Advisement | Didactic Program in Dietetics | Agricultural Sciences

Southern Illinois University




Mission Statement

Mission Statement

Southern Illinois University’s Human Nutrition and Dietetics Didactic Program is committed to delivering a progressive, evidence based curriculum with specialized course work to ensure graduates meet the core knowledge requirements to be successful in supervised practice leading to becoming registered dietitians. To achieve this mission, the following program goals have been set:

Goals and Measurable Outcomes of the DPD Program

Goal #1 - The DPD program will produce graduates who are qualified to enter accredited supervised practice programs, health or science specific careers, or graduate school.

Objective measures for Goal #1

At least 80% of third year DPD students will complete program/degree requirements within 150% (3 years) of the program length.

60% of program graduates will apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.

Over 50% of graduates (national average) will be admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.

The one year pass rate on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists will be at least 80%.

60% of students who did not apply -or get accepted- into supervised practice programs who return the alumni survey will either have: taken the DTR exam, secured employment in a health or science related field, gained acceptance into graduate school, or applied/re-applied to supervised practice programs within a year of completing/graduating from the DPD program.


Goal #2 - Graduates will demonstrate integration of nutrition sciences and theory, critical thinking skills, and the overall tools necessary to be competent professionals.

Objective measures for goal #2

Over a 5 year period, seniors participating in an exit interview will rate on average the academic preparation they received to be competent professionals as satisfactory or better.

Over a 5-year period, alumni who complete the alumni survey will on average rate their knowledge base and critical thinking skills for entry level positions as satisfactory or better.

Eight-five percent of supervised practice program directors who return the survey will rank program graduates as satisfactory or better on educational preparation for supervised practice.


Note: outcome data for program objectives will be available to current and prospective students, as well as the public, upon written request to the program director via the contact information provided above.