2019-2020 Dietetic Interns
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.
Program Goal 1: To prepare interns to become competent entry-level dietitians
- 90% of the interns enrolled in the DI program will complete all program requirements within 150% (15 months for full-time interns and 30 months for part-time interns) of the time planned for completion.
- Over a five-year period, the pass rate for DI graduates taking the examination for the first time will be at least 80%.
- At least 90% of student interns, employees and preceptors will confirm they were adequately prepared to perform well in the field of dietetics.
- 80% of the DI graduates will be working in an area which allows them to practice the principles of MNT within six months of program completion.
Goal 2: The program will prepare competent dietetic practitioners to use their knowledge of nutrition to serve the community.
- 90% of dietetic interns will engage in service where they can provide balanced nutrition information to the community.
- 80% of the program graduates will confirm the adequacy of program preparation to share knowledge of nutrition and dietetics, to the community.
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.
*Program outcome data is available upon request.
Gainful Employment Disclosure
Program Length: 10 months
N/A* of Title IV students complete the program within 10 months
N/A* in debt
N/A* per month in student loans with an interest rate of N/A*.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- Pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s dietetic registration exam.
- Gain licensure in your state of practice, if applicable.
- 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.
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.
*Beginning in 2024, a minimum of a master’s degree will be an eligibility requirement in order to take the CDR dietetic registration exam.
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
How to Apply
1. Apply to DICAS
- This program uses the on-line centralized internship application process ( DICAS).
- Accessable at https://portal.dicas.org or e-mail DICASinfo@DICAS.org.
- 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 www.dnddigital.com 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).
- 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
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
|Application fee (money order only)||$100.00|
|Oakwood University Certificate of Completion||$75.00|
|Books/Supplies Varies||$50.00 – $500.00|
|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|
|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|
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.
Interim Program Director: Dr. Joycelyn Peterson, Dr.PH, MPH,RD,LD
Distance Dietetic Internship Program Administrative Coordinator: Juliana Draper, RDN,LD,CDE