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Stephen F. Austin State University

Internships

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.

Mission:

The mission of the DI at Stephen F. Austin State University is to prepare competent entry-level practitioners to serve in emerging dietetics professions in the communities of East Texas and beyond.

Goals:

Goal #1: Over a five-year period, the SFA DI will produce competent entry-level practitioners 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 five-year period, the pass rate for DI graduates taking the registration examination for the first time will be 80%.

Objective 2: Over a five-year period, 80% of DI graduates will pass the registration examination within one year of program completion.

Objective 3: Within twelve months of graduation, 90% or more of DI graduates who sought employment in dietetics will be employed.

Objective 4: 80% of graduates, when completing the Graduate Survey, will agree "the SFA ietetic internship prepared me for my first dietetics-related job."

Objective 5: Over a five-year period, 50% of DI graduates will be employed in the dietetics field in the East Texas region.

Objective 6: Over a five-year period, 90% of employers completing the Employer Survey will rate DI graduates as having skills equivalent to those of an entry-level Registered Dietitian.

Objective 7: Over a five-year period, 90% of interns enrolled in the DI program will complete all program requirements within 15 months (150%) of the time planned for completion.

Goal #2: Over a five-year period, the program will prepare graduates 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.

Objective 2: Over a five-year period, 80% of employers responding to the Employer Survey will report that the graduate has participated in one or more professional community service activities while serving as their employee.

* Program outcome data is available upon request. Please contact Dr. Natalie Hensarling, DI Director by email at nhensarling@sfasu.edu or by phone at 936-468-2063.

Program Concentration: Community

Concentration Area Competencies:

  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.

For program information please see the Dietetic Internship Handbook.

For application information please see the Dietetic Internship Application Information Packet

Natalie Hensarling, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.
Natalie Hensarling, Ph.D., R.D., L.D. - DI Program Director Office: Human Sciences North 101F Phone: 936.468.2063

Natalie Hensarling received her PhD in Nutritional Sciences from Texas Tech University and is currently an assistant professor of Food, Nutrition, & Dietetics and the Dietetic Internship Director at Stephen F. Austin State University. Her dissertation research focused on university students, and used survey and social media research to assess a healthy eating program on a university campus. Prior to her pursuit of a doctoral degree, Dr. Hensarling worked as a clinical dietitian for approximately two years and has also served as a contract dietitian for a wellness program focusing on childhood obesity prevention. She is an East Texas native and proud alum of Stephen F. Austin State University.

Education

  • Ph.D. Nutritional Sciences, Texas Tech University
  • M.S. Human Sciences, Stephen F. Austin State University
  • B.S. Food, Nutrition and Dietetics, Stephen F. Austin State University

Area of Specialization

  • Community Nutrition
  • Clinical Nutrition

Area of Expertise

  • Community Nutrition
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • Survey research