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Dietetics Program Mission, Goals, Objectives

Dietetics Program Mission

The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is to produce graduates prepared to complete supervised practice leading to eligibility for the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam to become entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists, to become food and nutrition professionals, or to pursue additional educational opportunities. Graduates will be prepared to focus on service to their clients in South Carolina, the nation and the world; to use evidence-based guidelines in their practices; and to contribute to the generation of knowledge.

Dietetics Program Goals and Objectives

To monitor progress on achievement of the program’s mission, faculty members have identified program goals and objectives.  The two overall program goals and the associated objectives are listed below. 

Goal 1:  The Clemson University Didactic Program in Dietetics will prepare graduates to become competent entry-level nutrition and dietetics professionals.

Objective 1:  Over a 5-year period, 80% of graduates who take the Registration Examination for Dietitians will pass within one year following the first attempt.

Objective 2:  Over a 7-year period, 80% of students enrolled in the dietetics program will complete degree and program requirements within 150% of the program length (or 6 years).

Objective 3:  Over a 7-year period, 80% of supervised practice program directors who accept a Clemson dietetics program graduate will indicate that they were "highly satisfied" or "satisfied" with the graduate's preparation for supervised practice.

Objective 4:  Over a 7-year period, 80% of graduates who complete an ACEND®-accredited supervised practice program will indicate that they "strongly agree" or "agree" that Clemson University’s dietetics program prepared them for supervised practice.

Goal 2:  The Clemson University Didactic Program in Dietetics will prepare graduates to succeed in one or more of the following:  acceptance to a graduate program, acceptance to an ACEND®-accredited supervised practice program, or employment.

Objective 1:  Over a 7-year period, 50% of dietetics program graduates will apply for admission to an ACEND®-accredited supervised practice program within 12 months of completing program requirements.

Objective 2:  Over a 7-year period, 50% of dietetics program graduates who apply for admission to an ACEND®-accredited supervised practice program within 12 months of completing program requirements will be accepted.

Objective 3:  Over a 7-year period, 75% of dietetics program graduates who do not apply or were not accepted to an ACEND®-accredited supervised practice program will apply to professional or graduate school or secure nutrition, health, or food science related employment within 12 months of program completion.

Objective 4:  Over a 7-year period, 80% of dietetics students graduating in May will indicate they “strongly agree” or “agree” the program prepared them for a career in food, nutrition, or dietetics.

Dietetics Program Outcomes – Quick Statistics

  • Over the past five years (2011-2015), 90.4% of Clemson DPD graduates who took the Registration Examination for Dietitians passed on the first attempt, and 98.6% passed within one year of their first attempt. The national average (2011-2015) is 84.4% for first-time exam takers.
  • Over the past five years (2012-2016), 100% of Clemson DPD graduates completed program requirements within 150% of the program length (or 6 years).
  • Over the past five years (2012-2016), 99% of supervised practice program directors that accepted a Clemson dietetics program graduate indicated that the program either "exceptionally prepared" or "adequately" prepared the student for supervised practice.
  • Over the past five years (2011-2015), 63% of Clemson DPD graduates who applied to a supervised practice program within 12 months of program completion were accepted. The national average (2011-2015) is 50.2%.
  • Over the past four years (2012-2015), 89% of Clemson DPD graduates who completed a supervised practice program felt Clemson University's dietetics program prepared them for supervised practice.
  • Over the past five years (2012-2016), 99% of supervised practice program directors responded "yes" to the question: "Based on the performance of Clemson University graduates, would you accept another student from Clemson's dietetics program?"
  • Over the past three years (2013-2015), 80% of Clemson DPD graduates who did not apply or were not accepted to supervised practice applied to professional or graduate school or secured nutrition, health, or food science related employment within 12 months of graduating.

All program outcome data is available upon request by contacting the FNPS Department Chair, Dr. Jeff Rhodehamel, at jrhode@clemson.edu

Core Knowledge for the RD/RDN

To maintain program accreditation, the Clemson University dietetics program must have in place an assessment plan to assure students achieve certain knowledge to prepare them for future practice as nutrition and dietetics professionals. Below are the Foundation Knowledge Requirements and Learning Outcomes outlined in the 2017 ACEND® Accreditation Standards for Nutrition and Dietetics Didactic Programs (DPD), effective June 1, 2017. Assignments in the various Nutrition and Food Science courses within the dietetics program provide opportunities for students to achieve these knowledge requirements and related learning outcomes.

Knowledge Domain for the RDN

Knowledge Requirement/

Learning Outcome(s)

Domain 1. Scientific and Evidence Base of Practice:  Integration of scientific information and translation of research into practice.

  1. Students must be able to demonstrate how to locate, interpret, evaluate, and use professional literature to make ethical, evidence-based practice decisions.

  2. Students must be able to use current information technologies to locate and apply evidence-based guidelines and protocols.

  3. Students must be able to apply critical thinking skills.

Domain 2. Professional Practice Expectations:  Beliefs, values, attitudes and behaviors for the professional dietitian nutritionist level  of practice.

  1. Students must be able to demonstrate effective and professional oral and written communication and documentation.

  2. Student must be able to describe the governance of nutrition and dietetics practice, such as the Scope of Nutrition and Dietetics Practice and the Code of Ethics for the Profession of Nutrition and Dietetics; and describe interprofessional relationships in various practice settings.

  3. Students must be able to assess the impact of a public policy position on nutrition and dietetics practice.

  4. Students must be able to discuss the impact of health care policy and different health care delivery systems on food and nutrition services.

  5. Students must be able to identify and describe the work of interprofessional teams and the roles of others with whom the registered dietitian nutritionist collaborates in the delivery of food and nutrition services.

  6. Students must demonstrate an understanding of cultural competence/sensitivity.

  7. Students must be able to demonstrate identification with the nutrition and dietetics profession through activities such as participation in professional organizations and defending a position on issues impacting the nutrition and dietetics profession.

  8. Students must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the importance and expectations of a professional in mentoring and precepting others.

Domain 3. Clinical and Customer Services: Development and delivery of information, products and services to individuals, groups and populations.

 

  1. Students must be able to use the Nutrition Care Process to make decisions, identify nutrition-related problems and determine and evaluate nutrition interventions.

  2. Students must be able to develop an educational session or program/educational strategy for a target population.

  3. Students must be able to demonstrate counseling and education methods to facilitate behavior change and enhance wellness for diverse individuals and groups.

  4. Students must be able to explain the processes involved in delivering quality food and nutrition services.

  5. Students must be able to describe basic concepts of nutritional genomics.

Domain 4. Practice Management and Use of Resources: Strategic application of principles of management and systems in the provision of services to individuals and organizations.

 

  1. Students must be able to apply management theories to the development of programs or services.

  2. Students must be able to evaluate a budget and interpret financial data.

  3. Students must be able to describe the regulation system related to billing and coding, what services are reimbursable by third party payers, and how reimbursement may be obtained.

  4. Students must be able to apply the principles of human resource management to different situations.

  5. Students must be able to apply safety principles related to food, personnel and consumers.

  6. Students must be able to analyze data for assessment and evaluate data to use in decision-making for continuous quality improvement.