Mission, Goals, & Objectives

The dietetic program is an integral part of the Nutritional Sciences Program and is administered through the School of Public Health. The GCPD strives to provide the highest quality program focused on our program mission, goals, and objectives.

GCPD Mission

The mission of the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics (GCPD) is to develop competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists with a strong foundation in the applied science of nutrition and provide training to integrate research into practice, support leadership development and enable graduates to assume careers in dietetics.

GCPD Goals & Objectives

Goal 1

The program will prepare competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists who are able to apply evidenced based nutrition research to their practice in a variety of settings.

  • At least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within 3 years (150% of the program length).
  • 95% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  • 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%.
  • Of graduates who seek employment, 70%  are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  • Of employers who responded to a survey on program graduates in their first year of employment, 85% will rate them as above average in professional knowledge, skills, and problem solving as compared to other entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists.
  • 90% of graduates will be confident in applying evidenced based nutrition research to their practice.

Goal 2

GCPD graduates will be prepared to assume leadership roles in nutrition, dietetics and public health.

  • 95% of GCPD students will attend the Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (WSAND) Annual Meeting at least once and a minimum of one other local dietetic professional meeting while in the program
  • 20% of graduates will hold elected or appointed positions in a nutrition or dietetic professional organization within 5 years of program completion
  • 40% of graduates will have presented or published on nutrition topics citing evidence based research within one year of graduating

Methods of evaluation include: daily feedback and end-of-rotation evaluations by preceptors, weekly logs, reflections evaluated by GCPD faculty and staff, and a portfolio of activities and assignments completed for each rotation. Documentation of completion of program assignments are compiled and evaluated at conclusion of the Practice Experience. Graduates are surveyed one and five years after program completion. Preceptors are surveyed at the conclusion of rotations.

Outcome data is available upon request.