Dietetics Accreditation

Program accreditation information.


  • accreditation

    Dietetics Program

    Accredited as a Didactic Program in Dietetics by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


    What is ACEND?

    The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), formerly known as the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN) or dietetic technicians, registered (DTR).

    ACEND serves and protects students and the public by assuring the quality and continued improvement of nutrition and dietetics education programs.

    ACEND is recognized by the United States Department of Education as a Title IV gatekeeper. This recognition affirms that ACEND® meets national standards and is a reliable authority on the quality of nutrition and dietetics education programs.

    For more information, you can mail ACEND at:

    120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
    Chicago, IL 60606-6995
    312.899.0400 ext. 5400

    Additional information can be found at: http://www.eatrightacend.org/ACEND/.



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    Mission Statement

    The Didactic Program in Dietetics supports the missions of St. Catherine University, the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health and the Nutrition and Exercise Sciences Department and strives to prepare women who are competent, ethical leaders in dietetics. Graduates embrace social responsibility, lifelong learning and professional excellence.


  • Program Goals and Outcomes

    DPD Program Goals and Outcomes Assessment


    Program Goal 1

    The Didactic Program in Dietetics provides a well-balanced curriculum grounded in the liberal arts that prepares competent women to meet program requirements for a baccalaureate degree and who are eligible to become RD’s/RDN’s), to complete graduate education, or to obtain related employment.

    Objectives for Goal 1

    Program Completion Rate:

    Over a five year period 85% of the students beginning their 3rd year of the dietetic program will complete the program/degree requirements within 150% (36 months) of the time planned for completion.

    Supervised Practice Program Application/Acceptance Rate:

    1. Over a five year period 85% of program graduates will apply for supervised practice within 12 months of completion of the program.
    2. Over a five year period 70% of students applying to supervised practice programs will be accepted (compared to the national average of 50%).
    3. Over a five year period 90% of students not applying to or not accepted into supervised practice programs will be accepted into a graduate program, or will obtain related employment.

    Exam Pass Rate:

    1. Over a five year period, the first-time pass rate for graduates taking the registration exam for RD/RDN will be at least 80%.
    2. Over a five year period, the one-year pass rate for graduates taking the registration exam for RD/RDN will be at least 80%.

    Program Satisfaction Ratings:

    1. Over a five year period 90% of graduates will consider themselves well prepared and rate themselves an average of 4.0 (5.0 scale) in content areas on the Dietetic Intern Survey.
    2. Over a five year period 80% of supervised practice program directors state graduates are competent and well prepared and rate graduates at an average of 4.0 (5.0 scale) in content areas, on the Dietetic Internship Director Survey.

    Program Goal 2

    In accordance with missions of St. Catherine University, the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health, and the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Sciences, the Didactic Program in Dietetics educates women to be critical thinkers, lifelong learners, and ethical leaders in their professional careers and in the organizations to which they belong.

    Objectives for Goal 2

    Critical Thinking:

    1. Over a five year period, students will have an average score of 4.0 (5.0 scale) on the Senior Portfolio Checklist Rubric.
    2. Over a five year period, program graduates will have an average score of 4.0 (5.0 scale) on the Dietetic Internship Director Survey and 3-5 Year Graduate Survey.

    Lifelong Learning:

    1. Over a five year period 90% of graduating seniors will write professional development goals as part of the Senior Portfolio Reflection Paper.
    2. Over a five year period 75% of graduates who respond to the 3-5 Year Graduate Survey will report that they are members of a professional organization.
    3. Over a five year period 75% of graduates who respond to the 3-5 Year Graduate Survey will report participation in life-long learning as evidenced by having completed an advanced degree or specialty certification, or continuing professional education to maintain registration or licensure credentials.

    Ethical Leadership:

    Over a five year period 60% of graduates who respond to the 3-5 Year Graduate Survey will document a leadership role in a professional or community organization.


    Program Outcomes Data

    The program outcomes data shows how well the DPD Program is meeting the 5-year pass rate criteria for the Registration Examination for Dietitians/Nutritionists and the 5-year acceptance rate criteria of the DPD graduates into dietetic internship programs. This data is available on the Nutrition and Exercise Sciences Department website in Kateway. Outcomes data for the rest of the program goals is available upon request. Individuals may request this information from the DPD director.