Program Mission, Goals & Objectives


The mission of the University of Kansas dietetic internship program is to produce registered dietitian nutritionists with enhanced skills in nutrition therapy for health and education positions that will provide services for the citizens of Kansas, the region, the nation, and the world.

Program Goals

The KU dietetic internship program goals and objectives are as follows:

Program Goal #1
The program prepares graduates to be competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists.


  • 80% of students will complete the program within 15 months of entering the program.
  • 80% of program graduates will take the CDR credentialing exam for registered dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  • Over a 5-year period, at least 90% of program graduates will pass the registration examination within one year following the first attempt.
  • Over a 5-year period, 80% of employers will indicate that graduates demonstrated adequate knowledge and practice ability for entry-level practice as a dietitian (rating of at least 4 on a 5-point scale).
  • Three years post program completion, 80% of respondents to graduate surveys will rate their preparation for entry level practice as adequately prepared or better over a 5-year period.

Program Goal #2
The program prepares graduates for practice in the field of dietetics and nutrition and participation in professional organizations.


  • Over a 5-year period, 75% of respondents to graduate surveys will obtain employment within the field of dietetics and nutrition within 12 months of graduation.
  • Over a 5-year period, 75% of respondents to graduate surveys will be members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics or related professional organizations.

Program outcome data are available upon request. We are currently exceeding all program goals listed above.

Last modified: Mar 20, 2018

The program starts fall semester in August and ends the following July (three semesters total). The application window is Dec. 1–Feb. 15 each year.

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KU's dietetic internship program has received continued accreditation status from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. The full accreditation covers the remainder of the 7-year term ending December 31, 2023.

photo of Jeannine GoetzJeannine Goetz, Ph.D., RD
Dietetic Internship
Associate Professor

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