Didactic Program in Dietetics Concentration (NDPD)

DPD Mission:

"To prepare students to 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 program goals will prepare students to:

1) evidence commitment to Christian and community service.

2) enter dietetic internships and/or graduate school.

3) obtain jobs in the field of nutrition and dietetics.

4) exhibit professional behavior in the workplace. 

 

DPD Program Outcomes: 

  1. At least 80% of graduates will be serving the church or community
  2. At least 80% of students who enter the DPD will complete all DPD and degree requirements within three years or 150% of the time planned for completion
  3. At least 90% of students enrolled in the DPD will graduate with a B.S. degree in Nutrition with the NDPD concentration
  4. At least 80% of students will pass the Mock RD Exam in the Capstone in Dietetics course with a score of at least 70%
  5. At least 80% of students or graduates who apply for graduate school will gain admittance
  6. At least 80% of students or graduates will apply to dietetic internships the academic year they complete the program
  7. At least 80% of students or graduates who apply for dietetic internships the academic year they complete the program will be accepted
  8. At least 80% of graduates who complete a dietetic internship will indicate they felt prepared for the DI overall
  9. At least 80% of graduates who complete a dietetic internship will pass the RD Exam as first-time takers

 

DPD Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. 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 80% on a rubric based on key questions about research.
  2. For Medical Nutrition Therapy III case study portions, 80% 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 research rubric).
  3. For Medical Nutrition Therapy III, 90% of students are able to locate evidence-based guidelines and protocols for various disease states for the technology and Intervention portion of case studies by receiving at least 80% on the technology portion of the case studies.
  4. For Medical Nutrition I, 80% of students are able to locate evidence-based guidelines in the Evidence Analysis Library project by receiving a grade of at least 80% on the rubric. 
  5. 80% of students in Medical Nutrition Therapy III will demonstrate the ability to apply established guidelines to a profession practice scenario (real-live patients in a hospital setting) by receiving at least a score of 80% (part of rubric on Intervention portion of ADIME sheets).
  6. For Biochemistry of Nutrition II, 90% 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 content of material in oral and written portions of project).
  7. 90% of students demonstrate effective 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.
  8. 90% 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).
  9. 90% of students will identify and explain the code of ethics and will be able to answer questions on a case study assignment relating to the scope of practice. 
  10. 100% of students will apply knowledge of the role of environment, food, and lifestyle choices by receiving a grade of at least an 80% on exam questions on the roles of factors affecting eating.
  11. At least 80% of students in Medical Nutrition Therapy I will demonstrate utilization of nutrition care process in the nutrition care process report for two different disease states by receiving a grade of at least 80% according to the rubric for ADIME.
  12. 90% of students in Medical Nutrition Therapy III will demonstrate the ability to collect pertinent information for comprehensive nutrition assessments by scoring at least 80% on the practicum rubric. 
  13. 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. 
  14. 90% of students will apply knowledge of the role of environment, food, and lifestyle choices by receiving a grade of at least an 80% on exam questions on the roles of factors affecting eating.
  15. 80% of students will apply knowledge of the roles to develop interventions to affect change and enhance wellness 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.
  16. At least 90% of students will demonstrate understanding of important components included in educational materials development to create behavior change by scoring at least 80% on the education project rubric.
  17. 90% of students must score at least 80% on exam questions (with supporting examples) relating to education behavior change theories.
  18. 90% of students will identify different management theories with examples from food services and be able to explain pros and cons of the different types as evidenced by 80% or above on related exam questions.
  19. 90% of students will be able to identify examples of good quality management and areas that need improvement as evidenced by the grade on this portion of their food service laboratory experience. (see outcome 15)
  20. 80% of students in Food Safety will apply knowledge of food and nutrition laws/regulations/policies by scoring at least a grade of 80% on exam questions on laws and regulations or on the Food Safety project detailing a policy/regulation (based on rubric).
  21. 80% of students will receive a score of "meets expectations: or higher on an assignment to explain 2 or more public policy issues that relate to nutrition and dietetics (such a licensing laws or diet orders in medical records) and be able to provide a compelling explanation of their benefits of being involved in the legislative process throughout their career.
  22. At least 80% of students in Medical Nutrition Therapy III will demonstrate knowledge of health care systems and operation by scoring at least 80% on exam questions on health care systems and operation.
  23. 90% of students in Medical Nutrition Therapy III will explain reimbursement issues by receiving at least a grade of 80% on reimbursement exam questions.

 

Cost to Students:

  • Room: $4,180
  • Meals: $4,520
  • Full-time tuition and fees: $30,780

The above costs are calculated prior to the factoring in of financial aid. There is no expense for travel. medical exams, or uniforms for DPD courses or activities. 

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