Program Mission, Goals, and Objectives

The Food Science and Nutrition program is the Didactic program in Dietetics (DPD) at Sam Houston State University.  It is an inclusive program whose mission is to provide quality scholarship opportunities in the areas of community and clinical nutrition as well as foods and food service management to a diverse student body.

Successful completion of the program provides the foundational skills and knowledge required by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) making graduates competitive in the Dietetic Internship application process and eligible for the growing domestic and international health care industry.

The FNS-DP has established two goals with specific measurable objectives that are used to assess the achievements of the program and the students in the program. They are also used to for continuous program improvement planning. Data is collected on an on-going basis.

Program Goal 1: Prepare graduates to perform competently in a dietetic internship or supervised practice program for preparation as an entry level dietitian.

Objective 1:  Fifty percent (50%) of programs graduates will apply for acceptance into a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation as required by ACEND

Objective 2:  Thirty percent (30%) of program graduates will be admitted into a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation as required by

Objective 3:  Eighty percent (80%) of program graduates over a five-year period will pass the CDR credentialing exam for dietitians within one year following the first attempt.


Program Goal 2:  Contribute to the number of graduates working in nutrition and food related careers in Texas and beyond its borders and will prepare graduates to demonstrate a commitment to community service.

Objective 1:  Fifty percent (50%) of program graduates will indicate with a “satisfactory” response or better that the FSN-DP program prepared them for their supervised practice and career as an RDN, or other healthcare industry or food science professional, such as manufacturing or distribution employee.

Objective 2:  At least 80% of program students will complete program/degree requirements within 150% of program length (three years)

Objective 3:  Fifty percent (50%) of Supervised Practice Program Directors will indicate on surveys “satisfactory” or better performance supervised practice.

Objective 4:  FSN-DP program graduates who choose not to enter a dietetic internship and have a GPA of at least 3.0 and will obtain a Verification Statement at the completion of the FSN-DP coursework