About the Idaho State University Dietetic Internship (DI)
DI Program Description
Since 1991, ISU has offered a 2 semester Dietetic Internship (DI) program. Currently, 18 seats are offered on two ISU campuses (Pocatello and Meridian). Interns complete over 1200 hours of supervised practice in many health care and community settings.
The length of the Dietetic Internship is 2 semesters (fall and spring) and approximately 1350 hours "hands on" educational experience. Interns can expect to spend 40 hours per week in rotations and seminar, with additional time required for completion of assignments and some travel opportunities.
DI Mission: The mission of the ISU Dietetic Internship (DI) Program is to provide a supervised postgraduate practical experience that exceeds the performance requirements of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), which prepares interns for successful completion of the registration exam and entry-level practice.
Program Goals & Outcomes
Program Goal 1: Prepare interns to become professionally competent registered dietitians through a comprehensive practice experience.
- 90% of interns will complete the program within 13.5 months (150% timeframe)
- 90% of interns who complete the program will take the credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 1 year of completion.
- 90% of graduates over a five-year period will pass the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within one year following first attempt.
- 90% of interns over a five-year period who take the credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists will pass on the first attempt.
- Mean credentialing exam scores over a five-year period will be greater than or equal to the national average.
- 75% of graduates who completed the program and who are seeking employment will be employed within first year.
Program Goal 2: Develop effective and self-reliant professionals who are committed to lifelong learning.
- 90% of working RDNs will be satisfied that the DI program adequately prepared them for effective entry-level careers in dietetics.
- Suggested new objective: 50% of graduates will participate in professional organizations within first year following graduation.
- 90% of RDN's will receive satisfactory ratings from employers.
Program outcomes data are available on request.
Dietetic Internship Program in Brief
The Dietetic Internship (DI) Program provides for supervised experience in clinical, community, and administrative dietetics leading to a certificate of completion. Graduates of the Dietetic Internship Program will be eligible to take the National Registration Exam for Dietitians.
Program Eligibility & Admission
- Candidates must have a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics, Family and Consumer Sciences (Home Economics), or Food and Nutrition and have completed Didactic Program in Dietetics requirements as established by ACEND of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
- A minimum grade point average of 3.00 is required for admission. Eighteen (18) students, ten (10) in Pocatello and eight (8) in Meridian will be admitted to the program with the April computer match, with a start date in August. Two of the interns accepted to the internship in Pocatello will complete their rotations in Twin Falls, Idaho.
NOTE: Enrollment in the Idaho State University and/or fulfillment of specific requirements does not ensure admission into the Dietetic Internship Program.
New students are admitted to the Dietetic Internship Program during the fall semester. Candidates should submit all application materials no later than February 15th for admission the following fall semester. If February 15th falls on the weekend or holiday, the application is due by the next business day. A $50 non-refundable fee per site will be charged for processing applications for both Pocatello and Meridian.
ACEND: Accreditation Council For Education in Nutrition and Dietetics with in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
800/877-1600, ext. 5400