Dietetic Internship Program Overview
Thank you for your interest in the Solmaz Institute Dietetic Internship. All interns who successfully complete our program are eligible to sit for the Registered Dietitian (RD) certification exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). The Solmaz Institute provides a unique post-baccalaureate dietetic internship that focuses on the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity in addition to meeting the basic competencies set forth by ACEND. At this time there are no other programs with this concentration. Our program has been granted Candidacy for Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), with our full accreditation visit scheduled for November 2015.
Interested in applying? Selected candidates will meet the following minimum criteria:
- Interest in becoming a Registered Dietitian. Go to the website of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) at http://www.eatright.org/resource/food/resources/learn-more-about-rdns/what-an-rdn-can-do-for-you to read more about this profession. Learn where RDs practice and what they do!
- Completion of a bachelor’s degree, with coursework from an ACEND accredited program (coursework would include nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, chemistries and related labs, statistics, etc). Those who have successfully completed the required undergraduate coursework will have a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Verification Statement. If you are interested in practicing in the field of nutrition and dietetics please go to http://www.eatrightacend.org/ACEND to learn more about programs in your area that offer this coursework. The Dietetic Internship is a post-baccalaureate program only, the required undergraduate courses are not offered at LRU at this time.
- Further application requirements and instructions can be found under the Admissions tab on the left sidebar of this page.
The Dietetic Internship program offers two location options: Carolinas (North or South Carolina) and a distance option where supervised practice rotations are completed in the intern's own geographic area. For more information, please select location options on the sidebar.
The Dietetic Internship program currently consists of the following components:
- An orientation, during which interns will be familiarized with program details and receive preparation for the supervised practice rotations
- Four supervised practice rotations: clinical (14 weeks/560 hours), community (10 weeks/400 hours), administrative (6 weeks/240 hours) and enrichment (2 weeks/80 hours).
- Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management course offered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Note: students are responsible for all costs associated with this program, including travel, registration, food and lodging. Our students do receive discounted registration for the course.
- A capstone course, designed to synthesize knowledge and skills acquired throughout the year and provide preparation for moving forward professionally
Beginning with the 2016-2017 internship year, we have proposed the following structure for the program (pending ACEND approval):
- An orientation as described above
- Three supervised practice rotations: clinical (12 weeks/480 hours), community (12 weeks/480 hours) and administrative (6 weeks/240 hours)
- Childhood and Adolescent Weight Managment Self-Study Module offered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)
- A capstone course, as described above.
Timeline and Graduation Requirements
The Dietetic Internship is a full-time (40 hours/week) 10 month program and runs from mid-August through mid-May annually. Beginning with the 2016-2017 internship year, if proposed changes are approved by ACEND, the Dietetic Internship will be 9 1/2 months and will run from August through April annually.
To graduate, the intern must complete the required didactic work, supervised practice hours, graduate coursework, Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management course (proposed beginning 2016-2017: Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management Self-Study Module) and demonstrate satisfactory performance and competence throughout the program rotations, as evaluated by site preceptors and the Dietetic Internship Director. The intern must complete all program and self-assessments. The intern must demonstrate no misconduct, academic or non-academic, and must perform ethically in accordance with the values of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The intern will receive a Dietetic Internship Verification Statement following successful completion of the dietetic internship. Their name will also be submitted to CDR for eligibility for the RD exam.
Open House Dates for Interested Applicants
Potential applicants are invited to participate in an on-campus or virtual (online) open house to speak with our faculty and learn more about our program. Those interested in an on-campus open house are invited to sign up for one of the LR Graduate School Open House events. Please click here for dates and registration information.
Virtual open house events will be held via WebEx. Dates and times for the 2015 Virtual Open House Events are listed below:
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 7:00 pm EST
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm EST
Those interested in attending should send an email to DIinfo@LR.edu with DI Open House in the subject heading no later than two days before the open house date. You will be emailed a link to join the meeting.
Instructions for Application
Please select the Admissions tab on the left sidebar of this page for application instructions.