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2016-2017 Dietetic Interns
The Dietetic Internship Distance Certificate Program(DIDCP) at Oakwood University is a post-baccalaureate Distance Learning certificate program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).
Interns receive 1200 hours of supervised practice by registered dietitian preceptors in clinical nutrition, food systems management, and community nutrition with a concentration in medical nutrition therapy. Upon successful completion of the dietetic internship program, the interns receive a certificate. This qualifies them to take the professional registration examination given by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) which is the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). Successful passage of this examination allows interns to become qualified professional registered dietitians.

Students who complete the Dietetic Internship Distance Certificate Program will be proficient in the following student learning outcomes:

1. Use their knowledge of nutrition and dietetics to serve the community

2. Practice clinical counseling skills in the area of dietetics

3. Use nutrition concepts in health promotion and disease prevention

4. Practice the principles of medical nutrition therapy (MNT) in acute care setting

5. Demonstrate a Christ-centered SDA worldview in food and nutrition-related activities


ND 495-496 Dietetics Internship I-II………………………………………………………………….24 hours



The Oakwood University Dietetic Internship Distance Certificate Program prepares dietetic practitioners to be entry level registered dietitian /nutritionists to serve in the fields of dietetics and nutrition. It provides didactic and experiential opportunities which enable interns to develop skills, demonstrate professionalism, apply knowledge, and work effectively to improve the quality of nutrition for the people they serve. The program integrates faith and learning, preparing individuals to serve God and man.

Goal 1

    A. A retention rate of at least 80% is maintained until program completion.
    B. Interns express 80% or better satisfaction rate with adjunct faculty, preceptors, and
    C. At the conclusion of each rotation, at least 90% of preceptors confirm adequate performance of interns.
    D. 80 % or more interns pass program exams with score of 75% or better.
    E. At least 80% of interns who successfully complete program, pass the registration examination on the first attempt or during the first year.
    F. At least 80% of interns who pass the registration examination obtain job placement in the dietetic field.
    G. At least 80% of the graduates confirm adequate training for their career in dietetics.
    H. At least 80% of employers confirm that Oakwood graduates have adequate foundation skills to perform well in the field of dietetics.

Goal 2

    A. 100% of interns who request special scheduling are permitted, in consultation with the program director, to schedule rotations to meet individual needs as per program policy.
    B. 100% interns are allowed to complete their rotations at approved facilities within the geographical region of their choice as per program policy.
    C. 100% of interns with previous job experience are awarded credit hour based on job descriptions and letters of recommendation from immediate supervisors per program policy.
    D. At least 80% of interns score “3” (average performance) or better on the preceptor evaluation of competency to work with clients of various ethnic/cultural backgrounds.
    E. At least 80% of the employers of Oakwood graduates confirm that they are competent to work with clients of various ethnic/cultural backgrounds.
    F. At least 90% of interns will attend devotional activities at the beginning of each orientation day.
    G. 100% interns receive an invitation and information describing access to on-campus spiritual meeting and counseling.
    H. At least 90% of interns receive a devotional email message from the program director at least once monthly during their tenure at Oakwood University.
    I. At least 5% of interns will complete at least one rotation in a Christian institution or with a Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) preceptor.
Program Overview
The Dietetic Internship Distance Certificate Program is a distance program. It accepts Thirty-Five applicants each year. Beginning in July and ending in May, the program allows interns to complete a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised dietetic practice within a Ten-month period.

Interns are required to locate their own supervised practice sites and/or
preceptors. Preceptors are required to be Registered Dietitians and complete Forms 2 & 3
of affiliation agreement. Interns will be given access to Oakwood University preceptor and
affiliation agreements in their chosen demographic area upon admission of program and
financial clearance to use a resource to secure preceptors and sites. These sites provide
experience at various hospitals, food service institutions, long-term care facilities, public health
and wellness facilities. Interns can begin rotations after the first week of orientation.

This program is accredited by ACEND (Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics), of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Association.

ACEND 120 South Riverside, Plaza Suite 2000, Chicago, IL, 60606-6995, (telephone) 312-899-0040 X 5400.

Its purpose is to prepare graduates to be eligible to write and pass the National Registration Examination for Dietitians.

*Program outcome data is available upon request.

Gainful Employment Disclosure
Oakwood University
Post baccalaureate certificate in Dietetic Internship Program 
Program Length: 10 months
Students graduating on time

N/A* of Title IV students complete the program within 10 months 

*Fewer than 10 students enrolled in this program. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.
Program Costs*
$12,000 for tuition and fees
$500 for books and supplies

Other Costs

*The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion.
Note that this information is subject to change.
Students Borrowing Money
The typical graduate leaves with

N/A* in debt 

*Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.
The typical monthly loan payment

N/A* per month in student loans with an interest rate of N/A*. 

*Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.
Graduates who got jobs
N/A* of program graduates got jobs
*We are not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.
Program graduates are employed in the following fields:
Licensure Requirements 
Program qualifies students to sit for licensure exam in:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
5 Steps to Become an RDN

To become a registered dietitian nutritionist, a path of higher education is a must as well as a dietetic internship from an ACEND-accredited program, and passing the national registration examination. The pathway listed below is a common route many traditional students take, but it is not the only path to become an RDN.

The 5 Steps

  1. Complete a bachelor’s degree and receive a verification statement from an ACEND-accredited program (Didactic Program in Dietetics).
    Oakwood Distance Dietetic Internship Certificate Program is a supervised practice internship that after completion interns are eligible to take the RD exam.
  2. Get matched to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice dietetic internship program(some dietetic internships are combined with a master’s degree, which is optional*). For students who do not match to an internship, applying to an Individual Supervised Practice Pathway is an option.
  3. Pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s dietetic registration exam.
  4. Gain licensure in your state of practice, if applicable.
  5. Maintain continuing education.

Other Pathways to Become an RDN

Coordinated Programs in Dietetics
Combine your degree with supervised practice. Why? Because baccalaureate students can apply to this type of program and begin supervised practice without going through dietetic internship computer matching. Coordinated Programs in Dietetics may result in a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, depending on the program. Graduates of these programs are eligible to sit for the dietetic registration exam.

Career Changers
It’s never too late to make the switch to a career in dietetics. Individuals with a prior bachelor’s degree need to complete a Didactic Program in Dietetics and receive a verification statement. Those without a four-year degree need to complete a bachelor’s degree and receive a verification statement indicating completion of the didactic program in dietetics components prior to applying to the dietetic internship match.

International Students
RDNs have been trained in all corners of the globe. There a few different ways for international learners to become RDNs — visit ACEND to learn more.

*Beginning in 2024, a minimum of a master’s degree will be an eligibility requirement in order to take the CDR dietetic registration exam.

I am so grateful for the experience I have had at Oakwood.  Truly believe God placed me there for a reason. Dr. Peterson has been a wonderful encouragement to me and I am so thankful for the countless hours she has spent with me. She has been the biggest influence in the start of my dietitian journey, I appreciate that she took the time to come out to California to meet with us. I look forward to staying in touch. -Many Hamilton

Wow! This internship went by fast! Thank you Dr. Peterson, Janelle, Antonia, Krovoy and supporting staff for assisting me with my career goal of becoming a dietitian. Thank you for being flexible with time and making adjustments for rotations that had to be altered/rescheduled. I will never forget this journey and I will never forget the people who helped me get there. Please continue to pray for me as I study for my RD exam. -Alyssa Parcell

Thank you for all the extra time you took to go over questions. I appreciate your support. -Krista Baehler

Application Requirements

How to Apply

1. Apply to DICAS

  • dieteticsThis program uses the on-line centralized internship application process ( DICAS).
  • Accessable at or e-mail
  • DICAS will be available after December 2, 2019 for the Spring Match.
  • The on-line application must be completed for our program by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 15, 2020.
  • The fee to use DICAS is $45 for the first application submitted and $20 for each additional application.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent to DICAS-Transcript Dept, PO Box 9118, Watertown, MA 0247257

2. Register with dndigital

  • Applicants must also register online for computer matching at and select dietetic internship priority choices by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 15.There is a $55.00 computer matching fee.

3. Apply to Oakwood University

  • To apply Oakwood University, the following must be completed and returned to Joycelyn Peterson, Dr.PH, RD, LD, Interim Dietetic Internship Program Director, postmarked no later than February 15, of each year.
  • Dr. Joycelyn Peterson Oakwood University, 7000 Adventist Blvd NW, Huntsville, AL 35896 Processing fee – $ 100, money order only (money order should be payable to Oakwood University).

Academic Requirements

  • Unofficial transcripts: Clinical Nutrition I & II (Medical Nutrition Therapy I & II) and Food System Management classes must be recently taken within three years with B grades or better before submitting the application packet.
  • Biochemistry, and Advanced Nutrition(Macronutrient/Micronutrient/Metabolism) classes must be currently taken within four years with B grades or better before submitting the application packet.
  • If your grades in the above classes are lower than B, please retake the courses for the remedial class (es) at the graduate and undergraduate level if you choose to apply at Oakwood.
  • The grade should be a B or better to apply at Oakwood. The average for support Sciences courses (Anatomy Physiology, microbiology, general chemistry, organic chemistry) are required to be no less than a B.
  • If these requirements are not met, please discuss with the program director for additional related dietetic course work.
  • Passing grade on the prequalifying exam (75%) – exam will be taken after Oakwood has received your application packet.
Program Completion Requirements
  • Attend mandatory one-week orientation on campus of Oakwood University
  • 1200 Supervised Hours
  • Pass all program exams by at least 75% (Pre-qualifying, Pre-rotation, Community, Clinical, Community & Exit)
  • Submission of E-Portfolio
Pathway Options

               FULL TIME:   Normal Program Length  42 weeks

                                      Max. Program Length for Completion  63 weeks

               PART TIME:  Normal Program Length  69 weeks 

                                      Max. Program Length for Completion 104 weeks

Program Cost
Application fee (money order only) $100.00
Tuition $12,000.00
Oakwood University Certificate of Completion $75.00
Books/Supplies Varies $50.00 – $500.00
Lab Coat Varies
Housing/semester (responsibility of intern)


Meals (responsibility of intern) Varies
Transportation /Car Insurance required (responsibility of intern) Varies
Health Insurance required (responsibility of intern) Varies
Personal Varies
Malpractice Liability Insurance Responsibility of Student  $35.00-$55.00
AND Student Membership $58.00
Immunizations/Proof of Immunity, Drug Testing & Background Check (responsibility of intern) Varies
Long distance phone calls (For out of state calls) Varies
Breading & Associates Educational Resources $450.00
Housing For Orientation Varies
Orientation Expenses Varies
Orientation Meals Varies
Orientation Transportation Varies

For more information, please contact the Oakwood University Financial Aid Office at (256) 726-7209 or 7210.

If you have any difficulty accessing information, contact the Program Director at (256)-726-7228.

Contact Us
Interim Program Director: Dr. Joycelyn Peterson
Phone: (256)-726-7228
Fax: (256)-726-7232
Distance Dietetic Internship Program Administrative Coordinator: Juliana Draper;
Phone: (256)-726-7228
Fax: (256)-726-7232