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Food and Nutrition Major - Dietetics Option


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Dietetics Option

Welcome to the Didactic Program Nutrition and Dietetics (DPND) in the Department of Health and Human Development--the only dietetics program offered within the state of Montana . The Dietetics option is one of two options offered in the Food and Nutrition major; the other is Nutrition Science.

What's a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPND)?

Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics is a term used by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) to describe the program approved under the standards of education as meeting academic requirements leading to at least a bachelor's degree. ACEND is the accreditation body of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The dietetics option at Montana State University-Bozeman has been granted initial accreditation as a Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation and the United States Department of Education, 120 Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040, x. 5400. A graduate will attain a verification statement upon completing the ACEND-approved dietetics program curriculum in addition to a minimum of a "C" or better in each required program course at graduation. A graduate is then eligible to apply for a ACEND-accredited supervised practice/dietetic internship. Upon completion of the post-graduate dietetic internship, students are eligible to take the national registration exam for dietitians. Once the individual has passed the exam, the individual is then a "registered dietitian." The dietetics option has a strong foundation in food and nutrition, food service management, and science components. Registered dietitians may find employment in health care facilities; industrial, school, and university food services; community nutrition services; private practice; sales for food service or health products; and other related fields.

Mission Statement of the MSU Dietetics Program, Program Goals and Objectives

The mission of the Montana State University Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics is: to prepare graduates to be successful in obtaining accredited supervised practice programs and to become competent entry-level registered dietitians who have the potential to succeed in clinical, food service, and community settings.  Our program promotes an understanding of sustainable food systems in relationships to health and fosters a strong commitment to community service.

Program Goals and Objectives

Goal 1

The program will prepare graduates capable of succeeding in accredited dietetic supervised practice programs and/or graduate programs and employment in nutrition- and dietetic-related fields.

Objective 1: Over a 5-year period, 85% of students enrolled continually (without a break in attendance) in the professional courses in the third year of the bachelor-level DPND are expected to complete program/degree requirements within 150% of the time planned for completion (three years).

Objective 2:  Over a 5-year period, 60% of DPND graduates are expected to apply to supervised practice programs in the academic year they complete the program.

Objective 3: Over a 5-year period, the supervised practice program placement (match) rate will exceed 70% for the dietetics program graduates who apply the academic year they complete the program.

Objective 4:  Over a 5-year period, the pass rate of first-time test takers will be at least 80% on the national RD exam.

Objective 5: Over a 5-year period, on the one-year post-graduation survey, 80% of the MSU dietetics program graduates accepted into an internship will rate the quality of their education on how well prepared they were for a supervised practice at least a 3 on a scale of 1 to 4.

Objective 6:  Over a 5-year period, on the one-year post-graduation survey, 80% of the MSU dietetics program graduates accepted into a graduate school will rate the quality of their education on how well prepared they were for graduate school at least a 3 on a scale of 1 to 4.

Objective 7:  Over a 5-year period, 80% of the supervised practice directors or graduate program major professors will rate the quality of the MSU dietetics program graduates preparedness for a supervised practice and/or graduate school at least a 3 on a scale of 1 to 4.

Objective 8:  Over a 5-year period, on the one-year post-graduation survey, 80% of the MSU dietetics program graduates who do not apply or are not accepted to an internship or graduate school will rate the quality of their education on how well prepared they were for their employment in a nutrition- or dietetics-related field at least a 3 on a scale of 1 to 4.

Goal 2

The program promotes an understanding of sustainable food systems in relationship to health and fosters a strong commitment to community service.

Objective 1:  Over a 5-year period, 80% of senior-level students at their exit interview will rate their education in sustainable food and its relationship to health at a 4 on a scale of 1 to 5.

Objective 2:  Over a 5-year period, 80% of graduates on the one-year survey will rate their education in sustainable food systems and its relationship to health as a 3 on a scale of 1 to 4.

Objective 3:  Over a 5-year period, 80% of the graduates responding to the alumni survey will rate their preparedness for applying sustainable food systems knowledge in their current or future employment settings as a 3 on a scale of 1 to 4.

Objective 4:  Over a 5-year period, 80% of senior-level students at their exit interview will report being involved in one or more community service activities independently or as part of the student dietetic association during their academic career at MSU.

Objective 5: Over a 5-year period, 80% of graduates responding to the alumni survey will report being involved in their communities and professional organizations.

 

 

The program outcomes data are available upon request from the Didactic Program Director.