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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 fully accredited through June 2026 by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (800) 877-1600 ext 5400. https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend.

The DPD at NCCU offers a professional degree for undergraduate, second degree and nontraditional students at 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 and have at least a 2.5 GPA.  

Steps to Become a 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. Complete an ACEND® accredited dietetic internship or other types of supervised practice program that includes 1200 hours of supervised; clinical, community and foodservice experiential 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 undergraduate DPD at NCCU facilitates matriculation through Steps 1 & 2.
          ^The Dietetic Internship program at NCCU facilitates matriculation through Step 3.


The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics at NCCU is:
“To graduate culturally diverse leaders prepared for supervised practice programs and eligible for the CDR credentialing exam to become registered dietitian nutritionists.”

Goals and Objectives

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

Goal 1

Graduates will be prepared for admission to supervised practice or other advanced academic programs.


  • 1.1.  60% of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
  • 1.2.  50% of program graduates are expected to admit to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation. 
  • 1.3.  80% of program graduates will positively identify as prepared for a supervised practice program, advanced study programs or entry-level employment.
  • 1.4.  At least 80% of the program students will complete program requirements within 6 years (150% of the program length).

Goal 2

Prepare culturally diverse graduates for entry-level employment in food service, nutrition, dietetics and related fields who have the critical thinking, leadership, and professional skills to work in a wide range of practice settings.


  • 2.1.  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.  75% of supervised practice program directors will indicate satisfaction with program graduates’ preparation for employment and job performance. 
  • 2.3.  The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of the first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
  • 2.4.  80% of program graduates will indicate that the DPD curriculum offered opportunities for critical thinking, leadership and professional skill development.

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 bachelor's 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. Click here to apply
  • D&D Digital – digital online matching service for students applying to dietetic internships. Click to apply

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:  http://www.nccu.edu/admissions/ or by contacting: (919) 530-6665 or (919) 530-6298.

Q: Does the University or program offer financial aid, scholarships, stipends, and other monetary support?
A: The University offers financial aid for degree-seeking students. The University offers work-study options and the college and department offer a few scholarships for qualifying students to apply.

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

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 Course List

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 2331 Experimental Food Prep & Science Lab

BIOL 1620 Human Anatomy/Physiology II

FOOD 2330 Experimental Food Prep & Science

CHEM 1100 General Chemistry I

FOOD 3340 Intermediate Meal Mgmt

CHEM 1200 General Chemistry II

FOOD 3210 Clinical Assessment & Counseling

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 4440 Community Nutrition


ACCT 2400 Principles of Accounting I


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