The Dietetic Internship Program (DI) is an 11-month certificate program that begins in mid-August and finishes in June and provides students with the supervised practice experience needed to fulfill the competencies for dietitians established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
The DI program strikes a balance between rigorous supervised practice training and evidence-based didactic learning opportunities. Service learning and community outreach experiences are facilitated and encouraged. The internship includes 1,235 hours of supervised practice in rotations sites in Portland or Medford, Oregon (placement determined by the DI Director) and the surrounding area. The supervised practice component of the program consists of approximately 32 hours of supervised practice experiences (Tuesday through Friday) and 4-7 hours of didactic instructions on Mondays. The program provides a concentration area in Community Outreach.
Graduation and Verification Requirements
Students must pass all of the courses required for the Dietetic Internship program and successfully complete each of the supervised practice rotations. Please see the Course Schedule tab and the GPHN Student Handbook for course requirements for the Dietetic Internship program. Students who successfully complete the DI program earn a minimum of 40 credits and receive a verification statement signed by the DI Director. Upon completion of the program, exit paperwork is processed and submitted to the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) for the student to be granted eligibility to sit for the registration examination for Registered Dietitians (RD). State licensure and state certification are entirely separate and distinct from registration or certification by the CDR. Information on Oregon state licensure can be found at the Health Licensing Office of Oregon website.
The Dietetic Internship Program prepares graduates to deliver evidence-based nutrition care and dietetics services to improve the health of Oregonians and individuals living throughout the United States. We foster the pursuit of excellence in dietetic interns through the provision of a wide array of experiences in professional leadership and practice to be carried forward into their careers as Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.
Program Goals and Objectives
To prepare graduates for competitive entry-level positions in the field of nutrition and dietetics.
- Over a five-year period, 90% of interns enrolled in the DI program will complete the program within 16 months, which is 150% of the program duration.
- Over a five-year period, 75% of interns enrolled in the combined MS/DI program will complete the program within 36 months, which is 150% of the program duration.
- 90% of graduates will pass the national Registration Examination for Dietitians on initial attempt.
- 80% of graduates will obtain employment in the field of dietetics within one year of graduation.
- 50% of employers will rate our graduates as either superior or above average in comparison to employees of similar age, education, experience, and responsibility.
To foster professional leadership and specialty practice skills in graduates
- 50% of graduates will report on follow-up surveys that they have assumed a leadership role in their place of employment, or a volunteer organization and/or local, state, or national professional organization within five years of graduation. This may include, but is not limited to, serving on a workplace or volunteer organization committee, task force, board of directors, or obtaining a management position.
- 25% of graduates will report on follow-up surveys that they have obtained or are working towards obtaining one or more specialty certification(s) from the Commission on Dietetic Registration, National Board of Nutrition Support Certification, National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators, or other certification from an accredited professional organization, or a graduate degree from an accredited university within five years of graduation.
- 50% of graduates will report on follow-up surveys that they have become a preceptor for one or more dietetic internship programs within five years of graduation.
Outcome data available upon request.