Mission Statement, Goals and Objectives

Mission statement

To prepare competent, entry-level, registered dietitian nutritionists who are citizen scholars, with expertise in either public affairs or rural health, who will meet the need of nutrition and dietetic practitioners across the nation.

Goal 1

Program graduates will be competent for practice as entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists.


  • At least 85 percent 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 percent.
  • At least 80 percent of interns complete program requirements within 3 years (150% of planned program length).
  • Of graduates who seek employment, at least 80 percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation. 
  • At least 85 percent of employed graduates who respond to the online survey will rate themselves as prepared or well prepared for their first dietetics related position.

Goal 2

Program graduates will demonstrate life-long learning skills who will enhance the nutrition and dietetic profession and demonstrate leadership in the field of nutrition and dietetics.


  • At least 85 percent of program graduates will participate in one or more leadership activities.
  • At least 75 percent of program graduates will become members of any local, state, or national nutrition or dietetic-related professional organization.
  • At least 75 percent of employers who respond to an online survey on program graduates in their first year of employment will rate the graduates as average or higher in professional knowledge and leadership skills as compared to other entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists.