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/.
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.
DPD Program Goals and Outcomes Assessment
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.
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:
Exam Pass Rate:
Program Satisfaction Ratings:
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.
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.
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.