Goal 1: Prepare graduates to become competent, entry-level dietitians to meet employment needs for the state and nation.
Goal 2: Prepare graduates who demonstrate lifelong learning, effective problem solving, teamwork, and a commitment to Christian leadership and service to the community and profession.
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:
• Over a five-year period, 80% of the program graduates will pass the registration examination on the first attempt.
• Over a 5 year period, 90% 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
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).