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Planning and Preparation
All Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited programs must meet certain basic requirements. One such requirement is that the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) clearly states its mission, goals, and expected program outcomes. This outcome data collected is used to maintain or improve the program effectiveness.
The mission of Marywood University’s Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is to prepare entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) who are future leaders and who are committed to servicing the community and the profession by providing a high quality, broad-based educational curriculum that empowers graduates to develop skills needed for future specializations.
Goals & Outcomes
The DPD at Marywood University has established two program goals with specific measurable objectives that are used to assess the achievement of each goal. Data is collected on the corresponding objectives to assess the achievement of the program’s goals. Program outcomes data for Marywood University’s Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) are available upon request.
#1 To prepare graduates to enter an accredited dietetic internship program for successful completion of the registration examination and for a career as an entry level Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) to meet employment needs of Pennsylvania and beyond
- At least 70% of students enrolled in the professional courses in the third year of the bachelor-level DPD are expected to complete program/degree requirements within 150% (3 years) of the time planned for completion.
- Over a five-year period, 70% of DPD graduates will apply to supervised practice program/pathways within 12 months of program completion.
- Over a five-year period, 50% of those applying to supervised practice programs/pathways within 12 months of completing the program will be accepted.
- Over a five-year period, the pass rate for DPD graduates taking the registration examination for the first time will be at least 80%.
- Of the DPD graduates who responded to the DPD Senior, Post Program Completion and Self Evaluation Survey, 80% of the respondents would either agree or strongly agree to recommend the DPD program to others.
- Of the DPD graduates who responded to the 1 Year Post Completion Survey, 80% of the knowledge/skill statements will be selected as adequately prepared with a mean score of 2 or greater.
- Of the DPD graduates who responded to the 1, 5/10 Year Post Completion/Alumni Survey and did not apply to or were not accepted into a dietetic internship, 50% will attend graduate school or pursue other nutrition/dietetics or health career options.
- Over a five-year period, at least 80% of dietetic internship directors who responded to the DI Director Survey will indicate that DPD graduates entered the internship adequately prepared in knowledge and skill areas by a mean score of 2 or greater.
- Over a five-year period, at least 80% of employers who responded to the Employer Survey will indicate that DPD graduates entered their position adequately prepared by a mean score of 2 or greater.
#2 To prepare graduates who become entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs)and who are are committed to servicing the community and the profession in Pennsylvania and beyond its borders.
- Over a five year period, 25 % or of those who responded to the 5/10 Year Post Completion/Alumni survey will indicate that they have participated in at least one community service activity during the prior year.
- Over a five year period, 10 % or of those who responded to the 5/10 Year Post Completion/Alumni survey will indicate that they have functioned as a preceptor or have served the profession in another capacity during the prior year.