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Dietetic Internship Program

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Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System - Program Mission & Goals

Program Mission & Goals

The missions of SAVAHCS and the Dietetic Internship align together.


Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System

Mission: We honor America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being.

Vision: Be a national model of clinical and organizational excellence by providing safe, effective, efficient and compassionate healthcare. 


Mission of the Dietetic Internship Program

To prepare competent entry-level dietetics professionals to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists committed to evidence-based practice in the care of Veterans and the public.

Program Goals and Objectives

  1. SAVAHCS DI graduates will demonstrate the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to earn Registered Dietitian Nutritionist credentials, and report satisfaction with their training.
    1. At least 80% of interns complete program requirements within 18 months (150% of planned program length).
    2. At least 80% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
    3. 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%.
    4. When surveyed, 80% of program graduates would choose the SAVAHCS internship again and rank satisfaction and quality of the program at least a 3.5 on a scale of 0-5 (poor – excellent).
  2. SAVAHCS DI graduates will become multi-skilled, highly competent, confident and qualified for employment in VA, other healthcare systems and nutrition organizations.
    1. At least 85% of employers who respond to the employer surveys will report at least a 3.5 (0-5 scale, poor – excellent) regarding the graduate’s knowledge and skill preparation for entry-level practice.
    2. At least 80% of graduates responding to post-graduate surveys will report high confidence in their abilities to work as entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.
    3. Of graduates who seek employment, at least 75% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.

 Outcomes data will be available upon request when available. As we are a new program, outcomes data has not yet been obtained.



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