Dietetics Program Goals and Related Information

Program Goals

Goal 1:  To recruit and retain students who are qualified to successfully complete the Lamar University DPND.

Related Objective:

90% of students beginning at the freshman year, will complete the DPND within six years.

Goal 2:  To provide quality instruction and experiences for graduates to be successful in ACEND-accredited supervised practice programs, pursue graduate studies, or find employment in a nutrition/dietetics related field.

Related Objectives: 

60% of graduates will apply for accredited supervised practice programs within one year of graduation.

90% of graduates who apply for accredited supervised practice programs within one year of graduation will be accepted.

80% of graduates will pass the Registration Examination for Dietitians on first attempt.

90% of graduates will pass the Registration Examination for Dietitians within one year of first attempt.

30% of graduates who do not apply or are not accepted into supervised practice programs will be accepted into a post baccalaureate degree program in nutrition/dietetics or related field within one year of graduation.

50% of graduates who do not apply or are not accepted into supervised practice programs will find employment in a nutrition/dietetics related field within one year of graduation.

                Note: Program outcomes data are available upon request.

* ACEND is the accrediting authority of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000 Chicago, IL 60606-6995; phone: 800-877-1600, ext. 5400.

Graduation Requirements

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition, Dietetics & Hospitality Administration with a specialization in Dietetics are published in the Lamar University Catalog.

Completion Requirements for Students Already Having a Bachelor's Degree

When a student already possesses at least a baccalaureate degree and desires to meet DPND requirements with the intention of applying for supervised practice, the DPND Program Director reviews the student’s previous course work, as well as experiential learning, to determine the additional DPND courses needed by the student. The student is provided a plan for completion of DNPD requirements. Plans are designed individually to assure the student meets core knowledge to successfully complete an accredited supervised practice program.

Verification Statement

After completion of the Bachelor of Science Degree and all DPND courses, the graduate will be provided five copies of the DPND Verification Statement, all with the original signature of the Program Director. Students who pursue DPND requirements after being awarded at least a baccalaureate degree will receive the DPND Verification Statement after all requirements are completed. Students who have completed some DPND courses at another institution and desire a Lamar University DPND Verification Statement must complete at least 12 credit hours of upper-level nutrition/dietetics courses at Lamar University before verification.