Mission Statement, Goals and Outcomes

Mission statement

To prepare competent registered dietitian nutritionists who are citizen scholars, with expertise in either public affairs or rural health, who will meet the need of dietetic practitioners across the nation.

Goal 1: The dietetic internship will prepare graduates to be competent for practice as entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists.


  • Over a seven-year period, the first-time pass rate for internship graduates taking the registration examination will be at least 80 percent.
  • At least 90 percent of interns enrolled in the dietetic internship certificate program will complete the program requirements within 13.5 months.
  • Over a seven-year period, 70 percent or more of internship graduates who sought employment in dietetics will be employed within six months of program completion. 
  • Over a seven-year period, at least 80 percent of employed graduates who respond to the online survey will rate themselves as prepared or well prepared for their first dietetics related position.

Goal 2: The dietetic internship will prepare graduates with life-long learning skills who will enhance the dietetic profession and demonstrate leadership in the field of dietetics.


  • Over a seven-year period, 80 percent of graduates will have participated in professional development activities or be enrolled in an advanced degree program.
  • Over a seven-year period, at least 50 percent of the graduates will become members of a local, state, or national nutrition or dietetic-related professional organization.
  • Over a seven-year period, at least 75 percent of employers who respond to an online survey on program graduates in their first year of employment will rate the graduates as above average in professional knowledge and leadership skills as compared to other entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists.

Goal 3: The dietetic internship will emphasize and model a commitment to community engagement, preparing graduates who are socially accountable to their community and the profession.


  • Over a seven-year period, 75% of the graduates will have provided paid or unpaid services for a community event, program or agency.

  • Over a seven-year period, 40% of the graduates will indicate that they have precepted dietetic students.



1. The first time pass rate for graduates of the MSU Dietetic Internship on the Registration Examination for Dietitians is 100% since the program began in 2012.

2. All 2012-2015 internship graduates who sought employment in dietetics were employed within four months of graduation.

Additional outcome data measuring achievement of program objectives is available to interns, prospective interns, and the public upon request. Please email the Program Director, Hillary Roberts, MS, RDN, LD, at HRoberts@missouristate.edu to request information.