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Dietetic Internship Program

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VA Sierra Nevada Healthcare System


The mission of the VASNHCS Dietetic Internship is to prepare dietetic interns to become entry-level registered dietitians, who will serve as future leaders for the profession of dietetics, committed to using evidence-based practices for achieving excellence in healthcare provided to America's heroes and the public we serve.


Program Goals and Measurable Outcomes

Goal #1- Program graduates will be prepared to provide above entry level medical nutrition therapy in outpatient care.

Outcome Measures:

  • Program Completion: At least 80% of program interns will complete program requirements within 10.5 months (150% of program length)  
  • Exam Completion: At least 80% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  • Exam Performance: 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%.

Goal #2 - To prepare graduates to use evidence-based practice, participate in, and contribute to integrated healthcare teams.

Outcome measures:  

  • Industry Employment: Of graduates who seek employment, at least 75% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation
  • Employer Satisfaction: Of those who respond, at least 75% of employers were satisfied that program graduates were prepared for entry-level practice or better.
  • Professional Practice: At least 80% of graduate survey respondents rated themselves as adequately prepared by internship for above entry-level practice in outpatient setting.
  • Leadership Involvement: At least 50% of graduate survey respondents indicated participation in at least one professional nutrition related leadership activity, integrated healthcare team, or held a nutrition related office, within 12 months of program completion.

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