Dietetic Internship Program Goals

Program Goal 1

Prepare graduates who are competent for entry-level practice as registered dietitians/nutritionists (RDN) in all core competencies and in the concentration area of community nutrition and public health.

Program objectives for goal 1

*ACEND required objectives must be evaluated annually using an average of data from the previous three years.

  1. At least 80% percent of program interns complete program/degree requirements within 24 months (150% of the program length).*
  2. Of graduates who seek employment, 80 percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.*
  3. 80 percent of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.*
  4. The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.*
  5. At least 75% of employers who respond to a survey on program graduates in their first year of employment will rate them as “above average” on professional knowledge and skills expected in entry-level registered dietitian-nutritionists.*
  6. On the alumni survey one-year post program completion, at least 80% of graduates will rate themselves as ‘satisfied’ or above with their ability to perform entry-level RDN competencies in their work. 

Program Goal 2

Prepare entry-level dietitians who are able to work with health care team and individuals from diverse economic, ethnic and educational backgrounds.

Program objectives for goal 2

*ACEND required objectives must be evaluated annually using an average of data from the previous three years.

  1. One year after program completion, at least 80% of graduates responding will report the internship experience improved their skills in delivering information, products, and/or services to a culturally diverse population.
  2. One year after program completion, 80% graduates responding will report the internship experience improved their skills in working with health care team members. 

Program Goal 3

Produce graduates who are confident leaders capable of effective advocacy and beneficial service on behalf of the community and the dietetics profession at-large.

Program objectives for goal 3

At completion of program, at least 80% of graduating interns will indicate improvement in their leadership ability.

At completion of program, at least 80% of graduating interns will indicate improvement in their advocacy skills.

Over a seven-year period, at least 80% of graduates will report leadership service in the dietetics profession and/or the community at large.