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Dietetic Technician Program – Mission and Goals

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The mission statement of the Dietetic Technician Program shares commonalities with the mission statement of Westchester Community College by promoting diversity, academic excellence, professional development and service to the community.  In keeping with the mission of the college, the Dietetic Technician program strives to foster diversity in the dietetics profession and the community at large and is dedicated to retaining students desirous of lifelong learning and professional success.

College Mission Statement

Westchester Community College provides accessible, high quality and affordable education to meet the needs of our diverse community. We are committed to student success, academic excellence, workforce development, economic development and lifelong learning.

Westchester Community College Dietetic Technician Mission Statement

The mission of the Dietetic Technician Program is to provide high quality didactic and experiential learning opportunities that will prepare entry-level Dietetic Technicians Registered, with the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to compete effectively in the evolving job market of Westchester County and the surrounding area.

Westchester Community College – Dietetic Technician Program Goals

Program goals were developed as a result of input from the program’s Advisory Board, faculty and students, and reflect the mission statements of Westchester Community College and the Dietetic Technician program.  Goals will remain the same going forward. 

GOAL 1: To graduate students who are competent, entry level Dietetic Technicians Registered, as a result of high quality educational offerings and experiences.

Objectives:

  • Over a five year period, 70% of graduates will pass the DTR exam on their first attempt (First Time Pass Rate).
  • 70% of students taking the DTR exam within the first year of graduating will pass the exam.
  • 70% of the students will complete the program within 3 years or 150% of the program’s length after declaring Dietetic Technician (DT) a major and having successfully passed the course, Clinical Nutrition.

GOAL 2: To graduate students who will contribute to the future workforce needs of the community.

Objectives:

  • Within 1 year of graduation, at least 60% of graduates will be employed in dietetics or a related field or pursuing a higher academic degree
  • Over a 5 year period, 70% of graduates or greater, will indicate that the Dietetic Technician program has “satisfactorily prepared” them for employment.
  • When surveyed, 80% of employers will rate graduates of the Dietetic Technician program as “satisfactorily prepared” for employment as an entry- level Dietetic Technician Registered.