Dietetics program mission statement, goals and outcomes

The mission of the DPD program is to prepare educated persons for a broad range of dietetics and nutrition related careers.


Program Goal: 1. To provide a scientific foundation for expertise in the translation of food, nutrition and medical science while promoting health and nutritional well-being.


1.1: DPD graduates completing a dietetics internship will achieve, over a 5 year period, a first-time pass rate of at least 80% on the RD exam.


1.2: 90% of students admitted to the Dietetics degree program will successfully complete the program and receive verification statements within 4 years of completing BMS 305.


1.3: A five year average will show that within 12 months of completing the program, at least 75% of program graduates and verification statement recipients will be accepted into a supervised practice program, will have obtained employment related to their major, or be enrolled in a post-graduate educational program.


1.4: A five year average will show that 60% of program graduates will apply to supervised practice programs the academic year they graduate.


1.5: A five year average will show that 80% of those applying to supervised practice programs the academic year they complete the program will be accepted.


1.6: Following successful completion of a supervised practice program, one year of employment in a nutrition related field, or completion of one year of graduate school, 90% of DPD graduates and verification statement recipients will rate their preparation as adequate in an online survey. 

Program Goal: 2. To promote self-evaluation, lifelong learning and ethical practice


2.1: Students will complete at least 90% of the self-evaluation components in required dietetics courses.


2.2: At least 75% of responding DPD graduates and verification statement recipients will report on an annual survey that they have participated in continuing education activities.


2.3: Preparation of graduates for ethical practice will be rated as adequate by at least 90% of DPD graduates, verification statement recipients.


2.4: Preparation of graduates for ethical practice will be rated as adequate by at least 80% of internship directors.


2.5: Preparation of graduates fro ethical practice will be rated as adequate by at least 80% of employers.

Program Goal: 3. To provide a foundation of nutrition knowledge for application in other fields


3.1: 75% of students with nutrition minors will indicate that they plan to use nutrition knowledge in their chosen field following completion of BMS 333


3.2: 90% of graduates with nutrition minors will have an average GPA of 2.5 in nutrition courses taken for the minor.