Bachelor of Science in Nutrition: Dietetics Option


The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at Auburn University is to provide a high quality program that will prepare graduates for supervised practice, leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist dedicated to enhancing human well-being and quality of life through food and nutrition.
DPD Program Goals and Outcome Measures

Goal 1:

To prepare DPD graduates by emphasizing foundation knowledge and competency in nutrition and dietetics so that graduates of the DPD will successfully apply their undergraduate education in post-baccalaureate supervised practice (e.g., dietetic internships, coordinated master's programs, or individualized supervised practice pathway (ISPP)), graduate/professional studies, and entry-level practice.

Outcome Objectives

  • Within 3 years of admission to the professional-DPD curriculum, 80% of students will complete the requirements to receive a Verification Statement of DPD program completion.
  • 60% of DPD graduates will apply to dietetic internships/supervised practice prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
  • 60% of DPD graduates applying to dietetic internships/supervised practice are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
  • The DPD 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 will be at least 80%.
  • 90% of DPD graduates who complete a dietetic internship/supervised practice experience will be rated by their program directors as having met or exceeded the performance expectations of the program.
  • DPD graduates responding to the senior survey will report a mean satisfaction rating of very good or outstanding with their Auburn University education.

Goal 2:

To provide experiential learning opportunities outside of the traditional classroom setting to enrich DPD graduates' education and preparation for professional practice.

Outcome Objectives

  • 100% of DPD graduates will have participated in learning activities in each of the three experiential settings: clinical, community, and food service operations and management.
  • 25% of DPD graduates will have participated in undergraduate student research in nutrition, dietetics, food science, or related areas.
  • 25% of DPD graduates will have participated in a study abroad or regional experience to foster cultural competency.