Our dietetics program is accredited as a Didactic Program in Dietetics by:
The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606
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Didactic Program in Dietetics Mission Statement
The Didactic Program in Dietetics supports the missions of St. Catherine University, the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health and the Nutrition and Exercise Sciences Department and strives to prepare women who are competent, ethical leaders in dietetics. Graduates embrace social responsibility, lifelong learning and professional excellence.
DPD Program Goals and Outcomes Assessment
Program Goal 1
The Didactic Program in Dietetics provides a well-balanced curriculum grounded in the liberal arts that prepares competent women to meet program requirements for a baccalaureate degree and who are eligible to become RD’s/RDN’s), to complete graduate education, or to obtain related employment.
Program Objectives for Goal 1
Program Completion Rate:
Over a five year period 85% of the students beginning their 3rd year of the dietetic program will complete the program/degree requirements within 150% (36 months) of the time planned for completion.
Supervised Practice Program Application/Acceptance Rate:
- Over a five year period 85% of program graduates will apply for supervised practice within 12 months of completion of the program.
- Over a five year period 70% of students applying to supervised practice programs will be accepted (compared to the national average of 50%).
- Over a five year period 90% of students not applying to or not accepted into supervised practice programs will be accepted into a graduate program, or will obtain related employment.
Exam Pass Rate:
- Over a five year period, the first-time pass rate for graduates taking the registration exam for RD/RDN will be at least 80%.
- Over a five year period, the one-year pass rate for graduates taking the registration exam for RD/RDN will be at least 80%.
Program Satisfaction Ratings:
- Over a five year period 90% of graduates will consider themselves well prepared and rate themselves an average of 4.0 (5.0 scale) in content areas on the Dietetic Intern Survey.
- Over a five year period 80% of supervised practice program directors state graduates are competent and well prepared and rate graduates at an average of 4.0 (5.0 scale) in content areas, on the Dietetic Internship Director Survey.
Program Goal 2
In accordance with missions of St. Catherine University, the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health, and the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Sciences, the Didactic Program in Dietetics educates women to be critical thinkers, lifelong learners, and ethical leaders in their professional careers and in the organizations to which they belong.
Program Objectives for Goal 2
- Over a five year period, students will have an average score of 4.0 (5.0 scale) on the Senior Portfolio Checklist Rubric.
- Over a five year period, program graduates will have an average score of 4.0 (5.0 scale) on the Dietetic Internship Director Survey and 3-5 Year Graduate Survey.
- Over a five year period 90% of graduating seniors will write professional development goals as part of the Senior Portfolio Reflection Paper.
- Over a five year period 75% of graduates who respond to the 3-5 Year Graduate Survey will report that they are members of a professional organization.
- Over a five year period 75% of graduates who respond to the 3-5 Year Graduate Survey will report participation in life-long learning as evidenced by having completed an advanced degree or specialty certification, or continuing professional education to maintain registration or licensure credentials.
Over a five year period 60% of graduates who respond to the 3-5 Year Graduate Survey will document a leadership role in a professional or community organization.
Program Outcomes Data
The program outcomes data shows how well the DPD Program is meeting the 5-year pass rate criteria for the Registration Examination for Dietitians/Nutritionists and the 5-year acceptance rate criteria of the DPD graduates into dietetic internship programs. This data is available on the Nutrition and Exercise Sciences Department website in Kateway. Outcomes data for the rest of the program goals is available upon request. Individuals may request this information from the DPD director, Debra Barone Sheats, MPH, RD, LD (firstname.lastname@example.org)