The Dietetic Internship at Louisiana Tech University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312-899-0040, ext. 5400, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education, www.eatright.org/ACEND.
Dietetic Internship Mission Statement
To prepare dietetic interns through education, practice, research, and service to become competent entry level dietitians who are able to impact the nutritional well being of individuals, families, consumers, and communities.
Dietetic Internship Goals and Objectives/Outcome Measures
Goal 1: The Dietetic Internship Program will prepare interns to apply professional skills (communication, organization, and leadership skills; team building skills; initiative; and ethical practice) as they work with individuals, families, and community groups in a variety of practice settings.
1. Interns will receive a score of 80% or above on comprehensive exam in FNU 548: Applied Dietetics during the summer session.
2. Interns will receive a score of “Good” or above all categories of the clinical case study presentation evaluation.
3. Interns will receive a score of 80% or above on all components of the managment theme day project.
4. Interns will participate in a service activity in the community.
5. Interns will receive “Above Average” or “Outstanding” standards on all components of the final evaluation in their end of rotation experiences in clinical, foodservice and community.
Goal 2: The Dietetic Internship Program will prepare interns to be competent entry-level dietitians.
1. Students who are admitted to the Dietetic Internship will successfully complete the dietetic internship program as demonstrated by receipt of a verification statement.
2. Interns will score an 80% or above on the comprehensive RD practice exam on the first attempt.
3. Students who complete the Dietetic Internship will respond that they “strongly agree” that they were prepared in the areas of clinical, food service management, and community nutrition.
4. Students who complete the DI and take the registration exam will pass on the first attempt.
5. Students who take the registration exam will score at or above the 50% percentile in the nutrition and food service domains.
6. Students who respond to the postgraduate Dietetic Internship evaluation will indicate that they are “very well prepared” in the area of dietetics in which they are employed.
7. Employers who respond to the employer questionnaire will indicate that their employees (former interns) are “very well prepared” in the area of dietetics in which the former interns are employed.
8. Students who complete the DI will find employment within the field of dietetics within twelve months of completing the Dietetic Internship or will choose to pursue graduate studies full time instead of seeking employment.
Goal 3: The Dietetic Internship Program will emphasize an enhanced understanding of research and will facilitate continuation of graduate studies in the nutrition and dietetics masters program at Louisiana Tech University.
1. Students who complete the DI and respond to the postgraduate Dietetic Internship evaluation will indicate that they “strongly agree” that they developed competence in utilizing outcomes based research.
2. Students who complete the DI will continue in the masters program.
3. During the five year reporting period, at least an average of six former DI graduates continuing in the graduate program will complete their master’s degrees each year.
4. Former DI graduates completing their masters, in the five year reporting period, will conduct a research project using outcomes based research in their job setting.