Goals and Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics at Murray State University is to prepare graduates for successful entry into a dietetic internship and for roles as nutrition and food experts in their communities through a strong knowledge base, critical thinking and communication skills and an emphasis on lifelong learning. 

Program Goals and Outcomes

Goal #1:  Graduates of the DPD at Murray State University will possess strong oral and written communication skills.
Objective #1:  At least 75% of DPD students will score a B or better on their nutrition education material assignment in NTN 350, Nutrition Counseling and Education.
Objective #2:  At least 75% of DPD students will score a B or better on their Research Report written in NTN 231, Principles of Food Science and Preparation.
Objective #3:  At least 75% of DPD students will score a B or better on their Pharmacology Presentation in NTN 440, Medical Nutrition Therapy I.
 
Goal #2:  Graduates of the DPD at Murray State University will demonstrate nutrition information literacy.
Objective #1:  At least 75% of DPD students will score a B or better on the final country presentation in NTN 333, Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle.
Objective #2:  At least 75% of DPD students will score a B or better on their Research Report written in NTN 231, Principles of Food Science and Preparation.
 
Goal #3:  Graduates of the DPD at Murray State University will demonstrate strong critical thinking skills as they relate to MNT.
Objective #1:  At least 75% of students will score a B or better on the final examination (objective structured clinical examination) in NTN 440, Medical Nutrition Therapy I.
Objective #2:  At least 75% of students will score a B or better on the final examination (objective structured clinical examination) in NTN 450, Medical Nutrition Therapy II.
Objective #3:  At least 75% of students will score a B or better on their Written Case Analysis in NTN 460, Medical Nutrition Therapy III.
 
Goal #4:  Graduates will be prepared for entry into supervised professional practice.
Objective #1:  At least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within three years (150% of program length).
Objective #2:  75% of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
Objective #3:  50% of program graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
Objective #4:  The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
Objective #5:  At least 75% of directors of supervised practice programs will be satisfied with Murray State University DPD graduates’ preparedness for supervised practice.

*Program outcome data are available upon request.