Stephen F. Austin State University

Dietetic Internship

The Dietetic Internship at Stephen F. Austin State University is currently granted Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 S. Riverside Plaza Ste 2000, Chicago IL 60606-6995 (312)-899-5400. Next review of program 1/1/2017.

Stephen F. Austin State University is located approximately midway between Houston and Dallas in the beautiful pineywoods of deep East Texas. Since 1993, the supervised practice program has provided a positive impact on health delivery in this rural geographic region by increasing the number of eligible graduates to meet the wide variety of job opportunities for registered dietitians in East Texas.

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.

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

Objective 1: Over a 5 year period, 90% of interns enrolled in the DI program will complete all program requirements within 18 months (150%) of the time planned for completion.

Objective 2: Within twelve months of graduation, 90% or more of DI graduates who sought employment in dietetics will be employed

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: Over a 5 year period, at least 90% of interns within 12 months of graduation will take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists.

Objective 5: Over a five year period, at least 80% of graduates pass the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionist within one year following first attempt.

Objective 6: 80% of graduates will agree "the SFA dietetic internship prepared me for my first dietetics-related job." (5-point scale: strongly agree to strongly disagree)

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 (5 point scale: Outstanding, More than satisfactory, satisfactory, needs improvement, Unsatisfactory).

DI Program 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.

For program information please see the Dietetic Internship Handbook.

For application information please see the Dietetic Internship Application Information Packet




Darla O'Dwyer, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.
Darla O'Dwyer, Ph.D., R.D., L.D. - DI Program Director Office: Human Sciences North 101E Phone: 936.468.2439

Dr. O'Dwyer's research focused on the chemical properties of non-hydrogenated cottonseed oil as a deep-fat frying medium. She has published some of her work on the use of non-hydrogenated cottonseed oil as a means to reduce trans fatty acids in French fries. Prior to and while working on her doctorate, she practiced as a neonatal/pediatric dietitian for 6 years at the only level 1 trauma center in the West Texas area. She is currently working as an associate professor in the School of Human Sciences, where she teaches both introductory and advanced food science and nutrition courses. She is the Didactic Program Director in Dietetics and is involved in various university and departmental committees.





Education

  • Ph.D.Foods and Nutrition, Texas Tech University M.S.Food TechnologyTexas, Tech University B.S. Food, Nutrition and Dietetics, Sam Houston State University
  • B.S. Food, Nutrition and Dietetics, Sam Houston State University

Area of Specialization

  • Lifecycle Nutrition
  • Food Sciences
  • Clincial Nutrition

Area of Expertise

  • Community Nutrition
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • Survey research