Mission & Goals

The mission of the Dietetic Internship Program is to produce a competent graduate with an integrated theoretical and practical education who can utilize critical thinking and analytical skills to perform successfully as an entry-level registered dietitian nutritionist. Integral to the program is the cooperative effort of facilities whose dietitians are experienced in providing educational opportunities for students and are dedicated to the training of future professionals.

The Dietetic Internship Program will assist those individuals who strive to become registered dietitian nutritionist and will help to meet the need for dietitian nutritionist in both rural and urban areas in Nebraska. The program will also contribute to the number of dietitians who have obtained master’s degrees.

Program Goals

Goal #1
The program will prepare future dietetic professionals who are competent and ready for an entry-level position as a registered dietitian nutritionist.

Program objectives to measure achievement of goal #1:

One-hundred percent of the interns are expected to take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionist within 12 months of program completion.

The program will have a minimum of a 90% first-time pass rate over a five year period.

The program will have 100% of graduates over a five year period pass the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionist within one year following first attempt.

One-hundred percent of the interns that begin the program will complete all the program requirements within 18 months.

Goal #2
The program will assist in meeting the need for registered dietitian nutritionist in both rural and urban areas of Nebraska and beyond its borders and will contribute to the number of dietetic professionals with graduate degrees.

Program objectives to measure achievement of goal #2:

Over a five year period, 90% or more of the dietetic internship program graduates seeking employment in dietetics or related fields will successfully find employment within twelve months of completing the interbship program or master's degree. 

A minimum of ninety percent of employers of program graduates will rate knowledge and preparedness for entry-level dietetics practice as adequate.

Over a five year period, 90% or more of the dietetic internship graduates will complete their Masters or PhD degree within five years of entering the DI.

Outcome data measuring achievement of program objectives are available upon request from the program director. Contact information:

Linda Young, MS, RD, LMNT
Associate Professor of Practice
Director, Dietetic Internship Program
104F Leverton Hall
Department of Nutrition and Health  Sciences
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68583-0806
lyoung3@unl.edu
402-472-2925