The dietetic internship in the Department of Nutrition Science is an accredited program that qualifies graduates for the national Registration Examination for Dietitians. Successful completion of the examination allows students to become eligible to be licensed as dietitians in North Carolina and other states. Program outcomes data are available upon request. The Program follows the University calendar, starting in summer session 2 with full-time students finishing the following spring semester.
Undergraduate degree from accredited didactic program in dietetics (DPD program)+ original, recent Verification Statement .
13 hours of graduate internship practicum courses: (NUTR 4800; NUTR 6031, 6032, 6033, 6102). Up to 9 may count toward the masters degree.
1,200 hours of supervised practice, meeting expectations of the Accreditation Council on Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. The Dietetic Internship also requires on-campus Orientation and monthly class day attendance.
|Photocopies are not accepted. Application materials are NOT returned to the applicant; request transcripts from all universities attended.
How to Become a Registered Dietitian
Throughout undergraduate academic career:
* Maintain a good GPA (3.0 or better,) especially in science, math and writing courses.
* Become involved in extracurricular activities.
* Seek work and volunteer experiences related to the field.
* Collect positive feedback and evaluations from faculty.
* Develop a mentoring relationship with your advisor or another faculty member.
* Determine where you want to apply for a program and identify their admission criteria.
Fall semester of final year:
Review Directory of Dietetics Programs. Plan your strategy for applying to programs.
Obtain program applications. Try to receive all program application materials as soon as possible during fall semester. You may contact program directors by mail, e-mail, or on home pages. Program information can also be obtained through the Web address @ http://www.eatright.org. The ECU program information is available through the department website.
Review each program's application packet carefully to determine admission requirements. They differ from site to site. Many have deadlines that are different, based on graduate school, etc.
Request faculty and other references prior to the end of the fall semester. Provide a resume, complete instructions, and all needed forms or materials. Students who do not follow this procedure may be refused by faculty during Spring semester; plan ahead!
Make arrangements to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE.) Ideally, take the GRE in he junior year in case you need to retake it. Note that other internship programs may require different entrance exams, or none at all.
Fall semester of final undergraduate year:
By December: Complete the Intent to Complete Information Form and immediately return it to the DPD (Dietetics Program Director) for signatures. The Intent to Complete form is a required component for all application packets (unless the applicant has met DPD requirements and has a valid Verification Statement. An original blue-ink signature is needed from that DPD Program Director.
Complete applications carefully. Remember that the application is your marketing tool. Have your application reviewed by your mentor. Obtain a computer matching card from the Dietetics Program Director.
At ECU, MS-DI forms are due to the ECU Graduate School and DI Director by December 1 each year.
Spring semester of final undergraduate year:
January: By the end of January, MS-DI applicants will know if they matched with their program of choice.
February – For intern matching only (not combined MS-DI)
Completed application packets and computer matching forms must be submitted to D & D Digital and DICAS by the mid-February date indicated. You can apply to as many programs as you wish, but you will only be matched with one program. Some programs may require a personal or telephone interview; be sure to find out.
March: Intern Program Directors will receive the list of matched applicants. Applicants will be also be notified of the program they have been matched with by a date set by D & D Digital. You must notify the program of your acceptance or rejection of the match on that day, by following the directions in your notification letter. There is a possibility that you will not be matched with any program; you may need to apply in another year or to another program.
Before the end of the semester in which you are graduating:
FROM THE REGISTRAR'S OFFICE: Request that an official transcript with the degree granted on it be sent to the Dietetics Program Director.
When the transcript is received, a Verification Statement and several copies with original signatures will be completed and returned to you. Wherever you are accepted for a supervised practice experience or a Dietetic Internship, that Program Director will need an original signature on the verification sheet. Copies are not accepted. Submit that prior to your arrival date to an internship program.
Obtain a Verification Statement from your Didactic Program Director as soon as possible. Note: Even if you are not planning on applying to a supervised practice program, you will still receive a set of Verification Statements. Keep these safe and do not lose them.
Some supervised practice programs have two admission dates. You can follow procedures and apply to programs participating in the November appointment date (programs usually begin January to March) or; you may wait and apply by the next February date.
After successful completion of a supervised practice program:
- You will be given another set of Verification Statements and you may apply to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians.
- When you successfully pass the exam you are a Registered Dietitian (RD)! Congratulations and best wishes.