The Texas A&M University DPD Program is designed to provide the knowledge and skills at the undergraduate level that are needed to advance into an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship (DI) or supervised practice (SP) program followed by competent dietetics practice. The curriculum is comprised of courses in nutrition, foods, biochemistry, physiology, management, social and behavioral sciences, and other supporting courses. Emphasis is placed on the development and demonstration of technical and critical thinking skills, oral and written communication ability and professionalism with the intent of more thoroughly preparing our undergraduates for DI, SP, and graduate programs and the dietetic profession. Opportunities for the application of theoretical knowledge are provided through laboratory experiences, practicum exercises, and experiences with professionals in dietetics, nutrition, and food service operations on campus and in the Bryan/College Station community, and/or simulation in the classroom.
The mission of the Texas A&M University DPD Program is to prepare future leaders in the dietetic profession by providing a high quality undergraduate level education and high impact and experiential learning activities that generate strong technical knowledge, critical thinking, communication skills, and professionalism.
The mission of the DPD Program is in accord with the Texas A&M University goal of achieving educational excellence while contributing to scholastic advancement, discovery research and community engagement that leads to economic development in Texas.
The DPD program has established program goals with specific measurable achievement targets that are used to assess the achievement of each of the program’s goals. Data is collected on an ongoing basis to assess the achievement of the program goals and targets. Goals and measurable program outcomes are identified below.
Program Goal 1
To prepare Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) graduates with the technical knowledge and skills for successful admission into ACEND-accredited dietetic internships (DI) and supervised practice (SP) programs, graduate school, and/or employment in nutrition, dietetics and related areas.
Program Objectives for Goal 1
Program Goal 2
To prepare DPD graduates to exhibit leadership and professionalism in all components of ACEND-accredited DI and SP programs and/or employment within nutrition, dietetics and related areas.
Program Objectives for Goal 2
The Texas A&M University DPD program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). ACEND serves and protects students and the public by assuring the quality and continued improvement of nutrition and dietetics education programs. ACEND is recognized by the United States Department of Education and is a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors.
Competition for DI programs is intense and comparable to applying to other allied health professional school programs. While the most recently documented statistics on the ACEND website report a 50% national match rate, Texas A&M University Fall 2017 to Spring 2018 DI match rate was 88% (as seen in the table below). DPD program outcome data is available on request. Contact Karen Beathard, DPD Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org to see outcome data.
2018-2019 DI Match Outcomes of Texas A&M DPD Students Based on GPR
|Year of Graduation||Total Matched Graduates||> 3.5||3.49-3.3||3.29-3.0||2.99-2.0|
|Prior to August 2017||2||0||1||0||1|
|Totals||28 (97%)||10 (36%)||14 (39%)||13 (46%)||0|
|Year of Graduation||Total Unmatched Graduates||> 3.5||3.49-3.3||3.29-3.0||2.99-2.0|
Texas A&M University DPD Program Fall 2018 to Spring 2019 DI Match Outcomes, 97% match rate