Department of Nutrition

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Dietetic Internship Mission, Goals, Objectives and Outcome Measures

DI Program Mission

To develop practitioner skills for entry-level dietitians who are able to assume leadership roles to improve and maintain the nutritional care of diverse individuals, families and communities within national and global populations.

DI Program Goals

  1. The program will prepare graduates to be competent entry-level dietitians.
  2. The program will prepare graduates to be leaders and to participate in community service.
  3. The program will maintain strong relationships with RDN preceptors and local facilities to insure quality experiences for current and future interns.

DI Program Objectives

1.1 At least 90% of alumni will take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian/nutritionists within one year of program completion.
1.2 At least 90% of alumni, over a 5-year period, pass the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian/nutritionists within one year following first attempt.
1.3 Alumni, over a 5 year period, will meet or exceed the national average on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian/nutritionists.
1.4 Within one year of completion at least 80% of graduates will have obtained employment in the field of nutrition and dietetics or related fields.
1.5 At least 85% of employers will rate graduates as at least adequately skilled (3) in at least 8 out of 9 areas surveyed.
1.6 At least 85% of the graduates will rate themselves as at least adequately skilled (3) in at least 8 out of 9 areas surveyed.
1.7 At least 85% of students who enter the program will complete it within three years (150% of program length).
2.1 At least 75% of graduates when surveyed will indicate that they participate or have participated in at least one community service activity.
2.2 At least 75% of graduates when surveyed will indicate that they participate or have participated in at least one leadership activity.
3.1 At least 80% of preceptors when surveyed will indicate that students are well prepared and that the DI director communicates adequately and is available for monitoring intern performance.

DI Program Outcomes

Specific outcomes of these goals and objectives are available upon request.  Please contact the DI Program Director, Karen Wetherall at kbalnick@utk.edu or 865-974-6256 if interested in outcome results.

The DI program is accredited by the Accreditation for Commission for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

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