Philosophy & outcomes

The Geisinger Health System Dietetic Internship utilizes the resources of our regional healthcare system in the areas of patient care, research, education and community service. This post-baccalaureate program prepares dietetic interns for entry-level positions as registered dietitians or registered dietitian nutritionists. Graduates of this program will positively contribute to the supply of registered dietitians or registered dietitian nutritionists.

The faculty believes:

  • Professional competence and productivity require self-motivation and initiative to continuously assess oneself and seek learning opportunities.
  • Interns are responsible for their own professional competence.
  • Learning opportunities are unlimited and the intern is expected to take advantage of these abundant opportunities for growth.
  • The curriculum is merely a starting point from which interns launch individualized plans for development.
  • Achieving professional competence is an ongoing process which continues throughout a career.
  • The faculty-intern relationship is a mutually respectful one in which both can learn and grow.
  • Professional development is facilitated by constructive criticism and respectful guidance.
  • Just as professional development is an ongoing process, the development of this internship is never complete. Intern, faculty and advisor input is actively sought, encouraged, and used in continuous quality improvement.

Internship goals & objectives
The following graduate and program outcome measures assess the full intent of the dietetic internship goals

1. The dietetic internship will prepare graduates to be competent entry-level dietitians:

  • On graduate surveys, of the respondents who rated the entry-level skill, the rating of the skill will meet or exceed 85% of moderate or high ratings over a five-year period.
  • On employer surveys, of the respondents who rated the entry level skills, the average rating of the skill will meet or exceed an average of 3 on a 4-point scale over a five-year period.

2. The program will positively influence the supply of registered dietitian nutritionists over a five-year period:

  • 90% of interns enrolled in the program will complete all program requirements within 150% of the time planned for completion (61.5 weeks or approximately 15 months).
  • At least 95% of graduates will sit for the Commission on Dietetic (CDR) credentialing examination for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  • At least 80% of graduates over a five-year period will pass the CDR credentialing examination for dietitian nutritionists within one year following first attempt.
  • Over a five-year period, 70% or more of graduates who sought employment in nutrition and dietetics will be employed within 12 months of program completion.

Program outcomes data are available on request.