Mission and Goals

Mission Statement

The Coordinated Program utilizes the unique resources of the medical center to prepare graduates to become registered dietitians capable of meeting the demands of the changing health care system. Having developed a strong knowledge base in clinical nutrition, graduates use food and nutrition information effectively in prevention and treatment of disease. Individualized experiences facilitate students’ pursuit of their own career goals, be they in health care, in research, and/or as a nutrition authority for the public.

Goals and Outcomes of the Program

Admit academically qualified students and provide a supportive learning environment to optimize the number of students completing the program. At least 80 percent of the students who enroll in the program will complete the program within three years.
Prepare graduates to be competent entry-level dietitians. Graduates will achieve a first-time pass rate on the R.D. exam of at least 80 percent over a five-year period.
Educate clinical dietitians to function in interdisciplinary teams to meet the demands of the health care community in Texas, including the needs for acute care, ambulatory care, and preventive medicine. Within 12 months of completing the program, at least 60 percent of graduates will be employed in health care in the state.
Graduate dietitians prepared to care for the growing population in the state with specific needs – especially the geriatric population and diverse cultural groups. As evidenced by self-efficacy survey items, 75 percent of graduating students and graduates will indicate confidence in the ability to provide nutrition therapy to older adults and to clients representing diverse ethnicity.
Provide an increasing base of registered dietitians to serve as the authority on food and nutrition information for the public through the mass media, classes, and other nutrition information venues. As evidenced by self-efficacy survey items, 75 percent of graduating students and graduates will indicate confidence in their ability to provide food and nutrition information to the public.
Graduate dietitians who interpret and translate evidence-based research in practice as a dietitian. At least 75 percent of graduating students and graduates will indicate plans to use evidence-based research in practice as a dietitian.

MCN-CP Medical Nutrition Therapy Focus

The MCN-CP focuses on the medical nutrition therapy aspect of dietetics practice. Students will gain general and advanced skills in providing medical nutrition therapy. 

Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy Skills

  • Interpret biochemical parameters and medications and integrate in the nutrition care process for clients with complex medical conditions.
  • Implement the nutrition care process for enteral and parenteral nutrition support for patients across a spectrum of settings from intensive care to home care.
  • Provide medical nutrition therapy for medical conditions unique to the pediatric and geriatric populations.
  • Adapt counseling strategies to overcome barriers to lifestyle change.
  • Incorporate knowledge of functional foods, phytochemicals, and food processing in advising clients on the selection of foods.
  • Translate knowledge of nutrient gene interactions to consumer-friendly nutrition advice.
  • Analyze published research and formulate research hypotheses needed to advance evidence-based clinical practice.