Accreditation and Mission

Accreditation

SUNY Oneonta is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

The Human Ecology Department has professional accreditation from the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

The M.S.-Nutrition and Dietetics Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) as an accredited demonstration program under the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for Graduate Degree Programs.

ACEND (Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics) is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. ACEND (Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics) can be contacted as follows:

ACEND (Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics)
c/o Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Phone - 800-877-1600

Program Mission

Our program "prepares graduates for evidence-based practice, as entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists to meet our nation's health-related challenges in the communities they choose."

Program Goals

The three goals of the M.S.-Nutrition and Dietetics Program are revised every five years to reflect the most current ACEND Accreditation Standards and are compatible with the mission of the college.

Goal 1: To provide an ACEND accredited M.S.-Nutrition and Dietetics Program with an emphasis in community nutrition providing both the academic preparation and supervised experiential learning necessary for credentialing.

  • At least 80% of graduate students agree that they completed the M.S.-Nutrition and Dietetics Program in communities they chose.
  • 80% of employers surveyed agree that program graduates are well prepared for entry-level practice.
  • 90% of program graduates will take the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR) for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  • 80% of program graduates will pass the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR) for dietitian nutritionists within one year following first attempt over a 3-year period or based on the pass rate data available.
  • At least 90% of employers of program graduates rate they are satisfied with their preparation for entry-level practice.

Goal #2: Recruit, retain, and graduate students who are prepared to become entry-level Registered Dietitians.

  • 90% of graduate students will agree their master's degree and practicum experiences were positive and were important in preparing them to be successful as an entry-level dietitian.
  • 80% of graduate students will complete the M.S.-Nutrition and Dietetics Program within 150% of the program length or 1.5 years.
  • 80% or more of graduates who sought employment in nutrition or dietetics or related fields will be employed within 12 months of program completion.

Goal #3: To sustain a level of program quality and support for preceptors that encourages them to serve as preceptors again.

  • At least 50% of preceptors will be willing to serve as preceptors again

Program outcomes data is available upon request.

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