Nutrition and Dietetics - Undergraduate Program


Program Coordinator:
Susan Hughes, MS, RD, LDN
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 The Louisiana Tech University Didactic Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312-899-0040, ext. 5400, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education,

Mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics

The mission of the didactic program in dietetics is to prepare students to enhance the quality of life of individuals, families, and consumers through education, research, and service in the areas of nutrition and food systems.

Program Goals

 The goals for the didactic program in dietetics include:

Program Goal 1: The DP will prepare dietetics students with knowledge, skills, and professional attributes needed for successful performance in a dietetic internship, entry-level dietetics or related profession.

To be evaluated by:

DP graduates completing the program/degree requirements within three years of entering Upper Division.


DP graduates applying to a DI or other supervised-practice pathway within 12 months of graduation.


DI acceptance rates.


Preparedness ratings from DI directors of graduates completing a DI.


First time pass rates on the registration examination for dietitians.


One year pass rates on the registration examination for dietitians.  


Program Goal 2:The DP will prepare dietetics students for graduate education and utilizing outcomes-based research on-the-job.

To be evaluated by:

Understanding of outcomes-based research.


Upper Division Nutrition and Dietetics students presenting original research projects at local, state, or national meetings.


Students pursuing graduate education within 12 months of graduation.


Program Goal 3:The DP will prepare dietetics students for leadership and service to the profession and to the community.

To be evaluated by:

Completion of a minimum of 25 service hours to the profession and/or community at graduation.


Student Dietetic Association activities promoting service to the community.