Didactic Program in Dietetics Mission
The mission of SUNY Oneonta’s Didactic Program in Dietetics is to provide a high-quality Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics designed to support the development of each student to his or her full potential; prepare students for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist and/or graduate studies; and enable students to succeed in the diverse and ever-changing field of nutrition and dietetics.
Didactic Program in Dietetics Goals and Objectives
Program Goal 1
To prepare graduates for acceptance into an accredited supervised practice program (e.g. dietetic internships, individualized supervised practice pathways), graduate education, and/or entry level professional positions requiring foods and/or nutrition expertise.
Objective 1: (ACEND required) At least 60% of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
Objective 2: (ACEND required) At least 65% of program graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
Objective 3: Over a 3-year period, at least 80% of program graduates are either enrolled in a supervised practice program, a graduate program and/or employed in a nutrition and dietetics-related position within 12 months of program completion.
Objective 4: Over a 3-year period, 80% of graduating senior dietetics students indicate that they “strongly agree” or “agree” the program prepared them for entry into a food, nutrition, or dietetics career.
Program Goal 2
To provide a high-quality Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics designed to prepare competent graduates who have the knowledge, skills and professionalism necessary to succeed in nutrition and dietetics professions.
Objective 1: (ACEND required) 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%.
Objective 2: (ACEND required) At least 80% of program students (enrolled in third-year professional courses as defined by the 4-year program of study will) complete program/degree requirements within 3 years (150% of the program length).
Objective 3: (ACEND required) At least 85% of dietetic internship directors rate program graduates as meeting preparation expectations to succeed in supervised practice.
Objective 4: Over a 3-year period, 80% of graduates who enter supervised practice programs and/or graduate programs, or entry level professional positions indicate that their DPD program prepared them to successfully meet the demands of that program/position.
Objective 5: Over a 3-year period, 80% of graduates report having engaged in professional development activities in the past 12 months. (e.g. membership in a professional organization, contributed to community events, enrolled in an educational or training program).
Program information and outcomes achievement information, such as match rates and RDN exam pass rates, are available from DPD Program Director Kirsten Hilpert.
The Dietetics program at SUNY Oneonta is a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Education (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.