Dietetic Internship Curriculum

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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.

Internship Rotations:

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
38 weeks
64 hours
1216 hours
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.

Rotations

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.

Community Rotations

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.

Elective Rotation

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.

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