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Mission

The Penn State Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) will prepare students for entry into supervised practice programs in dietetics by providing a diverse, in-depth education experience with practical applications in nutrition and a strong science component.

Program Goals and Outcome Measures

Goal #1: To prepare students to be eligible to apply to dietetic internship programs, graduate school, or employment.

Over a 7-year period:

  • 85% of DP students identified in their 5th semester will complete the program requirements within 3 years.
  • 60% of DP students will apply to Internship Programs in Dietetics and Nutrition within 12 months after graduation.
  • 65% of DP students who apply to supervised practice program are accepted within 12 months of graduation.
  • of 80% of DP students will pass the registration examination (RDN) within one year of completing their post-baccalaureate supervised practice experience
  • 70% of the students who seek employment will be accepted employed in a dietetics-related field within 12 months of graduating from the program

Goal #2: To prepare graduates to have a strong foundation in science, foods, community nutrition, application of nutrition principles, and management areas for supervised practice through dietetics related coursework and field experiences in nutrition.

Over a 7-year period:

  • 80% of DP seniors will rate their preparation for dietetic internship programs as mostly satisfied (4) or better on a 5 point scale.
  • 80% of DP alumni will rate their preparation for dietetic internship programs as satisfied (4) or better on a 5 point scale.
  • 80% of supervised practice directors will rate their satisfaction of DP graduates preparation for dietetic internship programs as mostly satisfied (4) or better on a 5 point scale for supervised practice in all areas.
  • 70% of DP seniors will rate NUTR 495 (Advanced Field Experience in Nutrition) as mostly satisfied or better (using a 5 point scale) in assisting in applying classroom concepts.
  • 70% of DP alumni will rate NUTR 495 (Advanced Field Experience in Nutrition) as mostly satisfied or better (using a 5 point scale) in assisting in applying classroom concepts in the work and/or DI environment.

Accreditation Status

The Pennsylvania State University Didactic Program in Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,120 Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 9-0040312-89, ext 5400. http://www.eatright.org/acend

Date of next site review: Spring 2013