Dietetics is the science and art of applying the principles of food and nutrition to health. It’s a vital, growing profession with many career possibilities. 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 program provides students with a well-rounded education that includes both classroom and “hands-on” experience. Classes are small and the faculty are committed to ensuring the success of students. The DPD is accredited 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.
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 Objectives
The program will provide DPD graduates with the knowledge, skills, and competency necessary to succeed in a supervised practice program and graduate study.
Objectives to Support Goal 1
- 1.1: 100 percent of Dietetics Students will complete the DPD requirements within 6 years (150 percent of program length).
- 1.2: 90 percent of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
- 1.3: 75 percent of program graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
- 1.4: 80 percent of DPD graduates will pursue graduate-level education within 18 months of graduation.
- 1.5: 80 percent of supervised practice program directors will rate DPD graduates satisfactory or higher with regard to overall academic preparation for supervised practice.
The program will prepare DPD graduates to pursue individual interests in nutrition and dietetics and to become successful entry-level practitioners.
Objectives to Support Goal 2
- 2.1.: 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 dietitian nutritionists is at least 80 percent.
- 2.2: 80 percent of DPD graduates will respond strongly agree or agree that the program prepared them for entry-level practice.
- 2.3: 80 percent of DPD graduates will respond strongly agree or agree that the program prepared them for graduate-level education.
- 2.4: 80 percent of employers will respond strongly agree or agree that the program prepared DPD graduates for entry-level practice.
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. Program outcome data are available upon request. Registration exam requirements are set by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
312.899.0040 ext. 5400
Why Dietetics At Marshall University?
The undergraduate program in dietetics will prepare you for the Dietetic Internship and registration examination. We offer a nurturing environment with small class sizes, hands-on learning experiences, affordable tuition and community connections. For more information, contact:
Department of Dietetics
250 Pullman Center
905 3rd Avenue
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755-9521