The Dietetic Internship (DI) is a graduate-level advanced certificate program that prepares students to sit for the Registered Dietitian exam. Through coursework and supervised clinical experiences, students are equipped with the skills and knowledge to serve communities through the promotion of optimal nutrition, health and well-being. The need for dietetics practitioners is expected to increase as the health care community places a greater emphasis on the benefits of healthy eating, disease prevention and medical nutrition therapy.
The Dietetic Internship offers a Medical Nutrition Therapy and Health & Wellness concentration areas which comprises 14 credits:6 graduate credits in the supervised practice and 8 graduate credits in classroom coursework for a total of 1200 hours. The DI is affiliated with more than 80 facilities in Long Island and Queens and includes a variety of experiences to give the intern a broad view of the field of dietetics. Sites include hospitals, community centers, long-term care facilities, ambulatory care units and food service organizations. Each intern will experience eight rotations that are tailored to individual preferences and past experiences. Graduate coursework that complement the supervised practice is also part of the program.
Students wishing to apply to the Dietetic Internship must have a baccalaureate degree from a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) that has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Educate (CADE), American Dietetic Association. Students with a degree in another discipline must satisfy the requirements of a DPD prior to application to the Dietetic Internship.
Students may choose to complete only the Advanced Certificate program and are not required to complete the M.S. degree in Nutrition.
The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
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Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 1-312-899-0040 extension 5400
Upon successful completion of the Dietetic Internship, a Certificate of Advanced Studies is awarded, and students are eligible to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians. Upon passing the Registration Examination for Dietitians, a student will become a Registered Dietitian (R.D.).
Deadline for submission of the application is February 15. Requirements for admission to the Dietetic Internship include prior completion of the DPD academic requirements of the American Dietetic Association.
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