Our Mission and Goals

Mission statement

The mission of the ISU Dietetics Internship Program is to enhance human health and quality of life by preparing entry level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists for current and emerging roles in diverse settings.

Goals

Goal 1: The ISU Dietetics Internship Program will develop entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists who possess skills necessary for success in the emerging roles in current and future general dietetics practice in multi-disciplinary, community-based and diverse settings.

Outcome Measures:

  • 1.1 80% of alumni will pass the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  • 1.2 Over a 5 year period 80% of alumni will pass the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within the first year.
  • 1.3 Over a 5 year period 90% of interns complete the program as designated in their individual Program Completion Plan which is not longer than 150% of original plan or 38 weeks 
  • 1.4 Over a 5 year period 75% of the responding graduates will have obtained employment related to dietetics practices within 12 months of program completion.
  • 1.5 Over a 5 year period 75% of the responding employers of the program graduates will agree that the graduate exhibits skills related to those of competent entry-level dietitians.
  • 1.6 Over a 5 year period 75% of the responding graduates who participated in the optional international community nutrition rotation will agree that participation in the optional international community nutrition rotation resulted in skill development related to cultural diversity.

Goal 2: The ISU Dietetics Internship Program graduates will contribute to the pool of registered dietitian nutritionists in diverse settings. 

Outcome Measures:

  • 2.1 Over a 5 year period 75% of the responding graduates of the program seeking such positions will receive positions in the field of Dietetics in diverse settings within one year of completion of RDN.

Concentration area

The ISU DI has developed the following concentration area:

Technology in Health Promotion:  Fostering health promotion through the use of technology in diverse settings.

The ISU Dietetics Internship (ISU DI) program is an accelerated program that prepares entry level dietitians to function in a variety of settings including community, public health, wellness, private practice, management and health care.  The supervised practice learning activities focus on preparing entry level practitioners to apply technology and the Nutrition Care Process in health promotion activities.

Interns are exposed to a variety of avenues to facilitate health promotion including individual nutrition education and counseling, private practice, corporate wellness, school nutrition programs, public policy development, community needs assessment, as well as others.

Upon completion of ISU DI, the RD is able to design, implement, and evaluate nutrition-related interventions in professional practice which aid individuals and/or groups (populations) to improve health status.

Concentration Area Student Learning Outcomes:
As a result of the internship the intern will:

  1. Develop evidence-based intervention(s) to promote health using effective communication through current technology in diverse settings.
  2. Deliver evidence-based intervention(s) to promote health using effective communication through current technology in diverse settings.

Program outcomes data is available upon request.