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Dietetic Internship Mission, Goals & Outcomes

Mission

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.

Goals

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.

Outcomes

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.