Dietetic Internship

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. It 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.eatright.org

Mission

The Dietetic Internship’s mission is to develop successful, lifelong dietetic practitioners. The program prepares graduates 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: Recruit, retain, and graduate excellent students.

  • Students recruited and selected for the DI will have a five year average GPA of 3.0 or greater.;
  • The DI will maintain an average enrollment of eight or more students over five years.;
  • 100% of students enrolled in the DI will complete all program requirements and receive Verification Statements within 150% of established program length.;

Goal 2: Provide comprehensive and diverse experiences in community nutrition, long term care (LTC), foodservice management, and clinical practice.

  • Upon completion of each portion of the DI (community, LTC, foodservice management, and clinical), 90% of interns will express satisfaction with the comprehensiveness of experiences.
  • Upon completion of each portion of the DI (community, LTC, foodservice management, and clinical), 90% of interns will express satisfaction with the diversity of experiences.;
  • 90% of DI alumni will rate the program as “good” or higher on items related to diversity of experiences in relationship to preparedness for entry-level practice. ;
  • 90% of DI alumni will rate the program as “good” or higher on items related to comprehensiveness of experiences in relationship to preparedness for entry-level practice.
  • 90% of employers of program graduates will rate program as “good” or higher on items related to offering diverse experiences.
  • 90% of employers of program graduates will rate program as “good” or higher on items related to offering comprehensive experiences.

Goal 3: Prepare graduates who are competent entry-level practitioners.

  • Upon completion of each rotation, 100% of interns will receive a performance rating of “satisfactory” or better on all competencies required for graduation.
  • 90% of graduates seeking employment in the field of dietetics will acquire a position within six months of program completion.
  • 90% of DI alumni will rate the program as “good” or higher on items related to competence as entry-level practitioner.
  • 90% of employers of program graduates will rate program as “good” or higher on items related to competence of the graduate as an entry-level practitioner.
  • The DI will achieve a minimum pass rate for program graduates of 80.0% on the Registration Examination over a five year period.

Goal 4: Provide skills and knowledge for an advanced degree.

  • Upon completion of each portion of the DI (community, LTC, foodservice management, and clinical), 90% of interns will express satisfaction with skills and knowledge provided for pursuit of an advanced degree.
  • 90% of DI alumni will rate program as “good” or higher on items related to provision of skills and knowledge for an advanced degree.
  • 90% of employers of program graduates will rate program as “good” or higher on items related to provision of skills and knowledge for an advanced degree.
  • Over five years, at least 60.0% of DI graduates will pursue a graduate degree.
  • Over five years, at least 70.0% of graduates pursuing a master’s will complete degree requirements.