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 2190
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
800/877-1600 ext. 5400
http://www.eatrightacend.org

Mission

The Dietetic Internship’s mission is to develop successful, entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists 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 comprehensive and diverse experiences in school and community nutrition, foodservice management, and medical nutrition therapy.

  • Upon completion of the DI, 85% of interns will express satisfaction with the comprehensiveness of experiences in all rotations
  • Upon completion of the DI, 85% 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 during the internship.
  •   90% of DI alumni will rate the program as “satisfactory” or higher on items related to comprehensiveness of experiences during the internship.

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 Meets Expectationsor higher on all knowledge requirements for dietetic interns.
  • At least 80% of program interns will complete program requirements within 15 months (150% of the program length).
  •  85% of program graduates will take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionist 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, will be at least 80%.
  •  Of graduates who seek employment 85% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  •  90% of DI alumni will rate the program as “satisfactory” or higher on items related to preparation for competence as an 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 for successful completion of 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.