Interns with Senator Edwards
Interns met with Virginia Senator John Edwards at the Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Legislative Day in Richmond.

Program goals:

  1. Prepare interns for effective professional practice
  2. Position interns to function successfully in a rapidly changing professional environment
  3. Prepare graduates to be leaders within the dietetics profession
  4. Meet individual learning needs and interests

Sites:

  1. Interns apply to either the Blacksburg or Northern Virginia site
  2. Interns enrolled in the Blacksburg site attend class there with rotations in Southwest Virginia; interns enrolled in Northern Virginia attend class in Falls Church and have rotations around the D.C. metropolitan area.

Schedule:

  1. The internship provides approximately 1300 hours of didactic instruction and supervised practice in clinical dietetics, community nutrition, and food service management.
  2. Interns complete rotations full-time following a modified academic calendar. 
  3. Four predetermined weeks of breaks are scheduled throughout the year.
  4. During the week, interns work in supervised practice settings four days and attend class one day.
  5. Interns are scheduled for 15 weeks of clinical dietetics, eight weeks of community nutrition, and six weeks of food service management practice.
  6. Interns design a two-week elective rotation at the end of the program.
  7. Orientation is provided at the beginning of the clinical, community, and food service management components.
  8. Schedule overview 2016-17

Outcomes:

Pass rate for registration exam
Of the 80 graduates who took the exam in the past five years, 100 percent passed the exam within one year of program completion (97.5 percent passed on the first attempt). Graduates consistently exceed the national average in all topic areas.

Employment success
Over the past five years, 75 percent of graduates were successful in securing jobs within three months of program completion. Classes are held to assist dietetic interns in their job search effort.

Feedback from employers
Responses from recent employer surveys indicate that 100 percent of our graduates were rated as "superior" or "above average" compared to other entry-level dietitians they have hired.

Feedback from alumni (last three years)
98 percent of our alumni stated they would recommend our program to others, while 100 percent felt that their unique learning needs and goals were met. When asked about the best aspects of our program, alumni most commonly cite the following strengths:

  • Unique and individualized rotation opportunities
  • Strong and varied networking opportunities
  • Dedication and enthusiasm of the directors
  • Program structure and organization
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We are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995).

Interns completing all  program requirements will achieve the competencies identified in the Accreditation Standards for Internship Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics (February, 2012) established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and will be issued a Verification Statement.


Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP) Policy
Note: Eligibility is only for those who have, or will have, completed a Ph.D. in HNFE.  


Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Registration Examination for Dietitians.