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Dietetic Internship Program

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Minneapolis VA Healthcare System


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Nutrition and Food Service employees at MVAHCS are dedicated to the growth and development of future registered dietitians. It is through a thorough applicant screening process that interns are selected.

Our selection panel is looking for interns who:
  • have an eagerness to learn
  • exhibit commitment to their growth as dietetics professionals
  • take initiative
  • communicate regularly and respectfully
2 interns with Renal board

Program Goals and Measurable Outcomes

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

  • At least 80% of program interns will complete program/degree requirements within 15 months (150% of program length) 100%
  • 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%  100%
  • 100% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion 100%
  • Of graduates who seek employment, 60% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation 100%
  • 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. 100%

  • 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 43%)
  • Of those who respond, 80% of graduates will respond that the internship program adequately prepared them for entry level professional practice. 100%

Goal #2: The program will provide a pool of qualified dietitian nutritionists to the VA system.

  • Based on the past 3 year average, 20% of graduates will accept a position at a VA facility. 100%
(46% of internship graduates in the past 3 years have stayed in VA!)

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