Dietetic Internship

The Dietetic Internship at Marshall University is housed within the Department of Dietetics of the College of Health Professions. The Department strives to deliver the highest quality dietetics education utilizing all available resources to meet the needs of this rural region for dietetics professionals.

The Internship is a post-baccalaureate program providing students with the supervised practice experience required for eligibility to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). For a more detailed description of the requirements for becoming a RDN, visit here.

Marshall’s Dietetic Internship is accredited by:

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
800/877-1600 ext. 5400
http://www.eatrightacend.org

Mission

The Dietetic Internship’s mission is to develop successful, lifelong dietetic practitioners who are able to promote optimal nutrition and health to individuals, groups, and communities by providing a variety of nutrition experiences in urban and rural areas.

Program Goals and Outcome Measures

Goal 1:  Provide graduates with comprehensive and diverse experiences in community nutrition, foodservice management, long term care, and medical nutrition therapy.

  • Upon completion of each portion of the DI (community, foodservice management, and clinical), 90% of interns will express satisfaction with the comprehensiveness of experiences.
  • Upon completion of each portion of the DI (community, foodservice management, and clinical), 90% of interns will express satisfaction with the diversity of experiences.
  • 90% of DI alumni will rate the program as “satisfactory” or higher on items related to diversity of experiences.
  • 90% of DI alumni will rate the program as “satisfactory” or higher on items related to comprehensiveness of experiences.
  • 90% of employers of program graduates will rate the program as “satisfactory” or higher on items related to offering diverse experiences.
  • 90% of employers of program graduates will rate the program as “satisfactory” or higher on items related to offering comprehensive experiences.

Goal 2:  Prepare graduates who are competent entry-level practitioners.

  • Upon final evaluation of each rotation, 100% of interns will receive a performance rating of “satisfactory” or better on all knowledge requirements for dietetic interns.
  • 90% of graduates seeking employment in the field of dietetics will acquire a position within twelve months of program completion.
  • 90% of DI alumni will rate the program as “satisfactory” or higher on items related to competence as entry-level practitioner.
  • 90% of employers of program graduates will rate the program as “satisfactory” or higher on items related to competence of the graduate as an entry-level practitioner.

Goal 3: Prepare graduates to successfully pass the Registered Dietitian Exam.

  • 100% of students admitted to the DI will have a five year average GPA of 3.0 or greater.
  • 90% of students enrolled in the DI will complete all program requirements and receive Verification Statements within 15 months (planned program length is 10 months).
  • 85% of program graduates will take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionist within 12 months of program completion.
  • Over a five-year period, at least 80% of program graduate will pass the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionist within one year following their first attempt.

Goal 4:  Prepare graduates for successful completion of an advanced degree.

  • 90% of DI alumni will rate the program as “satisfactory” or higher on items related to development of skills and knowledge for an advanced degree.
  • Over five years, at least 75% of DI graduates will pursue a graduate degree.
  • Over five years, at least 80% of graduates pursuing a master’s will complete degree requirements.

Outcome data for programmatic goals are available upon request.