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Program Mission, Goals & Objectives

The mission of the KU School of Health Professions:

  • To serve the citizens of Kansas, the region, and the nation and to develop tomorrow’s leaders through exemplary education, research and service.

The mission of the KU dietetic internship graduate certificate program:

  • To produce competent entry-level 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.

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

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


  • At least 80% of program interns complete program requirements within 15 months.
  • 80% 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 first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
  • 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.


  • Of graduates seeking employment, 75% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  • Over a 5-year period, 60% 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.

Last modified: Jan 28, 2019

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.

Program Overview

Mission, Goals, Objectives

Eligibility and Requirements

How to Apply

Program Costs


Student Handbook


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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