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 eighty percent (80%) of program interns complete program/degree requirements within 18 months (150% of the program length).
- Of graduates who seek employment, eighty percent (80%) are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related field within 12 months of graduation.
- Eighty percent (80%) 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 eighty percent (80%).
- A minimum of eighty percent (80%) of employers will be satisfied with the graduate preparation level for entry level practice.
- A minimum of eighty percent (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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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, 2021
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)
For more information including program costs and completion requirements read through the Dietetic Internship Program Handbook
Dietetic Internship Program outcomes are available upon request.
“The Nicholls State Dietetic Internship allowed me to find my love for community nutrition and better prepared me to serve as a leader in my community as an advocate for community health. The internship as a whole was a well-rounded experience that reinforced my undergraduate studies and empowered me to practice confidently. The DI instructor, preceptors, and coordinator supported me as an intern and set me up for success.” – Amanda Gibson, Dietetic Intern Class of 2018
“I am originally from India (Asia) and I came to the USA back in 2015. Coming from a different background and culture, it was really hard to find the bridge which can connect me not only with other cultures but also help me to understand the medical system in the USA. Nicholls Dietetic Internship was that bridge for me. I am very happy that I have decided to move from California to complete my dietetic internship in Nicholls. It has helped me to make myself culturally competent and informationally sound in the field of dietetics as it is very crucial to become a successful nutritionist. All rotations and preceptors were unique in one or other way which was a big help to me. A piece of advice I would like to give to future intern is, keep your mind open to grab and learn new things from your internship. It will definitely help you to make your dietetic internship experience unforgettable.” – Jigna Shah, Dietetic Intern class of 2019
“My experience throughout the Nicholls State Dietetic internship program has shaped me into the confident, successful dietitian that I am today. I received constant support from my instructors and preceptors over the course of the internship as well as preparing for my registered dietitian exam. Because of the program at Nicholls, I felt confident when preparing for my exam and all throughout the job application process” – Claire Chiasson, Dietetic Intern class of 2020
“The Nicholls State Dietetic Internship is not only challenging and helping me grow as a future RD, but it is also a lot of fun! The Director and Instructor, Sherry and Ashley, are both extremely helpful and care about the success of the interns. Despite the challenging COVID-19 times, they make sure the interns are able to have the most normal and educational experience possible. The program includes a variety of different learning experiences such as case studies, in person clinical and food service experiences, community based projects, as well as an assortment of other learning tools that set us up for success!” – Paige Gorges, Dietetic Intern class of 2021
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.