Internship Program in Dietetics Additional Information

Program Mission Statement

The key mission of the Lamar University Internship Program in Nutrition & Dietetics (IP) is to provide qualified students with learning experiences developed to meet the knowledge, skills and competencies for entry-level dietitians. Interns receive post-baccalaureate training in four major areas of dietetics: clinical nutrition, community nutrition, foodservice management and nutrition education & counseling. Training in the IP builds upon the foundation knowledge and skills previously acquired in an ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Nutrition & Dietetics (DPND). Interns receive advanced academic training and experience through the completion of eight graduate-level courses integrated with the supervised practice component of the program. Graduates are qualified to take the Registered Examination for Dietitians, apply for state licensure if applicable, and become active members of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.

2015-2022 Goals & Objectives of the Lamar University IP are:

1. To recruit, select, and prepare competently trained students to complete the internship program in nutrition & dietetics, enabling successful attainment of entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionist positions.

Objective 1a: A minimum of 90% of interns will successfully complete the program within 150% (15 months) from the start date.

Objective 1b: A minimum of 80% of program graduates will pass the registration exam on first attempt.

Objective 1c: Within one year of completing the program, 100% of program graduates will be registered.

Objective 1d: 90% of graduates will feel "prepared" to "well-prepared" for an entry-level position when surveyed.

Objective 1e: 90% of program graduates will rate their level of competency in clinical nutrition, nutrition education & counseling, community nutrition, and foodservice management as "prepared" to "well-prepared" when surveyed.

Objective 1f: 90% of employers will rate program graduates as above average in professional knowledge and skills, and will recommend graduates for future employment when surveyed.

Objective 1g: 90% of graduates who seek employment in the dietetics or related fields will be employed within 12 months of program completion when surveyed.

2. To encourage interest and participation in scholarly research

Objective 2a: 80% of internship graduates will earn a graduate degree within 5 years of program completion.

Program outcome data are available to the public and prospective students upon request. Please contact Dr. Jill Killough, Internship Program Director.

Program Details

Information regarding the program for prospective students, current students and the public can be found in the LU IP Student Handbook.

Application Information

Information regarding the program application is available in the most recent application packet located under the Application Process page. The application packet provides detailed information regarding the program background, cost, and program admission requirements, as well as other valuable information.

* Next review of the program is planned for 2022.
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Phone: 312/899-0040, ext. 5400