Saint Louis University Mission:
The pursuit of truth for the greater glory of God and the service of humanity.
Doisy College of Health Sciences Mission:
Rooted in Jesuit ideals, the Doisy College of Health Sciences serves humanity through
education, research and engagement.
Saint Louis University Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Mission:
To use teaching, service and research to positively impact human health and well-being
by promoting and utilizing sustainable practices in food and nutrition.
Saint Louis University Dietetic Internship Program Mission:
To prepare the graduate to assume an entry-level position as a registered dietitian
nutritionist in the provision of evidence-based care.
The Dietetic Internship promotes self-directed learning, self-assessment for professional
advancement, and collaborative opportunities to prepare graduates for emerging jobs
in the profession. The Program is designed to develop competent practitioners dedicated
to service of others and to the profession. The academic courses and supervised practice
experiences provided during the internship prepare the intern for entry-level dietetics
practice with diverse patient populations.
The Goals of the SLU Dietetic Internship coincide with the mission of the University,
which promotes the acquisition and application of knowledge and service to others
and the profession. The program goals are outlined below:
Goal 1: To prepare graduates to assume entry-level positions as registered dietitian nutritionists
in the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health through academic coursework,
supervised clinical practice, and community exposure.
Measurable Program Objectives:
1.1: At least 80% of program graduates will take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian
nutritionist within 12 months of program completion.
1.2: The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within
one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists
is at least 80%.
1.3: At least 80% of employer surveys returned will report average or above average
satisfaction with graduate’s preparation for entry level practice.
1.4: At least 80% of alumni surveys returned will report that graduates “strongly
agree” or “agree” that the program adequately prepared them for an entry-level position.
1.5: Of graduates who seek employment, at least 85% are employed in nutrition and
dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
1.6: At least 80% of program interns will complete the program and degree requirements
within 22.5 months (150% of program length).
Goal 2: To foster critical thinking and application of evidence-based science in the assessment
and treatment of individuals and populations.
Measurable Program Objectives:
2.1: 100% of dietetic interns will achieve satisfactory or better in all supervised
2.2: 100% of all dietetic interns will earn a B- or better in all graduate courses.
2.3: At least 80% of alumni surveys returned will report that graduates “strongly
agree” or “agree” that the program fostered critical thinking and provided the necessary
clinical skills to provide evidence-based care.