Interns in the Distance option complete the internship in their own geographic location. Distance interns are required to attend the orientation and capstone courses on the LR campus but will complete the supervised practice portion of their internship in their own geographic area. A personal computer and high speed internet access is required of any distance intern as didactic learning will be delivered via online modules, assignments and blogs outside of the interns supervised practice hours. The distance intern is responsible for securing preceptors and supervised practice facilities in their own geographic location.
Due to recent state authorization legislation, we may not be able to accept applications for distance internships from students in some states. Students from states including Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee or other states with application fees and/or requirements related to distance education are strongly encouraged to contact Eric Brandon, Director of Enrollment Services at Eric.Brandon@lr.edu prior to submitting an application.
A "preceptor" is an expert or specialist, such as a Registered Dietitian, who provides practical experience and training to a dietetic intern. As you select your preceptors, it is suggested that you have at least 2 RD preceptors in the Clinical rotation and at least one RD preceptor in the Community rotation. While it is preferable to have at least one RD preceptor in the Administrative rotation this may not be feasible. If there is not a RD in the Administrative rotation, you should select an appropriate professional such as the department director or the program coordinator. We suggest looking for Administrative placements in school district Child Nutrition Services or in the foodservice department of the hospital where your clinical rotation is being completed. You will probably have 4-6 different preceptors (1-2 for clinical, 1-2 for community, 1 for administrative and 1 for enrichment). We strongly prefer that you at least have a commmitment from your clinical rotation preceptor when applying to our program.
The Supervised Practice Facility is an organization or business that provides the opportunity for the intern to complete the required supervised practice. This facility may be a hospital, a public health agency, a university dining center, a child nutrition program, or a long-term care facility.
Affiliation agreements will be completed between Lenoir Rhyne University legal counsel and the precepting facility after the intern has been matched to the program. Occasionally some facilities prefer to use their own version of an agreement, in that case the legal counsel of LRU and the facility will work together to reach agreement.
Rotations (Supervised Work Experience)
All dietetic interns will complete a clinical (14 weeks/560 hours), community (10 weeks/400 hours), and administrative (6 weeks/240 hours) rotation, as well as a two-week (80 hours) enrichment rotation of the Intern's choice.
Clinical Rotation includes a minimum of 8 weeks at an inpatient acute care facility (hospital), with the remaining 6 weeks either at the same inpatient facility or divided among one or more other clinical locations, such as outpatient services (diabetes center, renal dialysis center, surgical weight loss, eating disorders and/or women's health), or a rehabilitation or long-term care center. Experiences in these facilities will generally include general medical, cardiac, gastrointestinal, surgical, oncology, renal/dialysis, rehabilitation/orthopedics, intensive care/nutrition support, long-term care and staff relief. The ideal facility would have a wide range of services with an inpatient census of at least 100 and 2 full-time RDs on staff. Please do not plan less than two weeks at any one facility.
Community Rotation may be completed at a health department or other outpatient community health facility, and provides expereince in public health, WIC, and childhood/adolescent nutrition. The ideal community site would be involved in broad planning and management of food and nutrition services, community nutrition education and direct patient care.
Administrative Rotation includes experience in hospital foodservice management or school nutrition.
Enrichment Opportunities are the student's choice. Potential enrichment experience includes corporate wellness, sports nutrition, nutrition consulting, additional nutrition support experience, or experience in a community nutrition organization such as a food bank or farm-to-school program.