Missions, Goals & Measurable Outcomes
The graduate nutrition programs at Boston University Sargent College are built upon a solid foundation of leadership and innovation in graduate education. Our programs are designed to prepare our students for leadership roles in the field and to promote excellence, growth, innovation, and creativity in all areas of dietetics and nutrition practice. The Didactic Program in Dietetics/Master of Science + Dietetic Internship and the Master of Science + Dietetic Internship programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL, 60606-6995, 312-899-0400 (http://www.eatrightpro.org/resources/acend) and guided by the Mission Statement, Goals, and Measurable Objectives stated below.
Mission for the DPD/MS
The mission of the Boston University Programs in Nutrition (which includes the Boston University Didactic Program in Dietetics/Master of Science (DPD/MS) degree program) 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.
Goals and Measurable Objectives
Program Goal 1: The Boston University (BU) DPD/MS program will provide graduates with the knowledge and skills required to enter a graduate degree program or a supervised practice program to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).
Program Objectives for Goal 1
- At least 80 percent of graduates in the BU DPD/MS 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 BU DPD/MS graduates will apply to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
- At least 50 percent of BU DPD/MS graduates who apply to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation will be accepted.
- At least 20 percent of BU DPDMS graduates will enter a graduate degree program within 12 months of graduation.
- At least 20 percent of BU DPD/MS graduates will begin a job in a dietetics/nutrition-related field within 12 months of graduation.
Program Goal 2: The Boston University (BU) DPD/MS program will prepare graduates to function as competent healthcare professionals.
Program Objectives for Goal 2
- At least 80 percent of graduates responding to a one-year post-graduation survey regarding adequacy of academic preparation for a graduate degree program or a supervised practice program will report satisfactory preparation.
- At least 80 percent of graduates placed into supervised practice programs upon completion of the BU DPD/MS 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 percent of graduates will pass the CDR registration exam for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists within one year following their first attempt.
Mission for the Dietetic Internship Program
The BU MS/DI mission is to establish an environment that promotes the acquisition of knowledge, critical thinking, and effective communication to prepare students to become entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists.
Goals and Measurable Objectives
Program Goal 1: To prepare graduates to be competent entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.
Measurable Objectives for Goal 1
- At least 80 percent of MS/DI program graduates will take the CDR Credentialing exam for RDNs within 12 months of program completion.
- At least 80 percent of the MS/DI program graduates will pass the CDR credentialing exam within one year of completing the program.
- At least 80 percent of students in the MS/DI program will achieve a satisfactory (at least an average rating of 2.5) rating from preceptors for all rotations in their internship.
- The MS/DI Program will maintain an 80 percent or higher completion rate with 150 percent of the program’s length, which is 24.5 months.
- Each year, at least 10 percent of those employers who hire our graduates will be surveyed. Of those surveyed, at least 80 percent of graduates will be found to possess satisfactory entry level skills.
- At least 80 percent of the program’s graduates either have secured employment or gone on to further their education within one year of completion of the program.
Goal 2: To promote and encourage post-graduate professional development for our students.
Measurable Objectives for Goal 2
- At least 80 percent of the graduates of the MS/DI program who return surveys will maintain their RD status five years after graduation.
- Five years after completion of the program, at least 50 percent of the graduates who returned surveys will demonstrate involvement in professional activities.
Outcomes data from both the DPD/MS and Dietetic Internship programs are available on request.