Registered Dietitian's (RD) Examination Pass Rates

The Nutrition Science Department houses two programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) the accrediting agency for the American Dietetic Association (ADA):

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is housed in the undergraduate college. Both BS and MS students can complete the DPD and then become eligible to apply to a Dietetic Internship. The DPD students can take the Registered Dietitian (RD) examination after completing a Dietetic Internship. Sage DPD students have been accepted into Dietetic Internships across the U.S. including, Michael DeBakey Medical Center in Texas, University of Connecticut, University of Delaware, and Bronx VA Dietetic Internship in New York City.

The Dietetic Internship (DI) is housed in the School of Health Sciences. Only students with a BS degree and who have completed all DPD courses are eligible to apply for a DI. Upon completion of the DI, students are eligible to take the Registered Dietitian (RD) examination. The DI accepts Sage DPD students as well as DPD students from other colleges and universities across the U.S.

Didactic Program in Dietetics Pass Rates

  • 100% of 2006, 2007 and 2008 DPD graduates who have taken the RD exam (after the DI, one year later in 2007, 2008 and 2009, respectively) passed the exam (20 of 20 graduates passed at first attempt). For the past three years, the national average for the RD exam was 79%, 82% and 85%, respectively.
  • The current 5-year pass rate (2005-2009) for first time test takers on the RD exam for the DPD is 79% (27 of 34 graduates passed at first attempt).*
  • The current overall 5-year pass rate (2005-2009) for first time and repeat test takers of the RD exam for the DPD is 92% for 2005-2009 (34 of 37 test takers passed).

Dietetic Internship Program Pass Rates

  • 100% of 2009 Dietetic Internship (DI) program graduates passed the exam the first time (9 of 9 graduates passed at first attempt). The national average is 85% for 2009.
  • The current 5-year pass rate (2005-2009) for first time test takers of the RD exam for the DI is 73% (38 of 52 first time takers passed).*
  • The current overall 5-year pass rate (2005-2009) for first time and repeat test takers of the RD exam for the DI is 94% (50 of 53 test takers passed).

* The CADE Benchmark is 80% for 5-year pass rate for first time test takers. A pass rate improvement plan, as required by CADE, was developed and implemented in 2006 for the DI and in 2008 for the DPD. The plan is evaluated and updated annually to ensure progress.

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Pass Rates on the
Registered Dietitian (RD) Examination

Year
First time Test Takers
Number Passing First Time
Annual Pass Rate-First Time Test Takers
National Average Pass Rate
2005 4 3 75% 80%
2006 7 4 57% 85%
2007 13 10 77% 79%
2008 6 6 100% 82%
2009 4 4 100% 85%
Total 34 27 79% 82%


Didactic Program in Dietetics
(DPD) Pass Rates on the Registered Dietitian (RD) Examination by Class Year

Class of*
Earliest Year Can Take Exam
First Time Test Takers Per Class
Number Passing First Time Per Class
Annual Pass Rate-First Time Test Takers Per Class
Overall Takers Per Class**
Overall Annual Pass Rate Per Class
Overall Annual Pass Rate Per Class
2004 2005 7 4 57% 9 7 78%
2005 2006 8 4 50% 8 7 88%
2006 2007 10 10 100% 10 10 100%
2007 2008 6 6 100% 6 6 100%
2008 2009 4 4 100% 4 4 100%

*After Completing the DPD coursework, students have to complete a 6-month to 1-year dietetic internship before becoming eligible to take the RD exam. For example, Class of 2008 takes the exam in 2009.
**Overall takers are those who took the exam the first time and those who repeated the exam the first time. Information on 4 exam takers who repeated the exam more than once is not reported by CADE and not available.

Sage Dietetic Internship Pass Rates Registered Dietitian Exam*

Year
First Time Test Takers
Number Passing First Time
Annual Pass Rate-First Time Test Takers
5-Year Pass Rate-First Time Test Takers
National Average Pass Rate
2005 10 6 60% 78% 80%
2006 8 5 63% 72% 85%
2007 15 10 67% 69% 79%
2008 12 10 83% 70% 82%
2009 7 7 100% 73% 85%

*After Completing the DI, students may take the exam at their convenience. Numbers for each year do not necessarily reflect the year in which an intern completed the DI. For example, in 2007 interns who finished the program in June 2005, 2006 & 2007 took the examination for the first time.