Internship Mission

Dietetic Internship Program's Mission, Philosophy & Goals

Mission

The mission of the UNR Dietetic Internship Program is to produce highly competent professionals capable of providing excellent service to a variety of constituencies in a highly technical, constantly changing world. The program will provide a qualified and diverse group of interns the opportunity to realize their potential in the broad and diverse domain of dietetics by providing them with mentored training opportunities that will allow them to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to function with competence and independence in entry level dietetic positions.

The IP will provide broad based training experiences which will allow the intern to apply their didactic knowledge in a variety of management, clinical, community settings resulting in attaining the knowledge and skills necessary to meet ACEND 2017 Core Competencies for the RD. Upon completion of the internship program, the intern graduates will be eligible and prepared to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians. Successful passing of the examination will enable them to realize their professional goal of becoming a Registered Dietitian.

Philosophy

The UNR Dietetic Internship Program maintains an educational philosophy that emphasizes and adheres to the school wide mission of providing excellence in teaching and a learning environment that challenges students. The UNR Dietetic Internship Program provides all interns challenging, mentored experiences to apply their didactic acquired knowledge to relevant nutrition related clinical/food service-managerial/community situations.

The UNR Dietetic Internship Program strives to provide a curriculum that meets an intern's ability to address the rapidly changing and controversial issues confronting the health care arena today. The program provides experiences that emphasize the importance of the interdisciplinary approach in patient care and the contribution nutrition professionals make to the healthcare team.

Therefore, the UNR Dietetic Internship Program stresses training for interns that enables them to gain skills in articulating their vital role as an advocate in promoting/maintaining the nutritional status of a patient in hospital and community settings.

Goals of the UNR Dietetic Internship Program

The UNR Dietetic Internship Program acknowledges that dietitians will be playing an increasing role in the health care arena. Thus, the goals focus on assuring that the program produces competent, well trained professionals, is attuned to the diversity issues that impact the delivery of nutrition services, appreciates the impact diversity has on health issues in society and recognizes the need for diversity in the profession.

Goal 1

The program will attract well qualified applicants and produce graduates prepared to practice competently in entry-level dietetics positions in positions that address the ongoing/evolving health care demands of Nevada and the nation.
Objectives for Goal #1

  • 90% of interns will complete the program within the allotted timeframe of 30 weeks or within 150% of this timeframe (45 weeks).
  • 90% of interns will complete 100% of all assignments/rotations necessary to attain required internship competencies with an overall score of > 80%.
  • 90% of the program graduates will take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionist within 12 months of program completion.
  • 80% of graduates over a five- year period will pass the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionist within one year following first attempt.
  • 75% of graduates who seek employment in dietetics or graduate student placement will be successfully employed in a nutrition related field within 12 months of program completion.
  • 80% of employers will rate graduates "Satisfactory" or higher.

Goal 2

The program will provide mentoring and educational experiences that foster diversity of experiences and successful internship graduates..
Objectives for Goal #2

  • 90% of interns will complete the program within the allotted timeframe of 30 weeks or within 150% of the timeframe (45 weeks).
  • 80% of graduates of the program will pass the Registration Examination for Dietitians on the first attempt.
  • 90% of the program graduates will take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionist within 12 months of program completion.
  • 80% of graduates over a five- year period will pass the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionist within one year following first attempt.
  • 75% of the program graduates will attain a passing score in Food and Nutrition and Food Service System Management greater than or equal to the National 1st Attempt Score.
  • 80% of graduates will rate the training experiences/preceptors as "3=average" or "4=above average".
  • 75% of graduates who seek employment in dietetics or graduate student placement will be successfully employed in a nutrition related field within 12 months of program completion.
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Goal 3

The program will promote diversity and provide interns opportunities to work with culturally diverse populations.
Objectives for Goal #3

  • 20% of IP graduates providing personal characteristics data will identify themselves as non-white, or white with Hispanic ethnicity, or male or report English as their second language.
  • 80% of interns will respond with "yes" that they had the opportunity to work with culturally diverse populations in their internship rotations.