Mission, Goals, & Objectives

The dietetic program is an integral part of the Nutritional Sciences Program and is administered through the School of Public Health. The GCPD strives to provide the highest quality program focused on our program mission, goals, and objectives.

GCPD Mission

The mission of the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics (GCPD) is to develop competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists with a strong foundation in the applied science of nutrition and provide training to integrate research into practice, support leadership development and enable graduates to assume careers in dietetics.

GCPD Goals & Objectives

Goal 1

The program will prepare competent registered dietitian nutritionists who are able to apply evidenced based nutrition research to their practice in a variety of settings.

  • 90% of master’s-level graduates will have completed the program within 3 years of enrollment in the dietetic program
  • 90% of doctoral level graduates will have completed the program within 10 years of enrollment in the dietetic program
  • 95% of program graduates are expected to take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion
  • 95% of program graduates over a 3 year period will pass the CRD credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within one year following first attempt
  • 70% of graduates will be employed within the field of nutrition and dietetics or a related field within twelve months of graduation
  • 85% of employers who respond to a survey on program graduates in their first year of employment  will rate them  as above average in professional knowledge, skills and problem solving as compared to other entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists
  • 90% of graduates will be confident in applying evidenced based nutrition research to their practice

Goal 2

GCPD graduates will be prepared to assume leadership roles in nutrition, dietetics and policy development.

  • 95% of GCPD students will attend the Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (WSAND) Annual Meeting at least once and a minimum of one other local dietetic professional meeting while in the program
  • 20% of graduates will hold elected or appointed positions in a nutrition or dietetic professional organization within 5 years of program completion
  • 50% of graduates will be involved in institutional, programmatic, or legislative policy revision and/ or development within 5 years of program completion

Methods of evaluation include: daily feedback and end-of-rotation evaluations by preceptors, weekly logs, reflections evaluated by GCPD faculty and staff, and a portfolio of activities and assignments completed for each rotation. Documentation of completion of program assignments are compiled and evaluated at conclusion of the Practice Experience. Graduates are surveyed one and five years after program completion. Preceptors are surveyed at the conclusion of rotations.

Outcome data is available upon request.