Dietetic Internship Mission, Goals and Outcomes

Mission Statement

The mission of the Immaculata Dietetic Internship (DI) is to prepare interns to meet the standards of performance for entry-level Registered Dietitians; to promote a spirit of leadership and participation in service to the profession of dietetics and to the community; to encourage them to engage in lifelong learning with an emphasis on cultural competence and diversity in dietetics practice; and to empower them to assume useful and meaningful roles in a diverse world.

The mission of the DI is compatible with the mission of the University in encouraging lifelong learning and service.  It is compatible with that of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics in promoting a spirit of professional leadership.

Goals and Outcomes

Goal #1:  The Dietetic Internship will prepare interns to become competent entry-level  Registered Dietitians.

  • Outcome 1a—Program  graduates  will pass the registration exam with a target of 90% for the first attempt and 100% on the second attempt. This is both over a single year and as an average for five years.
  • Outcome 1b—Program  graduates will pass the registration exam with a target of 90% for the one-year pass rate.  This is both over a single year and as an average for five years.
  • Outcome 1c—100% of program graduates will obtain a position in the dietetics profession within one year after completion of the internship. 
  • Outcome 1d—Over a five-year period, 70% or more of program graduates who seek employment in dietetics will be employed within three months. 
  • Outcome 1e—Beginning with the first cohort under the 2008 ERAs, 88% of interns will complete all program requirements within 150% of the time planned for completion (15 months for full-time and 20 months for part-time.)  This is both over a single year and as an average for five years.
  • Outcome 1f—Beginning with the first cohort under the 2008 ERAs, 97.5% of all interns who begin the program will complete it; this is for an average over a five-year period and does not include interns who are unable to complete the program due to serious health issues or death. 

Goal # 2:  The Dietetic Internship will promote a spirit of service and continued learning.  

  • Outcome 2a—20% of internship graduates will actively participate in a professional organization within one year.
  • Outcome 2b—50% of internship graduates who do not already possess an advanced degree will complete Immaculata’s master’s degree program within five years after finishing the Dietetic Internship.
  • Outcome 2c—Based on self-described comfort level, 93% of internship graduates, beginning with the first cohort under the 2008 ERAs, will feel confident engaging with culturally and otherwise diverse persons and populations in both professional and personal activities.

The practice component of the internship is designed to respond to changes in the evolving profession of dietetics, to lead students to become translators of the theories and content of nutrition science to the public and other professionals, and to provide students with the opportunity to develop strong, appropriate entry-level dietetic performance skills through 1,200 hours of supervised practice in clinical dietetics, foodservice management, and community nutrition. The Internship begins in late August and can be completed full-time or part-time (three days per week).

Following the successful completion of the supervised practice portion of the internship, interns will receive verification statements, and their names will be submitted to the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) for eligibility for the R.D. examination.  Students may continue to enroll full- or part-time to complete the master's program (48 credits).

The Dietetic Internship is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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