The Georgia Southern Dietetic Internship (DI) is a full-time, 12-month, post-baccalaureate graduate certificate non-degree dietetic internship program, with concentrations in community nutrition and school nutrition. The Graduate School expenses, but not the internship fee, are eligible for financial aid.
The program offers a blend of classroom instruction and hands-on training designed to meet ACEND Core Competencies for the registered dietitian (RD). Students are required to take 13 hours of graduate master’s-level courses in conjunction with 1,200 hours of supervised practice experiences, allowing them to apply their coursework in the field.
Upon successful completion of the Georgia Southern DI, interns are eligible to obtain a Verification Statement of program completion required to sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) registration examination for dietitians.
While the Georgia Southern DI does not result in a graduate degree, students may elect to apply for admission to one of several School of Health & Kinesiology graduate programs.
Graduates of an ACEND Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) are eligible to apply to the Georgia Southern DI. A maximum of 20 interns are admitted annually to the Georgia Southern DI: 10 interns in the community nutrition concentration and 10 in the school nutrition concentration. Up to 10 internship positions are reserved for graduates of the Georgia Southern DPD program.
The Georgia Southern DI consist of:
- 30 – 40 hours of orientation to the internship
- 13 credit hours of coursework
- 1200 hours (30 weeks) of supervised practice experiences
- 18 – 24 hours (1 week) of evaluation after completion of the supervised practice experiences
Interns take the following courses:
- Applied Medical Nutrition Therapy
- Public Health and Community Nutrition
- Culinary Skills
- School Nutrition Administration
- Energy Balance for Weight Management
The Georgia Southern DI is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition & Dietetics (ACEND) (http://www.eatrightpro.org/resources/acend) of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND).
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Phone: 312/899-0040, ext. 5400
Last updated: 8/9/2017