The Daemen College Dietetic Internship program is a distance program that allows interns to complete his or her supervised practice in the geographic region of choice. Applicants will be required to secure facilities and preceptors for each of the rotations. 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 (DI) program is a supervised practice program that enables graduates to establish eligibility to write the registration examination for dietitians and to apply for active membership in The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The DI provides a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice experience to meet the competencies for entry-level dietitians and the standards of education set forth by Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND),
- The Daemen College DI is a Distance Program in which courses will be delivered online or through offsite mentoring. Supervised practice placements will be required to be outside of a 75-mile radius of Daemen College.
- Fulfillment of the requisite internship experiences and a minimum of 1200 supervised clinical practice hours will lead to eligibility to sit for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) exam offered through the Commission on Dietetic Registration and subsequently application for state licensure for dietitian nutritionists. Successful passage of the RDN exam leads to the RDN credential.
To provide supervised practice experience to students 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 students 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 students 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 students 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 includes four sub rotations in the following areas:
Medical Nutrition Therapy One (4 weeks) is the first rotation where students practice the Nutrition Care Process (NCP) for Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) in an institutional setting. Students 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. Students also prepare and present case study reports to become skillful in investigating and discussing these disease states and conditions in professional settings.
This rotation requires an inpatient hospital or long-term care (LTC) facility. If possible, students should complete part of their supervised practice in a long-term care facility, splitting the activities of this rotation between an inpatient hospital setting and a long-term care facility.
Registered dietitian nutritionists who are credentialed or licensed to meet state and federal regulations for the area in which they are responsible must supervise students 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 160 supervised-practice hours
Inpatient Medical Nutrition Therapy Two (6 weeks) is the second rotation where students practice the Nutrition Care Process (NCP) for Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) in an institutional setting. Students practice NCP with 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 students and serve as preceptors for this rotation. The preceptor must have experience working with complex medical conditions that require significant nutrition intervention as described above in the rotation description.
This rotation is approximately 240 supervised-practice hours
Outpatient Medical Nutrition Therapy (3 weeks) builds on the skills developed in the Inpatient Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) 1 Rotation. In this rotation, students 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 students and serve as preceptors for this rotation.
This rotation is approximately 120 supervised-practice hours.
Clinical Concentration rotation (3 weeks) is an extension of the Inpatient and Outpatient MNT rotations and requires that students have completed Inpatient MNT 1, Inpatient MNT 2, and Outpatient MNT with activity, assignment, and competency evaluation ratings of four or five. During this rotation, students will practice the NCP with patients with complex medical conditions in a selected area of concentration. Students 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 students 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 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 foodservices 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. Students 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.
This rotation covers approximately 200 supervised-practice hours.
Community Nutrition/Public Health Field Experience includes two sub rotations in the following areas:
Community Field Experience One (4 weeks) includes students’ practice providing community-based nutrition services including community nutrition assessment, counseling, education, wellness promotion, and project related time management. Students 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 students with adequate experiences. Although not required, it is recommended that students 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 students 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 160 supervised-practice hours; however, due to the possible nature and schedule of the assignments and activities, this rotation may require a period longer than four weeks.
Community Nutrition Two (1 week) includes students’ promotion of good health and wellness to school age children or adolescents through nutrition education. Students learn how to create a series of lessons for children or adolescents, while learning how to interact and appropriately educate this age group. These lessons are to be taught to children or adolescents when they are in groups or classes with their peers, preferably, away from their parents.
Using S.M.A.R.T. objectives, students teach the United States Department of Agriculture (U.S.D.A.) guidelines for kids, including the Nutrition Education Key Behavioral Outcomes identified by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the USDA through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed). To magnify the impact of SNAP-Ed, the FNS encourages states to focus their SNAP-Ed efforts on the Nutrition Education Key Behavioral Outcomes. This is a major focus in government-funded nutrition programs and is therefore a requirement of this rotation as well.
Typical locations would include a public or private elementary, middle, or high school or after school program through these schools. Other types of locations are community centers or programs that have programs for school-aged children such as Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA, YWCA, and religious organizations. Because this rotation activity requires students meet with students for a series of education sessions, the setting may require that the student meet with different groups of children/adolescents for a series of sessions.
Professionals experienced in teaching Child/Adolescent Nutrition Education and mentoring educators must supervise students for this rotation. This may be a dietitian as well as other specialists, such as, a nurse, first aid instructor, or coach. Examples of preceptors are: the child and adolescent educator at a community center, an experienced teacher, or supervising teacher.
This rotation is approximately 40 supervised-practice hours; however, due to the possible nature and schedule of the assignments and activities, this rotation may require an expanded time period to allow students to complete all the requirements.
Through the Professionalization Seminar, (30 weeks) which consists of a series of sessions, activities, and communication exchanges, the program director oversees students throughout their entire supervised practice so that students 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, conflict resolution case studies, applying nutrition services within a culturally diverse population, developing a draft CDR portfolio, registration exam preparation, resume development, and selecting prospective employment opportunities. Additionally, students 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 topic presentations, assignments, and supervised-practice activities are assigned and mostly completed throughout the supervised practice for all students. For these assignments, the actual activity schedule and deadlines should be agreed upon by the Program Director and student. Additionally, students 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 students 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.
The Daemen College Dietetic Internship Program plans to 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 on-site or telephone interview with the graduate program director.
- Completed Facility and Preceptor Forms for each of the three rotations
Daemen College will admit 12 interns 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 students, with whom Daemen College has an affiliation agreement, the opportunity to apply for admission into Daemen College’s Dietetic Internship Program.
Students may apply during their senior year no later than January 5 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
Students 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. Students submitting more than one application will need to use the same individuals as references for each application.
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; students 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 students advice and assistance on the student loan process. All students may access information by contacting Jeffrey Pagano, Director of Financial Aid, at 716-839-8254 or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dietetic Internship Program cohorts will follow the Daemen College academic calendar but will begin one week early to accommodate orientation activities. The Daemen College Academic Calendar is accessible for information on holidays, grading periods, etc.
The DI Orientation will be conducted in an online format.