Goals of the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics
Goal 1: The program will prepare graduates to be competent for entry into accredited dietetic internships or other post-graduate programs through high-quality educational offerings.
Goal 2: The program will provide graduates with a Christian liberal arts education that enables graduates to demonstrate a commitment to Christian service and professional service.
Program Outcome Measures
Measures of program success, as determine by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, and the faculty of the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics are as follows:
- Graduates of the Nutrition and Dietetics Program at Ouachita Baptist University who complete a dietetic internship and take the RD registration exam will have a first time pass rate of 80% or above.
- One hundred percent of students majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics at Ouachita Baptist University will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree within 6 years of beginning the program.
Performance of Graduates
- Fifty percent of graduates of the Nutrition and Dietetics Program at Ouachita Baptist University will apply for dietetic internship within 12 months of graduation and at least 75% of those applying will be accepted into an internship.
- Seventy-five percent of graduates of the Nutrition and Dietetics Program at Ouachita Baptist University will respond “Agree” or “Strongly Agree” to questions pertaining to professional and Christian service preparation listed on the Dietetic Alumni Survey.
Outcome data measuring achievement of the DPND Program objectives is available to students, prospective students and the public upon request.
The Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics is the first step in the process of becoming a Registered Dietitian. Upon graduation, the student will receive verification that they have completed the foundation knowledge and skills required by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.
In order to become a Registered Dietitian, the student will take the next step in the process. This step involves completion of a supervised practice program in order to be eligible to take the national Registration Examination for Dietitians administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Individuals may then apply for state licensure (process varies by state).
Students who have completed coursework in an ACEND-accredited didactic program in nutrition and dietetics may also choose to become a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR). The next step for these individuals would be the national Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians, Registered, also administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).