Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

Dietetic Internship Program Mission and Goals

Program Mission

To prepare entry-level registered dietitians with a strong research base to become leaders in the fields of food, nutrition, and health.

Program Goal 1. Prepare highly qualified registered dietitians nutritionists (RDN)

Program Objectives for Goal 1:

  • Over a 5-year period, interns will complete all requirements within 28.5 months (150%) of the time planned for program completion.
  • Over a 5-year period, 80% of interns will take the RD exam within 1 year of graduation.
  • Over a 5-year period, the pass rate for program graduates taking the registration examination for the first time will be at least 80%.
  • Over a 5-year period, 70% or more of program graduates who sought employment in dietetics will be employed within three months of graduation.
  • Over a 5-year period, 75% of employers will rate performance of alumni as above average or outstanding at one year post graduation.

Program Goal 2. Prepare graduates who will demonstrate professionalism and strong research skills.

Program Objectives for Goal 2:

  • Over a 5-year period, 75% of employers will rate interns as skilled at fostering excellence and exhibiting professionalism as measured by the one year post graduation survey.
  • Over a 5-year period, within 24 months of graduation, 75% of interns who complete a thesis or dissertation will publish at least 1 peer-reviewed manuscript.

Program Goal 3. Train dietetics professionals to become leaders in their chosen fields and aid in their development and professional growth.

Program Objectives for Goal 3:

  • Over a 5-year period, 80% of graduates will feel that they received "above average or superior" preparation for their chosen career as measured by the one year post graduation survey.
  • Over a 5-year period, 80% of employers will rate graduate job performance as "above average or outstanding" as measured by the one year post graduation survey.
  • Over a 5-year period, 75% of employers will rate interns as skilled at assessing professional strengths and weaknesses and identifying needs for professional development as measured by the one year post graduation survey.
  • Over a 5-year period, 25% of graduates will seek a leadership role in a local, state or national professional organization as measured by the one year post graduation survey.