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Nutrition Program Accreditation


The SUNY Plattsburgh Nutrition Program is fully accredited through 2022.

Accreditation Status


SUNY Plattsburgh’s Nutrition Program is a Didactic Program in Dietetics accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). “The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), formerly known as the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitians (RD) or dietetic technicians, registered (DTR). ACEND serves and protects students and the public by assuring the quality and continued improvement of nutrition and dietetics education programs.”

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics —www.eatright.org Phone: (312) 899-0040, ext. 5400 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000 Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995

Mission Statement


The nutrition program’s mission is to prepare skilled and competent students for supervised
practice leading to eligibility for the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam to
become a registered dietitian nutritionist, graduate studies, or employment in the field of food
and nutrition.

Nutrition Program Goals


  • Program Goal 1 — Upon completing the DPD Nutrition Program, graduates will have the requisite knowledge, skills and experience to successfully obtain and complete an accredited supervised practice
    program (Dietetic Internship or Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway) and pass the national examination to become registered dietitians.
  • Program Goal 2 — The DPD Nutrition Program will provide all students who do not pursue a dietetic internship or individualized supervised practice pathway, with the necessary knowledge, skills and career information to obtain a nutrition-related job, advanced training or a graduate degree program.

Nutrition Program Outcomes


The nutrition program is committed to quality assurance and tracks several outcome measures, including dietetic internship acceptance rates, employment, and student satisfaction surveys and competencies, which are available upon request from the program director. The Nutrition Handbook is another resource for program policies, procedures, goals and outcome measure.

Objectives / Target Outcome Measures for Goal # 1

  1. Graduate performance of RD exam: 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%. (ACEND requires minimum 80%)
  2. Program completion: At least 90% of program students (enrolled at junior level as defined by sample DPD Course Plan) complete program/degree requirements within three years (150% of program length) (ACEND Required).
  3. Graduate application and acceptance into supervised practice: At least 50% of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation. (ACEND Required)
  4. Over a three year period, at least 75 % of those applying for a dietetic internship or supervised-practice will be accepted within 1 year of graduation.
  5. Over a three year period, at least 90% of graduates completing the DPD Nutrition Program will rate themselves as “adequately” or “more than adequately” prepared in dietetic related education.
  6. Over a three year period, at least 90% of graduates completing a dietetic internship will rate themselves as “adequately” prepared for a dietetic internship.
  7. At least 40% of program graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation. (ACEND Required as of 2018)
  8. Supervised practice program director satisfaction: Over a three year period, at least 90% of Internship Directors will rate graduates’ preparation for supervised practice as satisfactory or well prepared for their internship programs. (ACEND Required)

Objectives / Target Outcome Measures for Goal # 2

  1. Within one year of graduation, at least 60% of program graduates not pursuing a dietetic internship will be employed in a food and nutrition related field.
  2. At least 90% of program graduates who apply to graduate school will be accepted within one year of graduation.
  3. At least 90% of graduates not pursuing a dietetic internship will rate themselves as at least “adequately” prepared for graduate school or employment.

Program Outcome Data

Available upon request from the DPD Nutrition Program Director.

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