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Mission Statement

The mission of the DPD (Dietetics and Culinary Dietetics Program) is to educate an individual who serves as a translator of food and nutrition science information in the areas of healthy food preparation and eating behaviors, medical nutrition therapy, management of nutrition delivery, and food service systems and as an advocate for the profession.

Goal 1: Provide quality instruction in the preparation of competent entry-level food and nutrition professionals.

  • 70 percent of students who complete FDNT 455 with a "C" or better will receive a bachelor’s degree and a verification statement upon graduation within 6 years of entering the Dietetic Program.
  • Over a five-year period, the pass rate for Dietetic Program graduates taking the registration examination for the first time will be at least 80 percent.
  • Over a five-year period, 50 percent of Dietetic Program graduates will apply to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduating.
  • Over a given five-year period, 50 percent of Dietetic Program students that apply to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduating will be accepted.
  • 70 percent of Dietetic Program 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 percent of Dietetic Program graduates who respond to the exit survey upon graduation will "agree" or "strongly agree" that they are well-prepared for a dietetic internship.
  • 70 percent of Dietetic Program 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 percent of dietetic internship directors, employers, or academic advisors who respond to surveys within one year of Dietetic Program graduation will "agree" or "strongly agree" that Dietetic Program 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.

  • 80 percent of nutrition majors will receive academic advising each semester.
  • 70 percent of Dietetic Program students with junior standing will have a QPA>3.0.
  • 70 percent of graduating students who respond to an exit survey administered during the semester of graduation will "agree" or "strongly agree" that they received quality academic advising.
  • 70 percent of Dietetic Program students in FDNT 213, Lifecycle Nutrition, in the spring semester will graduate from the Dietetic Program within three years of taking FDNT 213.

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

  • A minimum of two service programs will be sponsored by the Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics annually.
  • 70 percent of graduates who respond to a survey within one year of graduation will "agree" or "strongly agree" that they provide food or nutrition services to their local communities and/or professional organizations.

Information about these goals is available upon request.

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
  • Office Hours
  • Monday–Friday
  • 7:30 a.m.–Noon
  • 1:00–4:00 p.m.