Mission, Goals, and Outcome Measures

The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at Nicholls State University is to provide comprehensive learning experiences immersed in Bayou Region culture to prepare students for supervised practice, leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam and become Registered Dietitians.

Program Goals

  1. The program will prepare graduates to be accepted into and competent for supervised practice and pass the CDR credentialing exam for dietitians.

  2. Through individual attention, motivation and encouragement, program faculty and staff will retain and/or increase the number of students who complete the didactic program in dietetics.
  3. The program will prepare graduates who are committed to professional involvement, leadership and service.

Program Outcome Measures

  1. 70% of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
  2. 70% of program graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
  3. The program’s one-year pass rate(graduates who pass the registration exam within 1 year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
  4. DI Directors will rate 90% of NSU-DPD graduates as good, very good, or excellent for Overall Preparedness for Supervised Practice.
  5. At least 80% of program students complete the program/degree requirements within 6 years. (150% of time)
  6. “Quality of Career Guidance, Advising, and Communication with Faculty” will receive a rating of “3” Satisfactory or above on graduate survey.
  7. Averaged over a 5 year period, at least 50 percent of graduates report membership in a professional dietetics related association.
  8. 80% of DPD graduates will rate the program’s ability to prepare them for supervised practice as very satisfactory or satisfactory on the 1 year Alumni Survey.

*Program outcome data is available to ACEND and the public upon request.