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 (ACEND) regarding the Dietetic Internship mission statement, goals, and objectives for the 2013-2017 evaluation period. The new 2017 – 2023 Dietetic Internship mission statement, goals and objectives are included below. Thank you for your part in helping the program move towards and meet our updated goals and objectives.
Louisiana Tech University
Dietetic Internship Mission Statement
The mission of the Louisiana Tech Dietetic Internship is 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.
Program Goals and Objectives for 2017-2024
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 DI will find employment in the field of dietetics within 12 months of completing the DI or will choose full-time graduate studies. (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.