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Dietetic internship

Dietetic interns

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.

PROGRAM CHARACTERISTICS:

  • 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

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Course requirements

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:

FALL SEMESTER:
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)

SPRING SEMESTER:
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. Credit/no credit.

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.

 

August 2020

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