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Dietetic Internship

Department of Allied Health Sciences

Mission, Goals, and Outcomes

Our Mission

To integrate graduate education and research with supervised practice to prepare

entry-level registered dietitians with advanced nutrition knowledge and clinical skills to

benefit the nutrition and health status of individuals and communities.


Program Goals

#1 - The DI program will prepare graduates to be competent entry-level practitioners in the field of nutrition and dietetics.


1.1 At least 80% of program interns complete program/degree requirements within 33 months (150% of program length).

1.2 Of graduates who seek employment, 75% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.

1.3 90% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionist within 12 months of program completion.

1.4 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 nutritionist is at least 80%.

1.5 At least 90% 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)

1.6 100% of graduates will respond that they feel prepared to accept a position with primary responsibility being clinical nutrition on exit interview evaluation.

1.7 At least 80% of graduates' responses will indicate scores of "3=more than adequate" or "2=adequate" on survey question related to preparation for entry-level positions in dietetics, with primary responsibility being clinical nutrition on a one year post graduation survey.

#2 -  The DI program will prepare graduates to develop research skills and foster an evidence-based approach to the practice of clinical dietetics.


2.1 100% of students will incorporate evidenced-based knowledge into their academic assignments.

2.2 100% of graduates report they feel “3=adequately prepared” or “4=highly prepared” to incorporate evidence-based knowledge into practice as an entry-level dietitian.


The mission, goals, and objectives are continually monitored for program effectiveness.
Program outcomes data are available on request.


East Tennessee State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificate, associate, bachelor's, master's, educational specialist, doctoral, Ph.D., and M.D. degrees.

SACS logo1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, Georgia
Phone: (404) 679-4500 ext. 4504




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 2190., Chicago, IL 60606-6995 
Phone: (800
) 877-1600, ext. 5400.


Equal Opportunity

East Tennessee State University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, veteran status, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities.

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