Mission of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at the University of Montevallo
The mission of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics is four-fold:
- To prepare candidates for success in the Supervised Practice component of the program in order to successfully pass the Registered Dietitian exam;
- To prepare graduates who possess the competencies necessary for gainful employment as entry-level dietetics practitioners;
- To prepare graduates who possess the academic preparation to address the interdependence of human nutrition/dietetics/food with the well-being and health-related behaviors of individuals and families; and,
- To prepare graduates who have a general foundation in clinical nutrition and dietetics.
The Coordinated Program in Dietetics’ educational emphasis is medical nutrition therapy, especially as it relates to nutrition and chronic diseases, which affect a disproportionate segment of Alabama’s residents, and particularly those who live in the community. This mission is addressed within the Exercise and Nutrition Sciences Program and as a liberal arts university.
Goals and Objectives for the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at the University of Montevallo
Goal 1: The program will attract quality students and prepare graduates who have academic preparation necessary to be successful in passing the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist exam and to be competent entry-level professionals.
Objective 1: Over a five-year period, the pass rate for CP graduates taking the exam for the first time will be at least 80%.
Objective 2: At least 80% of graduates will be employed in the dietetics field within twelve months of graduation.
Objective 3: 80% of graduates will complete the program within six years or 150% of time expected for completion.
Goal 2: The program will provide a high quality, academically strong, accredited program in dietetics framed within a liberal arts environment.
Objective 1: At least 80% of employers will report a satisfactory rating on knowledge, skills, and disposition of program graduates.
Objective 2: At least 80% of alumni will indicate positively that their program of study prepared them adequately for an entry level position.
Objective 3: At least 80% of graduates will indicate on alumni surveys administered at the conclusion of internships that their academic experience provided them with at least:
a. An adequate or above quality general education background;
b. Adequate or above skills to work effectively in groups;
c. Adequate or above preparation for life;
d. Adequate or above appreciation of other cultures.
Outcome Data measuring the achievement of program objectives is available upon request. Please contact Ms. Patricia Petitt for more information at (205) 665-6390 or firstname.lastname@example.org.