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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 across 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 leaders in the community.


Program Goals and Outcomes

The Meredith College DPD will:

Goal 1: Educate students by providing learning experiences that prepare them for supervised practice, health or science related professions, or graduate school.

  • Over a period of three years, 80% of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
  • Over a period of three years, 80% of program graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
  • Over a period of three years, at least 80% of program students complete the program/degree requirements within six (6) years (150% of the program length) for the undergraduate (BS/DPD) program and at least 80% of students 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 dietetics-related job or enroll in a graduate education program within 12 months of graduation.
  • Over a period of three years, 80% of program graduates will rate their preparation for supervised practice, graduate school or employment as satisfactory or higher.
  • Over a period of three years, 80% of dietetic internship directors will rate those completing DPD preparation for supervised practice as satisfactory or higher.

Goal 2: Educate students by providing learning experiences that allow them to demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills.

  • Over a period of three years, 80% of program graduates will agree that they received opportunities to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Over a period of three years, 80% of internship directors will agree that students completing the DPD were prepared in critical thinking and problem solving.

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


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