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Dietetic Internship Mission, Goals & Outcomes


Mount Mary University’s dietetic internship program strengthens the academic background of interns and provides quality experiences in a generalist program with a concentration in disease prevention and health promotion. The combination of graduate coursework with the experiential component enhances application of concepts and presents a model for lifelong learning to promote professional excellence.


To maintain our accreditation, we continually improve our program by evaluating our program goals. The current program goals are:

  • to comprehensively train competent, confident, entry-level practitioners who incorporate disease prevention and health promotion in professional practice;
  • to stimulate interns to continue their professional growth through graduate education, certification in specialized areas of dietetics and/or professional activities; and
  • to meet interns’ individual learning needs and interests through internship placement sites and graduate coursework that promotes excellence in practice.


Mount Mary’s dietetic internship program has been accredited continuously since 1998. A 10-year reaccreditation was granted in 2010. Additionally, the program experiences the following outcomes:

  • Mount Mary internship students have a 94 percent five-year, first-time pass rate on the national Registration Examination for Dietitians.
  • Interns’ performance typically exceeds national average scores in each exam area.
  • Most interns are employed within six months of seeking employment.
  • 100 percent of interns say they would recommend the dietetic internship to others.