The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics is to provide comprehensive academic and experiential opportunities for students to develop and master the dietetic competencies and skills with objectives and outcome measures aligned with the academic preparation for the dietetics profession. The Program strives to meet the growing needs of the profession by assisting students in preparing for successful completion of an ACEND accredited internship, graduate studies, or employment in dietetics, nutrition, and foodservice management so as to serve the communities in the Delta region of southeast Arkansas and beyond.
DPD Goals and Outcomes Measures
Goal 1: Prepare students to successfully complete the Program, enter an ACEND accredited dietetic internships and work as entry-level dietitians.
Outcome Measures for Goal 1 over a five-year period:
1.1. 95 percent of those admitted to the DPD program in the junior year will complete the Program within 3 years, or 150 percent of the time planned.
1.2 80 percent of undergraduates will indicate a high degree of satisfaction with the Program.
1.3 60 percent of DPD graduates will apply to supervised practice programs within one year after completing the DPD.
1.4 80 percent of those who apply to supervised practice programs will be accepted within one year after completing the DPD.
1.5 80 percent of graduates participating in dietetic internships will agree that the Program prepared them well for the internship.
1.6 80 percent of Dietetic Internship Directors will rate the performance of the graduates as satisfactory.
1.7 80 percent of the Program graduates will pass the Registration Examination for Dietitians on the first attempt.
Goal 2: Prepare graduates to pursue graduate school or employment in the field of nutrition and dietetics.
Outcome Measures for Goal 2 over a five-year period:
2.1 80 percent of those who did not apply to supervised practice programs will have entered graduate programs or have been employed in a food or nutrition related position within one year of graduation.
2.2 80 percent of employers and/or graduate advisors will rate the graduates as well prepared for graduate school and/or employment.
Goal 3: Prepare graduates to serve the Arkansas Delta and the surrounding area in food- and nutrition-related careers.
Outcome Measures for Goal 3 over a five-year period:
1.1 70 percent of those seeking positions in dietetics will be employed in dietetics or a related field in Arkansas Delta and the surrounding area within one year of supervised practice completion.