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Traditional Admissions
800-360-1222
610-740-3780
admissions@cedarcrest.edu

Didactic Program in Dietetics
Shelley L. DePinto, MS, RDN, LDN
Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics
The Allen Center for Nutrition
sdepinto@cedarcrest.edu
610-437-4471 ext. 4487

Mission and Goals

Cedar Crest College Didactic Program in Dietetics Mission Statement

In accordance with the Mission and Values of Cedar Crest College, the mission of the Cedar Crest DPD is to prepare students for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam and to develop competent entry level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs). With a foundation in the liberal arts, our Program is committed to provide high quality education in accordance with the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Knowledge Requirements for Dietitians with emphasis on scholarship, leadership, civic engagement, health and wellness, and global connectivity. 

Program Goals and Objectives

I.  The program will prepare graduates to be competent entry-level dietitians.

Outcome Measures

  1. Over a five-year period, 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%.
  2. At least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within 3.75 years (150% of the program length).  Note:  This measure (3.75 years) reflects program completion from declaration of major for full-time students.  For part-time students, the equivalent is 5.25 years. 
  3. Over a five-year period, 60% of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation. 
  4. Over a five-year period, 60% of program graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation. 
  5. Of the DPD graduates who did not apply to or were not accepted into a dietetic internship, 80% will attend graduate school or successfully pursue other career opportunities. 
  6. When surveyed, 80% of internship directors rate CCC graduate preparation with an overall knowledge/ability of ACEND Knowledge and Skills for Didactic Programs as competent or higher. 
  7. When surveyed upon graduation, at least 80% of all graduates rate their overall knowledge/ability of ACEND Foundation Knowledge Requirements and Learning Outcomes as competent or higher.

II. The program will prepare graduates who demonstrate a commitment to community service and service to the profession of dietetics.

Outcome Measures

  1. Upon graduation, 80% of DPD graduates will have participated in at least three Nutrition Outreach activities through the Allen Center for Nutrition or other outreach activities, including programs sponsored by the Student Dietetic Association, The Lutz Center for Community Service or other community supporting organizations.
  2. Over a five-year period, 65% of DPD graduates will report an ongoing commitment to serving their community through participation in one or more activities which would include volunteering to provide nutrition education and support to community residents, organizations or health professionals. 
  3. Over a five-year period, 35% of DPD graduates who hold the RD or DTR credential will report an ongoing commitment to serving the profession of dietetics through participation in activities which would include engagement in a professional association, attendance at professional meetings, presenting at a professional conference, or serving on a professional committee.
  4. Over a five-year period, 100% of appointed DPD faculty will demonstrate the value of community service by participating in one or more Nutrition Outreach activities through the Allen Center for Nutrition or other community outreach activities.
  5. Over a five-year period, 100% of appointed DPD faculty will demonstrate the value of service to the profession of dietetics in at least one of the following ways; engagement in a professional association, attendance at professional meetings, presenting at a professional conference, or serving on a professional committee.

Program outcomes data are available upon request.