The mission of the DPD is in line with the mission of the Department of Nutrition that meets the Standards set forth by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The DPD includes an extensive study in nutrition and dietetics, as well as a broad liberal arts and science education that provides a strong foundation for students to develop intellectual awareness, cultural appreciation and social responsibility. The program also provides innovative academic opportunities to assist students in developing critical thinking and effective communication skills. The program’s goals aim to prepare students for supervised practice, ultimately leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become registered dietitian nutritionists. In addition, emphasis is placed on life-long learning as a means for dietetics professionals to remain informed and knowledgeable in an evolving profession.
Program Goal 1: The program will prepare graduates who will have a broad educational background in communication, the physical and biological sciences, the social sciences, research, food, nutrition and resource management that will lead to careers in foods, nutrition and dietetics.
Objective 1: At least 85% of program students complete program/degree requirements within 3 years (150% of the program length).
Objective 2: At least 60% of the DPD graduates will apply for admission to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation
Objective 3: At least 80% of the DPD graduates are admitted to supervised practice programs within 12 months of graduation
Objective 4: 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 5: Supervised Practice Program Directors who respond to the survey will report an average of 3 on a 4-point scale that LIU Post DPD graduates are well prepared for the DI in all subject areas.
Objective 6: One-year alumni respondents who are currently in a Dietetic Internship (DI) and who complete the survey will report that they were academically “very well prepared” (score = 5) or “well prepared” (score = 4) for the DI.
Program Goal 2: Prepare graduates to incorporate evidenced-based research, guidelines, and recommendations through life-long learning to function effectively in an interprofessional setting for the practice of nutrition and dietetics while exhibiting social responsibility and cultural appreciation.
Objective 1: At least 85% of 1-year alumni respondents who complete the survey, will report that evidence-based research, guidelines, and recommendations were incorporated effectively (at least 4- on a 5-point scale) in the curriculum.
Objective 2: At least 85% of 1-year alumni respondents who complete the survey, will report that the program prepared them to function effectively (at least 4- on a 5-point scale) in an interprofessional setting
Objective 3: At least 50% of respondents who completed the survey will apply and be accepted to graduate school.
Objective 4: At least 85% of 1-year alumni respondents who complete the survey, will report that the program prepared them to practice social responsibility (at least 4- on a 5-point scale).
Objective 5: At least 85% of 1-year alumni respondents who complete the survey, will report that the program prepared them for practice in culturally diverse settings (at least 4- on a 5-point scale).
Program information and outcome achievement data are available upon request from the DPD Program Director through the Nutrition Department at 516-299-2762 or firstname.lastname@example.org.