Our Mission and Goals

Mission statement

The mission of the ISU Dietetic Internship (ISU DI) is to enhance human health and quality of life by preparing competent entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists for current and emerging roles in diverse settings.


Goal 1: The ISU Dietetic Internship Program will develop competent 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:

  • At least 90% of program interns complete program requirements within 9.5 months (150% of program length). 
  • 80% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  • 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%.
  • 75% of the responding employers of the program graduates will agree that the graduate exhibits skills related to those of competent entry-level RDNs. (Compiled from all returned surveys.)
  • 75% of the responding graduates who participated in the optional international community nutrition rotation will agree that participation resulted in skills development related to cultural diversity. (Compiled from all returned surveys.)

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

Outcome Measures:

  • Of graduates who seek employment, 75% of the responding graduates are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation. (Compiled from all returned surveys.)

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 Dietetic Internship 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.

Our Educational Philosophy

Accelerated, innovative, and interactive learning.

We designed the ISU dietetic internship as a fast-paced engaging experience to prepare you to be a competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionist. You will leave our internship confident and fully prepared to pass the registration exam for dietitians and thrive in your chosen dietetic career.

We believe the best registered dietitian nutritionists exhibit strong leadership, communication, and collaborative problem-solving skills. Our interns engage in a hands-on interactive learning experience and receive feedback through supervised practice evaluations, online simulations, and team-based learning activities. Our unique blend of online teaching and independent study focuses on taking a client-centered approach, developing a passion for dietetics, and investing in lifelong learning.

We recognize the importance of being able to learn where you live and improve the health of your own community, so our program is almost fully online, utilizing technology to maintain personal connections with instructors and colleagues while providing the flexibility to work with preceptors anywhere in the United States. We have designed our six-month program to focus on cultural competency, sustainability, technology, and global nutrition.