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Program Mission Statement

The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics provides a high-quality Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and an experiential learning environment that prepares graduates for professional employment, further education, and supervised dietetic practice leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist.

Program Goals and Objectives

Goal #1:

The Didactic Program in Dietetics will maximize the potential for graduates to transition to entry-level practice as registered dietitians.


  • At least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within 6 years (150% of the program length).
  • 60% of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
  • 50% of program graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
  • The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
  • At least 90% of supervised practice program directors who return surveys will rate the program graduate’s overall preparation at a median score of four or higher on a 5-point scale.
  • At least 75% of senior students in the DPD who complete the Graduate Exit Survey will rate their DPD experience at a median score of four or higher on a 5-point scale.

Goal #2:

Program graduates will pursue professional opportunities in addition to employment.


  • At least 50% of program graduates will pursue higher education, advanced credentials, and/or leadership roles.

Outcome Measure Results

Outcome data are available upon request.