Dietetic Internship Program Goals

Program Goal 1+

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

Program objectives for goal 1

Over a 5-year period at least 80% of graduates will pass the registration examination for dietitians on the first attempt.

Over a 5-year period at least 80% of graduates who do not pass the registration examination on the first attempt will pass the exam within 12 months of program completion.

At least 90% of interns will complete the internship program requirements within 18 months (or 150% of the anticipated 12-month program duration) of admission to the program.

For graduates seeking employment, at least 80% will obtain dietetics-related positions within 12 months of program completion.

At completion of program, at least 80% of graduating interns will indicate they are “satisfied” or above with the quality of their preparation for professional practice by the internship program.

On the alumni survey one year post program completion, graduates will rate themselves as “satisfied” or above with their ability to perform entry-level RD competencies in their work.

One year after program completion, 50% of graduates responding to the alumni survey will be practicing in the setting of community nutrition or public health.

In their first year of employment, program graduates will be ranked “above average” or higher by at least 80% of employers on professional knowledge and skills expected in entry-level dietitians.

Program Goal 2+

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

Program objectives for goal 2

At completion of program, graduating interns will rate the internship experience as improving their skills in delivering information, products, and/or services to a culturally diverse population at “significant” or higher.

Over a 5-year period at least 50% of graduates will report engagement in professional and/or volunteer work with culturally diverse populations, groups, and/or individuals.

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 as “significant” or higher.

At completion of program, at least 80% of graduating interns will indicate improvement in their advocacy skills as “significant” or higher.

Over a 5-year period, at least 80% of graduates will report leadership service in the dietetics profession and/or the community at large.

Over a 5-year period, at least 80% of graduates will report collaborative work with others which produced a positive health benefit to the community at large.

Over a 5-year period, at least 80% of employers will rank program graduates “above average” or higher on leadership.