OSF Saint Francis Medical Center

Peoria, Illinois

Mission and Goals

intern2.jpg Program Mission

The mission of the Dietetic Internship Program is to provide innovative, high quality and and challenging practice experiencs to shape dietetic interns into competent entry-level dietitians by meeting the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetic's standards and supporting OSF's mission of "Serving with the Greatest Care and Love".  The program also provides experiences and support that motivates

graduates to become leaders in professional practice.  

OSF Dietetic Internship Handbook 2023.pdf (PDF - 540.9 KB)

Program Goals and Objectives

Goal #1

Graduates are prepared for current practice as competent entry-level dietitians.


  •  “At least 80% of interns complete the program requirements within 18 months (150% of program length).”

  • “At least 80% 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 exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.”

  • “Of graduates who seek employment, at least 80% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.”

Goal #2

Graduates are able to adapt to the rapid changes of the healthcare environment and take the initiative as self-motivated and self-directed dietitians.


  • 80% of the graduates indicate the internship prepared them for their first position.
  • 80% of the employer surveys indicate that the current graduate was prepared for their first position.
  • 60% of graduates indicate they plan to participate in local, state or national nutrition-related organizations within the first 5 years after graduation.
  • 60% of graduates indicate they plan to achieve a specialty certification within the first 5 years after graduation.

**Outcomes data available upon request.

I can't say enough good things about this hospital and internship program. I am thrilled to have returned for a clinical dietitian position five years later."

Angie Fisher, MS, RD, LD
Clinical Dietitian
2000 Graduate