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Program Objectives and Outcomes

Specific Concentration Objectives

Disseminate health promotion education to community groups using technology.

  • Learning activities: develop a Facebook page for a community site; manage a Twitter account or blog for Campus Recreation, a community site or the NIU Nutrition Department; produce YouTube videos for parents of school-age children or for other community sites.

Provide health promotion activities on NIU’s campus.

  • Learning activities: work with the Student Dietetic Association to provide nutrition educational activities across campus during National Nutrition Month and National Eating Disorder’s Awareness Week (NEDA), and prepare presentations for various campus population groups such as students and/or faculty throughout the entire school year.

Demonstrate proficiency of skills during a professional practice rotation at a community-based program or community hospital.

  • Learning Activities: successfully complete a five week professional practice rotation at a community-based program or community hospital, write objectives, complete a project and function at entry-level at the site.

Program Goals and Outcomes

The following are the NIU DI program goals with expected outcome and target measures. In parentheses are the current five-year actual outcomes.

Prepare individuals at the graduate level who are competent to practice in the profession of nutrition and dietetics upon program completion.

  • Within one year of completing the internship program, at least 90 percent of program graduates will take the examination. (NIU currently 97 percent)
  • Over a five-year summary period, the first-time pass rate for graduates who take the registration exam will be at least 85 percent. (NIU currently 96 percent)
  • Over a five-year period, 80 percent of graduates who sought employment in dietetics will be employed within three months of program completion. (NIU currently 95 percent)
  • Eighty percent of employer surveys will report that interns have the necessary skills to practice as competent practitioners. (NIU currently 100 percent)
  • Eighty percent of program alumni will report being adequately prepared for professional practice. (NIU currently 95 percent)

Prepare capable entry-level dietitians for productive employment in a community nutrition and/or health promotion setting. Data not available yet.

  • Over a five-year period, 50 percent of program alumni will report employment in a community nutrition/health promotion within one year of program completion.
  • Eighty percent of program alumni working in the community will report being adequately prepared for practice. 
  • Eighty percent of employer surveys will report that interns have the necessary skills to practice as competent practitioners in the community setting.

The program will coordinate graduate course work with supervised practice experience to result in simultaneous completion of the DI and M.S. degree.

  • Eighty percent of internship graduates will complete all M.S. degree program requirements at the same time as the DI completion. (NIU currently 68 percent)
  • Ninety percent of internship graduates will complete the Dietetic Internship and all M.S. degree program within 45 months of program admission (150 percent). (NIU currently 95 percent)

Program Completion

You will have satisfactorily completed the dietetic internship when you have successfully completed all the internship courses and all Graduate School requirements.

Interns are strongly advised to work closely with their academic advisor regarding their graduate course schedule to be sure that sufficient course work is being taken each semester for simultaneous completion of both the M.S. degree program and the dietetic internship program. You will receive the official "Verification Statement of Dietetic Internship Completion" only when all requirements of the M.S. degree program in Nutrition and Dietetics have been satisfied.

Upon completion of both the M.S. and DI programs, the official verification statement will be given to you, and your name will be submitted to the Commission of Dietetic Registration. At this time you will be eligible to sit for the RD exam and apply for licensure in the state of Illinois, if applicable.

Contact Us

Dietetic Internship
Nancy Prange, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.
Dietetic Internship Director
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-753-6386
nprange@niu.edu