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Dietetics and Nutrition Therapy Class of 2024-2025

Dietetics and Nutrition Therapy Class of 2023-2024


Dietetic Intern Class of 2017-2018

Dietetic Intern Class of 2018-2019

Dietetic Intern Class of 2019-2020

Dietetic Intern Class of 2020-2021

Dietetic Intern Class of 2021-2022

Dietetics and Nutrition Therapy Class of 2022-2023


 Welcome and Checklist

  • Upon acceptance, you will receive a welcome letter from the Director which will include a checklist of items required prior to or on day 1 of orientation.

 Professional Liability    

  • Liability Insurance
    • The UCA MS in Dietetics and Nutrition Therapy provides professional liability insurance for all Dietetics and Nutrition Therapy students. Additional coverage can be purchased if desired and may contact the carrier recommended by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Background Check
    • The UCA MS in Dietetics and Nutrition Therapy requires that a background check be completed as part of the application process.
  • Drug Test
    • The UCA MS in Dietetics and Nutrition Therapy requires random drug testing at the student’s expense. Students will be notified by the Director when a drug test is needed along with necessary instructions.

 Additional Requirements

  • Immunizations and TB Skin Tests
    • Students must provide UCA with documentation of current immunizations for admission into the graduate school.
    • Students must provide documentation of influenza vaccination in the fall semester. This is typically available free of charge by UCA Student Health Service.
    • Students must keep tuberculosis skin test documentation throughout the program. 
  • Health Insurance
    • Students are required to carry personal health insurance and are responsible to provide the Director with a copy of their health insurance card prior to starting the program.
  • Auto Insurance
    • Students are required to carry automobile insurance and are responsible to provide the Director with a copy of their auto insurance card prior to starting the program.

 Getting Prepared

  • Required Materials
    • A list of required and suggested textbooks and other materials will be provided upon acceptance.
    • Typical school supplies (pens, paper, folders, jump drives, computer, calculator, etc.) will be needed.
  • Orientation Schedule will be provided upon acceptance.
  • The Student Handbook will be provided and reviewed in detail during orientation.

Requirements for Successful Completion

Completion of the GP will be contingent on the following:

  • Completion of a minimum of 1040 hours of supervised experiential learning.
  • Completion of hour logs for SEL.
  • Completion of conditions and populations weekly log for clinical assignments.
  • Completion of end of supervised experiential learning progress reports and evaluations.
  • Completion of the student site evaluations.
  • Completion of specified assignments as required by the Program Director.
  • Satisfactory completion of graduate coursework and passing the oral examination (if completing thesis option). All requirements for a graduate degree must be met. Students completing the thesis option must have passed oral examination prior to receiving the verification statement.
  • Attendance at all seminars, workshops, committee meetings, and conferences as required by the Program Director.
  • Verification that all Program equipment, manuals, kits, and promotional materials have been returned in proper condition and working order.
  • Completion of exit survey and interview with Program Director.

Verification statements are issued only after the final MS degree is awarded and posted to the student’s transcript. The degree received upon completion of the program is a Master of Science.

  • RDN Exam
    • The Registration Examination for Dietitians is offered by The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), which is the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). Those who complete either an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) Coordinated Program, Dietetic Internship Program, or the Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway will be eligible to take the exam.
    • Registering for the Registration Examination for Dietitians must be completed on the website of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. As soon as the CDR certifies that an applicant is eligible to take the exam, an email will be sent from Pearson, which is the testing service for the exam. The examination must be taken within one year of the date a test taker was deemed eligible to take the test.
    • The exam includes four domains: Food and Nutrition Sciences, Nutrition Care for Individuals and Groups, Management of Food and Nutrition Programs and Services, and Foodservice Systems. The Nutrition Care domain by far is the longest section of the exam (50 percent), and the Food and Nutrition Sciences domain is the shortest (12 percent). Not all test takers will have an exam of the same length. All test takers will be asked a minimum of 125 questions. One hundred of those questions are scored and 25 of them are pretest questions which are not scored. No test taker will be asked more than 145 questions, and all test takers will receive exactly 25 pretest questions. However, test takers will not know which questions are pretest questions. All questions are in a multiple choice format. Test takers who are doing well on the exam will have to answer fewer questions; those who are not doing as well will need to answer more questions in order to answer enough correctly to receive a passing score.
    • In order to receive a passing score, all test takers must answer a minimum of 125 questions, which means time management is extremely important while taking the exam. The entire testing appointment will take three hours, with a half-hour given for a tutorial and two-and-a-half hours (150 minutes) given to answer as many questions as possible. On average, test takers must answer a little more than one question per minute to ensure answering just the minimum number of questions to receive a score. However, skipping questions to answer at a later time during the exam is not allowed, as test takers must answer each question in order before moving to the next. If the minimum number of questions is not answered, the exam will not be scored at all. Once an answer is submitted for a question, the test taker will not be given the chance to review it. Questions from the four content domains are spread throughout the entire exam, as there is no order given to the domains within the exam.
    • The exam is based on a scale of 1 to 50. The scaled score required to pass the exam is always 25. However, the actual number of questions required in order to achieve a scaled score of 25 can change from one exam to another. The exams are offered in a computer adaptive test format, which means that the computer monitors the test taker’s performance throughout the exam.
    • The registration fee to take the exam is $200 for dietitians and must be paid at the time of registration. Fees will never be refunded for any reason. Test takers may change the appointment time or location online or via the telephone a minimum of two business days (and in some instances more) before the exam date. Those who arrive late will not be allowed to take the examination and will be required to complete a brand new application.
    • Test takers will be given their score report when they leave the testing center and scores will also be available on the website. Test takers who wish to have an additional verification of their exam score can submit to the Commission on Dietetic Registration a Score Verification Request form. The fee to submit a form is $31.50.
    • Those who do not receive a passing score are allowed to retest 45 days after the exam. However, to qualify to retake the exam, test takers must again contact the Commission on Dietetic Registration to be reauthorized as eligible and again pay the examination fee.


For program outcomes data, additional questions and information, contact Alicia Landry, PhD, RD, LDN, SNS

Phone: (501) 852-0230