Didactic Program in Dietetics Mission and Verification Statements
Didactic Program in Dietetics and Nutrition (DPND) Mission Statement
The program is dedicated to providing quality education that prepares the student for competent practice and current and future roles in the dietetic profession. The program is committed to facilitating the intellectual, personal and professional growth and lifelong learning of students. The program is committed to developing critical thinking, problem solving and leadership skills to prepare students for the challenges of an evolving diverse community and work place.
Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics Goals
- Prepare graduates to successfully perform in entry-level dietetics positions
- Prepare graduates who successfully obtain jobs in the dietetics field and/or enter graduate school
- Prepare graduates who are committed to lifelong learning
- Serve as a resource for the community providing nutrition services via student/faculty participation
- Satisfy student needs, institutional (college and supervised practice sites) needs and the requirements of ACEND for the entry level of dietitian
Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics Target Measures
• Ninety percent of graduates will rate their performance (on a one year post graduation survey) at least 3 on a 1 to 5 scale
• Ninety percent of employers will rate graduates performance at least a 3 on a 1 to 5 scale on a one- year post graduation survey
• Ninety percent of graduates who are first-time test takers will pass the registration examination within one year after graduation
• Ninety percent of graduates who begin the DEP will complete it.
• Seventy-five percent of graduates will have jobs in the field and/or entered graduate school within one year of graduation
• Seventy-five percent of graduates will report participation in continuing education activities, pursuing practice certification, or pursuing graduate credit or additional degrees when surveyed one year after graduation
• All students will complete a professional development portfolio that meets 90% of the pre- determined criteria developed by faculty
• Five community requests for food and nutrition information will be received per academic year
• Two incidences of student participation in community activities and one incidence per faculty member of faculty participation in community activities will be reported
• One hundred percent of the students will meet minimum Department standards established for the achievement of ACEND Core Knowledge and Competencies, Program Emphasis competencies and professional development
• Ninety percent of seniors will rate how well the Program met their needs related to accomplishing the ACEND Core Knowledge Competencies, and Program Emphasis competencies via exit evaluation surveys at least a 3 on a scale of 1 to5
• Eighty percent of graduates will rate their experience at the College via a College Alumni Survey and/or SUNY Student Satisfaction Survey at least a 3 on a scale of 1 to 5
• Ninety percent of students will rate instructors as being competent and meeting their needs on supervised practice instructor evaluations
• Eighty-five percent of students will respond with more positive than negative responses on end of the semester course evaluation survey form
• Eighty-five percent of supervised practice site personnel will report positive experiences with students and faculty on surveys completed at least annually
• Positive feedback on Program participation in Departmental student outcome assessment initiatives from responsible College personnel
• Majority of Advisory Board and supervised practice site personnel will indicate that Program curriculum and experiences are consistent with what they see as the needs of the profession and employees
• Program curriculum will be accepted by the College as being consistent with College guidelines/requirements
• ACEND accreditation will be maintained
Note: Goals and target measures are being reviewed and may be modified.
Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics Program Outcome Data
The program outcome data is reported in the annual report, self-study and program assessment report (PAR) that are submitted to ACEND for continuing accreditation and reaccreditation of the program. The annual report is submitted every fall. The submission of a self-study followed by a site team visit occurs every ten years, and a PAR is submitted five years after the submission of the self-study leading to accreditation of the program. The program outcome data may be obtained from the DEP director and the chairperson of the department.
The signed verification statement documents that an individual has completed the requirements of a dietetics education program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). It is essential to the ACEND dietetics education, CDR registration eligibility, and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics membership process.
The completion of ACEND Didactic Program requirements and at least a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college/university or foreign equivalent are necessary for eligibility to enter an ACEND accredited Dietetic Internship program.
Verification statements can be signed only by current Program directors of ACEND – accredited dietetics education programs.
Therefore, students who are verified as completing the DPD requirements by the program director may apply for a supervised practice program. After finishing both academic and supervised practice requirements, the individual is then eligible to apply for active membership in AND and/or to take the Registration Examination.