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Students interested in becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) at NCCU, must complete the academic course work required through the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). These requirements can be met through the Foods and Nutrition Concentration in Dietetics degree program which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.

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 Food and Nutrition with a Concentration in Dietetics:  This track is for students earning their first degree (BA or BS). 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.

  1. Dietetic Internship
  2. Masters of Science in Nutrition

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). The shortage of dietetic internships across the country necessitates NCCU students to maintain rigorous studies within the program curriculum, so the graduates may claim sought after internship seats.

Steps to become an RDN:

  • Earn a bachelor degree from an accredited university that is in good standing with the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The required coursework consists of various courses in food and nutrition science, clinical dietetics, food service management, nutritional biochemistry, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, and biology.
  • 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 dietetic internships (supervised practice) throughout the United States.
  • Once an individual successfully completes a dietetic internship, the student is eligible to take the national registration exam provided by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
  • Passage of the registration exam enables an individual to professionally refer to themselves as a registered dietitian nutritionist.
  • After becoming an RDN, individuals must complete 75 hours of continuing education every five years to maintain their registration status with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and CDR.


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 evidenced-based practices across a spectrum of professional settings and clientele”.


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

1.    Prepare students for supervised practice and graduate programs

2.    Help students develop professional skills and acquire technical knowledge to join the skilled work-force sector and allied health fields

3.    Provide nurturing, high-quality teaching, instruction and advising

Student Outcomes

Upon completion of the DPD at NCCU program, the students will be able to:

  • Apply to Supervised Practice and/or advanced academic programs
  • Obtain entry level work in food and nutrition related fields
  • Read, interpret, and apply current nutrition research into everyday practice
  • Advocate for proper nutrition for all people
  • Be socially and ethically responsible and serve as leaders in the field of dietetics
  • Think critically

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

Directions to DPD Program Director: Complete this form listing the program requirements for the catalog year on which the applicant’s degree is evaluated by categorizing the courses as either DPD Professional Courses or DPD Science Courses. Provide a copy of the completed form to the applicant. They must use it to correctly enter all of their completed or in-progress DPD courses in the Coursework section of the application as either DPD Professional or DPD Science courses. The form should NOT be specific to the exact courses an individual applicant has completed; it should only list requirements in place for the catalog year on which the applicant’s degree is evaluated.

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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