The Dietetic Internship at Louisiana Tech University is currently granted full accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 800/877-1600, ext. 5400, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education, http://www.eatrightpro.org/resources/acend
All program outcomes data are available upon request.
The LA Tech DI Program’s Mission Statement, Goals, and Objectives/Outcome Measures are provided below.
Dietetic Internship Mission Statement
To prepare dietetic interns to become competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists who are employed in the field of dietetics; to provide service to their profession and community; while emphasizing research and continuation of graduate studies.
Dietetic Internship Goals and Objectives/Outcome Measures
Goal #1 – The Dietetic Internship Program will prepare interns to be competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists who complete the program within 150% of program length, who gain employment in the field of dietetics within 12 months of program completion, and who provide service to their profession and community.
Objective 1: 100% of preceptors who respond to the Supervising Dietitians Evaluation will “agree” interns are prepared for entry-level practice upon completion of the DI program.
Objective 2: At least 80% of graduates who respond to the Post Graduate- DI Program Evaluation will report they have provided service to the community (ex. Wellness fairs, presentations, etc.) after completion of the DI.
Objective 3: At least 90% of students who are admitted to the Dietetic Internship program will successfully complete the program within 150% of the program length or 16.5 months. (Program Completion)
Objective 4: At least 80% of program graduates will take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion. (Graduate Performance on Registration Exam)
Objective 5: At least 80% of the DI program graduates, over a five-year period, will pass the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionist within one year following their first attempt. (Graduate Performance on Registration Exam)
Objective 6: At least 90% of the students who complete the Dietetic Internship will find employment in the field of nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of completeing the Dietetic Internship. (Graduate Employment)
Objective 7: 100% of employers who respond to the Employer Questionnaire will indicate their employees (former interns) “are prepared” for entry-level practice. (Employer Satisfaction)
Goal #2 –The Dietetic Internship Program will emphasize research to internship graduates and will encourage their continuation of the Nutrition and Dietetics master’s program at Louisiana Tech University within one year after completion of the Dietetic Internship.
Objective 1 – 100% of the students who complete the DI and respond to the Post Graduate- DI Program Evaluation will “agree” they developed competence in using outcomes based research in practice.
Objective 2 – At least 60% of the students who complete the DI will continue in the Nutrition and Dietetics master’s program at Louisiana Tech University within one year of completing the DI program.
Objective 3 –During the accreditation reporting period, at least 8 former interns who are continuing in the graduate program will complete their Master’s degree annually.
Objective 4 – Annually, at least 4 students who have completed the graduate program will have their research accepted for a professional presentation or manuscript.