Dietetic Internship MCN Program Mission
The Texas A&M Dietetic Internship (TAMU DI) Master of Clinical Nutrition (MCN) program is designed to integrate knowledge gained in coursework with intensive training in professional settings to help grow the intern into a competent entry level dietitian. The program provides planned professional experiences in clinical dietetics, as well as community nutrition and administrative/food service management. Interns who have completed course work in nutrition, food science and support areas (biochemistry, physiology and statistics) are placed in professional settings for practical application of dietetics education and research. The mission of the TAMU DI follows:
The mission of the Texas A&M Dietetic Internship Program is to provide a high-quality education and a variety of supervised practice experiences to prepare interns to be effective entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists.
Dietetic Internship MCN Program Goals and Objectives
The TAMU DI Program is in accordance with the Texas A&M University goal of striving for the highest quality educational program while contributing to community enhancement and outreach, research, knowledge generation and economic development.
The MCN Program’s goals and measurable objectives are:
GOAL 1: Prepare graduates for working in diverse areas of dietetics through a variety of supervised practice experiences.
- 90% of program graduates agree that rotation sites were adequate to prepare them to work in their chosen field.
- 90% of program graduates agree that coursework and research enhanced their skills to work in their chosen field.
GOAL 2: Prepare graduates to be competent entry-level practitioners who demonstrate an evidence-based approach to their practice and a commitment to ongoing development of their evidence-based practice skills.
- At least 80% of interns complete program requirements within 32 months (150% of the program length).
- At least 90% 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%.
- Of program graduates who seek employment, at least 80% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
- At least 90% of employers of program graduates rate Texas A&M graduates as demonstrating an evidence-based approach to their practice.
Program outcomes vary from year to year, but are available upon request from the Dietetic Internship Director:
Karen S. Geismar, MS, RD, LD, CNSC
Dietetic Internship Director, Senior Lecturer
Department of Nutrition, Texas A&M University
2253 TAMU College Station, TX 77843