Program Curriculum

During the Master of Science in Dietetics Program, development of competencies in general dietetics is emphasized including clinical dietetics, food service administration, and community nutrition. The program’s concentration is medical nutrition therapy and management in dietetics practice.  Supervised practice through establishment of a working relationship with registered dietitians is emphasized. Seminars, lectures, and classes complement the student’s practical experiences.

The following 36 credits are required in the program:

Year One Summer

Course IDCourse TitleSemester Credit Hours
DIET 51132Nutrition Research and Statistical Methods2
DIET 51142Macronutrients2
DIET 51152Nutrition Education and Counseling2
Total Hours6

Year One Fall

Course IDCourse TitleSemester Credit Hours
DIET 51232Nutrition Capstone Project1
DIET 51234Advanced Clinical Dietetics4
DIET 51336Practicum in Administrative Dietetics6
Total Hours11

Year One Spring

Course IDCourse TitleSemester Credit Hours
DIET 51232Nutrition Capstone Project1
DIET 51236Practicum in Clinical Dietetics6
DIET 51332Micronutrients3
DIET 51341Professional Development I1
DIET 53342Sports Nutrition2
Total Hours13

Year Two Summer

Course IDCourse TitleSemester Credit Hours
DIET 52432Principles of Nutrition Support2
DIET 52433Pediatric Nutrition3
DIET 52441Professional Development II1
Total Hours6

Curriculum Summary

Year One Summer6
Year One Fall11
Year One Spring13
Year Two Summer6
Total Program Hours36

Graduation and Program Completion Requirements

Students must do the following in order to successfully complete the program:

  • Pass all required courses in the program with a GPA of 3.0.
  • Demonstrate all competencies and complete all assignments for the supervised practice rotations within the practicum courses.
  • Score at least 80% on all rotation examinations.
  • Complete the procedures for processing out of the UAMS and CAVHS systems once the supervised practice experiences within the practicum course are complete.
  • Successfully complete two weeks of clinical staffing in the spring semester that includes a passing evaluation from the preceptor and completion of the case study assignment following the criteria outlined by the faculty.
  • Participate in the departmental and campus-wide graduation ceremonies.


The list of required textbooks is published on the UAMS Bookstore website in compliance with State of Arkansas General Assembly Act 175 of the 2007 Regular Session.