Program Completion Requirements - Dietetic Internship
The dietetic internship program has adopted the achieved competency system of grading used at Bastyr University. Interns must attain a level of well-defined competence in all internship graduate classes, program learning activities, and performance criteria of each rotation, and must successfully complete an exit exam with a minimum score of 75%. Evaluations occur at the end of each rotation, and evaluation conferences are required with the program director at the end of each academic quarter.
Graduates of the program meet eligibility requirements to write the registration examination to become a registered dietitian (RD), and subsequently will be eligible to apply to become a certified dietitian (CD) in the state of Washington. Bastyr internship graduates are qualified to provide exceptional nutrition and dietetic services to individuals and institutions and contribute positively to the nutrition awareness and health education of communities.
Admission Requirements - Dietetic Internship
Applicants must have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in nutrition, dietetics or equivalent program from an accredited educational institution. We also require the Verification Statement, indicating the completion of a didactic program in dietetics (DPD) or the statement indicating an Intention to Complete a DPD program prior to the start of the internship.
A strong background in science and high academic performance are essential. Using a 4.0 scale, a GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for acceptance into the program. Experience, whether volunteer or paid, in clinical nutrition (hospital or long-term patient care), quantity food service and community nutrition is highly desirable. Finalist candidates will be evaluated in a telephone interview.
The Bastyr University Dietetic Internship participates in the spring computer matching application process. Applicants to the internship must submit their application materials through Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS) by the February deadline established by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Fees associated with this centralized application process are $40 for the first application, and $20 for each additional application.
The following items must be uploaded by each applicant to the DICAS site:
- Completed Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (The Academy) Dietetic Internship application.
- Personal statement.
- Three references: one reference related to work experience and two references related to academic performance.
- All official transcripts.
- DPD Verification Statement or Declaration of Intent.
In addition, a supplemental Bastyr University application for certificate and non-degree programs is required for the Bastyr University Dietetic Internship, along with a $75 application fee. Click here to fill out the Bastyr University application.
Applicants are informed of acceptance through the computer matching system.
Applicants to the internship must participate in computer matching. Applicants must register and enter their priority choices online on the D&D Digital website by the February Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics deadline. At the time of registration, a $50 registration fee via credit card is required.
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Curriculum - Dietetic Internship
The Dietetic Internship is a full-time program that begins in September and ends in June, consisting of 39 weeks. Included are 1,200 supervised practice hours and a minimum of 100 didactic hours. The program includes 15 graduate credits, a portion of which may be applied toward a master of science degree in nutrition from Bastyr University upon acceptance into the master's program.
The graduate course content is structured to complement the supervised practice components of the internship. Interns meet weekly for seminar-style classes in fall and winter quarters for the didactic portion of the program. Additional hours beyond the full-time scheduled program are required for project completion and self-preparation.
- Orientation – 2 weeks
- Major Group Projects – approximately 80 hours
- Bastyr Center for Natural Health - 1-2 weeks
- Required clinics to include WIC and diabetes outpatient - 5 weeks
- Various clinical and/or community nutrition experiences - 9-11 weeks
- Food Service Experience – 4 weeks
- Enrichment Experiences – 1 to 3 weeks
- Clinical Experience – 10 weeks hospital
- Final Evaluation Experiences – 1 week
Two weeks of winter vacation are scheduled, and one week of spring vacation is arranged with each intern. The following holidays are observed: Thanksgiving and the following day; Martin Luther King Day; Presidents' Day; Memorial Day.
Interns gain experience in clinical dietetics, community nutrition and food service systems and management. Interns develop insight into the special nutritional needs of populations by rotating through a variety of sites which include hospitals, community nutrition programs including WIC and Child Nutrition Services, outpatient clinics, and food service facilities.
The rotations are designed to give interns the opportunity to work with individuals from all stages of life , with varying health conditions. In addition to the regular rotations, interns coordinate Enrichment Experience rotations to accommodate individual areas of interest and learning needs.
Expected Learning Outcomes
The Bastyr University Dietetic Internship has established the following expected learning outcomes. Graduates of the program will:
- Meet eligibility requirements to write the registration examination to become a registered dietitian (RD).
- Demonstrate all the competencies required to practice as a competent entry-level dietitian.
- Provide exceptional nutrition and dietetic practice to individuals and institutions that effectively supports integrated healthcare, incorporating whole foods, complementary medicine perspectives, and environmental considerations into nutrition care and protocols.
Program Summary - Dietetic Internship
The Bastyr University dietetic internship is based on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Eligibility Requirements and Accreditation Standards (ERAS) and is designed to meet performance requirements for entry-level dietitians. The program includes didactic coursework and practical enrichment experiences. The internship provides supervised practice experience in which interns can achieve competency in all required areas of dietetics and nutrition. Up to 12 applicants may be accepted for the program each year.
The Bastyr University Dietetic Internship educates future leaders in the dietetic profession who will integrate whole foods, environmental nutrition and complementary medicine perspectives into their nutrition practice.
Internship Program Philosophy
The Bastyr University Dietetic Internship will effectively deliver an internship that meets the accreditation standards of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics while supporting the mission of the Department of Nutrition & Exercise Science.
Program Goals and Objectives
- The Bastyr University Dietetic Internship prepares competent entry-level dietitians.
- Each Intern will successfully complete the Bastyr University Dietetic Internship within 13 months' time of program start (150% of 38 week program).
- Five year summary reports will consistently reflect that at least 95 percent of all first-time exam-takers will have passed the Registration Examination for dietitians.
- At least 85 percent of internship graduates who seek employment in the field will find employment within 12 months of program completion.
- At least 90 percent of internship graduates who apply to graduate school/higher education will be accepted.
- In the annual internship graduate employer surveys, respondents will choose the highest rating indicating employment preparedness on at least 90 percent of professional competencies.
- The Bastyr University Dietetic Internship prepares graduates to provide food and nutrition expertise that effectively supports integrated healthcare, incorporating whole foods, complementary medicine perspectives, and environmental considerations into nutrition care and protocols.
- At least 90 percent of internship graduate survey respondents will choose the highest rating indicating preparedness in areas related to whole foods, environmental nutrition practices, and complementary medicine perspectives.
- In the annual internship graduate employer surveys, respondents will choose the highest rating indicating employment preparedness on at least 85 percent of professional competencies related specifically to whole foods, environmental nutrition practices, and complementary medicine perspectives.
- The Bastyr University Dietetic Internship is an educational experience which respectfully and supportively promotes the well-being and personal development of each Intern, fosters effective team dynamic skill development, and empowers Interns to be leaders.
- Interns currently enrolled in the program will indicate at least a 90 percent rate of satisfaction on indicators related to program organization, learning activities/experiences and minimal barriers to learning, as assessed on a quarterly basis.
- Interns currently enrolled in the program will indicate at least a 90 percent rate of satisfaction with their ability to work effectively, efficiently and cooperatively as a team.
- In the annual internship graduate employer surveys, respondents will choose the highest rating indicating graduate excellence on at least 85 percent of professional competencies related to entry-level team dynamics skills and leadership potential.
Natural Medicine and Whole Foods Concentration
As a program of the Department of Nutrition & Exercise Science, the Bastyr University Dietetic Internship offers a natural medicine and whole foods concentration. Interns provide integrative care and create wellness plans with natural medicine clinicians at the University's teaching clinic, Bastyr Center for Natural Health. Additionally, interns create whole-food menus, write whole-food nutrition and environmental nutrition blog posts, and lead an educational event on an emergent topic in natural medicine to health professionals.
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The Bastyr University Dietetic Internship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995.
Phone: (800) 877-1600, ext. 5400
Web site: www.eatright.org/acend
Bastyr University is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities.
Expenses & Financial Aid - Dietetic Internship
- Tuition and fees: $11,150
- This total dollar amount includes: $740/credit for 15 graduate credits for 2014-2015. Interns are billed for three installments of $3,700 the first day of each quarter.
- National criminal background check conducted fall quarter: $50
- Non-refundable application fee: $75
- DICAS fees: $40 for first application and $20 for each additional application
- Computer matching fee: $50
- Books, supplies, immunizations, permits and miscellaneous fees: $800
- Additional conference fees and membership fees: $300
The intern is responsible for all food, housing, and transportation expenses. Interns must provide their own health insurance and automobile insurance to participate in the program. Food, housing, and transportation expenses for the greater Seattle area are estimated at $21,600 for the nine-month academic year.
Because the Bastyr University Dietetic Internship is not a degree program, interns are not eligible for the typical financial-aid programs available to university students. Interns are encouraged to apply for a variety of scholarships available at federal, state and local levels, including The Academy Foundation Scholarships and others. Information about state and local scholarships is provided to interns in the program as they are received by the program director.