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Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Offered By: College of Nursing and Health Professions
Application Deadline: April 1 after the Sophomore Year


The Coordinated Program in Dietetics at Arkansas State University – Jonesboro 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. The supervised practice
experiences occur in food service, 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.

A Bachelor of Science degree is granted upon completion of the required 126 hours. Upon graduation, students are eligible to take the national credentialing examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). After passing the examination, they become registered dietitians. In addition to Registered Dietitian 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

    Prerequisites 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.

    Area Course


    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

    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
    Chemistry CHEM 1043 3 Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry
    Fine Arts

    ART 2503
    MUS 2503
    THEA 2503 


    Fine Arts Visual or
    Fine Arts Music or 
    Fine Arts Theatre

    Humanities ENG 2003
    ENG 2013
    PHIL 1103 
    Introduction to World Literature I or
    Introduction to World Literature II or
    Introduction to Philosophy 
    Chemistry CHEM 1041 1 Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry Lab
    Chemistry CHEM 1052 2 Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry II
    Nursing NRS 2203 3 Basic Human Nutrition
    Communication Studies SCOM 1203 3 Oral Communication
    History 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 3 Medical Terminology
    Biology BIO 2103 3 Microbiology for Nursing & Allied Health
    Biology BIO 2101 1 Microbiology for Nursing & Allied Health Lab
  • Admission Process

    Admission Process

    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.

    Apply for the program.

  • Additional Information

    Program Costs

    Detailed information regarding the cost of obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree from Arkansas State University may be found in the undergraduate bulletin at www.astate.edu/registrar/, which includes tuition, fees, room and board.

    Additional estimated costs for students enrolled in the CP include the following:

    Books - approximately $350 - $500 per semester
    Lab coat - $30
    Student name tag - $10
    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual student membership - $50
    ASU annual student dietetic membership - $10-$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. Registered Dietitian Examination is about $200.
    Immunizations - available at Student Health Center for approximately $300, which includes Hepatitis B vaccines (series of 3 doses), TB skin test, Tetanus and MMR.
    CPR certification - approximately $25 - $40
    Student health insurance - The Student Health Center offers students the opportunity to purchase health insurance provided by a reputable insurance company, if no insurance coverage is available under a family policy. The cost is approximately $650-$700 annually. Call 870-972-2054 or visit http://www.astate.edu/a/student-affairs/health-care/index.dot for more information.
    Drug screen – approximately $25, if required by clinical facility
    Criminal background check – approximately $48, if required by clinical facility

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    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.

    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

  • Accreditations

    Accreditation Status

    The Coordinated Program in Dietetics at ASU has been granted candidate status by the:

    Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
    120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000,
    Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext 5400.
    http://www.eatright.org/ACEND/ .

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  • Checksheets & Degree Plans


    Checksheets list all of the requirements and university obligations for degree completion.

    Degree Plans

    Degree plans suggest a schedule of courses for students to follow as they pursue their degree.