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Program Mission, Goals & Objectives

Mission and Vision

Empower students with food and nutrition knowledge, skills, and competencies in preparation for immediate employment as entry-level dietetic technicians, registered or pursue a baccalaureate degree while endeavoring to find the need and serve the community.

Program Goals and Objectives

The program has established two goals that reflect the program mission. These goals address program completion, graduate employment and continuation of education in pursuit of baccalaureate degrees. To achieve the broad based program goals, program objectives have been developed with appropriate measures to assess accomplishment and success of goals. Program outcomes data are available on request. The program goals and objectives are listed below.

Goal 1: The program will prepare graduates to be competent entry-level dietetic technicians, registered. In so doing, the graduates will attain the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to successfully pass the dietetic technician registration exam and capably function as entry-level dietetic technicians, registered within 1 year of program graduation to competently serve their community. 

Objectives:

  • Of graduates who seek employment, 75 percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  • 70 percent of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for nutrition and dietetics technicians within 12 months of program completion.”
  • The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for nutrition and dietetics technicians is at least 70%.
  • At least 80 percent of employer surveys returned will state graduates meet expectations or higher.
  • At least 80% of full-time program students complete program/degree requirements within 3 years (150% of the program length) with at least 80% of part-time track students completing the program/degree requirements within 4.5 years (150% of the program length).
  • At least 80% of graduates will successfully complete the program’s Credentialing Exam review course within 3 months of graduation.

Goal 2: The program will maintain articulation partnerships with higher education institutions and academically prepare graduates to successfully transition to a baccalaureate degree or higher resulting in these graduates pursuing a pathway to becoming future Registered Dietitians that serve the community.

Objectives:

  • Within 5 years, 20 percent of students will successfully transfer to a baccalaureate degree dietetics program.