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Dietetic Internship Program

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Viterbo's Dietetic Internship is open to students who have completed the knowledge requirements as defined by the 2012 Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics' Standards of Education as part of a DPD program and who have completed a bachelor's degree.

The Dietetic Internship at Viterbo is based on the 2012 Council's Standards of Eduction with an additional Community Nutrition concentration. This emphasis allows dietetic interns to gain additional skills in the areas of health promotion and disease prevention through nutrition.

Philosophy of Community-Medical Dietetic Internship

Health care is a dynamic, changing part of our society, and dietetics, as an integral component of the health care system, is a changing profession. One of the important changes that have taken place in the last few years is the growing importance of prevention and not just treatment of disease. There is an amazing growth of outpatient clinics, public health agencies, and health education programs aimed at prevention of disease and promotion of general “good health.” 

There is, therefore, a growing need to provide comprehensive nutritional care for communities. Nutritional care that continues over time, after a patient has been released from the hospital; nutritional care that is close at hand; nutritional care of a general nature aimed at large population groups; and nutritional care provided by a dietitian who can bring personal support and science-based expertise to bear on nutritional problems.

The curriculum of the Viterbo Dietetic Internship combines knowledge and skills of both the hospital and community dietitian to meet societal demands for comprehensive nutritional care. A graduate of the program is a professional member of the health care team, and as a professional person has been trained to make decisions based upon a body of current scientific knowledge and acquired skills.

Intern Mission Statement

The Viterbo University Dietetic Internship provides supervised practice experiences aligned with the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics' Standards of Education to those who have completed didactic program requirements. The Program prepares students to be registered dietitians who serve as faithful and ethical leaders in the community.

Accreditation

The Viterbo Dietetic Internship is currently granted continuing accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL  60606, 312-899-5400.

Program Goals and Outcomes

Viterbo's dietetic program monitors quality of its educational experiences through a system of continuous improvement.

Goal 1. The Program will provide quality education to a diverse student body in order to prepare competent entry-level dietitians.

Outcome measures

  • Over a five-year period, 80% of Viterbo graduates will pass the RD exam as first time examinees
  • Within 6 months of graduation, 80% of graduates will be employed at a professional level
  • At one year post program completion, graduates will rate themselves as “prepared” or above in 80% of entry level competencies which are related to their present job
  • At one year post program completion, employers will rate graduates as “acceptable” or “outstanding” in 90% of the areas of critical thinking and communication skills.
  • At least on minority (including males) will successfully complete the dietetic internship program each year
  • A minimum of 90% of those students beginning the dietetic internship program will successfully complete the program within 16.5 months. 

Goal 2. The Program will prepare graduates who will engage in nutrition specific health promotion activities in their first jobs

Outcome measures:

At one year post program completion, at least 75% of graduates will be involved in providing nutrition specific health promotion services as evidences by at least one of the following:

  • The graduate provides nutrition services for an employee wellness program
  • The graduate will routinely provide nutrition specific preventative services to individual clients or patients as part of their regular job duties
  • The graduate will work with professional and/or volunteer agencies to provide sound nutritional information, especially related to disease prevention and health promotion to the public.

Goal 3. The Program will prepare entry-level dietitians who are able to work with individuals from diverse economic, ethnic, or educational backgrounds

Outcome measures:

  • At one year post program completion, at least 80% of graduates will mark they are prepared or well-prepared on the graduate survey in the area of working with diverse population