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Program Outcomes

The Dietetic Technician Program has goals that reflect the Program's mission and are accomplished through activities conducted by the faculty and graduates. The Program has established expected outcomes with appropriate target measures to assess achievement of each goal. The DTP has a written plan for ongoing assessment of the Program's mission, goals and expected outcomes. Results of the assessment process are used to identify strengths and areas for improvement relative to components of the DTP as they relate to policies, procedures, curriculum faculty and other resources. DTP programmatic planning and outcomes assessment is integrated with Owens Community College planning and assessment.

The following Program goals and measurable outcomes guide Program development and evaluation enabling the Dietetic Technician Program to fulfill its mission:

  • The Dietetic Technician Program will prepare graduates to be competent entry-level dietetic technicians.
    • During the final semester of the DTP, 80% of the students will pass the practice DT exam with a score of 74% or better within three trials.
    • At least 60% of the students in the DTP will complete the Program requirements within five years of enrolling in the DT Program.
    • All DTP students will achieve a satisfactory rating for 90% of the competencies/learning outcomes on the Final Competency Evaluation Form.
    • Over a 5 year period, the pass rate for DTP graduates taking the DTR examination for the first time will be at least 80%.
    • Over a 5 year period, 70% or more of the DTP graduates who sought employment in dietetics will be employed within 3 months of program completion.
    • One year post graduation, 80% of employers will report that graduates are competently prepared as entry-level dietetic technicians.
  • The Dietetic Technician Program will provide a challenging sequential curriculum that promotes life-long learning to prepare graduates to successfully address the ever-changing needs of consumers and employers in food, nutrition and dietetics.
    • 80% of the students will respond "strongly agree" or "agree" to the statement in the DT 2.7 professional meeting report: This activity was a benefit to me as a dietetic student and as a future opportunity for continuing professional education post graduation.
    • 80% of the students will respond "strongly agree" or "agree" to the Exit Interview statement: The Dietetic Technician Program fulfilled your academic goals and prepared you for success in a career in dietetics.
    • 80% of the graduates will respond "very satisfied" or "satisfied" to the Graduate Survey question: Did the Program adequately prepare you for a career in food, nutrition and dietetics?
  • The Dietetic Technician Program will build and foster collaborative relationships between students and the community.
    • 75% of the students will respond "most valuable" or "valuable" in the Student Evaluation of Clinical Facility to activities scheduled in their community nutrition clinical lab.
    • 75% of the graduates responding to the Graduate Survey will report participation in their communities through volunteer activities related to health and wellness.
    • 75% of the clinical site advisors will respond "strongly agree" or "agree" to the Clinical Site Evaluation statement: The Dietetic Technician student interacted appropriately with our facility/agency clients and/or staff.

Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science in Dietetic Technology degree, the graduate will be able to:

  • Scientific and Evidence Base of Practice: general understanding of scientific information and research related to the dietetic technician level of practice
    • Access data, references, patient education materials, consumer and other information from credible sources
    • Evaluate consumer information to determine if it is consistent with accepted scientific evidence
    • Collect performance improvement, financial, productivity or outcomes data and compare it to established criteria
    • Collect background information and organizes materials to support decisions
    • Implement actions based on care plans, protocols or policies
  • Professional Practice Expectations: beliefs, values, attitudes and behaviors for the dietetic technician level of practice
    • Adhere to current federal regulations and state statutes and rules, as applicable and in accordance with accreditation standards and the ADA Scope of Dietetics Practice Framework, Standards of Professional Practice and the Code of Ethics for the Profession of dietetics
    • Use clear and effective oral and written communication
    • Prepare and deliver sound food and nutrition presentations considering life experiences, cultural diversity, age and educational level of the target audience
    • Demonstrate active participation, teamwork and contributions in group settings
    • Refer situations outside the dietetic technician scope of practice or area of competence to the Registered dietitian or other professional
    • Demonstrate initiative by proactively developing solutions to problems
    • Participate in professional and community organizations
    • Establish collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including patients, clients, caregivers, other health care professionals and support personnel to facilitate individual and organizational goals
    • Demonstrate professional attributes such as advocacy, customer focus, flexibility, openness to change, time management, work prioritization and work ethic within various organizational cultures
    • Perform self assessment, develop goals and objectives and prepare a draft portfolio for professional development as defined by the Commission on Dietetic Registration
    • Demonstrate respect for life experiences, cultural diversity and educational background in interpersonal relationships
  • Clinical and Customer Services: development and delivery of information, products and services to individuals, groups and populations at the dietetic technician level of practice
    • Perform nutrition screening and identify clients or patients to be referred to the Registered Dietitian
    • Perform selected activities of the Nutrition Care Process for individuals, groups and populations in a variety of settings under the supervision of the Registered Dietitian in accordance with the Standards of Practice for DTRs in Nutrition Care
      • Collect data for inclusion into the nutrition assessment
      • Compare data collected to established criteria to identify differences
      • Implement designated nutrition interventions
      • Collect monitoring data
    • Provide nutrition and lifestyle education to well populations
    • Promote health improvement, food safety, wellness and disease prevention for the general population
    • Develop or select print and electronic nutrition education materials for disease prevention and health improvement that are culturally sensitive, age appropriate and designed for the educational level of the audience
    • Perform supervisory functions for production and service of food that meets nutrition guidelines, cost parameters, health needs and is acceptable to consumers based on socio-economic, cultural and religious preferences and practice
    • Modify recipes and menus for acceptability and affordability that accommodate the cultural diversity and health status of various populations, groups and individuals
  • Practice Management and Use of Resources: application of principles of management and systems in the provision of clinical and customer services to individuals and organizations at the dietetic technician level of practice

    • Participate in performance and quality improvement, customer satisfaction and outcomes development for clinical and customer service
    • Perform supervisory, education and training functions including human resource, safety, security and sanitation activities
    • Participate in legislative and public policy activities
    • Use current informatics technology to develop, store, retrieve and disseminate information and data
    • Participate in development of a business or operating plan including budget
    • Assist with marketing clinical and customer services
    • Participate in process and system changes to maximize fiscal outcomes
    • Complete documentation following guidelines required by the practice setting

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