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Dietetics Internship (Minnesota)

Program description

Dietetics in Rochester

Mayo School of Health Sciences offers an 11-month Dietetics Internship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., providing comprehensive clinical knowledge and skills that enable practitioners to provide complete nutrition services.

This internship's mission is to provide high-quality training that prepares graduates to enter the field as competent entry-level practitioners who participate in professional activities and have an emphasis in medical nutrition therapy.

The Mayo School of Health Sciences Dietetics Internship selected the medical nutrition therapy emphasis due to the high acuity level and complexity of care required by our patient population.

Program goals

  • The program prepares competent entry-level practitioners.

    Outcome measures:

    • Over a five-year period, the pass rate for Dietetics Internship graduates taking the registration examination for the first time will be at least 80 percent.
    • Eighty-five percent of interns complete all program requirements within 150 percent of the time planned for completion (17 months).
    • Over a five-year period, 70 percent or more of Dietetics Internship graduates who seek employment in dietetics will be employed within three months of program completion.
    • Over a five-year period, 80 percent of employers indicate graduates had satisfactory to above-satisfactory entry-level competencies for their first professional position (average rating on survey is "3" on a scale of 1 to 5 with "5" being excellent).
  • The program provides a supply of competent dietetic professionals for positions requiring clinical nutrition knowledge and skills.

    Outcome measures:

    • Over a five-year period, 50 percent or more of Dietetics Internship graduates who seek employment in dietetics will be employed in the area of medical nutrition therapy.
    • Over a five-year period, 80 percent of employers of graduates in entry-level clinical dietitian positions indicate they had satisfactory to above-satisfactory knowledge and skills (average rating on survey is "3" on a scale of 1 to 5 with "5" being excellent).
    • One hundred percent of interns will be student members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • The program encourages students to recognize the need to continue their education and participate in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and other professional organizations.

    Outcome measures:

    • Each intern will attend a minimum of three local dietetic association meetings or continuing education opportunities each year.
    • Over a five-year period, 80 percent of graduates will continue their education or be involved in one or more professional organizations.
    • One hundred percent of interns will be student members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Gainful employment disclosure report

The Department of Education requires disclosure of student debt and employment information to assist students in making informed decisions prior to enrolling in this education program.

Accreditation

The Dietetics Internship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
      120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
      Chicago, IL 60606-6995
    • Phone: 800-877-1600, ext. 5400 (toll-free) or 312-899-0040, ext. 5400

See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

Facilities

The Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minn., includes an extensive outpatient complex; Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus; Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus; and substantial research and education facilities.

This Mayo Clinic site is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.

Primarily, education for this internship is conducted at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus, a 1,265-bed facility that was founded in 1889. Within the Saint Marys Campus is the 85-bed Mayo Eugenio Litta Children's Hospital. Interns also have rotations at Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus.

Graduation and certification

Upon successful completion of the 1,536 supervised practice hours, you receive a certificate of completion from Mayo School of Health Sciences and a verification statement that allows you to take the professional registration exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

Hours

For the majority of the internship, your learning schedule includes eight-hour days, five days a week. While the regular workweek is usually 40 hours, additional projects and homework are assigned.

The program is a full-time commitment for class and clinical work. Interns work primarily weekdays. However, they may be required to work three to four weekends throughout the year as established for learning experiences. Hours vary depending on the work experience.

No credit is given for previous work experience.

Class size

Each year, Mayo School of Health Sciences admits eight students to its Dietetics Internship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. This ensures you receive close one-on-one instruction and a comprehensive educational experience.

  • Dec 3, 2013
  • ART627234