Program overview and goals
THE MISSION of the Bluffton University Dietetics Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway internship is to prepare qualified, knowledgeable, responsible entry-level dietitians through varied educational supervised practice and professional development experiences. Bluffton University seeks to align its internship, which emphasizes community and public health nutrition, with the overall university's mission and core values of Discovery, Community, Respect and Service.
GOALS THAT SUPPORT OUR MISSION STATEMENT:
To provide supervised practice experiences that prepare our graduates to be competent entry-level dietitians in a variety of settings.
At least 80 percent of program graduates complete program/degree requirements within 15 months (150 percent of the program length.)
80 percent of program graduates take the 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 dietitian nutritionists is at least 80 percent.
Of program graduates who seek employment, 80 percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
Of employers of entry-level program graduates who complete a survey, 80 percent will rate their satisfaction with the graduate’s preparation for practice at a satisfactory rating of 3 or higher (scale of 5).
Of program graduates who complete a survey one year after graduation, 60 percent will state their active involvement in community coalitions addressing public health or community nutrition issues or in local dietetics organizations.
To provide opportunities for our interns to develop leadership skills in ways that promote wellness and good nutrition within the surrounding communities and that foster a sense of respect for and service to humankind (or "all peoples").
- All interns will take on a leadership role in working with one or more community organizations, coalitions or staff members outside of the internship to plan and carry out a program that promotes healthy food, nutrition or wellness during their internship program year.
- 80 percent of interns will serve with Mennonite Disaster Services at a disaster relief site to provide nutritious foods for volunteer groups during their internship program year.
- 60 percent of graduates will be actively involved in community coalitions addressing public health or community nutrition issues or in local dietetics organizations within one year after graduation from the internship.
Program outcomes data are available upon request.