Students who complete the UNMC Dietetic Internship Program are awarded a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate. They will also receive a Verification Statement of completion and are eligible to take the national registration examination for dietitians administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Course credit earned during the dietetic internship can be applied toward a Master of Medical Nutrition degree for students who pursue that option.
Length of Program
Nutrition Therapy Emphasis – The UNMC Dietetic Internship Program has a nutrition therapy emphasis and provides approximately 1320 hours of supervised practice experience. Management, community nutrition, and clinical research are also included in the supervised practice experiences. Courses emphasizing nutrition therapy and nutrition research are integrated into the program.
Calendar – The dietetic internship program begins in mid-August and is completed in mid-July of the following year. Classes are conducted on Mondays and supervised practice experiences are scheduled Tuesdays-Fridays. Service learning and community nutrition experiences also occur on selected evenings and weekend days. Additional time is required to complete reading assignments and projects associated with classes and clinical rotations.
Graduation and Program Completion Requirements
Students in the UNMC Dietetic Internship Program complete thirty-three semester credit hours of didactic and clinical coursework, including the specified 1320 hours of supervised practice experiences. Successful completion of the program will result in issuance of the Verification Statement that qualifies the program graduate to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing examination to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).
Graduates of the 11-month dietetic internship program curriculum, who do not elect to pursue the Master of Medical Nutrition degree, will receive a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate.
Academic Medical Center Learning Environment – The nutrition therapy rotations are provided at Nebraska Medicine, the primary clinical teaching site for UNMC. The clinical preceptors are experienced Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and Licensed Medical Nutrition Therapists with academic appointments in the UNMC College of Allied Health Professions. This academic medical center setting provides a unique and stimulating interprofessional learning environment.
Outcomes – The curriculum is competency based. Students completing the UNMC Dietetic Internship Program are prepared for entry-level practice and are qualified to take the national Registration Examination for Dietitians. During the five year period of 2013-2017, UNMC graduates achieved a 96% first-time pass rate on the Registration Examination for Dietitians. Additional outcomes data are available upon request.
Master's Degree – The Medical Nutrition Education Program offers a Master of Medical Nutrition degree option. Students enrolled in the UNMC Dietetic Internship Program are eligible to pursue this master's degree upon successful completion of the dietetic internship program requirements. Coursework completed during the dietetic internship program will contribute toward the master's degree.