The Daemen College Dietetic Internship program is a post-baccalaureate, supervised practice distance program that allows interns to complete supervised practice in the geographic region of choice. Upon completion, graduates will be eligible to take the exam to become registered dietitian nutritionists. The Daemen College dietetic internship is a fulltime 40-week program. Applicants will be required to secure facilities and preceptors outside of a 75-mile radius of Daemen College. Facility and Preceptor Forms can be found on the DI website and should be completed and submitted with the application. Students without completed preceptor forms in the application packet will not be considered.
The Daemen College Dietetic Internship has been granted candidacy status for accreditation by ACEND, 120 Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, 312-899-0040 ext. 5400.
To provide supervised practice experience to interns through an ACEND accredited program in order to achieve the competence requirements of entry-level dietitian nutritionists (RDNs). Daemen College further aims to prepare and inspire interns to become RDNs in public health settings who exemplify leadership and value lifelong learning in their profession.
Program Goals and Objectives
Goal 1: The Daemen College Dietetic Internship program will provide the necessary preparation for interns to achieve entry level competency and contribute to the field of dietetics while valuing lifelong learning achieved through continuing education.
- Objective 1: Ninety percent of interns entering the program will complete the program in 15 months (150% of program length).
- Objective 2: The first time pass rate on the registration exam will be equal or greater than 85%.
- Objective 3: Over a 5 year period, 50% of the graduates will indicate in a graduate survey that they are preceptors.
- Objective 4: Seventy-five percent of graduates will indicate on a survey that they value lifelong learning.
Goal 2: The Daemen College Dietetic Internship program will prepare entry-level RDNs who meet the employment needs in the Northeast region and the nation that desire preparation in public health.
- Objective 1: Seventy-five percent of graduates will be employed in dietetics within one year of graduation.
- Objective 2: Over a 3 year period, 30% or more of graduates will be employed in a public health setting.
- Objective 3: Seventy-five percent of employers will indicate on a survey that they are satisfied with the performance of Daemen DI graduates during the first year of employment.
Program outcomes data are available on request.
Clinical Field Experience (16 weeks) includes three sub rotations in the following areas:
Medical Nutrition Therapy is the first rotation where interns practice the Nutrition Care Process (NCP) for Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) in an institutional setting. Interns practice the Nutrition Care Process with populations that have common disease states or conditions impacted by diet, including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and gastrointestinal disorders. Interns progress toward populations with complex disease states or conditions that require significant nutrition intervention such as renal disease, multisystem organ failure, and hepatic disease.
This rotation requires an inpatient hospital or long-term care (LTC) facility that has a full-time RDN and an acute care unit. The facilities must include critical care nutrition and nutrition support such as parenteral and enteral nutrition.
Registered dietitian nutritionists who are credentialed or licensed to meet state and federal regulations for the area in which they are responsible must supervise interns and serve as preceptors for this rotation. With the program director’s permission, some activities may be practiced in a long-term care facility under the supervision of a non-RDN preceptor such as a DTR with oversight from an LTC registered dietitian nutritionist.
This rotation is approximately 400 supervised-practice hours
Outpatient Medical Nutrition Therapy (3 weeks) builds on the skills developed in the Inpatient Medical Nutrition Therapy rotation. In this rotation, interns practice the Nutrition Care Process with patients who are being seen in an outpatient setting. These patients have disease states or conditions impacted by diet and do not require hospitalization at this time.
This rotation requires an outpatient interaction that can be found in a hospital, university health clinic, doctor’s office, or as part of a community outreach program where group MNT activities occur.
Registered dietitians who are credentialed or licensed to meet state and federal regulations for the area in which they are responsible must supervise interns and serve as preceptors for this rotation.
This rotation is approximately 120 supervised-practice hours.
Clinical Concentration rotation (3 weeks) requires that interns have completed the MNT rotation, with activity, assignment, and competency evaluation ratings of four or five. During this rotation, interns will practice the NCP with patients with complex medical conditions in a selected area of concentration. interns also prepare and present case study reports to become skillful in investigating and discussing these disease states and conditions in professional settings.
This rotation facility must have the patients and the expert medical care that treats the student’s selected area of concentration; for example, if the student has selected an intensive care concentration, the setting should be a hospital that has services for critical care nutrition and nutrition support such as enteral and parenteral nutrition.
Registered dietitian nutritionists who are credentialed or licensed to meet state and federal regulations for the area in which they are responsible must supervise interns and serve as preceptors for this rotation. The preceptor must have experience working with the student’s selected area of concentration and complex medical conditions.
This rotation is approximately 120 supervised-practice hours.
Food Service and Management Field Experience (8 weeks) includes two sub rotations in the following areas:
Inpatient Foodservice, Production, and Management rotation (3 weeks) focuses on all aspects of producing and delivering food and nutrition, within an inpatient setting, to patients who have medical needs related to their diets including menu modifications, meal orders, tray preparation and delivery, meal promotion, food production, and patient satisfaction.
This rotation requires a facility where people who require specialized meals are staying as patients or residents, such as a hospital, long-term care facility, or residential facility.
Someone experienced in planning and overseeing patient food services must supervise the student and serve as preceptor for this rotation. This would include the foodservice director, manager, or supervisor and might be a registered dietitian nutritionist, certified chef, or other production managers.
This rotation is approximately 120 supervised-practice hours.
Retail/Institutional Foodservice, Production, and Management rotation (5 weeks) focuses on all aspects of marketing, procurement, storage, preparation, delivery, service, and management of retail/institutional operations. interns practice the care and operation of equipment, sanitation audits, HACCP Guidelines, menu planning, customer service, and management activities. The activities in this rotation include practical hands-on practice, as well as, operations management to prepare for entry-level foodservice management responsibilities.
This rotation requires a facility with a large retail/institutional foodservice operation whose activities include marketing and procurement through delivery and service functions. These kinds of retail/institutional foodservice operations can usually be found in hospitals, universities, or larger restaurants.
Someone experienced in planning and overseeing retail/institutional foodservice must supervise the student and serve as preceptor for this rotation. This would include the foodservice director, manager, or supervisor and might be a registered dietitian nutritionist, certified chef, or other production managers.
Inpatient food service and management field experience and retail/institutional food service, production, and management experiences can be obtained at the same facility in certain cases.
This rotation covers approximately 200 supervised-practice hours.
Community Nutrition/Public Health Field Experience (6 weeks)
Community Field Experience includes interns’ practice providing community-based nutrition services including community nutrition assessment, counseling, education, wellness promotion, and project related time management. interns also develop skills in evaluating and applying government program guidelines and policies.
This rotation requires a community nutrition service that may be found in departments of public health, hospital, and clinic outreach programs, social service agencies, community centers, or government-funded public health programs. The setting must be a fixed location that provides ongoing services in order to provide interns with adequate experiences. Although not required, it is recommended that interns practice in a facility that offers one or more government-funded health programs such as WIC, Head Start, Cooperative Extension, Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP), or SNAP-ED.
Credentialed or licensed health care providers who are also credentialed as nutrition educators and meet state and federal regulations for the area(s) in which they are responsible must supervise interns and serve as preceptors for this rotation. Preceptors may include registered dietitian nutritionists, nurses, physicians, pharmacists, or chiropractors. The preceptor must be working in the capacity of a community-based nutrition educator and provider, offering group presentations and follow-up counseling sessions.
This rotation is approximately 240 supervised-practice hours; however, due to the possible nature and schedule of the assignments and activities, this rotation may require a period longer than six weeks.
Through the Professionalization Seminar, (30 weeks) interns engage in activities and communication exchanges which the program director oversees throughout their entire supervised practice. Interns develop and bring professional attitude, behavior, ethics, and values into their roles as professional RDNs.
The Professionalization Seminar topics include orientation to supervised practice, professional conduct, tutoring, and mentoring support. Actual activities and assignments include medical terminology training, participating in public policy activities for legislative and regulatory initiatives, developing a draft CDR portfolio, registration exam preparation, resume development, and selecting prospective employment opportunities. Additionally, interns communicate with their program director monthly, receiving individualized support throughout their supervised-practice experience.
The Seminar itself runs the entire length of the student’s supervised practice to provide support and direction. The assignments and supervised-practice activities are assigned and completed throughout the supervised practice for all interns. Additionally, interns are expected to maintain contact with their Program Director, as scheduled, with monthly emails or conference calls.
Seminar leaders will use education bulletin boards to post articles, direct interns to post written assignments, and engage in written discussions; web- and Internet-hosted remote meeting services to provide real-time desktop sharing and video conferencing, and conference calls to provide real-time discussions that can be coordinated with emailed documents.
For the spring match, the Daemen College Dietetic Internship Program will use the online Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS), which may be accessed at http://portal.dicas.org.
Applicants who apply to internships using DICAS will be asked to complete a personal statement in 1,000 words or less. Questions to be addressed in the personal statement include:
- Why do you want to enter the dietetics profession?
- What are some experiences that have helped to prepare you for your career?
- What are your short-term and long-term goals?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses or areas needing improvement?
General Admissions Requirements
- Completion of an ACEND accredited didactic program in dietetics and the minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
- A 3.0 GPA;
- Three letters of recommendation, preferably including one from the last school attended;
- A written statement describing educational objectives and areas of personal/professional interest, and/or a resume summarizing professional activities, certifications, licensure, and continuing education;
- An optional on-site or telephone interview with the program director may be requested by the applicant or the program director
- Completed Facility and Preceptor Forms for each of the three rotations
Daemen College will admit 20 interns, 15 of which may be through the preselect option and remaining slots will be filled through the computerized matching system.
Preselect Admission Option
The Daemen College preselect admission option offers qualified University of Alabama didactic program in Dietetics interns, with whom Daemen College has an affiliation agreement, the opportunity to apply for admission into Daemen College’s Dietetic Internship Program.
Interns may apply during their senior year no later than January 12 and may be granted direct admission into the program upon final acceptance and successful completion of the DPD program and receipt of a verification statement from the University of Alabama. Students should register with DICAS, the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) which is used by most internships, .and complete the online application. The program may be accessed at https://portal.dicas.org
Interns applying to the preselect option will be notified by February 1 for the Spring match whether or not they are accepted to the program. If pre-selected, the applicant's name and email address are submitted to D&D Digital Systems, Inc. to ensure that the applicant will not participate in the computer match. Applicants who are not preselected must also register online with D&D Digital Systems, Inc. for computer matching and to select dietetic internship priority choices.
Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent to:
Transcript Dept., POB 9118,
Watertown, MA 02472
When completing the application form, applicants must include the name and contact information (specifically an email address) for each reference. This will trigger an email message requesting completion of a reference form. The form will be completed online. Interns submitting more than one application will need to use the same individuals as references for each application.
For the Fall 2017 internship start, apply directly to Daemen College. Questions regarding application procedures can be directed to Megan Beardi or by calling 716-566-7861
Anticipated Program Costs
Internship program fee: $16,000
- Housing: Cost are highly variable if sharing a rental apartment with at least one roommate
- $12,000 /yr + Utilities. Most landlords also expect 1st and last month’s rent up front.
- Books: $500-$700 per semester.
- Transportation: Minimum of $30 per week; interns are responsible for their own transportation to and from assigned sites.
- Food: Depends on what student usually eats; the average is about $2,000 – 2,500/year.
- Meals are the responsibility of interns, however, some meals may be provided by rotation sites.
- Insurance: Health Insurance average cost $1,400/yr AND Liability Insurance $35/year
- Incidentals: (Entertainment, apparel, other) – Average $2,500/year
The Daemen College Financial Aid Office provides interns advice and assistance on the student loan process. All interns may access information by contacting 716-839-8254 or via email email@example.com
Dietetic Internship Program cohorts will follow the Daemen College academic calendar but will begin one week early to accommodate an online orientation. The Daemen College Academic Calendar is accessible for information on holidays, grading periods, etc.