Dietetic Internship

The Dietetic Internship (DI) program and Bradley University, with an emphasis in wellness, offers interns the unique opportunity to deepen their experience in the wellness arena through carefully designed research and crafted rotations in wellness. Successfully completing all requirements of this program qualifies interns to take the RD exam.

The DI program at Bradley is a single-track, fulltime, post-baccalaureate program, which leads to a graduate certificate. The programs follow Bradley University’s academic calendar, continuing from fall through spring and summer, with approximately 16 weeks in each semester and 10 weeks in summer. A one-week orientation program precedes the onset of the DI program in the week preceding the start of the university fall semester. The 1,240 supervised practice hours includes twelve weeks clinical, five weeks community, six weeks foodservice, and eight weeks wellness. The concentration in wellness enables interns to explore their specific interests in the field. Each intern will complete a wellness themed research project and will gain experience in various avenues of wellness.

The didactic portion of the curriculum includes four, three-credit hour graduate courses: Advanced Food Service Systems (FCS 605), Nutrition and Wellness (FCS 606), Clinical Dietetics (FCS 607), and Research Methods (FCS 640), as well as one one-credit hour research module: Research in Dietetics (FCS 688). Thirteen credit hours will be transferrable to a master’s program.

What makes this internship unique?

  • Our emphasis in wellness will encompass university wellness, community wellness and corporate wellness
  • Interns will work closely with a preceptor and faculty mentor on a wellness focused research project, with the possibility of publishing.
  • Access to state-of-the-art counseling room, nutrition lab, food lab, as well as all other facilities on campus
  • Interns will edit and write nutrition articles for the university and community
  • Interns will assist in the development and implementation of a nutrition workshop
  • Interns will develop and prepare an international menu for a cultural event on campus
  • Interns will have the opportunity to be involved with the Central Illinois Wellness Council
  • During winter break, interns can opt to take a study abroad course that focuses on international healthcare. Note: This is not covered in the bundled price.
  • Interns are exposed to a variety of facilities and preceptors providing a well-rounded experience that focuses on wellness

Mission

The mission of the Dietetic Internship is to prepare well-rounded, competent entry-level dietitians through excellence in education, scholarship and applied professional and supervised experiences with an emphasis in wellness so they may become leaders in the dietetic health profession.

Program Goals and Outcomes*

  1. Graduates are prepared for careers as registered dietitians.
    • Over a five year period, 90% of interns will complete the program requirements within eighteen months of the planned time from beginning the program
    • Over a five-year period, 80% of DI graduates who sought employment in dietetics will be employed within twelve months of program completion.
    • Over a five-year period, 80% of DI graduates will successfully pass the registration examination on the first try.
    • Over a five-year period, 80% of DI graduates who respond to the alumni survey will rate themselves as prepared or well-prepared for their first dietetic related position.
    • At least 80% of employers who respond to a survey will rate program graduates ≥ 3 on a 5-point scale as competent entry-level registered dietitians within their first year of employment.
  2. Graduates are prepared for professional growth and continuing education/lifelong learning.
    • 80% of alumni who respond to a survey will report that they attended a minimum of one professional meeting at the local, state, national, or international level during the year.
    • Over a five-year period, 80% of graduates who respond to the alumni survey will report they are participating in enough continuing education activities to maintain their registered dietitian status.
  3. Graduates are able to incorporate wellness into their profession.
    • Over a five-year period, 80% of graduates who respond to a survey will report they are involved in wellness in their current employment, scholarship or volunteer activities.
    • At least 80% of employers who respond to the employer survey will identify that graduates are able to promote wellness within their positions.
    *Data is available upon request.

Program Costs

  • Bundled price of $15,000, which includes 13 hours of transferable graduate credit. The graduate courses are designed to prepare interns for their career as an RD and/or their future work on a master’s degree.
  • Additional costs
    • TB test (on campus) need documentation if done off campus...$10
    • Professional liability insurance…$25
    • Application fees…$75 ($35 DI, $40 graduate school)
    • Background check...$40
    • Academy student membership...$50
    • Parking on campus...$50
    • Hepatitis B vaccine (on campus) need documentation if done off campus...$58
    • Books...$200-$600
    • Housing...variable, typically ranges from $400-$600/month
    • Food Sanitation Certification (must be valid in Illinois)
      (proof of completion must be submitted, if done off campus)...$110-$160
    • Transportation (public transportation will not work for all sites)...variable

Financial Aid

  • Financial assistance is available.
    • Contact Student Financial Services, 100 Swords Hall, (309) 677-3089

Accreditation Status

This program has received Accreditation status from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) (formerly the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education), of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) (120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995; 800/877-1600).

Admission Requirements

Admission into the DI program requires a GPA of 3.0. The GRE is required and official scores must be reported to the Graduate School. Admissions will also be based upon the DICAS application forms, which includes a personal statement, official transcripts, letters of recommendation and DPD verification statements. Admission to the DI program is contingent upon admission into the Graduate School. Admissions criteria for the Graduate School can be viewed on Bradley University’s Graduate Catalog.

We accept 10 dietetic interns each year. We participate in the spring match process through the DIACS system. Prospective interns will also need to submit their rankings to D&D Digital. Bradley University's number is 151. Please note we will also participate in the second round match, if necessary. 

Application Process

To apply to the dietetic internship at Bradley University, please complete the DICAS application by February 15, 2015. Also, applicants must complete the Graduate School application, which is due February 24, 2015. Please use the following checklist to ensure you submit all necessary information.

Checklist for Applying to Bradley University’s Dietetic Internship

1. Dietetic Internship application (on DICAS) (due February 15, 2015)

  • DICAS application
  • Personal statement:
      1. Describe why you are interested in Bradley University’s Internship
      2. Explain achievements and work experience that you consider relevant to your interest in and capacity for graduate study
      3. Briefly state your career objectives and how this program will assist you in attaining these goals
      4. Briefly describe your experience with research
  • Current resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Verification statement of completion of DPD program or intent to complete form
  • Original transcripts of every school you have attended (sent to DICAS)  

2. Official copy of GRE scores must be sent to our Graduate School (#1070)

3. Graduate School application (due February 24, 2015)

  • You will receive an email from the Graduate School after you have uploaded your DICAS application. This email will inform outline how to complete the Graduate School application.
  • You must complete the Graduate School application by February 24, 2015 for your packet to be considered complete.
      1. You will need to set up an account with the Graduate School.
      2. You must pay the application fee.
  • Please note: Your DICAS application contains nearly all necessary information, so please only include the additional information we need!
  • We appreciate you completing the Graduate School application as soon as possible, rather than waiting for the deadline!

4. Skype interviews (March 9-13, 2015)

  • We will notify applicants regarding their interview in early March.

Graduation and DI completion requirements

Interns must successfully complete all coursework and supervised experience practices including documentation of attainment of competencies through evaluations and assignments.

  • During the program’s supervised practice component, an intern must meet the competencies as determined for that experience. The intern will be given formal evaluations throughout the internship. Interns may be given additional time to complete supervised experiences, pending approval of DI director and preceptors. Interns must complete all supervised practice rotations no later than (6 months) following the scheduled time for completion of the program.
  • Students must earn a “B” or better in all graduate classes to successfully complete the internship and receive graduate credit for courses.

Interns must have no outstanding financial or other program obligations prior to graduation from the program.

Verification statement procedures

Upon successful completion of the DI program, each intern will receive a Verification Statement. This is the form used by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)(formerly the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education) to verify that all academic and supervised practice requirements are met for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) Active membership. The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) requires it for eligibility for the Registration Examination for Dietitians. The program director will notify CDR when interns have completed all requirements for eligibility for the Registration Examination. Upon notification from CDR, it will be the graduate’s responsibility to make arrangements to take the exam.

Credentialing process for registered dietitians

Interns that successfully complete this internship will receive a verification statement from the program director. This is required for all individuals to sit for the national registration exam, which is a required step in the process of becoming a registered dietitian. After fulfilling the requirements for becoming a registered dietitian, some states may require further licensure. For information on state licensure requirements, please contact the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation at www.idfpr.com. For information on Illinois state licensure, certification, and registration, please visit http://www.cdrnet.org/state-licensure.

Visiting Campus

  • We will have an open house on January 16, 2015   Please send questions and RSVPs to anewell@bradley.edu.  You will learn about our program, meet the internship director, talk with some current interns, and get a tour of the campus.  Feel free to bring your friends and family! 
  • If you are not able to attend the open house, but would like to learn more about our program, meet the DI faculty, program director, or current interns, please email anewell@bradley.edu. We can set up individual visit days that fit your schedule.
  • Please look for us at FNCE in Atlanta, GA at the internship recruitment fair on October 19th  and at the St. Louis University dietetic internship forum on November 7th. We would love to meet you and discuss our program!
  • Follow us on Facebook for more information. You can find us on Bradley University's homepage (click the Facebook link) or by looking up "Bradley University Dietetic Internship" on Facebook.

Dietetic Internship Director

Amanda Newell, MS, RD, LDN
Family and Consumer Sciences Department
Bradley University
21 Bradley Hall
1501 W. Bradley Ave.
Peoria, IL 61625
Phone: (309) 677-3736
Fax: (309) 677-3813
E-mail: anewell@bradley.edu