Mission, Goals, and Objectives

Mission: The mission of the Missouri State University DPD program is "to prepare graduates committed to fostering ethical leadership, community engagement, cultural competence, and lifelong learning for acceptance into accredited dietetic internship programs and entry-level positions in clinical nutrition, community nutrition, and food service to improve the health and well-being of people of Missouri, the nation, and the global community”.

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.

Program Objectives for Goal 1:

1.1: Program graduates and verification statement recipients will achieve, over a 5-year period, a first time pass rate of at least 80% on the RD exam.

1.2: 80% of students who file a degree program declaring Dietetics as their major will successfully complete the program and receive verification statements within six years, or, 150% of the time planned for completion.

1.3 Within 12 months of completing the program, at least 50% of program graduates and verification statement recipients will apply to a supervised practice program.

1.4: Within 12 months of completing the program, at least 75% of program graduates and verification statement recipients who apply to a supervised practice program will be accepted.

1.5: For those students who were not accepted into a supervised practice program or who did not apply, at least 75% will be accepted into a post-graduate professional program or obtain employment related to their major within one year.

1.6: Following successful completion of a supervised practice program, 80% of program graduates and verification statement recipients will rate their preparation by our program for their internship as “adequate” or “more than adequate” through an online survey.

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

Program Objectives for Goal 2:

2.1: Self-evaluation components are administered by faculty in 80% of 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 in the past year.

2.3: Preparation of graduates for ethical practice will be rated as adequate or more than adequate by at least 90% of DPD graduates.

Program outcome data is available upon request.