfully complete the RD exam on the first attempt.
Eighty percent (80%) of graduates who seek employment will be working in dietetics-related positions within twelve months of completing the program.
Thirty percent (30%) of graduates working in dietetics will practice in the Delta region for at least three years.
- Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviors and attitudes.
Eighty percent (80%) of students will receive a score of “average or higher” for professional conduct when rated by preceptors on supervised practice evaluations.
Eighty percent (80%) of graduates working in dietetics will receive a score of “average or higher” for professional conduct when rated by employers on satisfaction surveys.
- Value service to the community and the profession of dietetics.
Eighty percent (80%) of students will attend one or more regional, state or national dietetic association meetings prior to graduation.
Eighty percent (80%) of students will participate in the A-State student dietetic association.
Eighty percent (80%) of students will participate in dietetics-related community service activities prior to graduation.
Fifty percent (50%) of graduates will maintain membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Association.
Outcomes data are available upon request.
Program specific costs, in addition to university tuition and fees, are estimated below.
- Books - approximately $350 - $500 per semester
- Supplies for projects (class and practicum) - $200
- Lab coat - $30
- Scrubs (2 sets recommended) and slip resistant shoes - $150
- Student name tag - $10
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual student membership - $50
- Student Nutrition and Dietetic Association - $15 - $20
- Professional student liability insurance - $25
- Travel and vehicle insurance - Students must travel to supervised practices sites, some of which are located in Jonesboro area or within a 75-90 mile radius of Jonesboro. Students must furnish their own transportation to and from these facilities and assume all costs and liability involved with this travel. Vehicle insurance is required, the cost of which varies by plan.
- Professional expenses - Some meetings may be available locally; however, travel and accommodation expenses for state and national professional meetings should also be budgeted.
- Immunizations - available at Student Health Center for approximately $300, which includes Hepatitis B vaccines (series of 3 doses), TB skin test, Tetanus and MMR.
- Annual Flu vaccine - $20
- CPR certification - approximately $25 - $40
- Student health insurance - – Students are required to have health insurance as injuries that occur in a clinic supervised practice setting are not covered and/or paid by the facility or the university.
- Drug screen – approximately $25, if required by clinical facility
- Criminal background check – approximately $47, if required by clinical facility
- Child maltreatment check - $10
- iPad rental - $50
- Registration examination review course - $385
- Registration examination - $200
Students must apply for admission to the CP by April 1 in the spring semester of the sophomore year. Class size is limited due to the availability of supervised practices sites and all applicants may not be accepted into the program. A screening procedure is used to select the most qualified students. Letter of application, academic status, reference forms and completed application, including answers to particular questions are used in the selection process.
CP admission requirements include:
- Cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale of all college work attempted
- English proficiency requirements, if foreign born
- Completion of program prerequisites with a minimum grade of “C” required in all courses
Required prerequisite courses include:
|Area||Course||Credit Hours||Course Title|
|English||ENG 1003||3||Composition I|
|English||ENG 1013||3||Composition II|
|Math||MATH 1023||3||College Algebra|
|Biology||BIO 2203||3||Human Anatomy and Physiology I|
|Biology||BIO 2201||1||Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab|
|Biology||BIO 2223||3||Human Anatomy and Physiology II|
|Biology||BIO 2221||1||Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab|
|University College||UC 1013||3||Making Connections|
|Psychology||PSY 2013||3||Introduction to Psychology|
|Sociology||SOC 2213||3||Principles of Sociology|
|Fine Arts Visual or
Fine Arts Musical or
Fine Arts Theatre
Intro to World Literature I or
|Chemistry||CHEM 1043||3||Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry|
|Chemistry||CHEM 1041||1||Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry Lab|
|Chemistry||CHEM 1052||2||Fundamental Concepts of Organic and Biochemistry|
|Nutritional Science||NS 2203||3||Basic Human Nutrition|
|Communication Studies||COMS 1203||3||Oral Communication|
|Social Sciences||HIST 2763
|3||The United States to 1876 or
The United States Since 1876 or
Introduction to US Government
|Health Professions||HP 2013||3||Medical Terminology|
|Biology||BIO 2103||3||Microbiology for Nursing & Allied Health|
|Biology||BIO 2101||1||Microbiology for Nursing & Allied Health Lab|
Apply for admission to the Coordinated Program in Dietetics by April 1 in the spring semester of the sophomore year. Application packet is available on this website each January.
Submit the completed application packet to:
Coordinated Program in Dietetics
College of Nursing & Health Professions
PO Box 910
State University, AR 72467
Application packet includes:
- Letter of application
- Program application
- Official transcripts of all college work completed
- Documentation of English proficiency, if foreign born
- Completed reference forms (three)
Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Student will be notified of their acceptance into the program by May 15.
The Coordinated Program in Dietetics requires 72 semester hours which includes 21 hours in supervised practice rotations in a variety of foodservice, community and clinical settings.
The following is a typical course sequence.
Year One Fall Semester
|NS 3113||Nutrition through Life Cycle I|
|NS 3123||Nutritional Biochemistry|
|NS 3133||Food Service Management|
|NS 3143||Basic Foods|
|NS 3153||Food and Society|
Year One Spring Semester
|NS 3223||Nutrition through Life Cycle II|
|NS 3243||Quantity Foods|
|NS 3253||Nutrition Assessment|
|NS 3233||Dietetics Administration|
|NSP 3213||Practicum I|
|NSP 3326||Practicum II|
Year Two Fall Semester
|NS 4413||Medical Nutrition Therapy I|
|NS 4453||Community Nutrition|
|NS 4453||Nutritional Counseling|
|NSP 4433||Practicum III|
|STATS 3233||Applied Stats|
Year Two Spring Semester
|NS 4523||Medical Nutrition Therapy II|
|NS 4563||Special Topics|
|NS 4543||Experimental Foods|
|NSP 4543||Practicum IV|
|NSP 4573||Research Methods in Nutrition|
|NSP 4656||Practicum V|
Academic and CP Schedule
During the junior, senior and summer semesters, students will have holidays consistent with the ASU academic calendar. Individual course syllabi and the Supervised Practice Rotation Schedule will provide additional information about the CP schedule. Policies and procedures specific to the dietetics program including supervised practice rotations will be available in the Dietetics Student Handbook.
Graduation and/or Program Completion Requirements
In order to receive a B. S. in Nutritional Science from Arkansas State University that signifies completion of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics, a student must:
- Complete all didactic course requirements with a grade of C or above in all dietetics courses
- Successfully complete five supervised practice rotations
- Complete all general education and university requirements pertaining to the major
- Maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
- Have no outstanding financial or other program obligations
Based on the ACEND benchmark for program completion (within 150% of the time planned for completion), this would equal a period of three years once a student is accepted into the two year (includes two summers) Coordinated Program.
If progress in the CP is interrupted for health or other reasons, the student must meet with the program director to discuss the circumstances and options for program completion. This situation may take the student outside of the benchmark window.
If the student withdraws from the university, he/she must apply for readmission to the program. Readmission status will be dependent upon space available. See the undergraduate bulletin for additional information.
Upon successful completion of the CP, each student will receive Verification Statement form(s). This is the form used by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics to verify that the student has met all academic and supervised practice requirements for program completion in accordance with Arkansas State University and accreditation guidelines. The verification statement is also required by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) for eligibility for the Registration Examination for Dietitians. Once the required paperwork is completed, the program director submits the registration eligibility applications to CDR. Upon notification from CDR, it is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements to take the Registration Examination.