Coordinated Masters Program in Dietetics (CMPD)

Program Mission

The CMPD program mission is to prepare entry level registered dietitian nutritionists 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 nutrition services to individuals and groups.

Objective 1. Over a 3 year period, 100% of students graduating from the program will complete a nutrition-related research project.

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

Objective 2. Of program graduates who seek employment, 80% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields 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 3-year period, 80% of CMPD graduates will be considered “well prepared” for employment, and provide evidence-based care and/or education in nutrition and dietetics or related fields.

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

Goal 2. The program will prepare admitted students for timely graduation and successful completion of the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists.

Objective 1. At least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within 4 years (150% of the program length).

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

Objective 2. 80% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.

Outcome Measure: On a semi-annual basis, Program Director will compare Registration Examination for Dietitians reports from Pearson VUE to cohorts of recent program graduates.

Objective 3. 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%.

Outcome Measure: On a semi-annual basis, Program Director will compare Registration Examination for Dietitians reports from Pearson VUE to cohorts of recent program graduates.

Program outcomes data is available upon request.