Missions, Goals & Measurable Outcomes
The mission of the Boston University Programs in Nutrition, which includes the Boston University Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), is to establish an environment that promotes the acquisition of knowledge, critical thinking, and effective communication to prepare students for success in supervised practice leading to eligibility to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an entry-level registered dietitian nutritionist, or enter into a graduate degree program, or a job in a health-related field.
Program Goal 1: The Boston University DPD will provide students with the knowledge and skills required to enter supervised practice, a graduate program or a job in a health-related field.
Goal 1 Objectives
- At least 80 percent of the students in the BU DPD will complete their program/degree requirements within 150% of usual program length (3 years for undergraduate DPD and 2.5 years for DPD/MS).
- At least 40 percent of the graduates of the BU DPD will apply to a DI within 12 months of graduation.
- At least 50 percent of the graduates of the BU DPD who apply to a DI within 12 months of graduation will be accepted.
- At least 20% of the graduates of the BU DPD will enter a graduate program within 12 months of graduation.
- At least 20% of the graduates of the BU DPD will begin a job in a health field within 12 months of graduation.
Program Goal 2: The Boston University DPD will prepare students to function as competent healthcare professionals.
Goal 1 Objectives
- At least 80 percent of the students responding to a one year post-graduation survey regarding adequacy of academic preparation for supervised practice, a graduate program or a job in a health-related field will report satisfactory preparation.
- At least 80% of students placed into supervised practice programs upon completion of the BU DPD will receive a satisfactory score on a survey of directors of supervised practice programs sent one year after graduation (out of the total number of surveys received).
- At least 80% of graduates, over a five-year period, will pass the CDR registration exam for dietitian nutritionists on their first attempt or within one year following the first attempt.
The DPD Program’s outcome data are available upon request.