The Dietetic Internship Program

The Dietetic Internship program at Premier Health is committed to preparing dietetic interns for entry-level dietetic practice as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Interns are guided to evidenced based current knowledge and practice trends and to embrace lifelong learning.  Educational opportunities enable graduates to perform according to the core competencies for dietitians as outlined by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy or Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

The Premier Health dietetic internship provides experience in clinical nutrition, community nutrition, and foodservice systems management. These experiences promote integration and application of knowledge and skill required to compete successfully in a rapidly changing environment.  Nutrition Services in the acute care setting, clinical and foodservice, is the concentration for the Premier Dietetic Internship.

Premier Health and the dietetic internship are committed to fostering a diverse environment in which every person is valued and respected, differences are welcomed and recognized as assets, and where interns are encouraged to voice their ideas and are empowered to make decisions. 

The department and network have a long-standing history of student development. Providing selected professional and community health education programs is part of the Premier Health mission. The dietetic internship at Premier Health provides a learning environment staffed with competent professionals and management staff.

A tradition of clinical and technological excellence with a dedication to providing high quality, cost competitive health care guides the network in an atmosphere of respect, integrity, and compassion.  This is combined with master’s classes through the University of Dayton which provide didactic support of clinical principles as well as case studies and simulations.  Both programs partner to optimize intern learning and application through competency based education.

Premier Health Dietetic Internship Mission Statement 

The Premier Health Dietetic Internship program is dedicated to providing quality education which prepares the dietetic intern to be a competent entry-level Registered Dietitian in diverse settings in an evolving profession. This program will integrate concurrently with the University of Dayton Master’s in Dietetics and Nutrition Program

Content Updated: June 2020

Program Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: The Premier Dietetic Internship program will prepare graduates to become professional, competent, entry-level registered dietitians.

Outcome Measures (3y average)

  • The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within 1 year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
  • 80% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  • At least 80% of program interns complete the program/degree requirements within 26 months (150% of the planned completion time).
  • When surveyed, 16 – 17 months following program completion, graduates rate preparation for a position in dietetics with an average score of 3.5 or higher on a 5-point scale.
  • When surveyed, 16 – 17 months following program completion, employers rate the preparation of graduates for a position in dietetics with an average score of 3.5 or higher on a 5-point scale.
  • Of those graduates who seek employment, 75% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.

Goal 2: The program will offer interns a variety of experiences to prepare graduates for the diverse opportunities in the field of dietetics.

Outcome Measures (3y average):

  • Interns at graduation will rate the variety of rotations and experiences in the program with an average score of 3.5 or higher on a 5-point scale.
  • When surveyed, 16-17 months following program completion, 85% of graduates will agree that the variety of experiences prepared them to work in their chosen field.

Program Outcomes Data are available upon request.

Disclaimer

Premier Internship Program, at its sole and absolute discretion, reserves the right to modify all components of the Program, including but not limited to rules, fees, curriculum, schedules, evaluation standards and any other requirements affecting interns.

Content Updated: July 2020