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Dietetic Internship

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The Dietetic Internship Program is an intensive full time program with a concentration in Medical Nutrition Therapy in Clinical & Community Dietetics. We are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics through July 2022.

Our program offers two tracks:

Track One: Dietetic Internship only through Rutgers School of Health Professions (SHP)

Track Two: Dietetic Internship through Rutgers SHP and a Master of Science Degree through Rutgers Graduate School-New Brunswick (GSNB)

Our unique mission is consistent with the preparation of entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists. The program is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in Dietetics and Nutrition by providing the clinical and didactic education necessary to train competent, critically thinking and compassionate dietetic practitioners.

Graduates are eligible to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s Credentialing Examination for Dietitian Nutritionists. Our graduates are able to perform competently, work independently and collaboratively with other health professionals, educators and policy makers to promote health and positively impact the nutritional status of individuals within the community, state, national and global environments.  They are well-rounded practitioners able to adapt to the evolving healthcare environment. Our mission is compatible with the University, School and Department Mission statements.

Goals of the Dietetic Internship Program for both tracks:

  1. To provide clinical and didactic learning experiences reflecting the breadth of dietetic practice that allows dietetic students to become competent entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) and graduates with the skills necessary to assume expanding roles in the health care environment.
  2. To expand the knowledge and skills needed to develop practitioners who are able to actively participate in the application and practice of research, public policy and legislative issues and development and implementation of public presentations.
  3. To foster attitudes and behaviors consistent with ethical, professional practice that will instill a sense of commitment and involvement in the profession and life-long learning.

Additional Goal for Track Two (DI/MS):

To provide students with the skills required for critically evaluating and actively conducting research in nutritional sciences through completion of the Master of Science Degree in Nutritional Sciences.

  • 90% of the students will complete the program requirements within 150% of the time planned for completion.
    • Track One: expected completion within10 months with a maximum completion of 15 months.
    • Track Two: expected completion within 24 months with a maximum completion of 36 months.
  • 85% or more of graduates who seek employment in dietetics or related fields will be employed within 12 months of graduation.
  • 85% of graduates will be expected to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s (CDR) Credentialing Examination for Dietitian Nutritionists within 12 months of graduation.
  • At least 80% of graduates over a five year period will pass the CDR Credentialing Examination for Dietitian Nutritionists within one year following their first attempt.
  • 50% or more of graduates will participate in: Public Policy/Legislative Issues and/or Public and Professional presentations over a five year period.
  • 90% of employers who are reached via a graduate employer survey or who participate in a phone or in person interview will rate the graduates performance as meeting or exceeding expectations for practice and meeting ethical practice behaviors.
  • 25% of graduates who respond to an alumni survey or who participate in a phone interview will report that they have enrolled in an advanced degree program and/or achieved certification in a specialty area of practice at five years post-graduation of program.

Additional Program Objective for Track Two (DI/MS)

  • 90% of students enrolled in this track will complete the MS Degree Requirements within four years following completion of the supervised practice requirements.

Data are available upon request. Please contact Julie O’Sullivan-Maillet

The learning experiences of our program have been selected in accordance with the program mission, goals, objectives and outcomes. Our alumni are dedicated to health promotion, wellness and disease prevention.

Accreditation Status: School and Program

The School of Health Professions is accredited by the Commission of Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Contact information for additional inquiries regarding program accreditation can be addressed to:

ACEND
120 S. Riverside Plaza, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995,
800/877-1600, ext. 5400
312/899-0040
Fax: 312/899-4817
acend@eatright.org

For questions, contact Julie O’Sullivan Maillet, Ph.D., RDN program director at maillet@shp.rutgers.edu.

  • More than 1200 hours of supervised practice experiences in diverse sites in New Jersey. Interns complete a summer course in an online learning environment before starting rotations.
  • Supervised practice experiences and classroom instruction emphasize the diverse roles of the RDN in clinical, community, public health, wellness, management, and entrepreneurial settings. Interns participate in a variety of interprofessional educational experiences.
  • Faculty and preceptors with clinical, community nutrition, and management expertise.
  • Full time 10-month program.
  • Our annual pass rate exceeds national averages for the CDR Credentialing Examination for Dietitian Nutritionists.
  • Alumni of the Internship who enroll in the Masters of Science in Clinical Nutrition (MSCN) program within 5 years of completing the Dietetic Internship can transfer 6 graduate credits into the MSCN program.

For questions, contact Julie O’Sullivan Maillet, Ph.D., RDN program director at maillet@shp.rutgers.edu.

Our Dietetic Internship Program builds upon previously acquired knowledge of food, nutrition and biological sciences. Diverse learning experiences take place in a variety of professional practice settings.

Rotation practice settings.

  • Clinical medicine, surgery, renal disease, intensive care/nutrition support, diabetes, geriatrics, obstetrics pediatrics, rehabilitation medicine, wellness, oral health and ambulatory care.
  • Community: health promotion, education and food security, and supermarket/retail.
  • Management: food service systems management and consultant practice.

Throughout our program, interns engage in a wide variety of interprofessional activities, and develop creative client education materials to use for individualized patient instruction or with community based health promotion and disease prevention programs. Our interns utilize a variety of current technologies and participate in evidence based clinical research activities and projects.

There are two tracks offered by our program.

A maximum of 16 students (dietetic interns) are admitted into Track One on an annual basis and complete the program as SHP students. Students are admitted for summer session (July 1 annually) and complete a single, online learning environment summer course. The on-site requirements begin in late August and continue through the first week of May of the following year. Graduates are awarded a certificate solely from SHP attesting to their successful completion of the program, receive a Verification Statement and become eligible for active membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s (CDR) Credentialing Examination for Dietitian Nutritionists.

Students (dietetic interns) in Track Two are admitted as students into both SHP and GSNB and are required to meet the admissions and graduation requirements for both schools. This track has a maximum enrollment of four students. Students are admitted for summer session at SHP (July 1 annually) and complete a single online learning environment summer course. They begin an on-site with Track One students in late August and continue through the fall semester at SHP completing half of the required supervised practice hours.

The next three (spring, summer, fall) semesters are dedicated to graduate courses and Master’s thesis research at GSNB. Students return to SHP in the spring of the second year to complete the second half of the supervised practice hours. Upon completion of the supervised practice requirements, students are awarded a certificate from SHP, receive a Verification Statement, are prepared to meet the requirements for active membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and are eligible to take the CDR Credentialing Examination for Dietitian Nutritionists. In the following summer, students return to GSNB to complete the writing and defense of the Master’s thesis. Fulfillment of the academic requirements for the Master of Science Degree are then completed at GSNB with the conferral of the degree granted at that time.

During the internship, the interns spend four days of the week in supervised practice. The fifth day is a full class day. The program requirements and course syllabi can be accessed through the SHP Homepage. The courses include the supervised practice experiences and the supportive didactic curriculum.

Clinical experiences provide experiences with individuals across the lifespan in health and disease. Beginning in a supervised environment, interns gradually acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to for a career in nutrition and dietetics.

Competencies for the concentration in Medical Nutrition Therapy in Clinical and Community Dietetics

  1. Integrates pathophysiology, applies and interprets principles of medical nutrition therapy in patients with complicated disease states and conditions.
  2. Conducts individualized comprehensive counseling and education sessions for patients/clients with diabetes and renal disease.
  3. Develops, implements and evaluates a comprehensive, interactive community-based food and nutrition education program targeting adolescents located in a school setting.

For questions, contact Julie O’Sullivan Maillet, Ph.D., RDN program director at maillet@shp.rutgers.edu.

  • Financial information on tuition and fees by program are found here.
  • Housing — Costs vary depending upon accommodations selected by student
  • Financial Aid information can be found here.
  • Scholarships are also available through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • SHP Scholarship information can be found here.

For questions, contact Julie O’Sullivan Maillet, Ph.D., RDN program director at maillet@shp.rutgers.edu.

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