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Mission


To integrate graduate-level education and research with supervised practice engagement to prepare entry-level dietitians to enter the workforce and dedicate their career to improving the health of individuals, families and communities.


Program Goal 1: 

The program will develop competent entry-level dietetic practitioners at the graduate level with the skills required to provide professional services aimed at improving the health and quality of life for individuals, families and communities.

Program Objectives for Goal 1

  1. 90% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  2. 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%.
  3. At least 80% of program interns complete program/degree requirements within 33 months for track 1, 51 months for track 2 and 18 months for track 3 (150% of program length).
  4. Of graduates who seek employment, 70% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months.
  5. 50% of program graduates responding to the post graduate survey at 12-18 months post program completion who are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields will rank their perceived skill level in competencies at 3.0 or > on a 5.0 scale with 5.0 being the highest skilled ranking.
  6. 50% of supervisors responding to the employee satisfaction survey for program graduates at 12-18 months post program completion who are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields will rank their perceived skill level of the program graduate’s competencies and preparation for entry-level practice at 3.0 or > on a 5.0 scale with 5.0 being the highest skilled ranking

Program Goal 2: 

The program will prepare dietetic practitioners at the graduate level who are committed to lifelong learning, service and/or community engagement.

Program Objectives for Goal 2

  1. 80% of program graduates responding to the post graduate survey, rank their lifelong learning attitude and practices at a 3.0 or > on a 5.0 scale with 5.0 being the highest ranking.
  2. 80% of program graduates responding to the post graduate survey, report involvement in one or more activities related to service and/or community engagement, either through their employment, professional organizations, scholarly pursuits, or volunteer activities.

 * Objectives are evaluated annually using an average of data from the previous three years. Program outcomes data are available upon request. Contact the NDI Program Director at, becky.jensen@sdstate.edu or call 605-688-6619.