Intern Program Completion Requirements
earn the Dietetic Internship Verification Statement, the dietetic intern must:
· Complete supervised practice rotations with an overall rotation evaluation
score of “3 Satisfactory” or above.
Complete staff relief assignments with an overall staff relief experience score
of “3 Satisfactory” or above
· Maintain a cumulative GPA of
higher in graduate courses
· Achieve a score of 80% or better on all exams administered outside of the
· Achieve a score of 90% or better on clinical competency exams.
· Achieve a score of 80% or better on all assigned written projects.
the event that a student in the dietetic internship:
· exhibits habitual disregard of policies and procedures of the program,
department, or institution,
absent or late without cause and/or proper notification,
· uses/has possession of alcohol or illegal drugs immediately before or while
on duty and/or the use of which affects classroom or supervised practice,
on responsibilities without authority,
· violates confidentiality of a patient/client,
action may be taken to dismiss the student from the dietetic internship.
review of the above criteria, it is determined that a dietetic intern is failing
to meet performance criteria, the dietetic internship director confers with the
dietetic intern regarding performance and/or conduct and implements a plan for
improvement that includes the following:
1. Written guidelines for improved performance within designated time frames
2. Copies of the guidelines are given to the dietetic intern, preceptor to
whom the intern is assigned, and the department director.
dietetic intern’s performance is evaluated by the dietetic internship director
and program coordinator to the predetermined time schedule.
completed rotation evaluations, the dietetic internship director, in
consultation with the program coordinator, department associate directors, and
department director, makes the final decision on the disposition of the dietetic
intern. The disposition will include one of the following:
dietetic intern improved performance during the probationary period and is
assumed to be able to graduate with the rest of the class unless other problems
dietetic intern is advised that additional time will be required before he/she
can graduate. The time cannot exceed 8 weeks.
intern is asked to leave the program because it is determined that competencies
cannot be reached in any reasonable length of time
Completion of Internship Requirements:
program director verifies that each intern has completed all requirements for
program completion, Verification Statements are awarded.
Intern Evaluation Process:
following policies were developed to ensure that each dietetic intern receives
frequent feedback throughout the course of the internship, and understands the
requirements necessary for program completion and award of Dietetic Internship
evaluation of the dietetic intern is measured using a variety of formative and
summative strategies. Formative strategies assess the student's progress, and
summative strategies evaluate knowledge and performance at the end of rotations
and courses and at the end of the Dietetic Internship.
Frequent verbal feedback from the preceptors, program coordinator, and
internship director will be provided to the dietetic intern throughout all
rotations and projects. The interns will receive formative oral feedback
throughout the program thus the written summative evaluation at the end of
the rotation or project should not contain any feedback that was not shared
throughout the rotation.
dietetic intern must complete 100% of the assigned learning activities.
Learning activities are outlined in the curriculum for each rotation. Upon
completion of each rotation, the dietetic intern will submit the work
completion logs and all supportive documentation to the preceptor as
confirmation that all learning activities have been completed. The preceptor
will review all learning activities to confirm that all work has been
completed and evaluate the interns on each learning activity and overall
performance in the rotation on the scale below:
completed rotation evaluation forms are turned into the Dietetic Internship
Director who monitors that the interns have met the following criteria:
1=UNSATISFACTORY. Does not meet requirements of the rotation. Needs basic
concepts repeated, consistently demonstrated a poor level of retention and
comprehension. Overall performance leaves considerable room for improvement.
Requires an inordinate amount of supervision and follow-up.
IMPROVEMENT. Work is often below quality and quantity standards. Improvement
is needed but overall requirements are usually met. Requires additional
counseling, training, experience, and/or initiative to meet requirements in
selected areas of rotation experience. Requires more than normal supervisory
direction and follow-up. Needs assistance on many projects; required guidance
to achieve pre-determined objectives.
3=SATISFACTORY. Meets the standard of expected performance. Quality and
quantity of work consistent with requirements on most assignments. Competent in
knowledge necessary to perform required tasks; able to utilize resources to meet
requirements of the rotation. Errors are infrequent. Almost always completes
assigned work on schedule. Rarely requires assistance on routine aspects of
experience; however, requires help with non-routine assignments. Requires
normal amount of supervision and follow-up. Performs all activities with some
assistance; generally achieves pre-determined objectives.
THAN SATISFACTORY. Exceeds standard of entry level performance, even on some of
the most complex assignments. Exceptional quality of tasks completed.
Extremely accurate; rarely makes errors. Demonstrates initiative in development
and implementation of assignments; gathers information above expectations and is
able to utilize in a conceptual manner. Requires minimal direction or
supervision. Performs all activities correctly; works with minimum assistance
once guidelines are established; meets pre-determined objectives.
receiving two overall ratings of less than 3 (Satisfactory) on the Dietetic
Intern Performance Evaluation will meet with the internship director to
discuss a plan for performance improvement. The intern may be required to
repeat the rotation experience or be assigned additional work to meet the
educational objectives of the rotation. Students not receiving a score of 3
after remediation, and following the appropriate disciplinary action procedures
will be dismissed from the dietetic internship.
dietetic interns must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in the
University of Iowa graduate courses required during the dietetic internship
program. They must also maintain reasonable academic progress as outlined
in the University of Iowa Reasonable Academic Progress bulletin
they wish to establish or maintain financial aid eligibility.
dietetic interns must pass all exams (outside of the graduate classes)
covering didactic knowledge including but not limited to: clinical
competency exams, diet meals, ServSafe Certification, management classes,
and practice examples. Interns must earn an 80% or better on these
examinations. The only exception is that 90% or better must be achieved on
the clinical competency exam. Deficiencies will be made up with remedial
work, and the exam will be re-administered.
dietetic intern must complete 100% of all assigned written projects
including but not limited to: Letter to Legislature, Health Habit,
Nutrition Bites, and maintaining internship Facebook page. Written projects
are graded against pre-established standards and methods by the Dietetic
Internship Director in order to establish grading consistency. All projects
must be completed with a grade of 80% or better. Any performance that is
unsatisfactory (below 80%) must be performed again for re-evaluation.
dietetic intern must complete 100% of all assigned projects including but
not limited to: National Nutrition Month Health Fair, Event Planning
Project, Nutrition Care Plan (2), AND Portfolio Development, and Management
project. Projects are graded against pre-established standards and methods
by the Dietetic Internship Director in order to establish grading
consistency. A minimum ranking of 80% is required to have satisfactory
completion of project assignments. Any performance that is unsatisfactory
(below 80%) must be performed again for re-evaluation.
dietetic intern must complete 100% of all assigned presentation projects
including but not limited to: Clinical Rounds, Dietetic Research Seminar. Presentation projects are
graded against pre-established standards and methods by the Dietetic
Internship Director in order to establish grading consistency. A minimum
ranking of 80% is required to have satisfactory completion of presentation
assignments. Any performance that is unsatisfactory (below 80%) must be
performed again for re-evaluation.
dietetic intern must demonstrate professionalism at all times during
rotations and related professional development activities as assessed via
verbal feedback from preceptors and Dietetic Internship Director, and as
rated on the Dietetic Intern Performance Evaluation completed at the end of every
rotation. If at any time a performance evaluation rating or verbal feedback
suggests a lack of professionalism (e.g., disrespectful interactions,
cheating, lying, plagiarism, forgery, violates confidentiality), the incidence(s) will be investigated and the dietetic intern may be dismissed
from the program, or placed on probation and removed from a rotation and/or
will be assigned additional work and/or counseling until an acceptable level
of professionalism is achieved.
self-assessment will be completed by the dietetic intern at mid-year and
end-of-year evaluations. This will allow the Dietetic Internship Director
and intern opportunities to develop experiences to gain confidence in all
Dietetic interns unwilling or unable to meet all of the standards described
above will not be allowed to continue in the Dietetic Internship program.