Didactic Program in Dietetics Concentration (NDPD)

DPD Mission:

To prepare graduates to become Registered Dietitians/Nutritionists who serve and lead through exemplary practice in fields of nutrition or dietetics while modeling Christian values.

DPD Goals:

DPD goals are revised periodically and reflect long-term goals for students and the program as a whole.  Current goals:

  1. The program will prepare graduates to have commitment to Christian and community service.
  2. The program will prepare graduates to enter dietetic internships and/or graduate school.
  3. The program will prepare graduates to obtain jobs in the field of nutrition and dietetics.
  4. The program will prepare graduates to exhibit professional behavior in the workplace.
  5. The program will prepare graduates to assume leadership in their career and professional organizations.

DPD Program Outcomes: 

  1. At least 80% of graduates will be serving the church or community
  2. At least 80% of graduates of the DPD program will complete all DPD requirements within 3 years or 150% of the time planned for completion.
  3. At least 80% of graduates will have applied to dietetic internships the academic year they complete the program.
  4. At least 80% of graduates who applied for dietetic internships were accepted
  5. At least 80% of graduates who applied for graduate school were admitted.
  6. At least 80% of students who complete a dietetic internship will pass the RD exam on the first try after completing their dietetic internship or combined master’s degree-dietetic internship.
  7. At least 80% of graduates accepted into a dietetic internship will obtain jobs in the field of dietetics within 9 months of completing the dietetic internship
  8. At least 80% of graduates who are not accepted or do not choose a dietetic internship will obtain jobs in the field of dietetics within 9 months of completing the internship.
  9. At least 80% of graduates who respond to an email survey about employment in the field of nutrition and dietetics will indicate they felt prepared for the workplace.
  10. At least 90% of graduates will exhibit professional behavior in the Dietetic Internship or workplace.
  11. At least 80% of graduates who respond to an email survey state that they are assuming leadership roles in the workplace or professional organizations within two years of completing the dietetic internship.

Student Learning Assessment Outcomes for 2015-2022 Cycle

KRD 1.1  Students are able to demonstrate the ability to understand the scientific basis of the dietetics profession including research methodology, interpretation of research literature and integration of research principles into evidence-based practice.

At least 80% of students will demonstrate the ability to conduct needs assessment by scoring at least 80% on the Community Needs Assessment portion of the Community Nutrition Group Project.

At least 80% of students will demonstrate the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, and use professional literature to make ethical evidence-based practice decisions by scoring at least an 80% on a rubric based on key questions about research.

For the Biochemistry of Nutrition II Vitamin/Mineral Presentations, at least 80% of students are able to locate and interpret a scientific article as a portion of the project and determine the validity of the article to practice by receiving at least an 80% on a rubric based on key questions about research.

For Medical Nutrition Therapy III case study portions, 100% of students are able to evaluate professional literature and apply to disease states from case studies by making ethical evidence-based decisions by receiving at least an 80% on research application (based on case study rubric).

100% of students will design, implement, and analyze a scientific research project and score at least 80%.

(KRD 2.1) Students will be able to demonstrate effective and professional oral and written communication and documentation sufficient for entry into pre-professional practice.

For Biochemistry of Nutrition II, 100% of students demonstrate effective/ professional oral and written communication and documentation of information technologies in the Vitamin/ Mineral project by receiving an overall score of 80% (rubrics for professionalism and effectiveness and content of material in oral and written portions of project).

For Community Nutrition, 100% of students demonstrate effective and professional oral and written communication during the Implementation and Evaluation Portion of the Community Nutrition Group Project by receiving at least a grade of 80% (rubric on implementation of education and how evaluated).

For Nutrition Assessment and Education, 100% of students demonstrate effective and professional oral communication during the oral presentation of medical nutrition therapy for a disease state by receiving at least a grade of 80% (rubric on delivery and content).

In Nutrition Assessment and Education, at least 90% of students will demonstrate understanding of important components included in educational materials development by scoring at least 80% on the project rubric.

At least 90% of students will demonstrate collaboration skills by scoring 100% on group participation forms.

(KRD 2.2). Students will demonstrate counseling techniques to facilitate behavior change.

100% of students will demonstrate assertiveness, advocacy and negotiation skills appropriate to the situation by receiving a score of 80% or better (based on counseling skills rubric) on their final diet counseling role play.

100% of students demonstrate counseling techniques to facilitate behavior change by receiving a score of 80% or better (based on a counseling skills assessment rubric) on their final diet counseling simulation.

KRD 2.3  Students indicate understanding of the governance of dietetics including the Scope of Dietetics Practice and the Code of Ethics for the Profession of Dietetics and interdisciplinary relationships in various practice settings.

100% of students in Medical Nutrition Therapy III are able to identify and describe roles of others with whom the RD collaborates in the Collaboration of health and other professionals report by receiving at least a grade of 80% (rubric on identifying and describing other professionals).

90% of students in NUTR 427 receive a satisfactory score on the Code of Ethics Assignments.

90% of students receive a grade of 80% or above on the rubric for the assignment related to collaboration with OT, PT, Speech Path, Nursing, and Social Work.

KRD 3.1  Students are able to use the nutrition care process to make decisions, including principles and methods of assessment, diagnosis, identification and implementation of interventions and strategies for monitoring and evaluations.

100% of students in Medical Nutrition Therapy I demonstrate utilization of the entire Nutrition Care Process (including assessment, diagnosis, identification, and implementation of interventions and strategies for monitoring and evaluation)  in the Nutrition Care Process report for 2 different disease states by receiving a grade of at least 80% according to the rubric for ADIME.

At least 80% of students will demonstrate competence on calculations needed for medical nutrition therapy. (Medical Nutrition Therapy III),

90% of students in Medical Nutrition Therapy III will demonstrate the ability to collect pertinent information for comprehensive nutrition assessments and will receive a grade of at least 80%.

100% of students in Medical Nutrition Therapy III are able to determine nutrition-related diagnoses and specify monitoring and evaluation for nutrition interventions in the Pertinent Information and Evaluation portions of case studies by receiving at least 80% according to the rubric for assessment of nutrition status and evaluation of interventions.

At least 80% of students in Medical Nutrition Therapy I and III will demonstrate the ability to calculate enteral and parenteral nutrition information by scoring at least 80% on exam questions.

At least 80% of students in Medical Nutrition Therapy III will demonstrate the ability to evaluate nutrition intervention by scoring at least 80% on the Evaluation of nutrition status portion of case studies.

At least 80% of students in Biochemistry of Nutrition I will demonstrate knowledge of nutrient metabolism by scoring at least 80% on exam questions.

At least 80% of students in Nutrition for Exercise and Sport will demonstrate the ability to determine nutrient needs and translate results into appropriate nourishment for exercise by scoring at least 80% on the Diet Evaluation Project.

KRD 3.2:  Students are able to apply knowledge of the role of environment (including socioeconomic and cultural factors), psychological factors, food, and lifestyle choices to develop interventions to affect change and enhance wellness in diverse individuals and groups.

100% of students in Community Nutrition will apply knowledge of the role of environment and socioeconomic and cultural aspects of food, and lifestyle choices by receiving a grade of at least an 80% on exam questions on the roles of factors affecting eating.

100% of students in Community Nutrition will apply knowledge of the roles to develop interventions to affect change and enhance wellness of diverse individuals and groups by receiving at least a grade of 80% (based on rubric) in the Survey, Program Goals and Objectives, and Developing the Program Plan portions of the Community Nutrition Group project

KRD 3.3 Students are able to utilize education and behavior change theories to develop an educational session or program/educational strategy for a target population.

100% of students in Community Nutrition will utilize education and behavior change theory to plan a community program for a target population and develop  an educational program by receiving at least a grade of 80% (based on rubric) in the Develop a Program Plan portion of the Community Nutrition Group project.

100% of students will utilize education and behavior change theory to plan an educational session for a target population and will receive a grade of at least 80% on the grading rubric.

KRD 4.1:  Students are able to apply management and business theories and principles to the development, marketing, and delivery of programs or services (KR 4.1 and 5.1).

At least 80% of students in NUTR 427 will demonstrate knowledge of management and business theories by scoring at least 80% on exam questions related to foodservice management.

80% of students in NUTR 427 will apply management theories to development, marketing, and delivery of services by receiving at least a grade of 80% on exam questions about how theories relate to marketing and delivery of services.

At least 80% of students in Quantity Food Production and Service will demonstrate knowledge of work related to food procurement, production, and service by scoring at least 80% on exam questions or on the Field Experience Notebook.

KRD 4.2  Students  will indicate the ability to analyze quality management of food and nutrition services.

80% of students will develop outcome measures and evaluate quality management in various school food service organizations by receiving at least a grade of 80% on the Quality Improvement Assignment Rubric.

KRD 4.3:  Students are able to use knowledge of public policy, including the legislative and regulatory basis of dietetics practice and be able to explain the impact of a public policy position on a dietetics practice.

At least 80% of students in Community Nutrition will demonstrate knowledge of the regulatory and legislative basis of dietetics practice and its relationship to public policy by scoring at least 80% on exam questions.

100% of students in Community Nutrition will demonstrate the impact of a public policy position on dietetics practice by receiving a grade of at least 80% on the public policy report rubric.

100% of students in Medical Nutrition Therapy III will explain the impact of health care policy and administration by scoring at least 80% on exam questions on health care policy and administration.

KRD 4.4 Students must explain the impact of health care policy and different health care delivery systems on food and nutrition services.

At least 80% of students in Medical Nutrition Therapy III will demonstrate knowledge of health care policies and delivery systems by scoring at least 80% on exam questions on health care policies and delivery systems impacting food and nutrition services.

KRD 4.5 Students will indicate understanding of coding and billing of dietetic/ nutrition services to obtain reimbursement for services from public or private insurers.

100% of students in Medical Nutrition Therapy 3 will explain reimbursement issues by receiving a grade of at least 80% on reimbursement exam questions.

KRD 5.1   Students will show evidence of food and food systems foundations of the dietetics profession including food science, food systems, techniques of food preparation and application to development, modification and evaluation of recipes, menus and food products acceptable to diverse groups.

At least 80% of students will demonstrate application of safety principles related to food, personnel, and consumers by scoring at least 80% on the ServSafe Exam (Food Safety).

At least 80% of students will prepare a cycle menu appropriate to diverse groups and utilizing one or more special diets as evidenced by receiving a grade of at least 80% on the cycle menu assignment.

At least 80% of students in Food Science will demonstrate the ability to apply evaluation of foods in relation to the functions of ingredients in foods by scoring 80% on laboratory homework.

At least 80% of students will show evidence of knowledge of food preparation and quality and recipe modification as evidenced by a grade of 80% or above on the laboratory portion of NUTR 222—Food Selection and Preparation.

At least 80% of students will evidence understanding of food systems by obtaining a grade of at least 80% of exam questions relating to Food Systems in Quantity Food Production and Service.

KRD 5.2:  Students show evidence of a foundation in the physical and biological sciences including organic chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, genetics, microbiology, pharmacology, statistics, nutrition metabolism and nutrition across the lifespan.

100% of students will demonstrate the ability to apply physiology and biochemistry to dietetics by scoring at least 80% on the test papers (Biochemistry of Nutrition I) .

100% of students will demonstrate understanding of disease states by obtaining a grade of 80% on that portion of Case Studies Assignment (Medical Nutrition Therapy III).

80% Students utilize knowledge of physiology, pharmacology, and nutrition metabolism in case studies and tests used to determine the final grade of 80% or above in Medical Nutrition Therapy III.

80% of students will exhibit knowledge of nutrition across the life span by obtaining a final grade averaging 75% or more in Nutrition Through the Life Cycle.

80% of students in Medical Nutrition Therapy I will obtain a score of at least 80% on exam questions about genetics.

80% of students in Organic Chemistry will obtain a final grade of C or higher.

80% of students in Microbiology will obtain a final grade of C or higher.

80% of students in Elementary Statistics will obtain a final grade of C or higher.

KRD 5.3 Students show evidence of the behavioral and social science foundation of the dietetics profession.

100% of students graduating with the DPD degree obtain grade of C or higher on courses in psychology, sociology, or related areas.

Program outcome data is available upon request.

Cost to Students:

Tuition and fees change periodically, but this information is readily available through the Student Financial Aid office on campus.  Current fliers of this information are given to prospective students by the DPD director. For the 2015-2016 academic year include:

Application Fee        $50.00
Academic Tuition for up to 36 hours block tuition per academic year    $30,780.00
Housing and meals  $9,100.00
Books   $1,000.00
Travel or Field Experiences    $ 25.00
Physical exam and immunization expenses$50-200
Fingerprint and Background check fees$50
Drug Testing$30
Professional Organizations$65
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