The DPND 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.
Prepare graduates for successful completion for supervised practice experiences or for graduate school admission.
Prepare students for lifelong learning necessary for continuing development.
Serve as a resource for the community providing nutrition services via student/faculty participation (broad program goal)
All DPND students are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 to continue as juniors as defined by the program. DPND student cumulative GPA's will be reviewed prior to starting any DPND junior courses (NFS 401, Medical Nutrition Therapy I and NFS 330, Integrative and Functional Nutrition). Students failing to meet the GPA requirement cannot advance in the program until they have met the required GPA and cannot, therefore, graduate with a degree in dietetics.
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.
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