Curriculum

The UNMC Dietetic Internship Program has a nutrition therapy concentration. The curriculum includes a combination of didactic, interactive, and supervised practice learning experiences. Classes are scheduled on Mondays and clinical rotations are scheduled Tuesdays-Fridays.

The 11-month program includes approximately 1320 hours of supervised practice, exceeding the 1200 hours required for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

The academic calendar for the program includes fall semester, spring semester and eight weeks of the summer semester. The dietetic internship program includes a total of 33 semester credit hours.

UNMC Dietetic Internship (plus available Master's degree)
DI (Post Baccalaureate Certificate = 33 sem credit hours)
DI (Plus Master's Degree = 50 sem credit hours)
Semester I (16-week Fall term)

Rotation Area/Course Title

Semester
Credit Hours  

Supervised
Practice (SP)
Hours

Alternate
Practice (AP)
Experiences

Orientation      
MNED 710: Nutrition Services Scope 2 120  
MNED 720: Interprofessional Learning and Leadership I 1 40  
MNED 730: Pediatric Nutrition Care 1  60  
MNED 732: Nutrition Therapy-Adult & Geriatric Patient Care 3 150  
MNED 775: Research Methods in Medical Nutrition   3 50  
MNED 777: Medical Nutrition and Diagnosis Related Care 4 20 60
FALL TOTAL 14 440 60

Semester II (16-week Spring term)

Rotation Area/Course Title

Semester
Credit Hours  

Supervised
Practice (SP)
Hours

Alternate
Practice (AP)
Experiences

MNED 722: Interprofessional Learning and Leadership II 1 50  
MNED 734: Nutrition Therapy - Education & Counseling 2 120  
MNED 736: Nutrition Therapy - Complex Issues & Continuum of Care   2  120  
MNED 738: Nutrition Therapy - Critical Care & Nutrition Support 2 120  
MNED 750: Advanced Practice Selective 2 120  
BIOS 806: Biostatistics 3 0  
MNED 787: Nutrition Therapy and the Nutrition Care Process 3 0 60
SPRING TOTAL 15 530 60

Semester III (First 8 weeks of 13-week Summer Term)

Rotation Area/Course Title

Semester
Credit Hours  

Supervised
Practice (SP)
Hours

Alternate
Practice (AP)
Experiences

MNED 773: Clinical Nutrition Management                                     1 60  
MNED 779: Nutrition Therapy Practicum 3 160  
SUMMER TOTAL 4 220 0
DI completion - Verification Statement &
Post Baccalaureate Certificate - TOTAL
33 1200 120
    Total SP-AP Hours: 1320

Master of Medical Nutrition (MMN) degree program students complete an additional 17 semester credit hours of coursework during the last 5 weeks of the summer semester and the second fall semester, completing the degree requirements in December. The post-dietetic internship MMN degree course requirements are as follows:

Dietetic Internship (Post Baccalaureate Certificate)
   Semester Credit Hours toward MMN Degree:
33
 Semester III (Last 5 weeks of 13-week Summer term)  
 MNED 785: Applied Medical Nutrition Research  3
 MNED 798/998: Special Topics in Medical Nutrition  2
 Summer Total  5
 Semester IV (Fall)      
 MNED 724: Interprofessional Learning & Leadership III 1
 MNED 790: Capstone  6
 EPI 820: Epidemiology in Public Health  3
 MNED 760: Selective (Pharmacology/Genomics…) or
 MNED 766: Public Health Nutrition Practicum
 2
Fall Total: 12
MMN Degree Program Total: 50

Note: Semester II courses contribute to Master of Medical Nutrition degree but are not required for the UNMC Dietetic Internship Program

Brief course descriptions

Students must successfully complete all courses to meet requirements for completion of the dietetic internship program. All courses contribute to competencies specified for the dietetic internship program. Coursework credit earned during the dietetic internship program can be applied toward the optional master's degree requirements.

Supervised Practice Rotations Calendar

The UNMC Dietetic Internship Program is approximately 11-months in length (mid-August through mid-July) and follows the UNMC academic calendar. Scheduled breaks include: Labor Day; fall semester break; Thanksgiving; break between fall and spring semester terms; Martin Luther King Day; spring semester break; Memorial Day and July 4th holiday.

Variations in the courses and rotation calendar may occur related to specific educational opportunities.

Sample dietetic intern rotation calendar