Dietetic Internship

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The UNCG Dietetic Internship program is a post-baccalaureate certificate program that includes  supervised dietetics practice with an area of concentration of Professional and Community Engagement. Placement sites are with hospitals, diet/fitness centers, long-term care facilities, and county health departments. This program is 10 months long and includes a minimum of 1220 hours of supervised dietetics practice.  Candidates who wish to be considered for admission to the program should submit an application through DICAS for the spring match.

The UNCG Dietetic Internship prepares interns for successful, professional practice. This is accomplished through 10 weeks of supervised preparation and 27 weeks of supervised practice.  In addition, interns are required to complete a professional and community engagement project with a designated community partner.  Following successful completion of the internship performance requirements, interns earn a verification statement of completion of the DI program leading to registration eligibility  (to sit for the registration exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.  The UNCG Dietetic Internship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics with oversight by the U.S. Department of Education.

We welcome inquiries from prospective internship students. Babbi Hawkins is the Internship Director and can be reached at bshawkin@uncg.edu or 336-256-0326.

Mission and Goals of the Dietetic Internship

Mission

The mission of the Dietetic Internship program is to prepare competent entry-level dietitians for positions in clinical, foodservice, and community nutrition to better serve individuals and their families particularly in North Carolina. The program provides a curriculum with supervised practice in order to complete the Post-BS Certificate – Dietetic Internship (DI) program. The DI program is structured to provide diverse learning opportunities within the state that enable each student to further develop and apply their knowledge and skills in order to provide quality nutrition care in diverse practice settings. The learning environment helps promote student understanding of the importance of self-reflection, oral and written communication, problem solving, teamwork, life-long learning, and service to the profession and the community.

Program Goals with Corresponding Outcomes Goals

1.  The program will prepare competent entry-level practitioners who obtain employment in dietetics-related positions.

Outcomes Measures
  • 80% of alumni will pass the RD examination on the first attempt.
  • 90% of interns complete the program within their planned time frame.
  • 80% of responding program graduates will have passed the RD exam within one year of program completion.
  • 70% of responding program graduates will have obtained employment related to dietetics or be enrolled in a post graduate degree program within 6 months of program completion.
  • 75% of employers will rate program graduates as meeting or exceeding the rating of “adequately skilled” for performance competencies expected of entry level dietitians.

2.  The program will encourage the development of life-long learning.

Outcomes Measures
  • 60% of responding program graduates will be members of ADA and their district dietetic associations within 3 years following graduation.
  • 25% of responding program graduates will have obtained or be engaged in obtaining additional credentials or post-graduate studies within 3 years following graduation.

3.  The program will prepare graduates who demonstrate a commitment to professional and community service.

Outcomes Measures
  • 20% of responding program graduates will report participating in one or more community service activities by 3 years post-graduation.
  • 20% of responding program graduates will report having assumed a leadership role in the national, state, or local dietetic association by 3 years post graduation.

 

Gainful Employment Information

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (PBC)-Dietetic Internship program (CIP code: 301901) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The occupation that this program prepares graduates to enter is Dietitians and Nutritionists (SOC code: 29-1031). The total tuition rate and fees charged to complete the program (15 student credit hours-1 full time academic year), are $6,019 (In State) and $18,245 (Out of State) (This calculation is based on the tuition/fees rates for the academic year 2014-2015). The UNCG OPEID code is 002976; the Credential Level for all certificate programs at UNCG is 04. See the  DI Program Information Sheet for additional fees.

Gainful Employment Information