Mission, Goals and Outcome Measures

To integrate graduate education and research with supervised practice to prepare entry-level dietitians with advanced nutrition knowledge and clinical skills to benefit the nutrition and health status of individuals and communities.

Goal I: The dietetic internship program will prepare graduates to be competent entry-level practitioners in the field of dietetics.


1.1 Over a 5-year period, 80% of first time test takers will pass the RD exam.
Over a 5-year period, 75% or more of program graduates who sought employment in dietetics will be employed within 12 months of program completion.
Over a 5-year period, 90% of the students who start the program will complete the internship within 150% (3 years) of the time planned for completion.

Clinical nutrition preceptors will rate 100% of interns with a mean score of
"4 = capable for entry level dietetics" or "4+ = accomplished/skilled" on the clinical rotation evaluation (based on a 4 point scale.

At least 80% of alumni responses will indicate scores of "3 = more than adequate" or "2 =  adequate" on survey question related to preparation for entry-level dietetics.
100% of students respond that they feel prepared to accept a position with primary responsibility being clinical nutrition on exit interview evaluation.

At least 80% of responding employers will rate entry-level performance of program graduates as "3 = adequately skilled" or "4 = highly skilled" on employer survey (based on 4 point scale).

Goal II. The dietetic internship program will prepare graduates to value and demonstrate a commitment to community service, professional service and lifelong learning.


2.1: At least 75% of interns will join and participate in professional associations.
90% of interns will attend at least 1 district and 1 state/national meeting during the internship program.

Goal III. The dietetic internship program will prepare graduates to develop research skills and foster an evidence-based approach to the practice of clinical dietetics.


100% of students will successfully complete and present an evidence based research project.
100% of students will successfully complete an evidence-based research case study and present to clinical dietitians and program director.
100% of students will successfully complete written comps prior to beginning supervised practice rotations.
At least 50% of responding graduates will indicate on the alumni survey that they work in the area of clinical nutrition.

East Tennessee State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 404-679-4501) to award certificate, associate, bachelor's, master's, educational specialist, doctoral, Ph.D., and M.D. degrees.

The dietetic internship program was granted full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000., Chicago IL 60606-6995, 312/899-0040, ext. 5400.

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