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Description

The Bachelors of Science in Dietetics and the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics at Arkansas State University are administered by the Dietetics 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 1080 hours of supervised practice. The supervised practice experiences occur in the undergraduate portion of the program and include 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 undergraduate program in the spring semester of the sophomore year. The undergraduate requires two years 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 upon completion of the required 126 hours.

Students must apply for admission to the graduate school and master’s program in the spring semester of the senior year. The Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics degree (MSND) consists of a minimum of 36 hours beyond the Bachelor’s degree.  Upon successful completion of the MSND, 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 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.
        *At least eighty percent (80%) of program students complete program/degree requirements
          within 4.5 years (150% of the program length).
        *Of graduates who seek employment, eighty percent (80%) are employed in nutrition and
          dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation
        *Eighty percent (80%) of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian 
          nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
        *The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one
          year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least
          eighty percent (80%).

  1. Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviors and attitudes.
    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.
    Eighty percent (80%) of graduates who respond to alumni surveys will rate the dietetics program “average or higher” in preparing them to demonstrate appropriate professional behaviors and  attitudes.
  1. Value service to the community and the profession of dietetics.
    Fifty percent (50%) of graduates who respond to alumni surveys participate in one or more  community service activities.
    Fifty percent (50%) of graduates responding to alumni surveys are active in one or more professional organizations.

Outcomes data are available upon request.

*Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) required objectives.


Fees and Expenses

Tuition and Fees Estimate
2022-2023

Student Category Estimated Total
Professional Program Only
BS Degree Resident $23,330.00
BS Degree Non-Resident/International $40,000.00
MS Degree Resident $12,819.00
MS Degree Non-Resident/International $22,791.00

The above estimates do not include prerequisite or general education courses.
The above estimates do include dietetics program courses only.


Housing and Meals Estimate
2022-2023

Category Estimated Undergraduate Total
Professional Program Only
Additional Information
Campus Housing Five Semesters $12,500.00              Costs vary; many students
 choose to live off campus   
Campus Flex Meal Plans
Average Five Semesters
$9,750.00              Costs vary; many students
 choose to live off campus   


Additional Program Estimates
2022-2023

Category Three-Year
Program Expenses
Additional Information
HESI A2 Exam $50.00           Prior to acceptance
Child maltreatment check $10.00           Semester 1
Criminal background check $95.00           Upon program acceptance
CPR Healthcare Provider Certification $50.00           Semester 1
Drug screen $45.00           Required by some clinical facilities
Exam review course $400.00           Semester 9
Immunizations $300.00           Prior to Semester 1; includes 1st TB skin test
Physical examination $35.00           Student health center; required by some clinical facilities
Registration examination $200.00           Following program completion
Scrubs and slip-resistant shoes $150.00           Semester 1
Student name tag $10.00           Semester 1
TB Mask $25.00           Semester 4
Typhon Group Scheduling System $100.00           Semester 1
TOTAL $1,470.00       

Category Annual
Program Expenses
Total
Program Expenses
Additional Information
Academy of Nutrition and 
Dietetics membership
$58.00         $174.00                 Annual membership
Books $1,024.00                 Semesters 1, 2, & 3
Books $502.00                 Semesters 4, & 5
Books $1,025.00                 Semesters 6, 7, 8, & 9
Computer $500.00        
Flu vaccine $20.00         $40.00                 Costs vary by health
        insurance plan
Health Insurance $1,800.00         $3,600.00                 Costs vary by plan
Lab Coat $30.00         $60.00                 White
Professional travel to state
association annual meeting
$200.00         $400.00                 Semesters 2 & 5; includes
        registration, shared
        travel/lodging & meals
Project supplies $100.00         $200.00                 Class and supervised
        practice
Student nutrition and dietetic
association membership
$20.00         $60.00                 Annual dues
Student professional 
liability insurance
$25.00         $50.00                 Semesters 1 & 4
2nd year TB skin test $10.00                 Costs vary by health
        insurance plan
Transportation/parking $550.00         $1,100.00                 Costs vary by supervised
        practice location
Vehicle insurance $1,800.00         $3,600.00                 High estimate; costs vary
        by plan
Total $12,345.00        

Resident Non-Resident/ International
Total Estimate for Three-Year Program
(including tuition, fees, housing, meals 
and additional program expenses
$72,314.00       $99,856.00               


    

Financial Aid

Students may qualify for financial aid or scholarships through Arkansas State University. Consult the web site at www.astate.edu/a/finaid/ for more information.

Admission Requirements

Students must apply for admission to the undergraduate program 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, entrance examination, reference forms and completed application, including answers to particular questions are used in the selection process.

Undergraduate admission requirements include:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 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 examination)

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
Statistics STAT 3033       3 Statistics for Health Professions
Biology BIO 2103       3 Microbiology for Nursing & Allied Health
Biology BIO 2101       1

Microbiology for Nursing & Allied Health Lab


Admission requirements for the Graduate Masters of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics

To be considered for admission to the MSND degree program, applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate Admissions and the specific program requirements. All applicants must complete an ACEND accredited undergraduate coordinated program in dietetics and have obtained a bachelor’s degree, which includes the course work and minimum of 1,000 supervised practice hours. The Nutrition and Dietetics program admits students on a space-available basis. Current resume, personal statement, and letters of recommendation are used in the selection process. 

In order to complete the application process for the Nutrition and Dietetics program, the applicant must complete the following:

  1. Apply to the Graduate School
    1. Graduate school admission requirements include:
      1. Submit a completed online application for admission and the application fee.
      2. Achieved a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale or a 3.00 GPA on the last 60 hours.
  • Submit official transcripts from each college or university as requested by the Graduate School.
  1. Apply to the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics Program –
    1. Graduate program admission requirements:
      1. Have earned an undergraduate degree in nutrition and dietetics with successful completion of an ACEND accredited coordinated program with a minimum of 1,000 supervised practice hours. 

The undergraduate portion of the program is hybrid, with a mix of online and face-to-face courses. The master’s addition will be online.  


Application Procedure

Apply for admission to the undergraduate 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: dietetics@astate.edu

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. Students will be notified of their acceptance into the program by May 15.


Apply for admission to the graduate Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics program and the graduate school by February 1 in the spring semester of the senior year. Application packet is available on this website each November.

Submit the completed application packet to: dietetics@astate.edu

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. Students will be notified of their acceptance into the program by April 15.


Dietetics Curriculum

The undergraduate program requires 72 semester hours which includes 17 hours in supervised practice rotations in a variety of food service, community and clinical settings.

The following is a typical course sequence:

Year One Fall Semester
NS 3113 Life Cycle Nutrition
NS 3123 Nutritional Biochemistry
NS 3133 Food Service Management
NS 3153 Food and Society
NS 3163 Nutrition Education

Year One Spring Semester
NS 3253 Nutrition Assessment
NS 4553 Nutritional Counseling
NS 3263 The Nutrition Care Process
NS 3143 Food Science and Lab
NSP 3213 Practicum I

Summer One
NSP 3323 Practicum II
NS 3243 Quantity Foods
Summer Two
NSP 4433 Practicum III
NS 4453 Community Nutrition

Year Two Fall Semester
NS 4413 Medical Nutrition Therapy I
NS 4442 Professional Development
NS 4443 Food Chemistry and Lab
NS 4463 Sports Nutrition
NSP 4544 Practicum IV

Year Two Spring Semester
NS 4523 Medical Nutrition Therapy II
NS 4533 Infant and Child Nutrition
CLS 4212 Interpreting Lab Data
NS 4573 Introduction to Research
NSP 4654 Practicum V

 


The Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics requires 36 semester hours

The following is a typical course sequence:

Summer I
NS 6253 Nutrition in Critical Illness
NS 6113 Food and Nutrition Public Policy
Summer II
NS 6003 Topics in Food Service
NS 6123 Health Care Delivery in the U.S. 
Fall 5
HP 5113 Leadership in Health Professions
NS 6263 Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy
NS 6303  Nutrition and Dietetics Research
STAT 6833 Biostatistics
Spring 5
NS 6013 Management of Nutrition Services
NS 6243 Metabolic Nutrition
NS 6313 Nutritional Epidemiology
NURS 6843 Ethics of Health Care


Academic and Program Schedule

During the program, 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 program 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 Dietetics from Arkansas State University 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 (examples include community service hours, exam review course attendance, self-assessment tool survey completion, exit survey completion, etc.)

In order to receive a M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics from Arkansas State University that signifies completion of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics, a student must:

  • Complete academic course requirements with a grade of C or above in all degree courses (A degree course is any course that is listed in the graduate bulletin as a Major Requirement for the Master of Science Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics (http://www.astate.edu/a/registrar/students/). This includes Dietetics courses and one
    Statistics course.)
  • Complete all 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 (examples include exam review course attendance, self-assessment tool survey completion, exit survey completion, etc.)

Based on the ACEND benchmark for program completion (within 150% of the time planned for completion), this would equal a period of 4.5 years to complete the B.S. in Dietetics and the M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics.

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/graduate bulletin for additional information.

Verification Requirements

After January 1, 2024, once students complete the BS in Dietetics, which includes the didactic portion and supervised practice, and the MS in Nutrition and Dietetics, they will have completed the requirements for receipt of a verification statement. 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 schedule and take the Registration Examination.