Mission, Goals and Objectives

Girl CookingThe specific mission of the food and nutrition program, which includes the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), is to provide high quality learning opportunities to educate nutrition and dietetics professionals for placement in the national market, and to assist the UW-Stevens Point community in understanding the role of nutrition in health promotion.

It is our intent to provide a high quality knowledge base for students to successfully pursue their career goals as registered dietitians (RD) or dietetic technicians, registered (DTR). The DPD is a professional degree program that meets the accreditation standards of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), formerly known as the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE), the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' accrediting agency for education programs. Becoming an RD or DTR requires these steps: meeting the competencies of the dietetics program and receiving a verification statement (RD & DTR); passing the national DTR exam (DTR) or completing a dietetic internship to become an RD (RD); and passing the national RD exam (RD).

A registered dietitian and dietetic technician are highly qualified health professionals recognized as food and nutrition experts. This mission of the dietetics prgram will be accomplished by the following goals and objectives:

1. Attract and mentor academically capable and responsible students who are committed to becoming competent and contributing members of the nutrition profession.

Objective: Students will meet high standards of entry-level professionals.

Objective: Encourage professional development of dietetic students through advising the dietetics club and facilitating attendance at professional meetings.

2. Maintain high quality, current, research-based learning opportunities in nutrition and dietetics for the UWSP community.

Objective: Students will have increased opportunities for research involvement.

Objective: Students will have increased opportunities for learning in the following emphasis areas: critical thinking, diversity/global citizenry, sustainability.
We practice continuous improvement through an ongoing assessment of our goals and objectives. We obtain feedback from current students, practicum preceptors, alumni and internship directors; monitor student progress through learning assessment; support student involvement in organizations and conferences; encourage involvement in communities both local and international; and report internship placements and pass rates on national exams.

Our students compete nationally for post-graduation placement in internships that are required to be eligible for the RD exam. In 2011, 86% percent of our students who applied for internships were placed nationally. Our five-year placement rate, 2007-2011 is 55% (National average: 50%). Our students are highly successful in completing their internships and becoming Registered Dietitians. Within the past four years, 100% of our students who have taken the national exam that is required to become an RD have passed the first time.

For more information about the Dietetics Program, please contact
Jasia (Jayne) Steinmetz, RD, CD
Professor of Food and Nutrition
Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics
202 College of Professional Studies
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Phone: 715-346-4087
Fax: 715-346-2720
For more information about accreditation, please contact
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000,
Chicago, Ill, 60606-6995,
800-877-1600, ext. 5400
312-899-0040 Fax: 312-899-4817
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