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Nutrition and Dietetics

Students interested in receiving an education in nutrition and dietetics or becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) must complete the academic course work required through the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). These requirements can be met through the Nutrition and Dietetics Specialization of the Family and Consumer Sciences degree program which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext 5400. https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend.

The DPD at NCCU offers a professional degree for undergraduate, second degree and nontraditional students at a competitive tuition.

Dietetics programs offered:

  1. Didactic Program in Dietetics (bachelor's degree)
    1. Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics:  This track is for students earning their first baccalaureate degree. Students are required to complete the four-year coursework plan.
    2. Students who have already earned a BA, BS or other advanced degree are only responsible for satisfying the DPD Required Courses* to earn a verification statement.
      *Each student will be evaluated individually.
  2. Dietetic Internship (professional/graduate program)
  3. Masters of Science in Nutrition (graduate degree)

The DPD has been designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully complete the program and present themselves as strong applicants for supervised practice programs (dietetic internship).

Admission Requirements
All interested students should apply online. Students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree should also send copies of their transcripts to the program director for review.
The program and university use rolling admissions to accept aspiring freshmen, collegiate transfers and 2nd degree seeking students.  Students may be admitted during any term:  fall, spring or summer.

Program Requirements
1st degree seeking students:   must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours and all courses from the 4-Year Plan.
2nd degree and nontraditional students:  will be evaluated individually by the program director

All students are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0; earn a “C” or better in all math, science, foods and nutrition courses; and attempt no more than 168 credit hours.  To earn a Verification Statement, all students must pass a program area competency exam.  

Steps to become an Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN):

  1. Complete the requirements of an ACEND® accredited bachelor’s or master’s program. The required didactic coursework in dietetics consists of various courses in food and nutrition science, clinical dietetics, food service management, nutritional biochemistry, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, and biology.
  2. Receive a Verification Statement from an accredited university. This statement indicates that an individual has successfully completed all the coursework and is able to demonstrate the mastery of the competencies as set forth by ACEND. This statement enables an individual to apply to supervised practice programs (i.e. dietetic internships) throughout the United States.
  3. Completes an ACEND® accredited dietetic internship or other type of supervised practice program that includes 1200 hours of supervised; clinical, community and foodservice, practice.
  4. Pass the nationally-recognized Registration Examination for Dietitians administered by CDR.
  5. Apply for licensure if practicing and working in North Carolina.  The North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition provides licensures to qualified Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (see Steps 1-4).  Eligible candidates can apply to receive an LDN (licensed dietitian/nutritionist).

The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics at NCCU is:
“To graduate culturally diverse, competent professionals prepared for entry-level nutrition positions and dietetic internships. Graduates will have proficiency for self-directed learning and knowledge of evidenced-based practices across a spectrum of professional settings and clientele”.

Goals and Objectives
The dietetics program has three primary goals which guide the actions of faculty and administrators to help foster student success:

Goal 1:  Graduates will be prepared for admission into dietetic internships or advanced academic programs.


  • 1.1.  Over a 7-year period, 60% of DPD students will apply to supervised practice program following the completion of the program within one year of graduating.
  • 1.2.  Over a 7-year period, 50% of DPD students who apply to supervised practice program will obtain supervised practice within one year of graduating.
  • 1.3.  Over a 7-year period, 10% of graduates who do not apply to or are not accepted to a supervised practice program will secure admission to an advanced program or take the NDTR exam within two years of graduation.
  • 1.4.  Over a 7-year period, 75% of students will rate themselves as prepared for supervised practice program, NDTR exam, or advanced study
  • 1.5.  Over a 5-year period, 50% percent of the students who take the foods and nutrition competency exam will score 80% and above the first time.
  • 1.6. Over a 7-year period, 80% of students will complete the DPD within 150% of the program’s estimated length

Goal 2:  Prepare culturally diverse students for entry-level employment in food service, nutrition, dietetics and related fields who have the knowledge and skills to work in a wide-range of practice settings.


  • 2.1.  Over a 7-year period, 50% of graduates who did not apply or applied and did not gain admittance to supervised practice programs or graduate school will be employed in dietetics, foods, nutrition or a related healthcare field within one year of graduation.
  • 2.2.  Over a 7-year period, 75% of site preceptors will indicate satisfaction with students’ preparation for employment and job performance.
  • 2.3.  Over a 5-year period, 80% of graduates who completed supervised practice will pass the credentialing examination within one year of their first attempt.

Goal 3:  Provide a nurturing, intellectual, and open environment that is conducive to learning, critical thinking, personal growth, and creativity.


  • 3.1.  Over a 7-year period, 80% of the students will indicate that the curriculum is intellectually stimulating, encourages critical thinking, and creativity.
  • 3.2.  Over a 7-year period, 90% of students are aware of academic assistance services offered by faculty or university programs. 
  • 3.3.  Over a 7-year period, 70% of students will indicate a positive relationship with the faculty that is conducive to learning.

Program Outcomes
Program outcomes data are available upon request.

Tuition and Costs
Tuition and fees can be found at http://www.nccu.edu/admissionsandaid/tuitionandfees/
In addition to tuition and fees, students may be responsible for other education-related expenses:

Parking permit (optional)


Professional meetings


eNCPT Student Subscription


Lab coat


Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Membership


NCCU Student Nutrition Association Membership (optional)


Frequently Asked Questions
Q:  What is the difference between the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and the Nutrition and Dietetics degree program at NCCU?
A:  They are essentially the same; however, some minor distinctions do exist.  The Department of Human Sciences offers a BS degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Specialization in Nutrition and Dietetics.  The Didactic program requirements are contained within the Nutrition and Dietetics degree offering.   Most 2nd degree and nontraditional students are more interested in the DPD requirements whereas students without a bachelors degree will need to satisfy all degree requirements.

Q:  What else do I need to do to apply to supervised practice programs (i.e. dietetic internship)?
A:  Create accounts with DICAS and D&D Digital. 

  • DICAS (Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services) – an online applicant portal, for use by students who are applying to Dietetic Internship programs that participate in the DICAS Match.


  • D&D Digital – digital online matching service for students applying to dietetic internships.


Q:  What do I need to do to be a good candidate for supervised practice programs (i.e. dietetic internship)?
A:  There are many different factors that determine if a student will be admitted into a program; however, commonly desired credentials of a quality intern candidate are:

  • Strong GPA:  cumulative, DPD science and DPD professional
  • Relevant Work Experiences (may be paid, volunteer, internship or shadowing)
  • Volunteerism
  • Leadership
  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Personal Statement
  • GRE

Q:  Does the didactic program at NCCU offer distance education, evening or weekend courses?
A:  Some course sections are offered through distance education and during evening hours.  The didactic curriculum does not utilize weekend course offerings.

Q:  When does the program begin, and when should I apply?
A:  The didactic program follows the University Academic Calendar: http://www.nccu.edu/Academics/calendar.cfm
Plan to allow 4-6 weeks for admission applications.  Application deadlines can be found at:  http://www.nccu.edu/admissions/  or by contacting: 919.530.6665 or 919.530.6298

For details regarding the policies and procedures that govern the undergraduate dietetic program, please refer to the DPD Student Handbook.

The NCCU Didactic Program in Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606, 1-800-877-1600.

For more information regarding an education in nutrition and dietetics, contact Jason M. O'Briant, Director, Undergraduate Didactic Program in Dietetics, 102 Dent Human Sciences, 919.530.7139

DPD Professional Courses

DPD Science Courses

FOOD 2200 Intro to Human Nutrition

MATH 1200 Algebra/Trig II

FOOD 2320 Intermediate Nutrition

BIOL 1300 Molecules and Cell Function

FOOD 2210 Sanitation and Safety

BIOL 1610 Human Anatomy/Physiology I

FOOD 2310 Food Selection/Prep/Meal Mgmt

BIOL 1620 Human Anatomy/Physiology II

FOOD 2340 Intermediate Meal Mgmt

CHEM 1100 General Chemistry I

FOOD 3210 Clinical Assessment & Counseling

CHEM 1200 General Chemistry II

FOOD 3410 Food Science/Experimental Foods

CHEM 3100 Organic Chemistry

FOOD 3520 Institutional Mgmt & Organization

EDU 3700 Statistics

FOOD 4210 Applied Nutrition (Life Cycle)


FOOD 4500 Nutritional Biochemistry


FOOD 4600 Clinical Nutrition I


FOOD 4630 Clinical Nutrition II


FOOD 4660 Clinical Nutrition Practicum


FOOD 4620 Applied Competency


FOOD 4670 Nutrition Education


FOOD 4671 Community Nutrition


ACCT 2400 Principles of Accounting I


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