This post-baccalaureate program is for students who have successfully completed an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited undergraduate Didactic Program in Dietetics and wish to fulfill the supervised practice requirements and gain adequate knowledge to successfully take the dietetics registration exam in order to prepare themselves for meaningful and productive entry-level professional practice.
The dietetics internship at Bluffton University is currently designed as an Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway internship and utilizes ACEND-developed guidelines and evaluation materials. The internship consists of 31-32 weeks of supervised practice under dietetics and food service professionals and 2-3 weeks of in-class orientation, seminar and instruction activities. Upon successful completion of the entire program, interns will receive a Bluffton University Dietetic Internship Completion Certificate. The internship has been approved for 18 hours of graduate-level experiential credit which may or may not be eligible for transfer to another university.
- 10 interns accepted each program year
- A concentration in community and public health nutrition
- A full-time experience coordinator who arranges didactic experiences, supervised practice sites and preceptors; helps develop rotation experiences that meet competency requirements and provide meaningful activities for interns; and serves as an advisor to interns in the program.
- 9 months of full time (40 hours/week) supervised practice and didactic experiences from late August through May . 18 hours of graduate level credit for practicum experiences (9 in fall and 9 in spring)
- Part of a campus community with access to career development, technology, library and financial aid services and with the availability of educational, recreational and spiritual activities
Aug. 19, 2019 - May 22, 2020
Orientation week: Monday-Friday, Aug. 19-23, 2018
Classes held the second and fourth Tuesday evenings of each month
RD Exam review course (tentative): Monday-Wednesday, May 18-20, 2020
Graduation dinner (tentative): Friday, May 22, 2020
Thanksgiving: Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 27 - Dec. 1, 2019
Christmas - Monday, Dec. 16, 2019-Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020
Good Friday - Friday, April 10, 2020
NOTE: Because of the supervised practice hour requirements, dietetic interns holiday breaks do not always coincide with Bluffton University undergraduate holiday schedule.
Graduate credit: All interns who maintain their supervised practice hours and complete appropriate activities and projects as assigned will receive 18 hours of graduate-level experience credit. The courses are as follows:
NTR 501 Practicum in Clinical Nutrition 1 (3 credits)
NTR 502 Practicum in Food Systems Management 1 (3 credits)
NTR 503 Practicum in Community Nutrition/Public Health Nutrition 1 (3 credits)
NTR 504 Practicum in Clinical Nutrition 2 (3 credits)
NTR 505 Practicum in Food Systems Management 2 (3 credits)
NTR 506 Practicum in Community Nutrition/Public Health Nutrition 2 (3 credits)
PREREQUISITES: All dietetics interns are required to have successfully completed an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited undergraduate Didactic Program in Dietetics and obtained a baccalaureate degree.
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS: Note that All courses are taken on a credit/no credit basis.
NTR 501 PRACTICUM IN CLINICAL NUTRITION 1 (3 credits) Development and integration
of clinical nutrition knowledge, skills and competency requirements in clinical settings.
NTR 502 PRACTICUM IN FOOD SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT 1 (3 credits) Development and integration of knowledge, skills and competencies in food systems management practice settings. Credit/no credit.
NTR 503 PRACTICUM IN COMMUNITY NUTRITION/PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION 1 (3 credits) Development and integration of community and public health nutrition knowledge, skills and competency requirements in varied community and public health settings. Credit/no credit.
NTR 504 PRACTICUM IN CLINICAL NUTRITION 2 (3 credits) Continuation of the development and integration of clinical nutrition knowledge, skill and competency requirements in clinical practice settings. Credit/no credit.
NTR 505 PRACTICUM IN FOOD SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT 2 (3 credits) Continuation of the development and integration of knowledge, skills and competency requirements in food systems management practice settings. Credit/no credit.
NTR 506 PRACTICUM IN COMMUNITY NUTRITION/PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION 2 (3 credits) Continuation of the development and integration of community nutrition and public health nutrition knowledge, skills and competency requirements in community and public health settings Credit/no credit.
Admissions process: The following are the criteria for admission to the Dietetics Internship Program (see the website for the due date):]
- Completion of a Dietetic Internship Centralized Application without previously being matched to a dietetics internship program participating in DICAS
- Submission of a copy of the complete DICAS application with verification statement from DPD program, personal statement, resume and 3 letters of recommendation*
- Transcripts sent to Dietetics Internship Experience Coordinator
- Payment of application fee
* New copies of personal statement, resume and letters of reference may be requested to be submitted to Bluffton University's Dietetics Internship Experience Coordinator if items within the DICAS application are unusable or if the information needs to be updated to be applicable to Bluffton's internship program.
A selection committee comprised of internship preceptors, alumni, dietetics program professors and the internship Experience Coordinator will select eight interns and two alternates from the pool of eligible applicants. Selection is based on personal statements, references, didactic dietetic and overall academic ability, related work experience, volunteer and leadership experience and the applicant s overall match with the emphasis and nature of Bluffton s dietetic internship.
Once selected, Bluffton University interns must contact the experience coordinator to accept their internship position and complete the following:
- On-line admissions application through the office of adult and graduate education
- Submit official copies of their college transcripts if not done previously
In order to complete the dietetics internship, interns must demonstrate the achievement of knowledge and performance requirements for entry-level dietitians through a minimum of 1,200 hours of supervised practice and appropriate didactic experiences. In order to do this, interns must complete all activities successfully as assigned by the experience coordinator or within each supervised practice rotation, receive a rating of exceptional or competent in all areas as evaluated by preceptors on ACEND Competency Evaluation Forms, maintain rotation hours verification records and weekly log of conditions and populations served and record a journal of their supervised practice experiences.
For interns who successfully complete the dietetic internship, the experience coordinator or dietetic program director will submit a completed registration eligibility application to the Commission on Dietetic Registration via on-line process and mail supporting documents that will permit them to sit for the dietetic registration exam.
Dietetic internship tuition and fees for 2018-19:
|Application fee (non-refundable, $50 pre-paid)||$50*|
|Tuition (2 Semesters Practicum w/18 credit hours)||$16,000|
|Technology fee ($100 per semester)||$200|
|Campus parking permit ($10 additional for second vehicle)||$50 *|
The dietetic internship application fee is submitted with the application materials and will not appear as a part of the intern student account.
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics student membership ($58)
- Professional Liability Insurance ($22-60)
- BCI and FBI background check ($60)
- Health screening/physical (varies)
- Flu shot for current season ($20-30)
- CPR Certification (varies)
- Two lab coats (up to $80)
- Books and supplies ($200-400)
- Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) student registration ($235-$275) plus meals*
Interns are expected to provide for their own health insurance, housing and living expenses, and transportation to and from supervised practice sites (with the exception of travel to MDS site rotation). Most interns chose to live in Bluffton, Findlay or Lima, as rotations are, typically located within an hour of Bluffton, Ohio.
*Interns will be offered the opportunity to attend FNCE through the Bluffton University internship, with the internship covering the cost of housing and transportation to Washington, DC. This is not a required activity.
Financial Aid Options:
Students in the Bluffton University 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 the University Financial Aid Office. Contact Cathy Yoakam at 419-358-3276 with questions. In addition, payment plans are available.