Dietetic Internship Program
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 Brooke.SchantzFosco@va.gov to request a complete report of program outcomes for each of these goals and objectives.