Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)
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 components in the education and training of dietetics professionals. The mission of the program is consistent with that of the University and the Department of Human Sciences. Our goal is to advance the profession by providing 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 an RD, the Accreditation Council for Education of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) requires three steps:
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 (DI), 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 (CDR) 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:
Alexandria Gray, RD - Program Director
Adair-Greenhouse (Human Sciences) Building, Room 127
Phone: (870) 575-8811
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.