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School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

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Human Sciences

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Didactic Program in Dietetics

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff offers a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics and prepares graduates to pursue dynamic careers  in healthcare, education and research. Completing this Program is the first of three required steps in the education and training of dietetics professionals. Our goal is to provide students with scientific and applied nutrition and dietetics knowledge in a multidisciplinary, diverse and multicultural environment.

Components of Dietetic Education & Training

For a student who wishes to become a Registered Dietitian (RD), the Accreditation Council for Education of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) requires:
  1. A baccalaureate degree and coursework that meets the knowledge requirement specified by ACEND. This is typically achieved by attending a DPD such as the one offered by UAPB.
  2. A supervised practice experience, also called dietetic internship, which meets the performance requirements set by ACEND. Students may combine the first step and this second step by attending a Coordinated Program.
  3. A passing score on the National Registration Examination provided by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Students who do not complete a dietetic internship should be aware that the Program’s foundation courses provide the background appropriate for several careers including foodservice management in institutions and restaurants, food and pharmaceutical sales, consumer relations, education and Extension.

 For more information, contact:

UAPB Department of Human Sciences
1200 N. University Drive, Mail Slot 4971
Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601
Phone: 870-575-8816
Fax: 870-575-4684


The program has been granted Candidacy for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association. Students enrolled in the program, however, will receive the benefit and privileges of full CADE accreditation. Contact information for CADE is 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040, ext 5400, or

The DPD is financially supported in part by a grant from the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Strengthening Institutions, Title III, Part B, Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program.