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Dietetic Internship Program

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Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital


Through excellence in education, research, and service, the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital Dietetic Internship Program strives to prepare confident and competent entry-level dietitians capable of delivering comprehensive care to both Veterans and the general public. 

Program Goals and Objectives

Goal #1 –Program graduates will become confident and competent entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.   

Objective #1a At least 80% of interns complete program requirements within ​​​14.5 months​​​ (150% of planned program length).

Objective #1b – At least 80 percent of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.

Objective #1c – 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 – Program graduates will supply the national job market and VA system with a competitive pool of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. 

Objective #2a – Of those who respond, at least 90% of employers were satisfied that program graduates were prepared for entry-level practice or better. 

Objective #2b – Of graduates who seek employment, at least 80 percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.

Objective #2c – An average (three-year average) of 25% of program graduates will secure VA employment in the VA system within 3 years of graduation.  

Please contact the Program Director, Brooke Schantz Fosco, at to request a complete report of program outcomes for each of these goals and objectives.

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