Program Mission, Goals and Objectives

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Dietetic Internship Program at Murray State University is to prepare entry-level dietitians to deliver quality nutrition care in clinical, community, food-service, and long-term care settings. The program seeks to meet present and future nutritional needs of both rural and urban communities in Kentucky and the region. The program at Murray State assumes the responsibility for providing advanced dietetic education opportunities in Western Kentucky. The region will benefit by having competent dietetic professionals serving in various health related facilities and businesses.

Program Goals:

  • To prepare program graduates to meet employment requirements for entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists.
  • To assist in meeting employment needs for registered dietitian nutritionist in Kentucky and the region by providing trained dietetics professionals.

Program Objectives:

  • Eighty percent (80%) of program interns complete program requirements within 16.5 months (150% of program length of 11 months).
  • Eighty percent (80%) of program graduates will take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  • Eighty-percent (80%) of program graduates will pass the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionist within one (1) year following their first attempt.
  • Eighty percent (80%) percent of program graduates, who are not pursuing full-time graduate studies and respond to the Post Internship Survey, will be employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of program completion.
  • 100% of program graduates employed as registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN) who respond to the Post Internship Survey will report preparation to be an entry-level RDN as “satisfactory” or better.
  • 100% of employers of Murray State University (MSU) Dietetic Internship graduates, who respond to the employer survey, will rate the MSU graduate competency as an entry-level RDN as “satisfactory” or better.
  • 100% of employers of Murray State University (MSU) Dietetic Internship graduates, who respond to the employer survey, will rate the MSU graduate as “satisfactory” or better for “knowledge needed for their current position.”