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Description

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: 

  1. 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. 
  1. 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. 
  1. 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.

Costs

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

Admission Requirements

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

ART 2503
MUS 2503
THEA 2503
 
      3

Fine Arts Visual or
Fine Arts Musical or
Fine Arts Theatre
Humanities ENG 2003
ENG 2013
PHIL 1103
      3

Intro to World Literature I or
Intro to World Literature II or
Intro to Philosophy

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
HIST 2773
POSC 2103
      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

Application Procedure

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.

Dietetics Curriculum

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

Summer One
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

Summer Two
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.

Program Delay/Interruption

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.

Verification Requirements

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.