Program Mission and Goals

Cal Poly SLO Dietetic Internship Mission: 

The mission of the Cal Poly dietetic internship is to prepare interns to become competent, well-rounded, culturally sensitive entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. The learning experiences in the dietetic internship reflect Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing philosophy; interns make a meaningful impact on each of the varied communities served during their rotations, and graduates are poised to become leaders in the dietetics field, equipped to meet the diverse needs of society. 

Program Goals: 

Goal #1 

Prepare graduates to be fully competent, well-rounded, highly qualified entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists who seek out and secure RDN positions in a variety of dietetics practice settings. 

Outcome Measures:

  • At least 80% of interns complete the program requirements within fifteen months (150% of the program length). 

  • At least 90% 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 the first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.  

  • Of graduates who seek employment, at least 80% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation. 

  • At least 90% of respondents to the employer survey answer yes to the following question: Based on this employee's entry-level competence and current performance, would you hire another graduate from our Dietetic Internship program? 

  • At least 90% of alumni survey respondents rate themselves as “prepared” or “very prepared” to be a competent professional entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in their employment setting. 

  • At least 90% of the program graduates responding to the exit survey answer yes to the following: Would you recommend the Cal Poly SLO DI to others? 

 Goal #2: 

Prepare graduates to meet the diverse needs of society, and to expand their impact in the field of dietetics through pursuing leadership and continuing education opportunities. 

Outcome Measures: 

  • At least 90% of exit survey respondents answer yes to the following: Do you feel that the Cal Poly SLO DI prepared you for professional practice in a variety of community settings and among diverse populations? 

  • At least 60% of graduate survey respondents report participating in at least one leadership activity within 1 year of program completion. 

  • At least 60% of graduates who respond to the alumni survey answer yes to the following question: Are you in the process of or have you obtained any additional degrees and/or professional certifications since graduation? 

 *Program outcomes data will be made available upon request. 



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