Dietetic Internship Program Mission and Goals

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Program Mission

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

Program Goal 1. Prepare graduates who are highly qualified registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN)

Program Objectives for Goal 1:

  • At least 80% of program interns complete program/degree requirements within 28.5 months (150% of the program length).
  • Eighty percent of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  • 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%.
  • Of graduates who seek employment, 80 percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  • 75% of employers will rate the performance of alumni as above average or outstanding at one- year post-graduation.
  • At least 90% of graduates who complete the alumni survey at 12 months after graduation, will respond either strongly agree or agree for their preparation to enter the workforce as an entry-level practitioner.

Program Goal 2. Prepare graduates to become leaders in their chosen fields and aid in their development and professional growth.

Program Objectives for Goal 2:

  • 80% of graduates will have an approved PDP learning plan from CDR by the one year post graduation survey. 
  • 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.