Nutrition/Dietetics

Are you troubled by the growing obesity problem in this country? Do you want to provide your community with delicious nutritional alternatives that will improve physical and psychological wellbeing and promote longer, healthier lives? The Nutrition/Dietetics major at the University of Central Arkansas will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and experience you need to make a positive impact on the health of your community. UCA boasts the largest Didactic Program in Nutrition/Dietetics in the state and is certified by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition & Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND), which ensures that your faculty are at the top of their field, the curriculum meets the highest standards in the discipline, and you will be favorably considered for graduate programs and employment opportunities.

Our curriculum provides students with a balanced understanding of the interdependence of human nutrition and food in the health and behavior of individuals, as well as a general foundation in foodservice systems management, through courses including: experimental food science, community nutrition, human anatomy and physiology, metabolic functions, food economics, microbiology, medical nutrition therapy, organic and biochemistry, meal management, and contemporary issues in nutrition. Graduates from our program are fully prepared with a sound health and science education and can seek an internship in dietetics or employment in a number of health-related fields.

As a Nutrition/Dietetics major at UCA, you’ll have access to all of the distinct advantages that make the UCA experience special. Just a few of the benefits our program offers include:

  • Expert Faculty who care deeply about the success of their students, both in the classroom and in the future. Our instructors, all of whom are Registered Dieticians and have been practitioners in their field, have cultivated a rigorous applied learning environment, including opportunities for laboratory experimentation and observational studies, undergraduate research, and service learning projects. They provide their students with individual attention, mentoring, and professional connections, such as internship sites like the US Cooperative Extension Services (USDA research) and the US Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Professional Development through membership in our Student Dietetic Association. This organization is designed to help students transform themselves into contributing members of the professional community through: effective communication and personal interactions, leadership experience, establishment of a personal network of contacts, hosting guest speakers to discuss current nutritional issues, dietetic internship programs, and career opportunities. The SDA also serves the community, by providing nutrition screenings at the annual UCA Health Fair, organizing food drives for local women’s shelters, and designing nutrition programs for school-aged children.
  • Employment Opportunities are abundant as there are more job openings than qualified candidates. Many graduates continue their education in internship programs, preparing them for careers as Registered Dieticians in hospitals and nursing homes, wellness centers and WIC programs, foodservice systems management, the US Department of Health and Human Services, and in the private sector as nutritional researchers. Students can also complete an examination upon graduation to become Dietetic Technicians, which allows them to pursue promising positions as dietetic assistants, wellness counselors, WIC assistant program coordinators, catering service owners, food and nutrition sales representatives and US Cooperative Extension Service researchers and educators, just to name a few.

To learn more about the exciting opportunities for personal and professional development available to you through the Nutrition/Dietetics major at the University of Central Arkansas, visit http://uca.edu/facs/programs/nutrition/.