Program Details

The Dietetic Internship-Master of Science (DI-MS) program at 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-MS program at Bradley is a multi-track, full-time, post-baccalaureate program, which leads to a MS degree. The program consists of six consecutive semesters starting in the fall (fall, spring, summer, fall, spring, summer). The 1,240 supervised practice hours includes twelve weeks clinical, eight weeks wellness, six weeks community, and five weeks food service.

What makes this internship unique?

  • Our emphasis in wellness encompasses university wellness, community wellness and corporate wellness.
  • Interns are able to complete a portion of their wellness rotation in an area and geographical location that is specific to their interests. 
  • Interns have access to a state-of-the-art counseling room, nutrition lab, food lab, as well as all other facilities on campus.
  • 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-Master of Science program 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 all program requirements within thirty six months of the planned time from beginning the program.
    • Over a five-year period, 90% of DI-MS graduates will take the CRD credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
    • Over a five-year period, 80% of DI-MS graduates will successfully pass the registration examination on the first try.
    • The program’s one-year pass rate on the CRD credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists will be at least 80%.
    • Over a five-year period, 80% of DI-MS graduates who sought employment in dietetics will be employed within twelve months of program completion.
    • Over a five-year period, 80% of DI-MS 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 DI-MS graduates ≥ 3 on a 5-point scale as competent entry-level registered dietitians within their first year of employment.
  1. Graduates are prepared for professional growth and continuing education/lifelong learning.
    • Over a five-year period, 80% of DI-MS graduates who respond to the alumni 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 DI-MS graduates who respond to the alumni survey will report they are participating in enough continuing education activities to maintain their registered dietitian status.
  1. Graduates are able to incorporate wellness into their profession.
    • Over a five-year period, 80% of DI-MS graduates who respond to the alumni survey will report they are involved in wellness in their current employment, scholarship or volunteer activities.
    • Over a five-year period, at least 80% of employers who respond to the employer survey will identify that MS-DI graduates are able to promote wellness within their positions.

*Data is available upon request.

Accreditation status

This program has received Accreditation status from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995; 800/877-1600. http://www.eatright.org/ACEND

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.

  • Students must earn a “B” or better in all graduate classes to successfully complete the internship and receive graduate credit for courses.
  • 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 (12 months) following the scheduled time for completion of the program.
  • 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-MS program, each intern will receive a Verification Statement. This is the form used by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) to verify that all academic and supervised practice requirements are met for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Active membership. The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) requires it for eligibility for the Registration Examination for Dietitians. The DI 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 DI 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.