The mission of the Dietetic Internship Program is to provide a high quality supervised practicum that prepares entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists and promotes life-long learning, meaningful engagement, and service to the region.
Goal 1 Graduates will become entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists practicing in North Carolina and Appalachia.
Objective 1.1: “At least 80% of responding employers of dietetic internship program graduates will indicate satisfaction with graduates’ preparation for entry-level practice.”
Objective 1.2: At least 80% of program graduates complete program/degree requirements within 36 months (150% of the program length).
Objective 1.3: 80% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
Objective 1.4: 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%.
Objective 1.5: Of graduates who seek employment, 75% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
Goal 2 Graduates will pursue individualized professional development activities and engagement in service.
Objective 2.1: At least 80% of program graduates will complete a professional development activity within the first year of program completion.
Objective 2.2: At least 80% of program graduates will pursue service to the profession of dietetics as a preceptor, leader, or through civic engagement within 5 yrs post- graduation.
Program outcome data available upon request.
Dietetic interns entering the dietetic internship program have demonstrated academic excellence and a commitment to pursue a career as registered dietitian nutritionist.
Faculty, preceptors and dietetic interns practice according to the Code of Ethics for the Nutrition and Dietetics Profession.
Faculty, preceptors and interns embrace ACEND’s vision to advance excellence in nutrition and dietetics education and values objectivity, integrity, accountability and respect.
Faculty and preceptors foster an environment that promotes intern acquisition of the required knowledge, skills and professional behaviors to excel as an entry-level dietitian nutritionist.
Dietetic interns are challenged to actively engage in the learning process.
To ensure that all interns have comparable experiences when at different practicum site placements, the following plan has been developed:
The preceptor is to teach the intern the skills and knowledge required to function as an entry-level dietitian or manager in the preceptor’s area of specialty.