Dietetic Internship Program

Program of Study

The Dietetic Internship (DI) is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dieteics (ACEND),120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312/899-5400. The DI program is only open to students who have completed the ACEND knowledge requirements in previous undergraduate work. The DI allows for the mastery of practitioner competencies set forth by ACENDfor entry level dietitians through approximately 1200 hours of supervised practice experience in cooperating facilities. Upon successful completion of the dietetic internship students are eligible to write the Registration Examination for Dietitians.

Competency Based Education

Competencies stated by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics will be completed during the Dietetic Internship.  Competency statements specify what every dietitian should be able to do at the beginning of his or her practice career. The core competency statements build on appropriate knowledge and skills necessary for the entry-level practitioner to perform reliably at the verb level indicated. Thus, all entry-level dietitians will have the core competencies and additional competencies according to the concentration area completed.

Competencies stated by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics will be completed during the Dietetic Internship.  Competency statements specify what every dietitian should be able to do at the beginning of his or her practice career. The core competency statements build on appropriate knowledge and skills necessary for the entry-level practitioner to perform reliably at the verb level indicated. Thus, all entry-level dietitians will have the core competencies and additional competencies according to the concentration area completed.

The dietetics faculty at Viterbo University has chosen a community nutrition concentration to enhance and build upon the standards that have already been set.  The community concentration chosen is based on the variety of community nutrition opportunities that are available to Viterbo University dietetic interns.  

Upon completion of the supervised practice component of dietetics education in community dietetics, all graduates will be able to do the following:

Community Concentration Competencies
CO1    Provide nutrition education to diverse community groups for health promotion and
            disease prevention utilizing a variety of technology
CO2    Participate in a broad range of food and nutrition community programs including for
            profit, not for profit, government, and school systems
CO3    Manage nutrition care for population groups across the lifespan
CO4    Conduct community based food and nutrition program outcome
            assessment/evaluation
CO5    Participate in community –based research
CO6    Consult with organization regarding food access for target population
CO7    Participate in physical assessment screenings at health events

Admission

The applicant must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Completed the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' approved minimum academic requirements, as evidenced through a Verification Statement from a Didactic Program in Dietetics;
  • Have a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative undergraduate GPA.

Other criteria used in the decision to accept a student include grades in undergraduate science and nutrition courses, good verbal and communication skills, volunteer activities, and dietetics related work experience.  The number of eligible students accepted is limited by the number of opportunities for placement in supervised practice facilities. All applicants must participate in the national computer matching system for dietetic internships.

Students must also complete required immunizations and successfully complete a Background Information Disclosure form and a criminal history check that is in compliance with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law. Those whose criminal history check identifies bars to clinical placement or places restrictions on client contact may not be allowed to progress in the program.