Dietetic Internship

Program 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 Registration Examination for Dietitans 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.

 Interns 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), NDFS 631R Interprofessional Education (1 credit), and NDFS 638 Advanced Clinical Nutrition (2 Credits).

Supervised Practice: The Internship offers well established supervised practice experiences in clinical nutrition, community nutrition, and foodservice management. Practice sites are located in Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Provo. They include large hospitals where interns are able to develop and implement medical nutrition therapy, food service, and management skills. There are also community health areas and a variety of optional settings, from which the intern will select areas of personal interest. 

Some of the Internship credit hours will apply toward a master's degree in Nutritional Science at BYU should an intern choose to begin a graduate program following completion of the internship  The Dietetic Internship is currently granted accreditation status by the  Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Curricular Structure

Catalog Information

Learning Outcomes


Communication skills

Communicate effectively and professionally with the medical team, staff members, patients/clients, and peers. (CRD 3.2, 3.4)*

*2012 ACEND Standards for Internship Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics

Courses that Contribute: NDFS 520R NDFS 621 NDFS 622 NDFS 637 NDFS 638
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively, Competence
Professionalism

Demonstrate  professionalism by establishing collaborative relationships, acting ethically, following pertinent regulations, and conducting self-assessment.  (CRD 2.1-2.13)*

*2012 ACEND Standards for Internship Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics

Courses that Contribute: NDFS 520R NDFS 621 NDFS 622 NDFS 631R NDFS 637 NDFS 638
Linked to BYU Aims: Lifelong learning, Lifelong service
Management and Leadership Skills

Apply management and leadership skills to human and other resources. (CRD 4.1-4.11, LDI 5.1-5.3)*

*2012 ACEND Standards for Internship Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics

Courses that Contribute: NDFS 520R NDFS 621 NDFS 622 NDFS 637 NDFS 638
Linked to BYU Aims: Competence, Lifelong learning
Integrate Food Into Dietetics Practice

Integrate the broad aspects of food into dietetics practice. (CRD 3.3, 3.5, 3.6)*

*2012 ACEND Standards for Internship Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics

Courses that Contribute: NDFS 520R NDFS 621 NDFS 622 NDFS 638
Linked to BYU Aims: Human knowledge, Competence
Integrate Science into Practice

Think critically to identify and solve problems by integrating scientific information and research into practice (CRD 1.1-1.5)*

*2012 ACEND Standards for Internship Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics

Courses that Contribute: NDFS 520R NDFS 621 NDFS 622 NDFS 637 NDFS 638
Linked to BYU Aims: Quantitative reasoning, Competence
Nutrition Care Process

Apply all areas of the nutrition care process and model to clinical practice. (CRD 3.1 a-e, 3.4*)

*2012 ACEND Standards for Internship Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics

Courses that Contribute: NDFS 520R NDFS 621 NDFS 638
Linked to BYU Aims: Quantitative reasoning, Competence

Evidence of Learning


Direct Measures

Assessment measures include facility preceptor and/or instructor evaluations of:

  1. Effective performance in clinical, management, and community rotation assignments, public policy participation, marketing plans, lesson plans, 405 lab instruction, presentations, study guides.
  2. Effective performance in clinical rotations, written and oral case study presentations, enteral and parenteral nutrition assignments, study guides, clinical topic presentation.
  3. Effective performance in all rotations, portfolio, self-directed objectives for each rotation, part of all assessment instruments.
  4. Effective performance in all rotations, administrative project report, recipe testing/sensory analysis, theme day, procurement for lab.
  5. Effective performance in management rotations, production meetings, administrative project reports, recruiting/hiring/training of 375 lab personnel, training of 375 lab students, evaluation of 375 lab students, 375 lab revenue/expense analysis, production sheets, business plan.
  6. Effective performance in all rotations, clinical and management research questions, assignments, report of objectives and learning outcomes, project reports, clinical case studies.

Indirect Measures

  1. First time pass-rate on national Registration Examination for Dietitian Nutritionist
  2. One- and three- year post-completion surveys
  3. Job placement
  4. Employers of graduates surveys

Levels of Assessment and Performance Measures

The following performance guidelines have been set for interns.

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 supervised practice 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. Much of the monthly dietetics faculty meeting time is used for planning. In addition to tracking goal outcome measures, short- and long-term progam management plans are established every five years. 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. 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.