Can You Help Me Become A Registered Dietitian?
A Dietetic Internship Program is offered which enables students to complete a graduate degree, as well as the requirements to become eligible for membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians. The Dietetic Internship Program is currently granted accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312/899-0040 ext 5400.
The UGA Dietetic Internship is a graduate program, which provides interns with the supervised practice experience needed to fulfill the competencies for dietitian established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). This full-time program is completed as part of a master’s degree and is completed over 2 years (24 months). The internship is completed during 2 consecutive summers with some additional coursework during the academic year for a total of 1220 hours. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the registration exam for Registered Dietitians (RD). The DI offers two concentration areas: Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) and Community Intervention and Research (CIR). Interns will choose a concentration area upon admission to the program. An intern cannot complete both concentration areas, but must complete one. The program accepts 6 new interns each year to start in August and has 12 interns at a given time (6 first year and 6 second year students) Our pass rate for the registration examination for registered dietitians currently is 94%. Our completion rate for the program (past five years) is 100%.
Mission Statement of the Dietetic Internship Program:
Optimal food and nutrient intake play a critical role in health promotion and disease prevention. There is an increasing demand for professionals in the field of dietetics who can provide quality food and nutrition care services to individuals and groups. The mission of the Dietetic Internship Program is to prepare students for successful careers in dietetics and encourage students to assume leadership roles in their profession and in society. Click here for the Dietetic Internship Handbook.
Goals of the Dietetic Internship Program:
Goal 1: The program will prepare graduates to be competent entry level dietitians or professionals in fields related to dietetics.
Goal 2: Program faculty and staff will provide guidance and support that will motivate a diverse group of students to complete the graduate program and dietetic internship and to assume leadership roles in the dietetics profession and society.
Goal 3: Students will demonstrate proficiency in understanding and communicating current research findings.
Outcome Measures for the Dietetic Internship Program:
1) Outcome measure: At least 90% of interns will be rated, on average, as “excellent” or “good” in “Overall Potential as a Professional” by supervised practice preceptors
2) Outcome measure: At least 90% of interns enrolled in the DI program are expected to complete all program requirements within 150% of the time planned for completion (150% = 36 months)
3) Outcome measure: Over a five-year period, the pass rate for DI graduates taking the registration examination for the first time will be at least 80%
4) Outcome measure: Over a five-year period, 70% or more of DI graduates who sought employment in dietetics will be employed within three months of program completion
5) Outcome measure: The dietetic internship program will maintain a diversity of our internship that is equal to or greater than the diversity of the University of Georgia student population.
6) Outcome measure: At least 50% of graduates will pursue further education, additional degrees or certifications, be active in professional organizations or in legislative activities
7) Outcome measure: At least 90% of alumni will be rated as “more than satisfactory” or “outstanding” by their job supervisors in 19 selected knowledge and skill areas
8) At least 80% of students will be rated as very good or excellent on their seminar presentation to the Foods and Nutrition department.
9) At least 50% of students will present research findings at a local, regional, state or national level within one year of graduation.
Academic and DI Calendar/schedule:
Including the master degree, the MS/DI takes 2 years (24 months) to complete. The Supervised Practice rotations are scheduled over 2 consecutive summers, starting on the Monday after finals week in May, and ending on the Friday before classes start in August. Summers typically cover 10 weeks of rotations, for a total of 20 weeks (40 hr/wk) during the 2 summers. Some additional supervised practice hours are completed during the two academic years. See Dietetic Internship Handbook for sample rotation schedule.
UGA Academic Calendar (click)
Students will be responsible for living expenses and transportation during the Dietetic Internship. Housing costs average $500 per month for a single room. Meals may be purchased at the Internship facilities for $6 to $10 per day. Public transportation costs about $4 per day. Interns will need to purchase liability insurance each year ($37), be up to date with immunizations (~$150 total for three Hepatitis B vaccinations and ~$30 for 2 TB tests, each spring), and be CPR certified ($45). When taking classes at UGA, many of our graduate students receive financial aid in the form of teaching and research assistantships. However, during the Dietetic Internship (i.e. the 2 summers), students are usually not eligible for these assistantships. Since some of the sites are in Atlanta (~70 miles away), it is very useful to have a car. Most sites are now requiring criminal background checks (~$75) and drug tests (~$75) for student interns. Other requirements such as flu shots or fingerprinting may be mandatory for some sites.
Please contact Dr. Barbara Grossman for more information about this program at email@example.com. (no "N" at the end of name on email address)
Do You Offer Financial Aid?
Most of our graduate-dietetic students receive financial aid in the form of teaching and research assistantships. When receiving an assistantship, tuition (but not fees) are waived. Additional scholarships and several types of low interest loans are available through the Student Financial Aid Department. For more information, click here.
What Are The Admission Requirements?
Acceptance into the Dietetic Internship program requires acceptance into the University of Georgia graduate school (masters program). A minimum of a Baccalaureate degree, granted by a U.S. regionally accredited college or university is required. For international applicants, the foreign degree equivalency statement must be obtained from one of the following non-for-profit agencies that provide this service (for a listing of these agencies, see http://www.cdrnet.org). In addition, students must have completed all, or will complete all, of the requirements of a Didactic Program in Dietetics and have a Verification Statement and be successfully computer matched to our program. Coursework must have been completed within the last 6 years.
Application to the Combined Dietetic Internship Program and Master's Program (MS/DI):
If you are interested in the combined dietetics internship program and master's program (MS/DI), then ALL required application materials must be received by December 6 (sixth) at 5:00 pm EST (excluding D&D digital computer match and DICAS application).
We only review completed applications. All graduate programs are very
competitive, so it is important that you prepare a competitive
application that tells our department and faculty your primary
interests and strengths, as well as the faculty that you would like to
be your research advisor. Follow the instructions below to complete your
application. This includes:
1. Complete these materials for the UGA Graduate School by December 6 (sixth) at 5:00 pm EST, http://www.uga.edu/gradschool/admissions/requirements.html:
- Application to UGA Graduate School (complete this online).
- Application fee payable to the Graduate School: $75 for
domestic and $100 for international students.
- Two copies of official transcripts from all institutions from which a degree was obtained.
- Official GRE scores as well as ETS PPI scores.
- Official TOEFL scores (international students).
- Three letters of recommendation submitted
online (we prefer that letters be submitted online, which let’s you
track when the letters have been submitted). After you submit your
application online and pay the application fee, the graduate school
will send an email instructing your recommenders on how to submit these
letters online. You should let your recommenders know that they will
be receiving this email. They should write about your suitability for
graduate school and a career in foods and nutrition.
When requested on the various forms and by various testing services,
note that our major is "Foods and Nutrition" and our Degree
Objective/Major Code is "347" for masters. The ETS School Code is
"5813". UGA must receive all of these materials by December 6 (sixth) at 5:00 pm EST.
2a. Submission to the department via email: your completed application form “APPLICATION TO THE
UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF FOODS AND NUTRITION GRADUATE
PROGRAM” to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org. CLICK HERE FOR FORM . Must be received by December 6 (sixth) at 5:00 pm EST.
2b. Submit paper copies via US mail (USPS, FexEd, or UPS) directly to the department in one envelope (mail to: Graduate Program, Department of Foods and Nutrition, 280 Dawson Hall, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602.) Must be received by December 6 (sixth) at 5:00 pm EST. :
- one copy of the FDNS department application form
- one copy of your official transcripts in a sealed envelope (UGA students can submit an unofficial paper copy of their UGA transcripts)
- and one unofficial copy of your GRE scores (e.g., print a screen shot or make a paper copy of your scores)
3. Our program is using the on-line centralized internship application, DICAS, which may be accessed at https://portal.dicas.org , e-mail DICASinfo@DICAS.org. The on-line application must be completed for our program by 11:59 p.m. EST on February 15, 2014. The fee to use DICAS is $40 for the first application submitted and $20 for each additional application.
When completing the application form, applicants
must include the name and contact information (specifically an e-mail
address) for each reference. This will trigger an e-mail message
requesting completion of a reference form. The form will be completed
on-line. The letter should summarize your experience and ability to
complete a dietetic internship program. Students submitting more than
one application will need to use the same individuals as references for
Applicants who apply to internships using DICAS
will be asked to complete a personal statement. Questions to be
addressed in the personal statement include:
- Why do you want to enter the dietetics profession?
- Discuss experiences that have helped to prepare you for your career
- What are your short-term and long-term goals?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses or areas needing improvement?
- 8000 character limit
Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent to
DICAS- Transcript Dept
PO Box 9118
Watertown, Ma 02472
4. Applicants must also register online for computer matching at www.dnddigital.com and select dietetic internship priority choices by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 15, 2014.
You will be asked to provide a ranking of dietetic internship programs
for which you wish to apply (see your DPD program director for more
information). We only participate in the Spring match each year. There
is a $50 computer matching fee.
Preference criteria for admission to our graduate programs includes:
- Degree in foods and nutrition, food science,
biology, zoology, biochemistry, chemistry, nursing, public health, or
other closely related health science.
- Completion of at least two, and preferably
three, of the following courses: organic chemistry, biochemistry, and
physiology. Grades must be “C” or better.
- Verbal GRE of 400 or higher; new GRE 148 or higher
- GRE of 1,000 or higher (verbal plus quantitative)
for masters and 1,100 for doctorate. On the newer GRE test, verbal GRE
of 148 or higher and quantitative GRE of 148 or higher and combined
score of 296 or higher.
- Take and submit the ETS PPI along with the GRE.
- GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) for masters and 3.4 for doctorate.
- TOEFL iBT score of 80 with a minimum score of 20 in each of the four exam sub-sections (international students).
- Work or volunteer experience in at least one of
the following: laboratory research, clinical research, food industry,
nutrition education, health promotion, or other area related to health,
nutrition or food science.
- At least one faculty who agrees to serve as the student’s graduate advisor is required for admission. See the list of faculty advisors at: fcs.uga.edu/fdn/graduate/advisors.html. Advisors are selected after your application is completely submitted.
For international applicants, note that the Graduate School rejects applications with TOEFL scores less than 213 (CBT), less than 550 (PBT), or less than 80 (iBT, minimums: Speak = 20, write = 20). So please do not apply if you do not meet these minimum test scores.
If you do not meet our admission criteria, then please consider applying to our undergraduate program or enroll as a post-Baccalaureate student (contact: Dr. Art Grider, email@example.com, http://www.admissions.uga.edu/).
For more information, please contact:
Mary Ann Johnson, PhD
Department of Foods and Nutrition
The University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
When requested on the various forms and by various testing services, note that our major is "Foods and Nutrition" and our Degree Objective/Major Code is "347" and the ETS School Code is "5813".
Graduation/Program Completion Requirements
In order to complete both the graduate degree and dietetic internship and to receive a Verification Statement the following are required:
- Successful completion of all rotations
- Submission of Evaluation Forms, Competency Checklists, Work Samples as required from each rotation
- Complete and Exit Interview with the Program Director and complete requisite ADA forms
- Completion of 360 semester credit hours, plus 14 semester credit hours for the the internship for a total of 44 semester credit hours
- Maintain a minimum of 3.0 GPA with no incompletes in any graduate course
- Successful completion and defense of thesis
- Submission of all requisite forms to the Graduate School
If you have not complete the required undergraduate dietetics coursework required by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics needed for an internship, you can complete these required courses while pursuing your graduate degree. If you have not completed the required undergraduate dietetics courses, you are not eligible for the combined Dietetic Internship Program and Master's program. Here is some information about the dietetics courses and programs offered at the University of Georgia: http://www.fcs.uga.edu/fdn/undergraduate/dietetics.html#dc.
Who Can I Contact For More Information?
For information about the application process, graduate program, assistantships, coursework and getting an advisor, please feel free to contact the Graduate Coordinator:
Dr. Mary Ann Johnson, Graduate Coordinator
Department of Foods and Nutrition
College of Family and Consumer Sciences
373 Dawson Hall
The University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-2622
For information regarding the Dietetic Internship program, feel free to contact the Dietetic Program Director:
Dr. Barbara Grossman, Dietetic Program Director
Department of Foods and Nutrition
The University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-2622
firstname.lastname@example.org (no "N" at the end of name on email address)