Dietetic Internship Certificate

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Program Overview

The Dietetic Internship Certificate program at Bradley University includes a concentration (as defined by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics) or focus (as defined by Bradley University) in wellness. The Dietetic Graduate Certificate is a single-track, full-time, post-baccalaureate program which offers interns the unique opportunity to deepen their experience in the wellness area through carefully designed research and crafted rotations in wellness. The program follows 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 1240 supervised practice hours include 12 weeks clinical, 5 weeks community, 6 weeks foodservice, and 8 weeks wellness rotations. The proposed didactic portion of the curriculum includes four 3-credit hour and one 1-credit hour graduate courses.

Mission Statement of the Dietetic Internship

The mission of the Dietetic Internship is to prepare well-rounded, competent entry-level dieticians 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 of Study

Five courses, totaling 13 credit hours, are required for completion of this graduate certificate.

Fall Semester:  
FCS 605: Advanced Food Service Systems 3 hrs.
FCS 640: Research Methods in Family and Consumer Sciences 3 hrs.
Spring Semester:  
FCS 607: Clinical Dietetics 3 hrs.
FCS 688: Research in Dietetics 1 hr.
Summer:  
FCS 606: Nutrition and Wellness 3 hrs.

In addition to successful completion of the supervised practice hours, completion of each of these five courses is required for this certificate. Each course will be offered once each year.

Students in the Bradley University Dietetic Internship must complete 13 graduate credit hours in the courses listed above, earn at least a B in each class (but in no more than a total of 6 credit hours) and meet specific dietetics internship rotation and internship requirements in order to be awarded a Graduate Certificate in the Dietetic Internship. See the Graduate School catalog for complete information regarding grades in required coursework.

Program Objectives

  1. Integrate scientific information and research into practice.
  2. Develop and deliver food and nutrition information and services to a diverse population.
  3. Utilize strategic applications of principles of management and systems in the provision of services to individuals and organizations.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the minimum requirements for admission to the Graduate School, individuals interested in this certificate must have completed a bachelor's degree and have completed all requirements for the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) with a signed verification statement from their university's respective DPD Director. Admission into this program requires a GPA of 3.0 or higher. GRE scores must be reported. Admissions will also be based upon the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics application forms, a letter of interest, transcripts, three letters of recommendation and DPD verification statements. Potential interns will apply to both the Dietetics Internship (DI) and the Graduate School. Admission to the DI is contingent upon admission into the Graduate School.

Applying to Internships

Applicants submit applications to dietetic internships for which they wish to be considered and at the same time indicate their priority order of internships by submission to D & D Digital Match during the second week of February. Only ten students will be accepted annually, per accreditation criteria from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics for this program using the national D & D Digital Match. Entrance into the dietetic internship is completed by a national match using procedures prescribed by the the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics through the D & D Digital Match. Details are available at www.dnddigital.com. Applicants are notified of their one match in late April through the national matching system.

Program Costs

Program costs for the Dietetic Internship Certificate equal $15,000.

Additional estimated costs:

  • TB test (on campus) need documentation if done off campus.....$10
  • Professional liability insurance.....$25
  • Application fee.....$35
  • Background check.....$40
  • ADA student membership.....$50
  • Parking on campus.....$50
  • Laboratory coat.....$50
  • Hepatitis B vaccine (on campus) need documentation if done off campus.....$58
  • Books.....$200-300
  • 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

Accreditation

Candidacy for Accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 1205 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995; 800/877-1600.

Department Contact Information

Dietetic Internship Director
Amanda Newell, (309) 677-3736, anewell@bradley.edu

Department Chair
Dr. Chang-Ok Choi, (309) 677-2432, oak@bradley.edu

Department Secretary
Michelle Tyler, (309) 677-2433, mltyler@bradley.edu