Objectives and Goals of the Nutrition Coordinated Program
Mission: The mission of the UIC Coordinated Program is to prepare graduates for entry-level positions as dietitians in a variety of healthcare settings including clinical, community, government, research, business, and foodservice.
Program Goal 1: The UIC Coordinated Program (MS and BS) will produce adept entry-level practitioners who successfully pass the Registration Examination for Dietitians and subsequently obtain employment in dietetics-related positions.
Program Objectives for Goal 1:
- 90% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion
- At least 80% of the coordinated program graduates complete the program within 3.75 years of beginning the program
- Based on graduate surveys, >90% of graduates will respond that the coordinated program adequately prepared them for professional practice
- 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, 85% are employed in nutrition and dietetics related fields within 12 months of graduation
- Based on annual employer surveys, >90% of employers will rank the job performance of graduates from the coordinated program as satisfactory or higher
Program Goal 2: The UIC Coordinated Program (MS and BS) will prepare graduates to serve the nutritional needs of urban underserved communities.
Program Objectives for Goal 2:
- 30% of alumni participate or work in community nutrition settings in an underserved area within one year of graduation
- 50% of graduates will report participation in food or nutrition related community engagement activities in an underserved area during their time as a BS/CP or MS/CP student at UIC.
Program Goal 3: The UIC Coordinated Program (MS and BS) will integrate research into the curriculum for the advancement and dissemination of knowledge related to nutrition as an applied science.
Program Objective for Goal 3:
- >90% of graduates will respond that the program more than adequately prepared them with a strong scientific foundation in the field of nutrition/dietetics
- All of our clinical and assessment nutrition courses (HN 200, HN 311, HN 320, HN 420 and HN 422) will include at least two assignments that utilize the Evidence Analysis Library, Nutrition Care Manual, and/or the eNCPT.
Program Goal 4: The UIC Coordinated Program (MS and BS) will prepare graduates with a strong base in clinical nutrition therapy.
Program Objectives for Goal 4:
- 80% of graduates respond that they felt well prepared for a job in clinical nutrition
- Annual clinical nutrition domain-specific scores on the registration exam will exceed the national average
The UIC coordinated program and the nutrition science program are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
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