Mission, Goals, and Expected Outcomes
The Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (IPND) originates in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) in the College of Health and Human Services. The FCS Department is characterized by an applied orientation to education using a humanistic approach. Our focus is on students.
The IPND’s Mission is ‘to provide contemporary training of entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists who will become valued leaders in multi-ethnic communities, healthcare programs and food production settings.’
Graduates will be dedicated and confident leaders in their profession
50% of graduates will seek a leadership position in their work or volunteer efforts within 3 years of graduation.
Program Completion Objective
At least 80% of program Interns complete program/degree requirements within 36 months (150% of the program length).
Graduate Employment Objective
Of graduates who seek employment, 70% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
To prepare entry-level dietitian nutritionists who can apply the science of nutrition for the well-being of individuals throughout the lifecycle.
Within 3 years of graduation, at least 55% of graduates will be working in professional positions in one of the following areas of practice:
- Nutrition Therapy (including Disordered Eating, In- or Out-Patient, Renal Dialysis, Pediatrics),
- Community (including Weight Loss/Fitness, Community/residential recovery center, Worksite Wellness Maternal/Infant/Adolescent Clinic, Blog/Writing),
- Teaching (Community College, University)
- Food Service (including School, Long term Care, University, Hospital/Business Cafeteria, Ethnic Restaurant), or
- Private Practice (own business, aligned with professionals)
Graduate Performance (application to and completion of) the Registration Exam Objective
90% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
Graduate Performance on the Registration Exam Objective
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%.
Employer Satisfaction Objective
To achieve an 80% employer satisfaction with graduate’s preparation for entry-level practice.
For further reading see general outlines: What are the 5 Steps to Becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist?
- Complete a bachelor's degree and receive a verification statement from an ACEND-accredited program (Didactic Program in Dietetics)
- Get matched to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice dietetic internship program (some dietetic internships are combined with a master's degree, which is optional*)
- For students who do not match to an internship, applying to an Individual Supervised Practice Pathway is an option
- Pass Commission on Dietetic Registration's dietetic registration exam
- Gain licensure in your state of practice, if applicable
- Maintain continuing education