We appreciate your willingness to help us in training USU Dietetic Interns. Working with interns is a fulfilling experience, yet it can also be challenging at times. ACEND® (Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition & Dietetics), our accrediting body, asks that we provide training resources to our preceptors. Knowing that you are busy, we hope these preceptor training modules and other online training resources will will be helpful to you as you are working with interns. Thank you again for all your help!
Mission & Goals of USU DI
The mission of the Utah State University Dietetic Internship is to prepare entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists in a distance format to empower them to be future leaders through learning, critical thinking, discovery, and engagement who utilize their experience and individual perspectives to improve the health and well-being of the communities they serve.
The Utah State University Dietetic Internship (USU DI) provides interns with experience practicing dietetics in a variety of settings. The unique distance format of the internship allows interns to gain experience in the location of their choice, with freedom to incorporate their areas of personal interest. USU DI faculty foster development of interns’ knowledge, skills, and abilities as they move through self-directed schedules.
Learning activities are facilitated in a variety of methods, making use of current technology and resources for dietetics education and practice. USU DI faculty maintain knowledge of current dietetics practice by staying involved in their areas of expertise via professional memberships in state and national organizations, continuing education, and active participation in dietetics education networking groups. Annual evaluation and adjustment of curriculum ensures regular inclusion of innovative teaching methods, materials, and delivery.
Rapport between interns and faculty is established early and sustained throughout the internship and beyond. Faculty mentor individuals as they navigate the internship and enter the profession as a dietitian. Every effort is made to ensure the setting of the USU DI coincides with interns’ best interests, providing a platform to support their growth and progress, ultimately leading the intern to achieve their goal of passing the national registration exam and attaining a career in the field of dietetics.
PROGRAM GOALS & MEASURABLE OUTCOMES
Program Goal #1: USU DI graduates will demonstrate competence in the knowledge and skills required of entry-level dietitian nutritionists.
- Objective 1.1: At least 80% of the program students complete program/degree requirements within 11 months (150% of the program length).
- Objective 1.2: 80% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
- Objective 1.3: 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%.
- Objective 1.4: Of graduates who seek employment, 80% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
- Objective 1.5: 80% of the employers who respond to the employer survey will indicate they are satisfied with their employee's (USU DI graduate's) preparation for entry-level practice.
- Objective 1.6: At program completion, 80% of graduates will score higher on the intern self-assessment compared to the pre-program intern self-assessment.
Program Goal #2: USU DI graduates will participate in nutrition and dietetics-related leadership opportunities within the communities they serve.
- Objective 2.1: Within one year of graduation, 50% of graduates will report a high level of confidence in their ability to serve in a nutrition and dietetics-related leadership position.
- Objective 2.2: Within one year of graduation, 15% of graduates will serve in a nutrition and dietetics-related leadership position.
*Program outcome data is available upon request*
USU DI Accreditation
The Utah State University Dietetic Internship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.
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The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®), formerly known as the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitians (RD) or dietetic technicians, registered (DTR). ACEND® serves and protects students and the public by assuring the quality and continued improvement of nutrition and dietetics education programs.
ACEND's® Accreditation Process
ACEND® Accreditation Standards serve as the basis for each education program's evaluation. A program undergoing accreditation assesses its strengths and challenges based on ACEND's® Accreditation Standards and describes its plans for improvement in a document called a "self-study report". The report is reviewed by a team of peer reviewers that includes an educator and a practitioner. An ACEND® Board member and a staff member assist the team in its review. The team also visits the program to participate in a series of focused interviews, meetings, observations and tours. These activities provide information to validate the contents of the self-study report and further evaluate the program. The team writes its own report to document its findings and to objectively address key areas of ACEND's® standards based on evidence provided by the program and gathered by the team. The ACEND® Board of Directors reviews the team's and uses it to arrive at a final accreditation decision.