Dietetic Internship Mission Statement and Goals
The Dietetic Internship at Cedar Crest College, in accordance with the mission of the College, is dedicated to the education of the next generation of leaders. Cedar Crest College prepares students for life in a global community by educating the whole student. The Cedar Crest College Dietetic Internship supports the education, development, and preparation of entry-level registered dietitians through a dedicated and knowledgeable faculty and community preceptors working within program goals and outcomes.
The Dietetic Internship goals for Cedar Crest College reflect program direction for the faculty, staff, and preceptors.
The Dietetic Internship at Cedar Crest College will:
Goal #1: Prepare interns to be fully competent in foundation dietetics knowledge and skills
- Over a five-year period, 80% of the Dietetic Internship graduates will successfully complete the registration examination on the first attempt and/or within one year of graduation.
- Over a five-year period, 80% of the graduates who seek employment will be employed in dietetics-related positions within twelve months of completing the program.
- Program graduates, during their first year of employment, will be ranked above average by at least 80% of their employers as they compare in terms of professional knowledge and skill to other entry-level dietitians.
- Over a five-year period, 90% of employed graduates who respond to the alumni survey will rate themselves prepared for their first job by completing the Cedar Crest College Dietetic Internship.
Goal #2: Recruit a diverse cohort of motivated and qualified interns dedicated to completion of the internship process
- Ninety percent of the students admitted to the Dietetic Internship will complete the program within fifteen months of beginning the program.
- To foster both ethnic and geographic diversity within the internship, the Cedar Crest College Dietetic Internship will recruit and fill at least 60% of its internship positions with qualified students who completed their didactic education and received a verification statement at colleges and universities other than CCC in geographic locations throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.
Goal #3: Prepare students who can think critically in the theoretical, practical and evidence-based areas of nutrition and community programming
- Over a five-year period, 80% of graduates who respond to the alumni survey will rate themselves as “competent” or “highly competent” on the following competency: Demonstrate the ability to apply evidence-based guidelines and/or systematic reviews and scientific literature in the nutrition care process and model and other areas of dietetics practice.
- Over a five-year period, 80% of graduates who respond to the alumni survey will rate themselves as “competent” or “highly competent” on the following competency: Demonstrate the ability to deliver respectful, science-based answers to consumer questions concerning emerging trends.
- Program graduates, during their first year of employment, will be ranked above average by at least 80% of their employers as they compare in terms of critical thinking.
Goal #4: Instill a strong community spirit in each intern and DI graduate making community service a meaningful component of their professional experience
- 100% of interns will participate in one or more service activities through one or more of the following: not for profit organizations within the community at large, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a local Dietetic Association, a college Student Dietetic Association or through Cedar Crest College and its commitment to community service organizations.
- Over a five-year period, 80% of internship graduates will indicate on an alumni survey that they participate in one or more community service activities.
Goal #5: Foster a learning environment that encourages continuing education within the profession’s guidelines and looks forward toward advanced degrees.
- During the first year after passing the Registration Exam, 100% of all successful examinees will identify their continuing education needs and reflect those in their five-year ACEND portfolio.
- Over a five year period, 50% of graduates who respond to the alumni survey will answer yes to the following question: Are you in the process of or have you obtained any additional advanced degrees/ training/ certifications since graduation?
These goals reflect the mission of the Dietetic Internship which mirrors the mission of Cedar Crest College to educate the whole student, preparing them for success in professional and personal life. The CCC Dietetic Internship graduates should be prepared to provide community service to the citizens in their supervised practice communities and the larger global community by providing evidenced based nutrition services. Dietitians provide care to many different culturally diverse groups who often provide unique nutritional challenges. CCC DI graduates are ready to meet those nutritional challenges because of the variety and depth of experiences offered within the internship rotations.
Program outcome data are available on request.