6.03 Assessment of Intern Learning and Performance
Effective Date: 7/05 Date Revised or Reviewed: 7/2016
Competence of the dietetic intern will be determined at intervals throughout the dietetic internship.
At the completion of each rotation, the intern is assessed by the preceptor and a rubric and point
system is used to assign a grade that reflects the intern’s achievement. Student progress will be
tracked in the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS), which is part of UW–Madison's commitment
to academic advising. This process provides assurance to the intern, preceptor and program
managers that the multi-level competencies are being met.
A. All interns will have access to the unit competencies to review the objectives, learning
experiences, competencies and curriculum plan of each unit before beginning experiences
in scheduled rotations.
B. Learning modules and corresponding rubrics will be accessed electronically by interns in
preparation for the rotation. Rubrics provide the scoring elements and a listing of
C. During rotations preceptors verbally discuss progress and provide feedback.
D. By the last day of the rotation, the rubric is scored and shared with the student and
provided to the program manager.
E. The supervised practice component consists of 32 hours/week of supervised practice
experiences at UW HEALTH and their affiliated sites.
F. Interns also complete special projects with assessment by presentation or written paper
and graded by use of a rubric which can be accessed by the student. These include: a case
study, a quality improvement project, and an oral exam that includes presentation of an e-
portfolio and a performance assessment. Preceptors share graded rubrics with the student
and the program manager.
G. As rubrics are completed, the scores are uploaded to the UW-Madison grading system by
the program manager or appointed program support staff.
H. Rubric scores become part of the intern's record.
I. Concerns or discrepancies should be discussed initially with the program manager. The
program manager will work with the preceptor and student together and/or separately to
address the concern. Each student is also assigned to an Academic Advisor at UW-Madison
Nutrition Sciences. Student progress will be tracked in the Degree Audit Reporting System
(DARS), which is part of UW–Madison's commitment to academic advising. Advising will be
available by phone, email, Skype, or other similar technology throughout the Capstone
Certificate in Clinical Nutrition.
J. Any discussion regarding scores must take place within one week of the availability of the
score. A minimum score of 80% is required for successful completion of each rotation. If
less than 80% is received, the preceptor must provide an opportunity to redo the related
competency within the timing of the current rotation or within the following two weeks.
Failure to successfully complete the final rotation in the program may result in program
K. If an 80% is not achieved with a second attempt, the intern works with the program
manager using the intern coaching form to establish a plan of action for one last attempt to
pass the rotation. Failure to achieve a competency over the duration of the internship will
fail to achieve the DI verification form. Grades will be available for continued completion of
the Graduate Capstone in Clinical Nutrition without the Dietetic Internship verification
L. Grading is as follows:
Percentage based on
earned to total
M. Standards for good academic standing in the program are as follows:
• Students must earn ≥ 3.00 GPA and an ≥ 80% on all rotations within NS 670 and NS
671 to receive DI verification statement and become eligible for the RD examination
offered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
• No program courses (NS 650, 651, 652, 653, 670, 671) with grades less than C will
be accepted for the Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition program completion.
• Students receiving an incomplete (I) grade are allowed the subsequent semester of
enrollment to complete the course work.
UW HEALTH Dietetic Internship Learning Modules
UW HEALTH Learning Modules and Project Rubrics
IV. FORMS USED
UW HEALTH Dietetic Internship Rotation Rubrics
Intern Coaching Form
Karen Kritsch, PhD, RD
UW HEALTH Clinical Nutrition Manager, Outpatient Operations and Dietetic Internship
Susan Rees, DNP, RN, CPHQ, CENP
VP DEV, NURSING & PT CARE SVCS