Program Goals & Outcomes

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics requires that Internship Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics have established goals that reflect the program’s mission and the environment in which the program exists.

Program Goals 

Program Goal 1:

To prepare graduates to be competent entry-level dietitians.

Program Goal 2:

To provide a comprehensive program with a focus on health and wellness, which will prepare graduates to work in all areas of dietetics while allowing interns to pursue individual interests. 

Program Outcomes 

The following program outcome measures have been established to determine whether the Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics is meeting its program goals. Data is collected annually and feedback, from program participants is used to continually improve the program.  Outcomes data are available upon request.

Outcomes supportive of Program Goal 1:

  • 80% 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%
  • At least 80% of program interns (Internship + Graduate Certificate) complete program/degree requirements within18 months (150% of the program length) 
  • At least 80% of program interns (Internship + Master’s Degree) complete program/degree requirements within 3 years (150% of the program length 
  • The mean rating of employers regarding program graduate’s preparation for post-program completion employment will meet or exceed the “meets expectations” rating 90% of the time
  • Interns will receive meet or exceed the rating “meets expectations” on 90% of their “evaluation of intern performance 90% of the time

Outcomes supportive of Goal 2:

  • Interns will rate the following exit survey statement “The internship supported individual goals by allowing intern input regarding elective rotations” as met expectations or better 90% of the time.
  • Of graduates who seek employment, 75% percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation
  • Interns will rate their internship preparation for their first post-internship position as adequate or better 90% of the time.