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KU offers an exceptional dietetic internship program with a medical nutrition therapy emphasis. The program requires the completion of 24 graduate credit hours and 1,240 hours of supervised practice in a variety of practice settings.
The practice experiences include clinical and community nutrition, food and nutrition management and a culminating practice area of interest experience designed by the intern to meet personal professional and educational goals. Interns are able to choose from a variety of practice sites for each experience and are encouraged to submit ideas for new practice sites to the program director.
Classes in this program are held one day each week on campus for the fall and spring semesters. Supervised practice experiences are 32 hours per week in the fall and spring semesters at assigned sites. During the summer semester interns work 32 to 40 hours per week completing the final practice area of interest experience. Students continuing on to the M.S. degree can enroll in additional graduate classes. Summer experiences take place on campus or at other locations within the U.S. or abroad.
Students completing the dietetic internship program receive a graduate certificate from the University of Kansas. They are eligible to apply for approval by the Commission on Dietetic Registration to take the national Registration Examination for Dietitians. Graduate credit earned during the internship program is applied toward KU's Master of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition degree requirements.
Why Choose KU's Dietetic Internship Program? Our program stands apart from others in many ways, from the outstanding faculty to the opportunity for training with the latest technology and interventions in a leading academic health center. KU’s program allows customized practice experiences to match the student’s individual interests. Located within an academic health center, KU provides students with ample opportunities to experience cutting edge practice and research in an urban setting serving diverse populations in the region.
There are more than 45 clinical education affiliations in the metropolitan Kansas City and surrounding areas as well as opportunities for international experiences. Practice sites include The University of Kansas Hospital, KU Weight Management, Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics, VA Medical Center, KU Athletics, grocery stores, public schools, health departments, and others.
KU has a proven record in producing top-level professionals, as evidenced by the consistently high first-time pass rate by our graduates on the national Registration Examination for Dietitians. Our first-time pass rate for graduates of 2008-2012 is 93% (last five years of graduates).
Curriculum The following courses are completed during fall, spring, and summer terms:
DN 817 Seminar I (1 hour)
DN 818 Seminar II (1 hour)
DN 822 Management in Dietetics & Nutrition I (2 hours)
DN 823 Management in Dietetics & Nutrition II (2 hours)
DN 825 Medical Nutrition Therapy I (3 hours)
DN 826 Medical Nutrition Therapy II (3 hours)
DN 827 Practicum (10 hours)
DN 841 International Nutrition (1 hour)
DN 842 United States Public Health Nutrition (1 hour)
Total hours = 24
Convenient Option for Master's Degree
Students are strongly encouraged to enter KU's Master of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition program upon completion of the Dietetic Internship graduate certificate program. Degree-seeking students in the graduate certificate program may transfer 14 hours -- DN 827 Practicum (10 credit hours) excluded -- toward the MS degree, which is completed in two additional semesters. A total of 30 to 33 credit hours are required to complete the Master of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition.
Graduates of the Dietetic Internship program need an additional 16-19 hours to finish the master's degree.
More than 80% of KU's graduates from the Dietetic Internship program continue on to complete KU's Master of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition. Masters degree students can apply for a research or graduate teaching assistantship which covers part or all of tuition and includes an hourly salary. Research assistants and graduate teaching assistants work 16-20 hours per week for one of the department's faculty during the fall and spring semesters after completion of the one-year internship program.
Accreditation The University of Kansas Dietetic Internship graduate certificate program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (800) 877-1600, ext. 5400. Documents relating to accreditation may be obtained from the department office.
Gainful Employment Disclosure
ONET Code: 29-1031.00 - Dietitians and Nutritionists
CIP Code: 51.3101
CIP Program Description: Plan and conduct food service or nutritional programs to assist in the promotion of health and control of disease. May supervise activities of a department providing quantity food services, counsel individuals, or conduct nutritional research. More info