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Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes

Highlights of program outcomes (all outcomes data are available upon request):

  • 100 percent of our graduates passed the national registration exam within one year of first attempt (87 percent passed on the first attempt).
  • 100 percent of graduates indicated their individual professional needs and interests were met.
  • 98 percent of alumni indicate they would recommend the program to prospective interns.
  • 80 percent of our graduates secured employment within three months of program completion.
  • 75 percent of employers state that our graduates are better prepared than other entry-level dietitians they have hired.
  • 67 percent of graduates performed a leadership role during their first year of professional practice.

Program goals and objectives:

Objectives required by ACEND are designated with an asterisk.

Goal 1: 
Prepare graduates for effective dietetics/nutrition practice.

  • 95 percent of graduates take the CDR registration exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.*
  • The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam is at least 80 percent.
  • 90 percent of graduates will pass the registration exam on the first attempt.
  • At least 80 percent of interns will complete the program requirements within 13.5 months (150 percent of program length).*
  • At least 80 percent of ISPP interns will complete the program requirements within 36 months (150 percent of program length).*
  • Of graduates who seek employment, 90 percent will be employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.*
  • Of graduates who seek employment, 75 percent will be employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within three months of graduation.
  • 90 percent of alumni will indicate the program director provided adequate supervision and support needed to successfully enter the profession of dietetics.
  • 90 percent of alumni will indicate they recommend the program to prospective interns.

Goal 2:
Position graduates to function successfully in their preferred area of practice within a rapidly changing profession.

  • 90 percent of graduates will indicate they were adequately prepared in each component of the internship.
  • 90 percent of employers will indicate graduates were adequately prepared for entry-level practice. *
  • 90 percent of employers will indicate graduates were adequately prepared in each component of the internship.
  • 85 percent of employers will rate graduates overall as above other entry-level dietitians they have hired.
  • 90 percent of graduates will indicate that their individual professional learning needs and interests were considered during the internship to prepare them for their preferred area of practice.

Goal 3:
Prepare graduates to be leaders within the dietetics/nutrition profession.

  • 50 percent of graduates will perform leadership roles during their first year of professional practice.
  • Within 12 months of program completion, 75 percent of graduates who are working in a dietetics/nutrition setting will indicate they are willing to serve as preceptors.
  • Within the three years of program completion, 50 percent of graduates will report involvement in dietetics education as a preceptor, mentor, instructor, or guest speaker.
  • 90 percent of employers will indicate graduates were prepared to fulfill a leadership role in the workplace.

*Program outcomes data are available upon request.

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CONTACT US:

Carol Papillon, MPH, RD
Internship Director
540-231-8769
cpapillo@vt.edu

Amy LaFalce, MS, RD
Northern Virginia Site Director
alafalce@vt.edu