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Department of Allied Health Sciences

Program mission, goals, and objectives


The mission of the Didactic Program in  Dietetics (DPD) is to provide graduates with quality education and learning experiences that foster innovative professional collaborations,  community awareness and service, and critical thinking skills needed to successfully prepare entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists, and nutrition and dietetic technicians registered, for a dietetics supervised practice program leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become registered dietitian nutritionists.

Program Goal 1

The DPD program will prepare graduates to become entry-level reigstered dietition nutritionists and for successful completion of supervised practice and the registration examination.

Program Objectives for Goal 1:

  1. Supervised Practice Application and Placement Rates
    1. Over a five-year period, 50% of program graduates will apply for admission to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
    2. Over a five-year period, 60% of program graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
  2. Examination Pass Rates
    1. Over a three-year period, the program pass rate on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%, within one year following their first attempt.
  3. Program Graduate Preparation
    1. Over a five-year period, the mean rating of "knowledge base" that internship directors will give program graduates will meet or exceed "good" on surveys.
    2. Over a five-year period, 75% of program graduates who respond to a survey will indicate agree or agree strongly regarding how well the curriculum prepared them for supervised practice, nutrition and dietetics technician registered (NDTR), or graduate education.

Program Goal 2

The DPD program faculty will promote and support timely and appropriate program completion and graduation.

Program Objectives for Goal 2:

  1. Cohort Completion and Graduation Rates
    1. Over a five-year period, at least 80% of program students complete program requirements within three years or nine semesters.
    2. Over a five-year period, the program will graduate on average at least 75% of the cohort each year.

Program outcomes data are available on request.

ETSU DPD Philosophy

The ETSU undergraduate program in dietetics is designed to promote a continuous educative process, permitting creative and critical thinking skills by the student, and the ability to participate in innovative professional collaborations.

A plan for progression of learning allows the student to build on knowledge, understanding and skills, as the individual demonstrates various levels of competency toward attainment of stated student outcomes. The student is encouraged to become self-evaluative and self-directive by completion of the program. Program faculty and students share the responsibility for achieving the outcomes of the program.

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