The mission of the Graduate Certificate Dietetic Internship Program is to prepare dietetic interns to function as self-directed, accountable, entry-level registered dietitians (RD) or entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN). The program seeks to develop graduates who are committed to professional involvement, leadership and service.
The program will prepare graduates to be competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists.
- At least 80 % of program interns complete program/degree requirements within 18 months (150% of the program length).
- Of graduates who seek employment, 80 percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related field within 12 months of graduation.
- Eighty percent of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
- The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of the first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80 %.
- A minimum of 80% of employers will be satisfied with the graduate preparation level for entry level practice.
- A minimum of 80% of graduates will be satisfied with the program experience.
The program will prepare individuals who are committed to professional involvement, leadership, and service.
- A minimum of 50% of graduates will hold Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics membership one year after program completion.
Dietetic Internship outcomes are available for request.
For more information including program costs and completion requirements read through the Dietetic Internship Program Handbook 2019-2020
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About the Program
Dietetic Internship Graduate Certificate Program
The Department of Allied Health Sciences offers a verification statement to students upon successful completion of the Dietetic Internship (DI) curriculum listed below. The DI curriculum has been granted candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) (120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995; 1.800.877.1600 extension 5400).
The DI program is a post-baccalaureate certificate program of study. That includes a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice at affiliate healthcare institutions. The DI provides a verification statement to the student upon successful completion of the program which qualifies him/her to sit for the National Registration Examination for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) administered by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Commission on Dietetic Registration. The DI program selectively admits 14 students per year utilizing D&D Digital Computer matching process. Up to seven students are pre-selected and seven are matched through the matching process and the DICAS application system.
Admission requirements include: completion of a baccalaureate degree from an ACEND accredited college or university with a major in nutrition, dietetics, or related field. A DPD verification statement must be presented upon application. Minimum GPA requirement for acceptance is 3.0 overall, preferred GRE/GPA calculation of 340 (DPD GPA x 20 + Verbal + Quantitative) and completion of the DICAS application and the D&D Digital Matching application.
- Applicants must also apply to the Graduate School (Indicate on your application that you have a Bachelor’s degree in order to access the graduate application).
- Official copy of GRE scores: these can be sent directly from GRE to Nicholls State University
- Interview sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
DI Pre-select Applications are Due – January 15, 2020
Semester 1: DIET 520 Dietetics Preprofessional Practice I (3-0-20)
Semester 2: DIET 521 Dietetics Preprofessional Practice II (6-0-40)
Semester 3: DIET 522 Dietetics Preprofessional Practice III (6-0-40)
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 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 Dietetics Program at Nicholls State University are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program.