Goals of the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics
Goal 1: Prepare graduates for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become competent registered dietitian Nutritionists, to meet employment needs for the state and nation.
Goal 2: Prepare graduates who demonstrate lifelong learning, effective problem solving, teamwork, and a commitment to Christian leadership and service to the community and profession.
Program Outcome Measures
Measures of program success, as determine by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, and the faculty of the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics are as follows:
- 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%.
- At least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within 6 years (150% of the program length).
Performance of Graduates
- Fifty percent of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
- Fifty percent of program graduates who apply are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
- 100% of supervised practice program directors will indicate a “3” (average) or higher on a survey assessing their satisfaction with graduate’s preparation for supervised practice.
- Fifty percent of graduates obtain employment in a nutrition and dietetics related field.
Post Graduate Outcomes
- Seventy-five percent of graduates of the Nutrition and Dietetics Program at Ouachita Baptist University will respond “Agree” or “Strongly Agree” to questions pertaining to professional service and Christian service preparation listed on the Dietetic Alumni Survey.
Outcome data measuring achievement of the DPD Program objectives is available to students, prospective students and the public upon request.
The Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics is the first step in the process of becoming a Registered Dietitian. Upon graduation, the student will receive verification that they have completed the foundation knowledge and skills required by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.
In order to become a Registered Dietitian, the student will take the next step in the process. This step involves completion of a supervised practice program in order to be eligible to take the national Registration Examination for Dietitians administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Individuals may then apply for state licensure (process varies by state).
Students who have completed coursework in an ACEND-accredited didactic program in nutrition and dietetics may also choose to become a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR). The next step for these individuals would be the national Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians, Registered, also administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).