Limited Association Between Coordinated Program in Dietetics Admission Criteria and Success on the National Registration Examination for Dietitians

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Abstract

Few coordinated programs (CP) in dietetics are achieving the recommended (80%) pass rate on the National Registration Examination for Dietitians (NRED). This study examined associations between actual and perceived value of CP admission criteria and NRED success. Coordinated program graduates (n = 21), practicing registered dietitians (n = 76), and CP directors (n = 24) were surveyed. Results indicated associations between science grades, overall grade point average, and NRED success among CP graduates and practicing RDs. Differences in perceived value of admission criteria between the 3 samples also existed. This information can be used to assist stakeholders in establishing CP admission criteria that ensure students' success on the NRED.

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