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Mission Statement

Mission of the University

Ouachita Baptist University is a Christ-centered learning community. Embracing the liberal arts tradition, the university prepares individuals for ongoing intellectual and spiritual growth, lives of meaningful work, and reasoned engagement with the world.

Mission of the J.D. Patterson School of Natural Sciences

The School consists of the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Physics, and Mathematics and Computer Science. The School of Natural Sciences seeks to provide the highest quality educational experience for all students. The School promotes student learning in an atmosphere that nurtures critical and creative thinking, an appreciation of the beauty and complexity of natural systems, the development of ethical codes in striving for moral excellence, the ability to communicate effectively in speaking and writing, and an understanding of the importance of service and leadership. Within the liberal arts tradition, the School emphasizes the methods of science as it prepares all students for informed citizenship and as it prepares natural science students for positions of leadership in the professions. The School places emphasis on the preparation of students for graduate and professional schools.

Mission of the Dietetic Internship Program

The mission of the Ouachita Baptist University Dietetic Internship is to prepare competent, entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists to practice in current and emerging jobs in clinical, foodservice or community nutrition. Students in the internship are guided in lifelong learning to be effective in future Christian leadership and professional service to the community and profession. Students successfully completing the program will possess the knowledge and competency skills needed to meet the standards of education and core competencies for registered dietitian nutritionists established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Goals of the Dietetic Internship Program

Program Goal 1: To prepare graduates who are competent to practice as an entry-level registered dietitian nutritionist.

Objective 1. Program Completion objective required by ACEND. “At least 80% of program interns complete program/degree requirements within _13.5__ months (150% of the program length)”.

Objective 2.  Graduate Employment objective required by ACEND.  “Of graduates who seek employment, __70_ percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation”.

Objective 3. Graduate Performance on Registration Exam objective required by ACEND. “_80__percent of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion”.

Objective 4. RD exam pass rate objective required by ACEND. “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%”.

Objective 5. Employer satisfaction objective required by ACEND.  At least 75 percent of employers who respond to an Employer Satisfaction Survey will rate graduates during the first year of employment as either average or above average for entry-level practice.

Objective 6: Program Specific Objective. At least 75 percent of graduates who respond to the Alumni survey said they were adequately prepared for an entry-level registered dietitian nutritionist job.


Program Goal 2: To prepare graduates with knowledge and experiences that promote lifelong learning, professional growth, and Christian leadership and service.

Objective 1.  At least 50 percent of graduates who respond to the Alumni Survey said that they attend a minimum of one local, state, or national dietetic meeting each year.

Objective 2. At least 50 percent of graduates who respond to the Alumni Survey report leadership service in the nutrition and dietetics profession and/or the community over a 5-year period.

Objective 3. At least 50 percent of graduates who respond to the Alumni Survey report Christian leadership and service in the community over a 5-year period.

Outcome Data

Outcome data measuring achievement of the DI Program objectives is available to students, prospective students, and the public upon request.

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