The mission of Gulf Coast Dietetic Internship is to prepare entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists in an entrepreneurial setting for emerging roles in dietetics practice.

Measurable Goals of the Program

The primary goals of the Gulf Coast Dietetic Internship are twofold: to provide the intern with meaningful rotational experiences that will allow for successful completion of the registration examination for dietitians, and to provide the opportunity to develop the skills needed to obtain employment as an entry-level dietitian.

Goal 1: The program will prepare graduates to be competent for entry-level practice as a registered dietitian through high-quality, innovative educational offerings.

Outcome measures:

  • 1.1 Of graduates who seek employment, 80 percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation

  • 1.2 At least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within 12 months (150% of the program length)

  • 1.3 Eighty percent of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion

  • 1.4 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%

  • 1.5 At least 80% of graduates will indicate the program helped them to develop professionally

Goal 2: The program will produce well prepared registered dietitians who obtain employment in emerging, dietetics-related positions in the Gulf Coast region and beyond.

Outcome measures:

  • 2.1 Within one year of program completion, at least twenty-five percent of graduates will be employed in an emerging, dietetics related position

  • 2.2 Eighty percent of employers will rate graduates as “3” or greater on a five point Likert scale as being entry-level prepared

Outcome Data

Program outcomes data for GCDI are available on request.