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Program Mission and Goals

The mission of the Coordinated Master in Nutrition and Dietetics program is to prepare entry-level registered dietitians at the master’s level with increased competence and advanced skills to better meet the needs of the complex evolving health care environment of today.

The program goals are:

1. To prepare registry-eligible master’s degree graduates who will have attained both the competence required of all dietitians upon entry into practice and the additional entry-level competence in the emphasis area of Nutrition Therapy (NT).

Objectives:

  • Over a five-year period, 80% of students admitted to the program will complete the program requirements within 3 years.
  • Within one year of completing the program, at least 80% of the graduates will take the National Registration Examination for Dietitians
  • Graduates over a five-year period will achieve an 80% pass rate on the National Registration Examination for Dietitians as first-time test takers.

2. To prepare graduates who will meet the needs of consumers in Western Pennsylvania and other regions of the country for entry-level master’s prepared Registered Dietitians with additional entry-level competence in the emphasis area of nutrition therapy.

Objectives:

  • Over a five-year period, 70% or more of graduates, who sought employment in dietetics, will be employed within 3 months of program completion.
  • Over a five-year period, 70% of the graduates who are employed, will be working in positions that include role responsibilities in the emphasis area of Nutrition Therapy.
  • Over the course of five years, employers of graduates will rate the performance of graduates as being at or above that of other entry-level dietitians they have employed.
  • Over a five-year period, 50% of graduates will be employed in Western Pennsylvania.

Program outcomes are available upon request.