Missions, Goals and Program Objectives

The Texas A&M University DPD Program is designed to provide the knowledge and skills at the undergraduate level that are needed to advance into an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship (DI) or supervised practice (SP) program followed by competent dietetics practice. The curriculum is comprised of courses in nutrition, foods, biochemistry, physiology, management, social and behavioral sciences, and other supporting courses. Emphasis is placed on the development and demonstration of technical and critical thinking skills, oral and written communication ability and professionalism with the intent of more thoroughly preparing our undergraduates for DI, SP, and graduate programs and the dietetic profession. Opportunities for the application of theoretical knowledge are provided through laboratory experiences, practicum exercises, and experiences with professionals in dietetics, nutrition, and food service operations on campus and in the Bryan/College Station community, and/or simulation in the classroom.

The mission of the Texas A&M University DPD Program is to prepare future leaders in the dietetic profession by providing a high quality undergraduate level education and high impact and experiential learning activities that generate strong technical knowledge, critical thinking, communication skills, and professionalism.

The mission of the DPD Program is in accord with the Texas A&M University goal of achieving educational excellence while contributing to scholastic advancement, discovery research and community engagement that leads to economic development in Texas.

DPD Program Goals and Measurable Outcomes

The DPD program has established program goals with specific measurable achievement targets that are used to assess the achievement of each of the program’s goals. Data is collected on an ongoing basis to assess the achievement of the program goals and targets. Goals and measurable program outcomes are identified below.

Program Goal 1

To prepare Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) graduates with the technical knowledge and skills for successful admission into ACEND-accredited dietetic internships (DI) and supervised practice (SP) programs, graduate school, and/or employment in nutrition, dietetics and related areas.

Program Objectives for Goal 1

  1. 90% of DPD graduates will agree that the Nutritional Science curriculum provided technical knowledge, communication skills, and life science courses that enhanced their critical thinking skills in preparation for ACEND-accredited DI and SP programs, graduate school, and/or employment in nutrition, dietetics and related areas as indicated by the annual graduate survey outcomes.
  2. 90% of employers and DI Directors will agree that Texas A&M University DPD graduates demonstrated technical foundation knowledge, critical thinking, and communication skills as indicated by supervisor and DI Director survey outcomes.
  3. 80% of students who enter the Texas A&M University DPD program will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree or complete the DPD course requirements within three and a half years, which is within the ACEND 150% time frame requirement.
  4. 60% of DPD graduates will apply to ACEND-accredited DI and SP programs within 12 months of graduation and/or completion of DPD requirements.
  5. 80% of DPD graduates who apply for ACEND-accredited DI and SP programs within 12 months of graduation and/or completion of DPD requirements will match.
  6. 25% of DPD graduates will apply and enter graduate programs within 12 months of graduation and/or completion of DPD requirements.
  7. 25% of DPD graduates who do not apply to or enter a graduate, DI or SP program will be employed within nutrition, dietetics and related areas within six months of graduation.
  8. 85% of first time test takers will pass the registration exam for dietitians as indicated by Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) registration exam passage records.

 

Program Goal 2

To prepare DPD graduates to exhibit leadership and professionalism in all components of ACEND-accredited DI and SP programs and/or employment within nutrition, dietetics and related areas.

Program Objectives for Goal 2

  1. 90% of DPD graduates will display professional ethics by honoring their acceptance to the specified DI and SP program that they matched during the match process as indicated by DPD program match records.
  2. 90% of DPD graduates will agree that the Nutritional Science curriculum provided the opportunity to strengthen their leadership and team member skills through group projects and assignments as indicated by annual graduate survey outcomes.
  3. 90% of employers and DI Directors will agree that DPD graduates displayed professionalism, leadership, and the ability to effectively work as a team member in collaborative efforts as indicated by employer and DI Director survey outcomes.

DPD program outcome data is available on request. Contact Karen Beathard, DPD Director, at kbeathard@tamu.edu to see outcome data.

The Texas A&M University DPD program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). ACEND serves and protects students and the public by assuring the quality and continued improvement of nutrition and dietetics education programs. ACEND is recognized by the United States Department of Education and is a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors.

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