Dietetics is a major component of comprehensive health care. The DEP undergraduate educational program in dietetics is designed to promote a continuous educative process, permitting creative and critical participation by the student.
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 college and field experiences are integral parts of the educational environment. Guided field experiences dovetail with theory to provide opportunity for application of learning. The student is encouraged to become self-evaluative and self-directive by completion of the program.
College faculty, clinical instructors, and students share the responsibility for achieving the outcomes of the program.
The mission of the Dietitian Education Program, a coordinated program in dietetics, is to prepare entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists for competent practice by providing a quality education-- in the context of academic excellence, experiential learning and community service-- that translates into an ongoing commitment to professional and leadership growth, community service, and a passion for life-long learning.
Goal 1: Graduates will attain the knowledge, skills, and professional characteristics needed for success as an entry level dietetics practitioner.
a. Ninety-five percent of program graduates are expected to take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
b. At least 80% of graduates over a five-year period pass the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within one year following first attempt.
c. Ninety percent of graduates who begin the DEP will complete the program within 3 years (normal length 2 years x 1.5).
d. Seventy-five percent of graduates will have jobs in a dietetics-related field within one year of graduation.
e. Ninety percent of first year graduates will meet or exceed employer expectations for entry-level RDs.
Goal 2: Graduates will demonstrate commitment to life-long learning, professional development, service and leadership in diverse professional and community endeavors.
a. Seventy-five percent of respondents will report pursuing practice certification, or pursuing graduate credit or additional degrees when surveyed three years after graduation.
b. Fifty percent of respondents will report active membership (committee member or leadership position) in a dietetics-related professional or volunteer organization when surveyed three years after graduation.
Please note, program outcomes are available on request.
The signed verification statement documents that an individual has completed the requirements of a dietetics education program accredited or approved by ACEND. It is essential to the ACEND dietetics education, Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) eligibility, and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics membership process.
A verification statement is required by CDR upon completion of the DEP to indicate completion of academic or supervised practice requirements for eligibility to write the registration examination. In addition, a verification statement is needed when applying for AND membership.
DEP students upon successful completion of all academic and supervised practice requirements are given six original signature verification statements for use in applying for jobs, AND membership, future certification or licensure applications, and personal record.
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