About the ISU Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)
Description of the Program
The DPD is planned for completion in 8 semesters or 4 academic years with a minimum of 120 credit hours. The first 2 years are prerequisite courses along with general education requirements. The final 2 years include the professional courses of the program. Applications for a seat in the professional section of the program are reviewed every spring and seats are awarded for fall semester for senior status and the following fall semester for junior status. Applications from transfer students from other colleges and universities are also considered for the professional section if prerequisites are completed and minimum GPA requirements (3.0 or higher) are met.
Interested students should schedule a meeting with the Program Director or other program advisor for an explanation of the profession, program requirements and course completion plan.
DPD Mission Statement
The mission of the Idaho State University DPD is to educate individuals through didactic and practical experiences in food and nutrition and to develop visionary and competent graduates who will be prepared for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the DCR credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist.
DPD Goals and Objectives
Goal #1: Prepare students to perform competently in a dietetics supervised practice program in preparation to be an entry-level dietitian.
- At least 90% of students who accept an offered seat in the DPD will graduate within 3 years of acceptance into the 2-year professional portion of program.
- At least 65% of DPD graduates will apply to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
- At least 50% of DPD graduates who apply to a supervised practice program will be accepted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
- 90% of graduates over a five-year period pass the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within one year following first attempt.
- At least 70% of graduates from this program will receive an aggregate score of 4 or higher indicating strong preparation on their knowledge and skill of dietetics from supervised practice program directors.
- At least 70 % of responding graduates will indicate an aggregate score of 4 or higher (defined as strong preparation) that the DPD program prepared them for their supervised practice experience
Goal #2 - Provide didactic and field experiences for students by continuing cooperative relationships with community, clinical and foodservice management dietitians, other health care professionals and administrators in order to prepare graduates to work in the current health-care environment and in industry.
1. Students will be assigned learning experiences in a minimum of two different experiential sites for both foodservice, community courses and one experiential site for medical nutrition therapy courses.
2. 1/3 of DAC members will consist of external constituents and/or preceptors from facilities providing learning experiences to dietetic students.
3. 50% of graduates will participate in professional organizations within 18 to 24 months following graduation.
4. 70% of respondents on a preceptor satisfaction survey will indicate an aggregate score of “4” or higher (indicating strong or positive) in their experiences precepting ISU dietetic students.
Program outcomes data are available upon request.
ACEND: Accreditation Council For Education in Nutrition and Dietetics with in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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