The Dietetic Internship (DI) is a graduate-level advanced certificate program that prepares students to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians. Through coursework and supervised clinical experiences, students are equipped with the skills and knowledge to serve communities through the promotion of optimal nutrition, health and well-being. The need for dietetics practitioners is expected to increase as the health care community places a greater emphasis on the benefits of healthy eating, disease prevention and medical nutrition therapy.
The Dietetic Internship offers a Medical Nutrition Therapy and Health & Wellness concentration areas which comprises 14 credits: 6 graduate credits in the supervised practice and 8 graduate credits in classroom coursework for a total of 1200 hours.
The DI is affiliated with more than 80 facilities in Long Island and Queens and includes a variety of experiences to give the intern a broad view of the field of dietetics. Sites include hospitals, community centers, long-term care facilities, dialysis and ambulatory care units and food service organizations. Each intern will experience eight rotations that are tailored to individual preferences and past experiences. Graduate coursework that complement the supervised practice is also part of the program.
Students wishing to apply to the Dietetic Internship must have a baccalaureate degree and have completed a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) that has been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Students with a degree in another discipline must satisfy the requirements of a DPD prior to application to the Dietetic Internship.
Students may choose to complete only the Advanced Certificate program and are not required to complete the M.S. in Nutrition.
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The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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Upon successful completion of the Dietetic Internship, a Certificate of Advanced Studies is awarded, and students are eligible to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians. Upon passing the Registration Examination for Dietitians, a student will become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (R.D.N.).
Deadline for submission of the application is February 15. Requirements for admission to the Dietetic Internship include prior completion of the DPD academic requirements of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Submitting an Application for Admission
The deadline for applying for the Dietetic Internship is February 15 for Fall entry.
To apply for admission, please follow these steps:
1. Dietetic Internship Application
Applicant must complete a Dietetic Internship application from the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS). Visit portal.dicas.org to complete the application. Application will be available in December for the February 15 deadline. There will be a $45 fee for the first application and $20 for each additional dietetic internship application.
The following information will also be part of DICAS:
- Official Undergraduate transcripts for proof of baccalaureate degree or master’s degree and Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) requirements. Applicants who will have not completed their degrees prior to admission deadlines should submit a transcript without the final semester's grades. Such applicants may be accepted pending receipt of their final degree noted transcripts. Submit one copy of official transcripts from all other institutions attended, including other graduate programs
- Three letters of recommendation (preferably two from student's undergraduate or graduate nutrition program, and one from a work employer)
- One copy of Declaration of Intent to complete the degree and minimal Academic Requirements or one copy of the Verification Statement
- Personal statement to include the following:
- Why you want to enter the dietetic profession
- Discuss experiences that have helped you prepare for your career
- Your short and long term goals
- Your strengths and weaknesses or areas needing improvement
- 3.0 GPA
2. Computer Matching Process
Complete the computer matching process with D & D Digital online at www.dnddigital.com/ ($55 fee).
3. LIU Online Application for Admission
Applicants must complete the LIU Online application. The application can be obtained by clicking https://apply.liu.edu/quickapp/ or selecting the Apply Now button in the upper right-hand corner of this page. You can also request that a graduate application be mailed to you by calling 516-299-2900 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For the field “Campus,” select “LIU Post”
- For the field “I’ll be entering as,” select "Graduate"
- For the field “I’ll be starting my studies,” select “Fall “
- For the field “Intended major,” select “Dietetics (DI Internship) CAS
- When you reach the payment section of the application, use fee waiver code DICASF17
- It is not necessary to send credentials (transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.) to the Graduate Admissions Office at the LIU Post. All credentials will be forwarded to the LIU Post by the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS).