The UNCG Dietetic Internship program is a post-baccalaureate certificate program that includes supervised dietetics practice with an area of concentration of Professional Engagement. Placement sites are with hospitals, diet/fitness centers, long-term care facilities, and county health departments. This program is 12 months long and includes a minimum of 1200 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 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 Post-Baccalaureate Certificate /Dietetic Internship Program is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606, 312/899-0040 (ext. 5400), www.eatrightpro.org/acend.
Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR’s Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR’s website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship program at UNCG are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.
In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements click here.
For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here.
ACEND contact information:
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
Phone: 312/899-0040 (ext. 5400)
We welcome inquiries from prospective internship students. Babbi Hawkins is the Internship Director and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-256-0326.
Mission of the Dietetic Internship
The mission of the Dietetic Internship program is to prepare competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists for positions in clinical, foodservice, and community nutrition to improve health and enhance quality of life of individuals, families and communities. Through a supervised practice curriculum, the program is structured to provide diverse learning opportunities that enable program graduates to further develop and apply their knowledge and skills in order to provide quality nutrition care in diverse practice settings. The learning environment emphasizes the importance of self-reflection, oral and written communication, problem solving, teamwork, life-long learning, service and professional engagement.
Program Goals with Corresponding Objectives
Program Goal 1: To prepare graduates to obtain employment in nutrition and dietetics or related fields.
- The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
- The program’s first time pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam on their first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 75%.
- At least 75% of responding employers (identified by program graduates) will report program graduates’ preparation for entry-level practice as meeting or exceeding the rating of “competent”.
- At least 80% of program interns complete program/degree requirements within 18 months for Track 1 (150% of the program length which is 12 months for Track 1) and 24 months for Track 2 (150% of the program length which is 16 months for Track 2).
- Of graduates who seek employment, 80% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
- 90% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
Program Goal 2: Graduates will demonstrate a commitment to service and professional engagement
- At least 30% of responding program graduates will report participating in one or more service and/or professional engagement activities by 3 years post graduation.
- At least 50% of responding program graduates will report that they serve as a preceptor for an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program by 3 years post graduation.
Program outcomes data are available upon request.