Mission

The Mount Mary University Dietetic Internship Program prepares competent, creative, analytical dietitians with the agility to adapt to a rapidly changing environment and excel as socially minded, evidence-based practitioners in a variety of settings.

About

Our dietetic internship program strengthens the academic background of interns with 18 graduate credits and provides diverse experiences with a concentration in disease prevention and health promotion.

Goals & Objectives

We continuously work to improve our program. Current goals include:

  1. Prepare competent, entry-level dietitians.
    1. 90% of interns enrolled in the DI program will complete all program requirements within 14 months of beginning the program.
    2. 70% or more of program graduates who sought employment in dietetics are employed within 12 months of program completion.
    3. The pass rate for program graduates taking the registration exam for the first time will be at least 85%.
    4. Graduates will collectively meet or exceed the national mean test scores on the registration exam.
    5. 80% of employers will give program graduates a mean competence rating above "average".
    6. 80% of graduates will give themselves a confidence rating of "agree or strongly agree".
    7. 80% of graduates will give themselves a mean competence rating above "average".
  2. Stimulate interns to continue their professional growth through graduate education completion*, certification in specialized areas of dietetics and professional activities.
    1. At least 50% of graduates will continue their graduate education or seek certification in specialized areas of practice.
    2. At least 75% of graduates will be members of the Academy &/or other professional organizations.
  3. Meet interns’ individual learning needs and interests through internship placement sites and graduate coursework that promote excellence in practice.
    1. 80% of program graduates will indicate a "satisfactory" or better score regarding overall program satisfaction.
    2. 80% of program graduates will indicate a "satisfactory" or better score regarding placement sites meeting their learning needs and interests.
    3. 75% of program graduates will indicate a "satisfactory" or better score regarding graduate courses meeting their learning needs and interests.

Outcomes

Mount Mary’s dietetic internship program has been accredited continuously since 1998. A 10-year reaccreditation was granted in 2010. Program outcomes data are available on request. Key program outcomes include: 

  • Interns have a 100 percent 5-year pass rate and a 94 percent 5-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.
  • 98 percent of interns say they would recommend the dietetic internship to others.