Dietetic Internship Mission, Goals & Outcomes
Mount Mary University’s dietetic internship program strengthens the academic background of interns and provides quality experiences in a generalist program with a concentration in disease prevention and health promotion. The combination of graduate coursework with the experiential component enhances application of concepts and presents a model for lifelong learning to promote professional excellence.
To maintain our accreditation, we continually improve our program by evaluating our program goals. The current program goals are:
- to comprehensively train competent, confident, entry-level practitioners who incorporate disease prevention and health promotion in professional practice;
- to stimulate interns to continue their professional growth through graduate education, certification in specialized areas of dietetics and/or professional activities; and
- to meet interns’ individual learning needs and interests through internship placement sites and graduate coursework that promotes 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 internship students have a 94 percent five-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.
- 100 percent of interns say they would recommend the dietetic internship to others.