Message From the Internship Director
Welcome to the newsletter for preceptors to inform them of program news, updates, and intern postings. We appreciate the time and investment provided interns preparing them for their future professional careers. Content posted by interns fulfills selected competencies and we hope sharing the information is useful for you the practitioners. Categories that will be included in each newsletter are a Message from the DI Director, Research Abstracts, Response to Consumer Questions, Diet Reviews, and Nutrition Apps.
Included below is selected content from our 2013 Program Assessment Report provided to the Accreditation Council for Education and Nutrition Education regarding the Dietetic Internship mission statement, goals, and objectives for the 2013-2017 evaluation period. Thank you for your part in helping the program move towards and meet our goals and objectives.
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.
Program Goals and Objectives for 2013-2017
Goal #1 – The Dietetic Internship Program will prepare interns to apply professional skills (communication, organization, and leadership skills; people skills; initiative; and ethical practice) as they work with individuals, families, and community groups in a variety of dietetic practice settings.
Objective 1 –100% of the interns will receive a score of 80% or above on a comprehensive exam administered at the end of FNU 548: Applied Dietetics (includes MNT and Food Service management content) during the summer quarter.
Objective 2 – 100% of the interns will score 80% or above on the Clinical Floor Supervision evaluation.
Objective 3 –100% of the interns will receive a score of 80% or above on the food service management theme day project.
Objective 4 – At least 60% of interns will participate in dietetics related service activities beyond DI program competency requirements.
Objective 5 – 95 % of interns will receive ratings of “Above Average” or “Outstanding” on all components of the final evaluation in their final rotation experiences in clinical, community, and Food Service management.
Goal #2 – The Dietetic Internship Program will prepare interns to be competent entry-level dietitians.
Objective 1 – 100% of the students who are admitted to the Dietetic Internship will successfully complete the dietetic internship program as demonstrated by receipt of a verification statement.
Objective 2 – At least 90% of the interns will score 80% or above on the final RD practice exam on the first attempt.
Objective 3 - 100% of the students who complete the Dietetic Internship will respond that they “agree” that they were well prepared in the areas of clinical, community, and food service management.
Objective 4 – At least 90% of the students who complete the DI and take the RD exam will pass on the first attempt.
Objective 5– 100% of the students who respond to the survey will indicate that they are “well prepared” in the area of dietetics in which they are employed.
Objective 6 - 95% of employers who respond to the survey will indicate that their employees (former interns) are “very well prepared” in the area of dietetics in which the former intern are employed.
Objective 7 – At least 95% of the students who complete the DI will find employment in the field of dietetics within six months of completing the Dietetic Internship or will choose to pursue graduate studies instead of seeking employment.
Goal #3 – The Dietetic Internship Program will emphasize an enhanced knowledge of research and will facilitate continuation of graduate studies in the Nutrition and Dietetics master’s program at Louisiana Tech University.
Objective 1 – 100% of the students who complete the DI and respond to the post- program completion questionnaire will indicate that they “agree” that 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 master’s program.
Objective 3 – During the five year reporting period, at least 5 (or 60%) of DI graduates who are continuing in the graduate program will complete their master’s degrees each year.
Objective 4 – At least 50% of the DI graduates who are completing their master’s in the five year reporting period will conduct a research project using outcomes based research in their job setting.