Minneapolis VA Healthcare System - Dietetic Internship Program
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Dietetic Internship Program


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The mission of the MVAHCS Dietetic Internship is to train dietetic interns to provide nutritional care and education to the veteran, their families and employees. And, to provide an entry level registered dietitian nutritionist who can supervise high quality, cost effective food production and service, provide medical nutrition therapy and be knowledgeable regarding current nutrition research. The internship has a concentration in Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) with approximately half of the rotations providing MNT.



Nutrition and Food Service employees are dedicated to the growth and development of future registered dietitians. It is through a thorough applicant screening process that interns are selected. It is the aim of the selection panel to select interns who have overall goals and priorities that match with the experiences offered within the MVAHCS DI program. This includes an express interest in participating in our program, goals in which our program will help attain and skills which lead you to believe you are deserving of a spot in our internship. This website includes a description of the diverse learning experiences offered in our program.


Program Goals and Measurable Outcomes

Goal #1 - The program will prepare graduates to be competent entry-level dietitian nutritionists.

Outcome measure:
 a.  At least 80% of program interns will complete program/degree requirements within 15 months (150% of program length) [Currently 100%]
 b.  The program's one year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam winin one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80% [Currently 100%]
 c.  100% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion [Currently 100%]
 d. Of graduates who seek employement, 60% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation [Currently 87.5%]
 e. Of those who respond, 85% of employers will rate the graduate as 'entry level' or better in the knowledge required to perform as a competent entry level Registered Dietitian Nutritionist [Currently 100%]
 f.  Of those who respond, 75% of program graduates will be members of a nutrition related or other professional association at the time of the one year post graduate survey. [currently 87.5%]
g. Of those who respond, 80% of graduates will respond that the internship program adequately prepared them for entry level professional practice. [currently 100%]

Goal #2 - The program will provide a pool of qualified dietitians to the VA system.

Outcome measure:
 a.  20% of graduates will accept a position in a VA facility. [currrently 37.5%]
 b.  60% of VA employed intern graduates will remain within the VA system for at least 3 years. [currently 63.6%]

Annual program evaluations including outcome data are available upon request by contacting the internship director.