Nutrition and Dietetics Mission Statement
The mission of the Nutrition and Dietetics program is to prepare graduates to become entry-level nutrition and dietetics technicians, registered with the competence and adaptability to compete successfully in diverse employment markets wherever food, nutrition and fitness are emphasized.
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Goal 1: The program will prepare graduates to be competent entry-level nutrition and dietetics technicians, registered.
1. 50% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for nutrition and dietetics technicians 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 nutrition and dietetics technicians is at least 70%.
3. At least 80% of full-time program students complete program/degree requirements within 3 years (150% of the program length).
4. 80% of graduates who completed the graduate survey will agree or strongly agree that the Nutrition and Dietetics program provides adequate teaching and training to become a competent dietetics professional.
Goal 2: To prepare graduates to successfully enter the Nutrition and Dietetics workforce.
1. Of graduates who seek employment, 70 percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.’
2. 70% of employers will rate program graduates in their employ as having a satisfactory knowledge base for entry-level practice on surveys.
3. 80% of graduates are confident in their ability to communicate in writing, speaking, and presenting Nutrition and Dietetics to a variety of individuals and groups.
There is a growing demand for qualified personnel in the field of nutrition and dietetics throughout the United States. The registered dietetic technician works under the supervision of a registered dietitian nutritionist in health care, community nutrition, and food service management. Registered dietetic technicians function as active members of the nutrition team by assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating the nutritional care of individuals or by supervising food service operations. The Nutrition and Dietetics program is currently granted accreditation by Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (A.N.D.), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995; (312) 899-0040 ext. 5400 or (800) 877-1600; www.eatright.org. Graduates of the program are encouraged to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s registration examination to become Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTR). Graduates are also eligible for membership in the A.N.D. and the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals (ANFP). Graduates may take the ANFP exam to become a Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM, CFPP). The program reflects the coordination of theory and practice that is required for students to acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for competent practice in nutrition and dietetics. A minimum of 450 hours of supervised internship provides opportunities to practice these skills. Students who wish to transfer to an A.N.D.-accredited four-year program in nutrition and dietetics should consult the program director regarding the transferability of courses.
The program outcomes are available upon request.
All students must first apply to and be accepted by the College. Unless waived, all applicants must take placement tests in reading, English, and mathematics. Students in this program are responsible for expenses for uniforms, physical examinations, CPR, travel to field sites, parking, and meals. Specific information about these costs and coverage for accident and liability insurance is available from the Program Coordinator, Elaine Lickteig at ELickteig@gatewayct.edu. A complete physical examination is required before internship begins.
In addition to the College’s general requirements, this program requires a minimum grade of “C” in each and all science, math and program-specific courses. The student must also successfully complete all of the program competencies and must pass the National Restaurant Association Sanitation exam. The program coordinator reserves the right to recommend to the College the withdrawal of a student from the Nutrition and Dietetics program whose health, clinical performance, attendance, or conduct does not meet the program standards. For more information, contact the Program Coordinator, Professor Elaine Lickteig, ELickteig@gatewayct.edu.