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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 mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at SUNY Plattsburgh is to graduate students who are successfully prepared to enter a dietetic internship, graduate program or employment in clinical, community, or food service settings.

Nutrition Program Goals


  • Upon completion of the DPD nutrition program, graduates will have the knowledge, skills and experience to successfully obtain and complete a dietetic internship and pass the national examination to become registered dietitians.
  • The DPD nutrition program will provide all students who do not pursue a dietetic internship, 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.

RD Examination Pass Rate

Pass Rate:

  • SUNY Plattsburgh’s Three Year Pass Rate was 100%, which is above the national average.
  • Nationally, our five year pass rate is in the top 27percentile nation-wide.
  • Our first attempt test score is in the top 11 percentile nation-wide.
  Number of Students Taking the Exam for the First Time Students Passing the CDR Exam Pass Rate Percentages
Number of Students Passing on Their First Try Number of Students Passing within One Year of Their First Try First-Time Pass Rate One-Year Pass Rate
Previous Five Years 2009–2013 18 16 16 89% 89%
2014 7 69 7 86% 100%
2015 4 4 4 100% 100%
2016 8 7 8 88% 100%
2017 7 6 7 86% 100%
Last Five Years 2013–2017 29 25 28 97% 91%
Last Three Years
2014–2017
19 17 19 89% 100%

RD Examination Scores

Score Rank:

  • SUNY Plattsburgh Students scored higher than the national average on this test.
  • Nationally, our five year score rank based on first attempt was ranked in the 89th percentile.
    Total Score Nutrition Score Food Service Score
2013 SUNY Plattsburgh 29.7 17.7 19.3
National Average 28.1 16.9 16.9
2014 SUNY Plattsburgh 27.9 16.9 16.9
National Average 27.1 16.3 16.1
2015 SUNY Plattsburgh 32.3 22.0 22.3
National Average 26.9 17.0 16.9
2016 SUNY Plattsburgh  29.2 17.7 16.7
National Average 27.6 16.3  
2017 SUNY Plattsburgh 27.9 16.9 15.6
National Average 25.3 15.1 14.8
2018 SUNY Plattsburgh      
National Average      

Diet Technician Examination Summary

Dietetic Technician: Registration Examination First time Pass Rates:

  • SUNY Plattsburgh Students’ five year first time pass rate was 81%, which is above the national average.
  • Nationally, our five year first attempt pass rate is in the 66th percentile; i.e. in the top one third.
  Number of Students Taking the Exam for the First Time Students Passing the CDR Exam Pass Rate Percentages
Number of Students Passing on Their First Try Number of Students Passing within One Year of Their First Try First-Time Pass Rate One-Year Pass Rate
2013 4 3 3 75% 75%
2014 4 3 3 75% 75%
2015 3 3 3 100% 100%
2016  4 3 3 75% 75%
2017 5 4 5 80% 100%
2018          
Years 2014–2017 16 13 14 81% 88%
Last Three Years 2015–2017 12 10 11 83% 92%

Dietetic Technician: Registration Examination Scores

Score Ranking:

  • SUNY Plattsburgh Students scored higher than the national average on this test.
  • Nationally, our five year score rank based on first attempt is in the top half.
    Total Score Nutrition Score Food Service Score
2013 SUNY Plattsburgh 27.0 18 17.0
National Average 25.6 16.3 16.4
2014 SUNY Plattsburgh 26.5 16.8 17.3
National Average 25.95 16.7 16.8
2015 SUNY Plattsburgh 26.7 16.3 17.0
National Average 25.9 15.9 15.9
2016 SUNY Plattsburgh 25.0 15.8 14.3
National Average 25.6 15.3 15.1
2017 SUNY Plattsburgh 26.3 15.8 15.7
National Average 25.5 15.3 15.1

Nutrition Program Goals, Objectives, and Outcome Measures (2014–2018)

Program Goal 1

Upon completing the DPD Nutrition Program, graduates will have the requisite knowledge, skills and experience to successfully obtain and complete a dietetic internship and pass the national examination to become registered dietitians.

Target Outcome Measures:
  1. Over a 5 year period, DPD Nutrition Program graduates will achieve a first time pass rate of at least 80% on the national examination for registered dietitians.
  2. Over a five year period, 90% of students enrolled in the DPD Nutrition Program in their junior year will complete the program requirements within 150% of the program length; i.e. within six semesters or three years.
  3. Over a five year period, 45% of graduates will apply for a dietetic internship programs or pathways offering supervised practice within 12 months of graduation.
  4. Over a five year period, 50% of those applying for a dietetic internship or supervisedpractice will be accepted.
  5. Over a five year period, 80% of graduates completing the DPD Nutrition Program will rate themselves as at least “adequately” prepared in dietetic related education (based on the senior survey).
  6. Over a five year period, 80% of graduates completing a dietetic internship will rate themselves as at least “adequately” prepared for a dietetic internship.
  7. Over a five year period, 90% of Internship Directors will rate SUNY Plattsburgh’s DPD Nutrition Program graduates as being “adequately” prepared for their internship programs.

Program Goal 2

The DPD Nutrition Program will provide all students who do not pursue a dietetic internship, with the necessary knowledge, skills and career information to obtain a nutritionrelated job, advanced training or a graduate degree program.

Target Outcome Measures
  1. Within one year of graduation, 50% of DPD Nutrition Program graduates not pursuing a dietetic internship will be employed in a food and nutrition related field.
  2. Within 18 months of graduation, 50% of DPD Nutrition Program graduates who apply to a graduate program will be accepted into graduate school.
  3. 80% of graduates not pursuing a dietetic internship will rate themselves as at least “adequately” prepared for graduate school or employment.
  4. 90% of employers will rate DPD Nutrition Program graduates as being at least “adequately” prepared for their jobs.

Program Outcome Data

Available upon request from the DPD Nutrition Program Director.

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