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Foods and Nutrition

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.

Upon completion of this program, the students will be able to:

  • Read, interpret, and apply current research into everyday practice
  • Analyze and critique research data
  • Write using proper terminology and form
  • Think critically
  • Advocate for proper nutrition for all people from all walks of life
  • Be socially and ethically responsible and serve as leader in the field of dietetics

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

The university offers three separate dietetics programs:

  • Didactic Program in Dietetics (bachelor's degree)
  • Dietetic Internship Program
  • 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 competitors for the required internships. The shortage of dietetic internships across the country necessitates NCCU students to maintain their rigorous studies within the program curriculum so that the DPD graduates will claim the most prestigious internships in the nation.

In order to become a registered dietitian nutritionist an individual must:

  • 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 coursework required consists of food service management, business, computer science, economics, food and nutrition science, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, and microbiology.

  • Receive a verification statement from the 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 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 in order to maintain their registration status with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and the CDR.

NCCU degree program tracks:

  • 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.

  • Students who have earned a BA, BS or other advanced degree are responsible for satisfying the DPD required courses to earn a verification statement. Each student will be evaluated individually.

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 foods and nutrition, contact Jason M. O'Briant, Director, Undergraduate Didactic Program in Dietetics, 102 Dent Human Sciences, 919-530-7139.


  • Jason M. O'Briant, MS, RD, LDN - Director of the Undergraduate Didactic Program in Dietetics

  • Esther C. Okeiyi, PhD, RD, LDN, Registered, Licensed Dietitian - Dietetic Internship Program Director

  • Ms. Joyce Price, MS, RD, LDN, the part-time Faculty Preceptor for the Dietetic Internship Program

Related Links:

Didactic Program in Dietetics Brochure

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