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Dietetic Internship Program

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The Simmons College Dietetic Internship Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND),120 South Riverside Plaza, Chicago, Ill 60606. 312-899-0040,ext.5400.

Program Mission: is to graduate competent ethical entry level practitioners who build on evidence based research and standards of practice and standards of professional performance to provide nutritional care, health promotion and disease prevention that is culturally and economically sensitive. Our graduates will develop an appreciation for life-long learning to increase knowledge and enhance professional development.

Nine students are accepted to the program-arranged internship. The program is a full-time program with a concentration in community nutrition, health promotion and wellness. This concentration allows the internship to build on the existing community nutrition focus. Interns will now be provided with opportunities to gain additional competency and acquire entry-level skills to promote health and wellness.

Simmons College Dietetic Internship Program Goals

Since the profession of dietetics is built on a conceptual framework that is constantly changing as a result of the discovery of new operational principles, evidenced based research, and standards of practice, the dietetic internship's goals are:

Simmons College Program Goal #1

Prepare dietetic professionals for a career using their intellectual and clinical skills to function within a community nutrition health promotion and wellness setting, acute care setting, and food service management setting as an entry level practitioner.

Program Goal #1 Outcome Measures

  • Over a five year period, 70% or more of DI graduates who seek employment in dietetics will be employed within three months of completing the internship.

  • 80% of employers will rate graduates as strong or superior in nutritional knowledge and professional skills compared with other entry level practitioners.

  • 100% of interns enrolled in the DI program will complete the program requirements within 50 weeks,or 150% of the time planned for completion.

Simmons College Program Goal #2

  • Prepare entry-level dietitians to participate in continuous learning and professional development activities.

Program Goal #2 Outcome Measures

  • Over a five-year period, the pass rate for DI graduates taking the registration examination for the first time will be at least 80%.
  • 80% of graduates seeking acceptance to graduate programs in place of employment will enroll within 5 months of program completion.
  • 80% of graduates will indicate they participate in continuing education and professional development activities.