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Dietetic Internship Program Mission & Goals


Dietetic Internship Mission Statement

The Meredith College Dietetic Internship Program builds on the academic preparation of Didactic Program in Dietetics by providing supervised practice experiences in clinical nutrition, public health nutrition, and food service management.  The program cultivates entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists who are eligible for the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam. Using evidence-based learning and application, Dietetic Interns will strive for professional competence, leadership roles, and service to the community.

Program Goal #1:  The program will produce competent graduates that are ready for entry-level positions in the field of nutrition/dietetics and/or advanced degree programs in nutrition, dietetics, or related fields.

Objectives and Target Measures:

  • At least 80% of program interns complete program/degree requirements within 16.5 months (150% of the program length) for Traditional Pathway and Site Preceptor Pathway cohort A & B or within 22.5 months (150% of the program length) for Site Preceptor Pathway cohort C or 36 months (150% of the program length) for the ISPP Pathway.
  • The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
  • Of graduates who seek employment, 90% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  • 90% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  • 85% of first employers rate graduate’s preparation for entry-level performance as average, above average or excellent.  
  • 90% of graduates who seek an advanced degree in nutrition, dietetics or related fields will be accepted.
  • 90% of graduates will assess themselves as having at least satisfactory knowledge requirements for entry-level dietitian nutritionists.
  • 90% of graduates will assess themselves as having at least satisfactory performance requirements for entry-level dietitian nutritionists.

Program Goal #2:  The program will produce graduates that provide leadership or service, professionally or to the community.

Objectives and Target Measures:

  • 90% of graduates will rate their possession and demonstration of leadership skills in the workplace as at least satisfactory one year post-graduation.
  • 75% of graduates will provide leadership or service, professionally or to the community at 3-5 years post-graduation.

*Program outcomes data are available on request by contacting the program Director, Cathie Ostrowski



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Cathie Ostrowski
Martin Hall, Suite 233
(919) 760-8419
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The Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics is currently granted accredited 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 | (312) 899-5400 www.eatrightpro.org/acend