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Dietetic Internship Program Options

The Hunter Dietetic Internship Program is a supervised practice program that enables graduates the eligibility to take the registration examination for dietitians, and to apply for active membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Dietetic Internship Program, a registered certificate program of the New York State Education Department, provides a minimum of 1000 hours of supervised practice experience to meet the competencies for entry-level dietitians and the standards of education set forth by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship program at Hunter College are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.

In preparation for the Commission on Dietetic Registration's (CDR) requirement for individuals to hold a minimum of a master's degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), Hunter College offers 2 options for students entering Fall 2023:

1. Individuals who have a verification statement from a DPD and have earned a master's degree by a U.S. accredited college/university can complete the DI Certificate application at Hunter to complete the 12-credit certificate program.

OR

2. Individuals who have a verification statement from a DPD and have earned a bachelor's degree by a U.S. accredited college/university MUST complete the MS-DI application and will complete the 12-credit DI and take an additional 24 graduate credits. If a student is already enrolled in a graduate program, they may complete that with the knowledge that the Verification Statement will be issued from Hunter only after they have graduated with their Master's degree.

*Applicants to both the DI Certificate program and the MS-DI program may apply for a traditional dietetic internship option or the Distance Dietetic Internship Option (see tab). 

In some states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. All U.S. states and territories with licensure and certification laws accept the RDN credential for state licensure and certification purposes.  Even though the Certified Dietitian Nutritionist (CDN) license in the state of New York is optional and not required in addition to the RDN certificate to practice, our students often tell us that their start date is pushed back if they don't receive this certification. For more information about state licensure requirements click here.

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here.

For information session dates and to rsvp, see the Admissions Information page.

ACCREDITATION

Hunter's Dietetic Internship program, within the School of Urban Public Health, is accredited by ACEND.  For more information on ACEND and accreditation, please contact:

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 2190
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
Phone (800)-877-1600 ext 5400
E-mail: acend@eatright.org
https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend

DIETETIC INTERNSHIP PROGRAM MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Dietetic Internship Program is to provide students with a rigorous, high quality educational and supervised practice experience, which will prepare them as competent and effective dietetic practitioners with a focus in urban public health and community nutrition. The DI Program provides interdisciplinary practicum and didactic experiences that will prepare dietetic interns to attain entry-level competencies in nutrition therapy, food service systems management, community nutrition, and public health nutrition. Dietetic interns will develop ethical values consistent with professional health care and abide by codes of practice while practicing within diverse, multi-ethnic urban communities.

This mission is further encapsulated in our values statement, as we value the following:

  • Diversity
  • Life-long learning
  • An interdisciplinary approach to healthcare
  • Socially and ecologically sustainable food systems

DIETETIC INTERNSHIP PROGRAM GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

Goal 1: The program will prepare interns to be competent entry-level dietitians, with a specialty in community and public health nutrition.

Program Goal 1 objectives:

  1. "At least 80% of interns complete the 18-month MS-DI program requirements within 27 months, or the 9-month DI certificate program (for students with a graduate degree) within 13.5 months (150% of planned program lengths for each program)."
  2. "Of graduates who seek employment, at least 80% are employed in the field of nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation".
  3. "At least 80% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion".
  4. "The program's one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam for dietitian nutritionists within one  year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%".
  5. At least 80% of program graduates who respond to alumni surveys will rate the quality of the DI in preparing them for their first job in nutrition and dietetics as Well to Excellent.
  6. At least 80% of employers who respond to the employer survey will rate program graduate's preparation for entry-level practice as Satisfactory to Outstanding.

Goal 2: Program graduates will be prepared to actively address the changing health needs of society, and to address the unique needs of metropolitan areas such as New York City.

Program Goal 2 objectives:

  1. At least 80% of program graduates will indicate that they received Well to Excellent preparation in community/public health nutrition.
  2. At least, 80% of graduates will become involved in professional organizations, such as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Public Health/Community DPG, local dietetic associations, and/or the American Public Health Association.

Program outcomes data is available upon request.

CONTACT
Allison Marshall, MS RDN CDN CDCES
Director, Dietetic Internship Program
Hunter College
School of Urban Public Health
Silberman Building, Room 503
2180 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10035
(212) 396-7729
ama0026@hunter.cuny.edu 

 

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