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Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

College: College of Nursing and Health Professions

Department: Coordinated Program in Dietetics


The Coordinated Program (CP) in Dietetics at Arkansas State University – Jonesboro 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 after they have finished 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. 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.

  • Prerequisites

    Admission Requirements

    Students must apply for admission to the CP by April 1 after they have completed 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 2.8 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
    • Program prerequisites must be completed prior to the start of the junior year.
    • HESI A2 Entrance Exam

    Required prerequisite courses include:

    Area Course Credit Hours Course Title


    ENG 1003


    Composition I


    ENG 1013


    Composition II


    MATH 1023


    College Algebra


    BIO 2203


    Human Anatomy and Physiology I


    BIO 2201


    Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab


    BIO 2223


    Human Anatomy and Physiology II


    BIO 2221


    Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab

    University College

    UC 1013


    Making Connections


    PSY 2013


    Introduction to Psychology


    SOC 2213


    Principles of Sociology

    Fine Arts

    ART 2503
    MUS 2503
    THEA 2503


    Fine Arts Visual or
    Fine Arts Musical or
    Fine Arts Theatre


    ENG 2003
    ENG 2013
    PHIL 1103


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


    CHEM 1043


    Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry


    CHEM 1041


    Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry Lab


    CHEM 1052


    Fundamental Concepts of Organic and Biochemistry

    Nutritional Science

    NS 2203


    Basic Human Nutrition

    Communication Studies 

    COMS 1203


    Oral Communication

    Social Sciences

    HIST 2763
    HIST 2773
    POSC 2103


    The United States to 1876 or
    The United States Since 1876 or
    Introduction to US Government

    Health Professions

    HP 2013


    Medical Terminology


    BIO 2103


    Microbiology for Nursing & Allied Health


    BIO 2101


    Microbiology for Nursing & Allied Health Lab

  • How to Apply

    Admission Process

    Apply for admission to the Coordinated Program in Dietetics by April 1 after the sophomore year. Application packet is available on this website.

    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.

    Find the application packet on our department homepage >>
  • Additional Costs


    One-Time Expenses



    One-Time Program Expenses

    Additional Information

    HESI A2 Exam


    Prior to acceptance

    Criminal background check


    Upon program acceptance



    Prior to Semester 1; includes 1st TB skin test

    CPR Healthcare Provider Certification


    Semester 1

    Scrubs and slip-resistant shoes


    Semester 1

    Student name tag


    Semester 1

    Child maltreatment check


    Semester 1

    Drug screen


    Required by some clinical facilities

    Physical examination


    Studenthealth center; required by some clinical facilities

    TB Mask


    Semester 4

    Exam review course


    Semester 6

    Registration examination


    Following program completion





    Annual and Two-Year Expenses



    Program Expenses

    Program Expenses

    Additional Information

    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics membership



    Annual membership




    Semesters 1, 2, & 3




    Semesters 4, 5 & 6

    Flu vaccine



    Costs vary by health insurance plan

    Health insurance



    High estimate; costs vary by plan

    Lab coat




    Professional travel to state annual meeting



    Semesters 2 & 5; includes registration, shared travel/ lodging & meals

    Project supplies



    Class and supervised practice

    Student nutrition and dietetic association membership



    Annual dues

    Student professional liability insurance



    Semesters 1 & 4

    2nd year TB skin test



    Costs vary by health insurance plan




    Costs vary by supervised practice location

    Vehicle insurance



    High estimate; costs vary by plan







  • Dietetics Curriculum

    Curriculum and degree requirements can be found in the most current Undergraduate Bulletin.

    Visit the bulletins page >>

  • 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 / Program Completion Requirements

    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 (www.astate.edu/registrar/) for additional information. 

    Verification Requirements 

    Verification of completion of the CP at Arkansas State University will be given to all students who successfully complete the academic coursework and supervised practice components of the program and who meet the ethical requirements of the dietetics profession.

  • Careers

    A registered dietitian is a food and nutrition expert who has met the minimum academic and professional requirements to qualify for the credential “RD.” He/she may work in a wide variety of employment settings which include:

    • Academia
    • Community and public health
    • Food and nutrition-related business and industry
    • Food service management
    • Healthcare facilities
    • Journalism
    • Private practice
    • Research
    • Sports nutrition
    • Wellness programs

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What is a Registered Dietitian (RD)?

    The Registered Dietitian is nationally recognized as an expert in the field of food and nutrition. To become a Registered Dietitian, you are required to meet eligibility requirements established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics and pass a national registration examination.

    What is a Coordinated Program (CP)?

    This program coordinates supervised practice experiences with the didactic (lecture/classroom) instruction during the professional program in the junior and senior years of study. It is a two year full-time program with a “Clinical” concentration. Class size is limited due to the availability of supervised practice sites; all applicants may not be accepted into the program.

    When are program applications due?

    Applications must be submitted by April 1 after the sophomore year. Students will be notified of their acceptance status by May 15.

    How many students are admitted into the program each year?

    There are 15 slots available. Any student who is not accepted into the CP may consider other majors either within the College of Nursing and Health Professions or another College on campus. The student may also choose to reapply the following year.

    Can a student work full-time while in the program?

    It is extremely difficult to work while completing the Coordinated Program. If students must be employed, hours should be scheduled during the evenings or on weekends only. Students must be available to fulfill all didactic and supervised practice requirements.

    Can a student with a non-dietetics degree be admitted to the Coordinated Program?

    If a student has a degree from a U. S. accredited college or university in a field other than dietetics, he/she must have their college transcript evaluated by the Program Director. The Director will identify the courses the student would need to complete to meet the dietetics requirements in order to apply for admission.

"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 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). In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited [program type] program at [Institution name] are eligible to [apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program/apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN].

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN please click here."

Accredited by ACEND

ACENB LogoAccreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (800) 877-1600 ext. 5400

The accreditation of Arkansas State University's nutrition and dietetics education program has been placed on probationary status 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, (800) 877-1600 ext. 5400.