The WVU Medicine Dietetic Internship Program is designed to prepare graduates to be entry-level generalist dietitians and nutritionists in current and future roles with an emphasis on clinical nutrition. The philosophy and mission statement of the Dietetic Internship Program is in accordance with the mission and vision of WVU Medicine.
The program goals and outcome measures include:
1. Graduates will be highly trained and competent to practice entry-level medical nutrition therapy in a variety of positions.
- At least 80 percent of program graduates complete program/degree requirements within 1.25 years (150 percent of program length).
- Ninety percent of program graduates take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
- The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitians and nutritionists is at least 80 percent.
- Eighty percent of employers will rate graduates as “above average” (score of four out of five-point scale) for performance compared to other entry-level graduates they have hired 12 months after program completion.
- Of graduates who seek employment, 90 percent are employed in a nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of program completion.
2. Graduates will have a commitment to life-long learning and service to the profession.
- 50 percent of graduates will indicate they are actively participating in their local and/or state dietetic association 12 months after completing the dietetic internship.
- 50 percent of graduates will indicate they are a member of a dietetic practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 12 months after completing the dietetic internship.
- 50 percent of graduates will indicate they plan on furthering their education or obtaining an advanced certification 12 months after completing the dietetic internship.