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Food & Nutrition Mission Statement


The mission of the didactic program in dietetics is to provide a strong science-based foundation to prepare and inspire graduates to utilize their discipline knowledge and critical thinking skills with diverse individuals, various life stages, and a changing environment so they are prepared for rigorous supervised practice leading to eligibility for becoming registered dietitian nutritionists and beyond as leaders in the community.


Program Goals and Outcomes

The Meredith College DPD will:

Program Goal #1:  Graduates will progress to supervised practice, health or science related professions, graduate school, or a nutrition-related profession

Objectives with Target Measures: 

  • 80% of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
  • 80% of program graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
  • At least 80% of program graduates will complete the program/degree requirements within six (6) years (150% of the program length) for the undergraduate (BS/DPD) program and 80% of students will complete the program/degree requirements within three (3) years (150% of the program length) for the graduate (MS/DPD) program.
  • 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 registered dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
  • Over a period of three years, 80% of program graduates who do not continue to supervised practice will be employed in a nutrition-related profession, a health or science-related profession, or enrolled in graduate school within 12 months of graduation.
  • Over a period of three years, 80% of program graduates will rate their preparedness for supervised practice, graduate school or employment as satisfactory or higher.
  • Over a period of three years, 80% of supervised practice directors will rate program graduates as being prepared for supervised practice as satisfactory or higher.

Program Goal #2: Graduates will demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills in discipline-specific knowledge including cultural competence.

Objectives with Target Measures:

  • Over a period of three years, 80% of program graduates will rate that they received opportunities to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills as satisfactory or higher.
  • Over a period of three years, 80% of supervised practice directors will rate that students completing the DPD were prepared in critical thinking and problem solving as satisfactory or higher.
  • Over a period of three years, 80% of program graduates will rate that they gained awareness of health disparities in diverse populations and gained skills to assess individual healthcare needs across the lifespan while they were enrolled in the program as satisfactory or higher.

Program outcome data is available to the public by request.

The Meredith College Didactic Program in Dietetics is fully accredited by The Accreditation Council for Education (ACEND) 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606, 1-800-877-1600 ext. 5400.

ACEND website: https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend

Maximum enrollment for the dietetics track at Meredith College is 50 students.



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Contact Information
Rachel Findley
Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics; Instructor Food and Nutrition
138 Martin Hall
rcfindley@meredith.edu
(919) 760-8334