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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 registered dietitian 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. 50% of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within twelve months of graduation.
    2. 60% of program graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
    3. 40% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  2. Examination Pass Rates
    1. 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. The mean rating of “knowledge base” that internship directors will give program graduates will meet or exceed “good” on surveys.
    2. 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 will support student growth and development through academic and career advisement based on individual post-graduation goals.

Program Objectives for Goal 2:

  1. Cohort Completion and Graduation Rates
    1. At least 80% of program graduates complete program requirements within three years or nine semesters.
    2. The program will graduate on average at least 80% of the cohort each year.
    3. 90% of graduates will indicate that they received sufficient academic advising based on their individual goals.
    4. 90% of graduates will indicate that they received sufficient career advising based on their individual goals.
    5. 90% of graduates will indicate that they were overall “prepared” for their first role post program completion.

Outcomes data pertaining to the objectives are available upon written request to the DPD Program Director.

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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