nutrition & dietetics - mission & goals

Mission Statement: The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at the University of Delaware is to provide a challenging and high quality curriculum that prepares graduates to successfully enter a ACEND-accredited dietetic internship, a post-baccalaureate program and/or a variety of employment opportunities related to nutrition and food.

Program Goals and Outcome Measures

Goal 1. The program will prepare graduates who, with completion of an accredited supervised practice program and the registration examination, will be competent for entry-level dietitian positions.

  • 60 percent* of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
  • 50 percent* of program graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
  • 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%.
  • 75%* of DI directors rate our graduates as adequately prepared or higher.

Goal 2. Program will attract high quality students who complete the dietetics program of study.

  • At least 80%  of program graduates complete program/degree requirements within 6 years (150% of the program length)

Goal 3. The program will prepare graduates to demonstrate a commitment to community service and professional leadership.

  • At least 60% of DPD students will complete 50 hours of documented community service/volunteer work outside of course work prior to graduation.

Program outcomes and data are available upon request.