Vision and Mission

Vision and Mission of the Appalachian State University Dietetic Internship

The vision of the Appalachian Combined Graduate Program in Nutrition and Dietetic Internship is to be recognized as a model for preparation of dietetic professionals who demonstrate competency in delivering nutrition care and services in rural health settings.  

The mission of the Appalachian Combined Graduate Program in Nutrition and Dietetic Internship is to prepare graduates to function as dietetics professionals utilizing rigorous academic preparation, research experience, and guided practice in rural health settings to enhance future careers in nutrition. 

The Program has defined the following Learning Goals, Program Goals, and Objectives:

Learning Goals

  • Students will integrate scientific information and research into practice.
  • Students will demonstrate beliefs, values, attitudes and behaviors for the professional dietitian level of practice.
  • Students will be able to develop and deliver information, products and services to individuals, groups and populations.
  • Students will be able to strategically apply principles of management and systems in the provision of services to individuals and organizations.

Program Goals

Goal #1 - Develop and maintain a dietetic internship program that exemplifies excellence, for the purpose of preparing competent dietetics practitioners who possess the knowledge and skills necessary for dietetics practice.

  • The five-year first-time Registration Examination pass rate will be > 80%.
  • The average one-year pass rate, calculated over a five-year period, will be > 90%.
  • > 80% of students will indicate an average score of 3 out of a possible 5, using the Evaluation of Rotation Sites Survey, when asked to rate the quality of supervised practice sites
  • > 80% of students who respond to the survey will indicate an average score of 3 out of a possible 5, using the Assessment by Graduate Students Leaving the Dietetic Internship Program, when asked to rate the internship’s success at assisting them in achieving ACEND-required competencies
  • At one year after program completion, 80% of graduates who respond to the survey will rate their preparation for entry-level practice at an average score of 3 out of a possible 5, using the Assessment by Program Graduates of the Appalachian State University Dietetic Internship.
  • > 80% of preceptors who respond to the survey will indicate an average satisfaction score of 3, out of a possible 5, on a 5-point rubric

Goal #2 - Produce in a timely manner graduates who are employable in a variety of dietetics practice settings including rural settings.

  • 95% of students will complete the program and receive a Verification Statement within 31.5 months of program start.
  • > or = 80% of employers who respond to the survey will indicate satisfaction with ASU DI graduates at a level of 3 on a 5-point Rubric
  • > 80% of interns who respond to the survey will attain employment in the dietetics field within 12 months of graduation from the program
  • > 25% percent of program graduates who respond to the survey will obtain first employment in dietetics in the Appalachian regions of western North Carolina, eastern Tennessee, and southwest Virginia, or in other rural areas throughout the nation

Program outcomes data is available upon request.