Program Mission, Goals & Objectives
The mission of University of South Florida’s dietetic internship is to prepare graduates for evidence-based practice, as entry-level registered dietitians to meet the public's health-related challenges in the communities they serve.
The goals and measurable objectives of the USF Dietetic Internship Program are:
- The program will prepare graduates to be competent entry-level dietitians, with a specialty in community and public health nutrition.
- 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%.
- At least 80% of interns will complete the internship program requirements within 30 months (150% of the program length) of program initiation.
- Of graduates who seek employment, 80% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation
- At least 80% of graduating interns will indicate they “agree” that the internship has prepared them for professional practice.
- At least 80% of graduates will rate themselves as “satisfied” or above with their preparation for professional practice by the internship program
- One year after program completion, 50% of graduates will be practicing in the setting of community nutrition or public health
- At least 80% of employers will rate graduates’ professional knowledge and skills expected for entry-level dietitians as “above average” or “outstanding.”
- At 80% of graduating interns will rate the internship experience as improving their skills in delivering information, products, and/or services to a culturally diverse population as “above average” or “outstanding”
- At least 50% of graduates will report engagement in professional and/or volunteer work with culturally diverse populations, groups, and/or individuals
- At least 80% of employers will rate graduates’ ability to work clients of diverse economic, ethnic, and educational backgrounds as “above average” or “outstanding”
- At least 80% of graduating interns will indicate improvement in their leadership ability and advocacy skills as “above average” or “outstanding”
- At least 50% of graduates who respond to survey will report leadership, service and/or advocacy activities in the dietetics profession and/or the community at large
- At least 80% of employers who respond to survey will rate graduates’ leadership skills as “above average” or “outstanding”
*Please note, program outcomes will be made available upon request.