Nutritional Science and Dietetics MS Dietetics

Program Purpose


Purpose

The purpose of the Dietetic Internship (DI) is to develop informed and productive citizens of the family, community, and nation who are prepared to make meaningful contributions to the dietetics profession.

Graduates of the Dietetic Internship will:

  1. Succesfully complete the Examination for Registered Dietitan Nutritionist and excel in entry-level dietetics positions.
  2. Demonstrate the desire and skills for continuing education and personal growth.
  3. Apply ethical and moral values in personal and professional life.

Dietetic Internship Tracks: The Dietetic Internship has two tracks 1) Combined Masters and Internship Track and 2) Post-baccalaureate Internship only track.

Both tracks complete approximately 1200 hours of supervised practice in addition to didactic course work.

Courses

NDFS 621 Clinical Practice in Dietetics (2 credits), NDFS 622 Food Service Management Practice in Dietetics (2 Credits), NDFS 620R Supervised Practice (4 Credits), NDFS 637 Advanced Management in Dietetics (2 Credits), and NDFS 638 Advanced Clinical Nutrition (2 Credits), STATS 511 Statistical Methods for Research (3 credits), NDFS 698R Project (6 credits), and 10 other credits from approved course lists as indicated in the graduate catalog.

Curricular Structure: Graduate Catalog

Supervised Practice

The Internship offers approximately 1200 hours of well established supervised practice experiences in clinical nutrition, community nutrition, and foodservice management. Practice sites are located in Davis, Salt Lake, Utah, and Weber counties (the surrounding Wasatch front).

Accreditation

Brigham Young University's Dietetic Internship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext 5400  http://www.eatrightpro.org/resources/acend 

 

 

Program Purpose


Learning Outcomes


Integrate Science Into Practice

Identify and solve problems by thinking critically and integrating scientific information and research into practice (CRDN 1.1-1.6)*

*2017 ACEND Standards for Internship Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics

Courses that Contribute: NDFS 622 NDFS 631R NDFS 637 NDFS 638 NDFS+620R
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly, Quantitative reasoning
Professionalism

Demonstrate professionalism by actively participating in teams, using professional communications, acting ethically, following pertinent regulations, and conducting self-assessment.  (CRDN 2.1-2.15)*

*2017 ACEND Standards for Internship Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics

Courses that Contribute: NDFS 622 NDFS 637 NDFS 638 NDFS+620R
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively, Character
Clinical and Customer Service

Develop and deliver appropriate information, products, and services to individuals, groups, and populations. (CRDN 3.1-3.10)*

*2017 ACEND Standards for Internship Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics

 

Courses that Contribute: NDFS 622 NDFS 637 NDFS 638 NDFS+620R
Linked to BYU Aims: Competence, Lifelong service
Management and Use of Resources

Strategically apply principles of management and systems in the provision of services to individuals and organizations. (CRDN 4.1-4.10)*

*2017 ACEND Standards for Internship Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics

Courses that Contribute: NDFS 620R NDFS 622 NDFS 637 NDFS 638
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly, Competence
Leadership

Analyze the application of leadership in the nutrition and dietetics field (LDI 5.1-5.3)*

*2017 ACEND Self-selected Concentration Area Standards for Internship Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics

Courses that Contribute: NDFS 622 NDFS 637 NDFS+620R
Linked to BYU Aims: Lifelong learning, Lifelong service

Learning Outcomes


Integrate Science Into Practice

Identify and solve problems by thinking critically and integrating scientific information and research into practice (CRDN 1.1-1.6)*

*2017 ACEND Standards for Internship Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics

Courses that Contribute: NDFS 622 NDFS 631R NDFS 637 NDFS 638 NDFS+620R
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly, Quantitative reasoning
Professionalism

Demonstrate professionalism by actively participating in teams, using professional communications, acting ethically, following pertinent regulations, and conducting self-assessment.  (CRDN 2.1-2.15)*

*2017 ACEND Standards for Internship Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics

Courses that Contribute: NDFS 622 NDFS 637 NDFS 638 NDFS+620R
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively, Character
Clinical and Customer Service

Develop and deliver appropriate information, products, and services to individuals, groups, and populations. (CRDN 3.1-3.10)*

*2017 ACEND Standards for Internship Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics

 

Courses that Contribute: NDFS 622 NDFS 637 NDFS 638 NDFS+620R
Linked to BYU Aims: Competence, Lifelong service
Management and Use of Resources

Strategically apply principles of management and systems in the provision of services to individuals and organizations. (CRDN 4.1-4.10)*

*2017 ACEND Standards for Internship Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics

Courses that Contribute: NDFS 620R NDFS 622 NDFS 637 NDFS 638
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly, Competence
Leadership

Analyze the application of leadership in the nutrition and dietetics field (LDI 5.1-5.3)*

*2017 ACEND Self-selected Concentration Area Standards for Internship Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics

Courses that Contribute: NDFS 622 NDFS 637 NDFS+620R
Linked to BYU Aims: Lifelong learning, Lifelong service

Evidence of Learning


Direct Measures

Direct assessment measures include facility preceptor and/or instructor evaluations of performance in supervised practice rotations, course assignments, and presentations.

Indirect Measures

Indirect assessment measures include post-completion surveys of interns, surveys of employers, and pass-rate and scores on the Examination for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN).

Levels of Assessment and Performance Measures

The following performance guidelines have been set for interns.

Evidence of Learning


Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement


  1. Dietetics faculty members review the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Core Competencies for Dietetic Internship Programs annually to assure that all required components of dietetics education are included in the curriculum. Feedback from assessment tools is examined to detetmine if any areas need to be strengthend or put in a different sequence.
  2. Dietetic Internship assessment data are analyzed annually.
  3. Monthly dietetics faculty meetings devote time is to curriculum planning and tracking goal outcome measures. Short- and long-term progam management plans are established. Achievement of these plans is monitored annually.
  4. If plans involve changes in course or supervised practice content or sequencing, these are taken care of internally by dietetic faculty. If courses need to be added or deleted from the curriculum, the changes are first presented to the Department Curriculum Committee, and then to the College Curriculum Committee.

Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement