Viterbo's Dietetic Internship is open to students who have completed the knowledge requirements as defined by the 2017 Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics' Standards of Education as part of a DPD program and who have completed a bachelor's degree.
The DI program is only open to students who have completed the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) foundation knowledge and skills in previous undergraduate work. The DI allows for the mastery of practitioner competencies set forth by ACEND for entry level dietitians through approximately 1230 hours of supervised practice experience in cooperating facilities as described previously for the CMD program. Upon successful completion of the dietetic internship students are eligible to write the Registration Examination for Dietitians.
The applicant must satisfy the following criteria:
- hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution;
- completed the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics approved minimum academic requirements, as evidenced through a Verification Statement from a Didactic Program in Dietetics;
- have a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA)
Other criteria used in the decision to accept a student include grades in undergraduate science and nutrition courses and good verbal and communication skills. The number of eligible students accepted is limited by the number of opportunities for placement in supervised practice facilities. All applicants must participate in the national online application process and national computer matching system for dietetic internships. Students must also complete required immunizations and successfully complete a Background Information Disclosure form and a criminal history check that is in compliance with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law. Those whose criminal history check identifies bars to clinical placement or places restrictions on client contact may not be allowed to progress in the program.
- Scientific and Evidence Base of Practice: Integrate scientific information and translation of research into practice.
- Professional Practice Expectations: Demonstrate beliefs, values, attitudes and behaviors for the professional dietitian nutritionist level of practice.
- Clinical and Customer Services: Develop and deliver information, products and services to individuals, groups and populations.
- Practice Management and Use of Resources: Strategically apply principles of management and systems in the provision of services to individuals and organizations.
- Provide nutrition education to community groups for health promotion and disease prevention using a variety of technology
- Develop and conduct community nutrition research
- Participate in physical assessment screenings at community health events