Nutrition & Dietetics: B.S.

Nutrition matters. With diabetes, heart disease, obesity and other chronic illnesses affecting people throughout Arkansas and the nation, proper nutrition is a key factor in fighting these widespread epidemics. At Ouachita, we believe that dietitians have an important role to play in being part of the solution. Ouachita’s Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) program will train you to not only become a leader in solving a national crisis, but also to help those you will serve establish habits for healthier lives.

Career Options

Sports nutritionist

Eating disorders counselor

Pharmaceutical sales

Pediatric dietitian

Diabetes educator

Media spokesperson

Consulting/private practice

And more

Featured Courses

Sports Nutrition

Community and Lifecycle Nutrition

Medical Nutrition Therapy

Experimental Food Science

Degree Details

This flexible degree program allows you to choose courses to suit your interests and the needs of your future career path. View the detailed degree requirements PDF to see all courses included in the program.

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Acceptance to Dietetics Internships in 2019

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“When I was at Ouachita, alumni used to come back and say how well-prepared they were as dietitians because of their education at Ouachita. I can attest to that, too. They have fine-tuned the program to where it extensively covers subject matter necessary to thrive in the world of dietetics.”

 Gail Lange-Smith
 2017 nutrition and dietetics graduate from Harare, Zimbabwe 


Believing that all humans are created in God’s image, at Ouachita we also believe that physical care of the body matters as it affects the whole person. Your nutrition and dietetics professors will equip you to be an expert in your field and teach you the greater impact your work can have as you instruct others in a healthy lifestyle.



As a senior nutrition and dietetics major, you will receive two semesters of instruction from a registered dietician at Baptist Health Medical Center in Arkadelphia for your Clinical Practicum credit. In working with the hospital dietitian, you will gain valuable insight to the responsibilities of a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and experience working in a hospital setting.



Along with your classmates, you will conduct and present research at Ouachita’s annual Scholars Day and join Ouachita’s Student Dietetic Association, allowing you to attend the world’s largest meeting of food and nutrition experts. You also will spend time serving the campus and broader Arkadelphia community through Meals on Wheels, World Food Day, ElderServe and more.



As a graduate of Ouachita’s undergraduate nutrition and dietetics program, you will gain priority access to limited room in Ouachita’s new Dietetic Internship, which is expected to be available in the fall of 2020 (pending HLC & ACEND approval). The Dietetic Internship is a 9-month, post-baccalaureate program that provides interns with a certificate in Nutrition and Dietetics and 18 hours of graduate credit toward a master’s degree. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s national exam in order to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).  

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The Patterson School of Natural Sciences nurtures critical and creative thinking, an appreciation of the beauty and complexity of natural systems, the development of ethical codes, the ability to communicate effectively, and an understanding of the importance of service and leadership.

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