Stephen F. Austin State University

Mission, Goals, and Objectives (DI program)

DPD Mission, Goals and Objectives

Dietetic Internship Mission, Goals and Objectives

Missions Statement: The mission of the Dietetic Internship at Stephen F. Austin State University is to prepare competent entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists to serve in traditional and emerging dietetics professions in the communities of East Texas and beyond.

Goal #1: Over a five-year period, the SFA DI will produce competent Registered Dietitian Nutritionists in the various areas of clinical, community, and foodservice management to serve the rural populations of the East Texas region.

Objective 1: At least 80% of program interns complete program requirements within 18 months (150% of the program length).

Objective 2: Of graduates who seek employment, 90% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.

Objective 3: Over a five year period, at least 50% of our graduates will be employed in the dietetics field in the East Texas region.

Objective 4: 90% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of completion.

Objective 5: 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%.

Objective 6: 80% of graduates will agree "the SFA dietetic internship prepared me for my first dietetics-related job."

Objective 7: Over a 5 year period, 90% of employers will rate DI graduates as satisfactory or above as having skills equivalent to those of an entry level Registered Dietitian.

Goal #2: Over a five-year period, the program will prepare Registered Dietitian Nutritionists to be engaged in their communities, either professionally or through community service activities.

Objective 1: Over a five-year period, 80% of graduates responding to the Graduate Survey will report they participate in one or more community service activities yearly, either through their current employment, scholarship, or volunteer activities.

Program Concentration: Community

Our program concentration is community focused, mainly due to the fact that our location is in a rural setting. These are the competencies that are measured to support this focus:

  1. Using the Nutrition Care Process (NCP), perform a community needs assessment on a target group or area of need.
  2. Develop a grant proposal for an assigned community need, program, or service.

Even though our focus is community, we provide 18-19 weeks in clinical settings, 6-7 weeks in a community setting and 6 weeks in a food service management setting. Many of the electives are community focused and can be chosen depending upon your preferences.

* Program outcome data is available upon request. Please contact Dr. Darla O'Dwyer, DI Director by email at or by phone at 936-468-2439.