Bachelor of Science - Dietetics

Bachelor of Science - Dietetics

Dietetics is a creative and challenging profession which relates food intake to nutritional well-being.  The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at Marshall University leads to a Bachelor of Science degree and prepares students to work in clinical nutrition, community health, and food service management positions.  The DPD is approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and meets the academic standards to qualify students for a dietetic internship (DI).  Students must complete both an undergraduate DPD and a post baccalaureate supervised practice experience to be eligible to take the national Registered Dietitian examination.

Mission Statement

The Department of Dietetics strives to deliver the highest quality dietetic education utilizing all available resources to meet the needs of this rural region for dietetics professionals.  The DPD’s mission is to provide the depth and breadth of food and nutrition knowledge and skills that prepare students to enter a supervised practice program in dietetics.

Program Goals and Outcome Measures

Goal 1: To encourage, motivate, and support students to complete the DPD.

  • 80% of pre-dietetics and dietetics majors will receive faculty advising each semester.
  • Within 3 years of admission to the DPD, 85% of students will complete degree requirements.

Goal 2: Provide graduates with knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to successfully compete for dietetic internship positions and to sucessfully complete dietetic internships.

  • 100% of graduates will complete the DPD with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • 66% of graduates will apply for dietetic internships or pathways offering supervised practice within 12 months of graduation.
  • 85% of graduates applying for dietetic internship positions will gain acceptance to a program within 12 months of graduation.
  • 90% of DPD graduates participating in dietetic internships will respond either strongly agree or agree that the program prepared them for the internship.
  • 90% of Dietetic Internship Directors will rate DPD graduates satisfactory or higher with regard to overall academic preparation for supervised practice.
  • 90% of Dietetic Internship Directors will rate DPD graduates as about the same or better prepared when compared to students from other programs.

Goal 3: Adequately prepare graduates to pass the Registration Examination and pursue individual interests in nutrition and dietetics.

  • 90% of students in DTS 476 (Senior Seminar) will score 80% or higher on the practice RD examination.
  • The five year average pass rate on the Registration Examination for graduates of the DPD will be 80% or higher.
  • 90% of DPD graduates will respond either strongly agree or agree that they are satisfied with the program.
  • 90% of DPD graduates will respond either strongly agree or agree that the program prepared them for entry into their chosen field of practice.
  • 90% of DPD graduates will respond either strongly agree or agree that the program prepared them for graduate education.
  • Eighteen months after graduation, 80% of graduates will be employed in the profession or pursuing graduate education.

Goal 4: Effectively prepare graduates to serve this rural region.

  • Eighteen months after graduation,  60% of graduates will be employed in the profession in this rural area
  • 90% of DPD graduates will respond either strongly agree or agree that they are satisfied with their preparation to serve a rural community

Program Accreditation

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at Marshall University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).  ACEND exists to serve the public by establishing and enforcing eligibility requirements and accreditation standards that ensure the quality and continued improvement of nutrition and dietetics education programs.

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
The Academy of Nutition and Dietetics
312.899.0040 ext. 5400
http://www.eatright.org