Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

 

Didactic Program in Dietetics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

The RD certification requires completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) followed by 1200 hours of supervised practice (also known as a dietetic internship). Both need to take place in programs accredited by Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is housed within the Department of Nutrition, Dietetic Track, and is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

The Dietetics track fulfills the requirements of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. Upon graduation, students have earned the Didactic Program in Dietetics Verification Statement of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. Six copies of this form will be mailed to the student after verification of graduation.

Mission Statement of the DPD Program. The mission of the DPD program of the University of Massachusetts is "to provide quality teaching and a good scientific foundation to students, thereby enabling them to be successful in accredited dietetic internship programs or professional carrers."

Goals of the DPD Program. A subset of the undergraduate goals for the Nutrition Department:

1.       To prepare students for careers in dietetics, dietetics internships, and succesful completion of the dietetic registration examination.

2.       To provide a strong understanding of the scientific basis of the study of dietetics.

DPD Outcome Measures (Goal One):

1.       Over a five-year period, at least 80% of students who are enrolled in the dietetics track as freshmen will complete the program within four years of that time.

2.       Over a five-year period, at least 60% of dietetics graduates will apply to supervised practice programs the academic year they complete the program.

3.       Over a five-year period, at least 50% of those applying to supervised practice programs the academic year they complete the program will be accepted.

4.       Over a five-year period, graduates achieve a first time pass rate of at least 80% on the RD exam.

5.       Over a five-year period, 60% of graduates who did apply or were not accepted into supervised practice will report that they are either employed in the field of nutrition or health or have been enrolled in graduate school (upon completion of the two-year alumni survey).

6.       Over a five-year period, at least 80% of dietetic internship directors rate at least a three on a five-point scale that UMass students came into the internship with an adequate level of knowledge competence appropriate for a supervised practice program.

DPD Outcome Measures (Goal Two):

1.       Over a five-year period, 80% of dietetic directors rate at least a three on a five-point scale indicating that UMass graduates have a strong understanding of the scientific basis of dietetics practice.

2.       Over a five-year period, 60% of graduates will rate at least four on a five-point scale that they received a strong understanding of the scientific basis for the study of dietetics in their course work at UMass.