The Henderson State University Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is designed to help students build a foundation in nutritional sciences. Students are prepared for a career as Registered Dietitians (RDs) in health and foodservice industries through the application of food and nutritional science principles. 

The program is designed to prepare graduates to enter an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)-accredited dietetic internship program and become competent RDs and to prepare graduates for lifelong service to the community and profession through emphasis, encouragement and provision of guidance in relation to community and professional service activities relevant to the profession of dietetics.

In the program, students focus on:

  • Basic and advanced nutrition
  • Community nutrition
  • Nutrition through the life cycle
  • Medical nutrition therapy
  • Food science
  • Food economics
  • Foodservice management
  • Sports nutrition

Students get individualized attention in dietetics classes, one-on-one academic advising with a Registered Dietitian and hands-on learning experiences at local healthcare facilities, foodservice organizations and other community settings.

Program Mission

The mission of the Henderson State University Didactic program in Nutrition and Dietetics is to integrate professional studies with the liberal arts to prepare graduates for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist credentialing exam.  Students will be motivated to value lifelong learning as well as service to the community and profession. 

Program Goals

The DPND at Henderson State University is designed to accomplish the following goals:

  1. The program will prepare graduates to enter an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program and become competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists.
  2. The program will prepare graduates for lifelong service to the community and profession through emphasis, encouragement, and provision of guidance in relation to community and professional service activities relevant to the profession of dietetics.

Graduate outcomes monitored for program effectiveness include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Program completion rates
  2. Graduate performance, including dietetic internship application and acceptance rates
  3. Students’ first-time and one-year pass rates on the registration examination for dietitians
  4. Graduate satisfaction with the DPND
  5. Internship director satisfaction with HSU DPND graduates
  6. Employer satisfaction with HSU DPND graduates
  7. Graduate contributions to the community
  8. Graduate contributions to the profession

Program outcomes data are available to ACEND, current and prospective students, and the public upon request.

Please refer to the HSU Registrar's web page for the university's academic calendar and schedules:

A wide variety of career opportunities are available for Registered Dietitians:

  • Clinical Dietitians work in hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities in specialty areas such as cardiology, diabetes, nephrology, pediatrics, geriatrics, oncology, and nutrition support.
  • Administrative Dietitians work in healthcare facilities, schools, restaurants, food production sales, marketing, advertising, public relations, and other nutrition industries.
  • Nutrition Educators work in colleges, universities, public schools, medical facilities, and government agencies.
  • Research Dietitians work in pharmaceutical companies, universities, medical centers, and government agencies.
  • Consultant Dietitians work in private practice, contract services, and in physicians' offices. 
  • Community Dietitians work in public health agencies, government-funded programs, health and recreational clubs, school lunch programs, and child and adult day care programs. 

Graduates not seeking a dietetic internship also have numerous career opportunities in health-related and foodservice settings, or they may sit for the Nutrition and Dietetic Technician, Registered (NDTR) exam.

Looking for something a little different?  Check out alternative RD jobs and alternative jobs for the non-RD.

Please access the student handbook (link found on right side of this web page) for a full description of all policies and procedures related to the HSU dietetics program.


The Henderson Dietetics Program is currently granted initial accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995; phone: 800-877-1600;


Courses include:

  • Basic and Advanced Nutrition
  • Nutrition Services Administration
  • Experimental Food Science
  • Community and Life Cycle Nutrition
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy

Other courses


  • Registered dietitian nutritionist
  • Clinical nutrition director
  • Foodservice manager
  • Certified diabetes educator
  • WIC nutritionist

Other careers

Related information

Professional affiliations

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Henderson is associated with several professional organizations:


Family and Consumer Sciences
Director Penny Whelchel
1028 Henderson St.