Mission Statement and Goals

Mission Statement and Goals

Dietetic Internship at Southern Regional

The Dietetic Internship Program at Southern Regional Medical Center will prepare you academically and professionally to integrate, apply and practice theoretical knowledge. This knowledge will allow you to provide quality nutritional care in a cost-effective manner and pursue innovation both in the work place and professional associations.

Upon completion of the program, you will be eligible to take the registration examination for dietitians and follow the Standards of Practice set forth by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. After completing the program, you will be prepared professionally for entry-level dietitian positions in the areas of community, clinical and management.

You will be competent, professional and motivated to advance in the field of nutrition through practice and demonstration of patient care and the pursuit of outcomes-based research. Southern Regional Medical Center also provides interns the opportunity to share nutrition awareness with community members.

The program is accredited for an enrollment of twelve interns annually and provides a medical nutrition therapy concentration.

Program Goals

The Dietetic Internship at Southern Regionalwill prepare graduates to be competent entry-level dietitians.

  • Graduates will achieve over a five-year period a "first-time" pass rate of 80% on the RD exam.
  • The mean rating that employers give program graduates in their employment will meet or exceed a rating of "3" (average performance; satisfies general expectations).
  • The mean rating of self evaluations completed by graduates will meet or exceed a rating of "3" (average performance; satisfies general expectations).
  • All graduates pursuing continuing education or advance credentialing will be successful. When evaluated by preceptors interns will achieve a rating of "meets expectations" or "satisfactory" or better.
  • When evaluated by interns, preceptors will achieve a rating of "2" (satisfactory) or better.
  • When evaluated by interns, rotations will achieve a rating of "2" (satisfactory) or better.

Through encouragement, motivation and support, program staff will ensure interns complete the internship.

  • One hundred percent of the interns beginning the internship will complete the internship within 150% of the time planned for completion. (Internship is typically completed in nine months, therefore 150% = 13.5 months).
  • Graduates indicate on survey that preceptors and staff were supportive and encouraged completion of internship

The program will prepare interns to participate in professional organizations.

  • When surveyed, 75% of the graduates will indicate they are involved in a professional organization.
  • During the internship, interns will attend one or more professional meetings.

The program will prepare interns to participate in community activities.

  • When surveyed, 50% of the graduates will indicate that they participate in community activities.
  • All interns will participate in community service activities during the internship.