Internship Mission

Dietetic Internship Program's Mission, Philosophy & Goals


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 2012 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.


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.
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)
  • 80% of graduates of the program will pass the Registration Examination for Dietitians on the first attempt.
  • 80% of interns will attain a score of "3" or greater on competency evaluations.

Goal 2

The program will provide mentoring and educational experiences working with culturally diverse populations.
Objectives for Goal #2

  • 80% of interns will respond that they have had the opportunity to work with culturally diverse populations in their internship rotations.

Goal 3

The program will train entry level dietitians who are prepared to practice competently in an entry-level dietetic position that addresses the ongoing/evolving health care demands of the nation and State of Nevada within 12 months of program completion.
Objectives for Goal #3

  • 75% of graduates will be successfully employed in dietetics or nutrition related field within 12 months of graduation.
  • 20% of graduates will be successfully employed in the State of Nevada in dietetics or nutrition related field within 12 months of program completion.
  • 80% of employers will rate graduate's entry level dietetic skills as "Satisfactory" or higher.