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 1327 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.
The mission of the Idaho State University Dietetic Internship is to prepare caring and competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists who collaborate with other health professionals through a supervised practice experience that exceeds the performance standards of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.
Program Goals & Outcomes
Program Goal 1: Program graduates are professionally competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists through a comprehensive supervised practice experience.
- 90% of program interns over a five-year period will complete program requirements within 150% of program length (13.5 months).
- 90% of graduates over a five-year period will take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of graduation.
- 90% of graduates over a five-year period will pass the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within one year following first attempt.
- 75% of graduates over a five-year period who are seeking employment are expected to be employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
- 90% of working RDNs over a five-year period will be satisfied that the DI program adequately prepared them for effective entry-level careers in dietetics.
Program Goal 2: Prepare program graduates to be caring registered dietitian nutritionists who promote collaboration within their practice setting.
- 50% of graduates over a five-year period will participate in professional organizations within the first year following graduation.
- 90% of employers over a five-year period will rate program graduates’ preparation for entry-level practice as satisfactory or higher.
- 50% of employers over a five-year period will rate program graduates’ collaboration within their employment setting as satisfactory or higher.
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. After completion of a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice and successful completion of all program requirements graduates of the DI Program will be eligible to receive a verification statement and 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
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