Dietetic Internship Curriculum
The internship will begin in early September and graduation will occur at the end of June. The concentration of the dietetic internship is wellness promotion.
|Nutrition Therapy||14 weeks||448 hours|
|Foodservice Management||8 weeks||256 hours|
|Community||12 weeks||384 hours|
|Elective Weeks||2 weeks||64 hours|
|Staff Experience||2 weeks
|Class & seminar (Mondays)||27 weeks||108 hours|
Thirty-two hours per week will be spent in supervised practice Tuesdays through Friday. The didactic portion of the program will be spent on Mondays in a 2-hour class in the mornings and a 2-hour seminar in the afternoon (unless it is a legal holiday). The classroom setting will be augmented with field trips to additional facilities.
Nutrition Therapy Rotations
Ten weeks will be at a hospital, two weeks at a renal care center or hospice and two weeks in long-term care. Duties will include nutritional screening and assessment of patients and patient education. Interns will become familiar with tube feedings and parenteral feedings.
Foodservice Management Rotations
Eight weeks will be completed in a hospital. The interns will be involved in menu planning, food preparation and processing and purchasing.
Twelve weeks will be in a variety of locations including WIC, County Health Departments, Food Bank, Head Start/Early Head Start, school districts, STRIDE (Solutions through Translational Research in Diet and Exercise), a homeless shelter, diabetes clinic, corporate wellness promotion and cancer center. The interns will have the opportunity to work with a variety of clients and provide public nutrition education as well as nutrition counseling.
During this unique experience, the intern is allowed to find a rotation for two weeks or two one week rotations in a dietetic related field of their particular interest. The experience may be within a current rotation site or at an approved site outside of the current internship rotation sites.
Professional Staff Experience
During this two-week period the dietetic intern will be the acting dietitian at the selected facility. This rotation will be the last two weeks of the internship so that the intern is properly prepared for this responsibility.