Mission, Program Goals, and Accreditation Status

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 five-year period:

  1. At least 65% of DPD students who apply to dietetic internship programs will be accepted within 12 months of graduation.
  2. The first time pass rate for DPD graduates taking the registration (RDN) exam will be greater than or equal to 85%.
  3. The one-year pass rate for DPD graduates taking the registration (RDN) exam will be greater than or equation to 80%.

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 five-year period:

  1. Greater than or equal to 80% of DP seniors will rate their preparation for dietetic internship programs as mostly satisfied (4) or better (using a 5 point scale).
  2. Greater than or equal to 80% of DP alumni will rate their preparation for dietetic internship programs as mostly satisfied (4) or better (using a 5 point scale).

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