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Mission, Program Goals and Objectives


The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics at the University of Northern Colorado is to prepare students to professionally address the changing needs of society and industry in food, nutrition, and dietetic fields. Through the provision of didactic and experiential education, the program is designed for graduates to attain knowledge and skill competencies defined by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Congruent with the School of Human Science’s mission, instructional quality and service are emphasized throughout the curriculum.

Program Goals and Objectives

The Didactic Program in Dietetics has two broad goals with expected objectives for each goal. These objectives are measured on a regular basis for the purpose of maintaining quality and making improvements as needed.

Goal 1. The program will prepare graduates for supervised practice programs, graduate education, and employment in foods and nutrition related positions as registered dietitian nutritionists and support students’ timely program completion.

  • Objective 1a. Over a 5 year period, >80% of graduates will pass the CDR credentialing exam for registered dietitian nutritionists within one year following first attempt.
  • Objective 1b. Over a 5 year period, at least 60% of graduates will apply for admission to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
  • Objective 1c. Over a 5 year period, at least 70% of graduates who apply for admission to a supervised practice program will be admitted within 12 months of graduation.
  • Objective 1d. The mean rating of survey responses from employer and supervised practice program directors for outcomes related to application of knowledge will be >0 on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being excellent.
  • Objective 1e. At least 80% of students who apply and are accepted into the Dietetics Program will complete the program within 3 years (150% of program length).

Goal 2. The program will promote service and professionalism through volunteering, leadership and research.   

  • Objective 2a. At least 60% of students will be active members of the Student Nutrition and Dietetics Association, local dietetic or professional associations, leadership positions, and/or undergraduate research.

Program Outcome Data is available upon request.