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Stephen F. Austin State University

Mission, Goals and Objectives (DPD)

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at SFA is to prepare highly qualified graduates for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam to become registered dietitian nutritionists.

Objectives and Goals

The program outcome measures are as follows:

Goal 1: The program will prepare graduates to be successful in graduate studies, supervised practice or as dietetics professionals.

  1. At least 80% of students will complete the DPD program/degree requirements within six years (150% of the program length).
  2. 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 will remain at an average of at least 80%.
  3. 60% of program graduates will apply for admission to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
  4. 80% of program graduates will be admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
  5. When surveyed, the mean rating that supervised practice directors/preceptors and employers will give for "area of practice" will meet or exceed the rating of satisfactory (3).
  6. 60% of graduates who seek employment will find employment within one year of graduation.

Goal 2: The program will commit to academic excellence by preparing to engage in the process of critical thinking and problem solving while demonstrating confidence and integrity necessary for success in supervised practice programs and or dietetics related jobs.

Student Learning Outcomes

Student learning outcomes (SLO) are the knowledge, skills and abilities students should demonstrate upon completion of the program. These SLO are required by ACEND and are regularly assessed to determine student learning and to evaluate overall program effectiveness. All ACEND-required SLO must be submitted through LiveText (a data management program) to receive credit. Specifics of this program are covered in the HMS syllabi.

Program outcomes data are available upon request. Contact Sarah Drake, DPD director, at or (936) 468-5560.