Coordinated Masters Program in Dietetics (CMPD)

Program Mission

The CMPD program mission is to prepare competent dietetic practitioners for careers which will improve the health of the nation through optimal nutrition practices. The program vision is that the program will be recognized for producing graduates with critical thinking and problem solving skills and a thirst for life-long learning, who stay abreast of knowledge to provide effective evidence-based nutrition care and theory-based nutrition education to consumers.

PROGRAM GOALS AND OUTCOMES:

Goal 1. The program will prepare students to provide evidence-based preventative nutrition services to individuals and groups in the community.

Objective 1. Over a 5-year period, 100% of students graduating from the program will complete a nutrition-related research project.

Outcme Measure: Program Director will confirm completion of research project through review of departmental graduation records.

Objective 2. Over a 5-year period, 80% of CMPD graduates will obtain employment in nutrition/dietetics within 12 months of graduation.

Outcome Measure: Program Director will confirm alumni place of employment through alumni survey and Linkedln profiles.

Objective 3. Over a 5-year period, 80% of CMPD graduates will be considered “well prepared” for employment, including staying abreast with evidence-based care in community nutrition and/or clinical nutrition or food service management.

Outcome Measure: Program Director will assess employer opinions of alumni preparation via employer survey.

Goal 2. The program will prepare admitted students from diverse backgrounds, for timely graduation and successful completion of the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing examination.

Objective 1. Over a 5-year period, 80% of students entering the CMPD program will complete the MS and supervised practice components of the program within 33 months.

Outcome Measure: Program Director will monitor students' progress twice yearly through review of departmental graduate records.

Objective 2. Over a 5-year period, the first time pass rate of test takers on the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing examination will be 90%.

Outcome Measure: Program Director will supply students with study resources and nonitor alumni plans to complete the exam.