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Dietetic Internship Mission, Goals & Outcomes


The Mount Mary University Dietetic Internship Program prepares competent, creative, analytical dietitians with the agility to adapt to a rapidly changing environment and excel as socially minded, evidence-based practitioners in a variety of settings.


Our dietetic internship program strengthens the academic background of interns with 18 graduate credits and provides diverse experiences with a concentration in disease prevention and health promotion.


We continuously work to improve our program. Current goals include:

  1. Prepare competent, entry-level dietitians.
  2. Stimulate interns to continue their professional growth through graduate education completion*, certification in specialized areas of dietetics and professional activities.
  3. Meet interns’ individual learning needs and interests through internship placement sites and graduate coursework that promote excellence in practice.


Mount Mary’s dietetic internship program has been accredited continuously since 1998. A 10-year reaccreditation was granted in 2010. Additionally, the program experiences the following outcomes:

  • Mount Mary interns have a 100 percent 5-year pass rate and a 95 percent 5-year, first-time pass rate on the national Registration Examination for Dietitians.
  • Interns’ performance typically exceeds national average scores in each exam area.
  • Most interns are employed within six months of seeking employment.
  • 98 percent of interns say they would recommend the dietetic internship to others.