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Mission Statement

The mission of the DP (Dietetics and Culinary Dietetics Program) is to prepare future RDNs and NDTRs who serve as translators of food and nutrition science information in the areas of healthy food preparation and eating behaviors, medical nutrition therapy, foodservice systems and as an advocate for the profession.

Goal 1: Provide quality instruction to prepare competent entry-level food and nutrition professionals.

Outcome Measures

Over a five year period:

  • The pass rate for DP graduates taking the registration exam for the first time will be at least 80%.
  • The pass rate for DP graduates taking the registration exam during their first year of exam eligibility will be 80%.
  • 70% of those who are enrolled in the DP who complete FDNT 455 with a “C” or better will receive a bachelor’s degree and a verification statement upon graduating within six years of entering the Dietetic program.
  • 50% of DP students that apply to supervised practice programs the year they complete program will be accepted.
  • 70% of DP graduates who did not apply or were not accepted to a supervised practice program will have obtained employment in a related field and/or be enrolled in continuing education within one year after graduation.
  • 70% of DP graduates that respond to an exit survey upon graduation will “agree” or “strongly agree” that they are well prepared for a dietetic internship.
  • 70% of DP graduates who respond to a survey within one year of graduation will “agree” or “strongly agree” that they were well prepared for their current position in food and nutrition.
  • 70% of dietetic internship directors or preceptors of IUP graduates who are enrolled in the IUP Dietetic Internship will “agree” or “strongly agree” that DP graduates are well prepared for their current position in food and nutrition.

Goal 2: Recruit and retain students with high academic standing and provide academic advising that supports student progress.

Outcome Measures

Over a five year period:

  • 90% of new freshman who are admitted to the DP will have a high school GPA of ≥ 3.0.
  • 75% of freshman who are admitted to the DP will be retained.
  • 90% of food and nutrition majors will receive academic advising each semester. (Note: factors include changing majors, schools, graduating, or leaving IP precludes 100%)
  • 70% of DP students with junior standing will have a GPA of ≥ 3.0.
  • 70% of graduating students that respond to an exit survey administered during the semester of graduation will “agree” or “strongly agree” that they received quality academic advising.

Goal 3: Prepare graduates to provide food and nutrition services to the university, local community, and/or professional organizations.

Outcome Measures

Over a five year period:

  • 90% of graduates that respond to the senior exit survey will report that they participated in at least two service-learning activities in their DP courses.
  • A minimum of two service-learning programs will be sponsored by SAND annually.
  • 70% of graduates who respond to a survey within one year of graduation will choose “frequently” or “occasionally” that they provide food or nutrition services to their local communities and/or professional organizations.

Program outcomes data are available on request by contacting the DPD Director.

Please note: The completion of the Bachelor of Science program does not guarantee acceptance into a supervised practice program such as a dietetic internship.
  • Food and Nutrition Department
  • Ackerman Hall, Room 102
    911 South Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-4440
  • Fax: 724-357-3007
  • Semester Office Hours
  • Monday–Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.– Noon
  • 1:00–4:30 p.m.