Arkansas Nutritionist Certification and Licensing
*Do not assume that any schools and programs listed on this site are a path to obtaining the RD credential. For credential information on actual schools that offer programs to the RD credential, view the ADA's official website at www.eatright.org.
Arkansas has repeatedly scored among the lowest levels among US states when it comes to nutrition, diet, exercise and general health of the state’s residents. This is changing, however, and nutritionists and dietitians are leading the way. If your career goals involve helping others, preventing illness and disease, lowering health care costs and increasing quality of life, then a degree in nutrition is your place to start. Whether you want to become a nutritionist, registered dietitian, public health administrator, fitness coordinator or any number of related professions, a close look at Arkansas’ certification boards is a good idea before choosing the right program. The Arkansas Department of Public Health (www.arkansas.gov) and the Arkansas Dietetic Association (www.eatrightarkansas.org) are places to find the information you need.
Licensure is required in both the state of Arkansas and on a national level by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). The Arkanasa Dietetic Association (ADA) defers to the national CDR certification to ensure that RD’s and DTR’s practicing in the state are certified and have completed necessary education, exams and internships. Certification as a registered dietitian (RD) or dietetic technician, registered (DTR) by the CDR requires the following:
- An accredited four-year degree or higher focused on nutrition science, dietetics or closely related field
- Completion of the CDR's registration examination for dietitians
- Registration with the Arkansas State Dietetic Association and state Board of Licensing
Arkansas Nutritionist Schools
An online or campus-based nutrition, dietetic, health science or public health degree from any of the Arkansas schools listed here on Nutritionist-World will give you the knowledge, ability and experience required to work in a vast number of organizations, from hospitals to schools, long term care facilities to nursing homes, food service organizations, research labs and private practice. Each school is fully accredited, offering the latest education and research from professors and industry professionals.
Arkansas Nutritionist Courses
Course work for a degree in nutrition science, health science, fitness, public health, health care management and administration include basics such as biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, as well as business, management and communications classes.
educators, professors, business professionals and research specialists in the nutrition, dietetics and public health fields have designed the coursework for the programs listed here. Students are assured the latest in nutrition research and practice methods, preparing them to compete at the highest level with tomorrow’s graduates around the world.
Arkansas Nutritionist Online Education Vs Campus Education
Arkansas schools listed here on Nutritionist-World do not currently offer nutrition programs on campuses in the state. However, many prefer to take their degree online, as the flexible schedules offered with online nutrition degree programs ow students to study for their degree while continuing to fulfill responsibilities including present employment or family obligations.
Many of Arkansas’ working adults and parents choose to study at online degree schools rather than traditional college campuses requiring you to attend classes according to a set schedule. Kaplan University offers online programs in nutrition science as well as related degrees. Find out about these degrees and which one may be right for you.