Program in brief

Enrollment:  8 interns per year.

Program length: 9 months (Aug. 25, 2014 - May 22, 2015 - tentative) 40 hours/week

Emphasis: Community and public health nutrition

Credit: 18 hours of graduate level credit for practicum experiences (nine in fall, nine in spring)

Experience coordinator: A full-time experience coordinator arranges didactic experiences, supervises practice sites and preceptors, helps develop rotation experiences that meet competency requirements, plans meaningful education activities for interns and serves as an advisor.

Campus community: Enjoy access to the technology center, fitness center and sports activities, Career Development Center, library and financial aid services. Interns may participate in campus-sponsored educational, recreational and spiritual activities.


  • Application fee (non-refundable, ($50 prepaid)
  • Tuition includes 18 hours graduate credit and 2-day RD exam review course ($15,000)
  • Technology fee ($100 per semester, $200 total)
  • Campus parking permit ($50. $10 additional for a second vehicle)
  • Optional student health insurance ($1,400 est.)

Additional costs:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics student membership ($62)
  • Professional liability insurance ($25-$60)
  • BCI and FBI background check ($60)
  • Flu shot for current season ($25-$35)
  • Drug screening ($47)
  • Two lab coats (up to $80)
  • Books and supplies ($200-$400)

Interns are expected to provide for their own housing and living expenses, transportation (with the exception of travel to MDS site rotation, physical examination and individual health insurance. Optional on-campus intern housing may be available through the university. (2014-15 costs unavailable at this time.)

Financial aid options

Students in the Bluffton dietetics internship are not eligible for federal loans, but students with existing federal loans are eligible for deferment while enrolled in the ISPP internship. Private loan funding is available through Education First Credit, Sallie Mae and Sun Trust. Apply through Bluffton's financial aid office. Contact Cathy Yoakam at 419-358-3276 with questions.

Refund policy
Non-residential interns who withdraw prior to the first day of orientation are eligible for 100 percent refund of tuition and fees. For interns living on campus, refunds will be adjusted to cover the costs of apartment rental and meals while the intern was on campus. For interns withdrawing after the first day of orientation and prior to the completion of the internship, refunds will be handled on a case-by-case basis through the office of adult and graduate studies.