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Community Nutrition with Dietetic Intership

The Dietetic Internship program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is a 24-30 month experience offered in conjunction with Master of Science degree in Food and Nutrition with a concentration in Community Nutrition. Our gratuate program emphasizes health promotion and disease prevention, along with primary and/or ambulatory health care. Graduates are empowered with the education and 1200 hours of supervised practice necessary to successfully pass the credentialing exam to become a Registered Ditetitian Nutritionist.

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). In Illinois, graduates also must obtain licensure to practice. Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Combined Master of Science Degree with a concentration in Community Nutrition and Dietetic Internship program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become a RDN. For more information about educational pathways to become an RDN please visit https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend/students-and-advancing-education/information-for-students

Contact

Brenda Green

Brenda Green, MS, RDN, LDN, CLC
Senior Instructor, Dietetic Internship Director
Human Nutrition and Dietetics
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Quigley Hall, Rm 209 – MC 4317
875 South Normal Ave
Carbondale, IL 62901
Email: bgreen@siu.edu
P: 618.453.7513

Accreditation

The Dietetic Internship at Southern Illinois University is currently granted continued full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190 Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext. 5400 http://www.eatrightPRO.org/ACEND

Program Overview

Our Mission

The mission of the SIUC master’s degree program in Food and Nutrition (with a concentration in Community Nutrition) and dietetic internship is dedicated to providing graduates the education and supervised practice experiences that facilitate entry level competence in becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in accordance with the accepted principles of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Coursework

The Community Nutrition concentration requires 39-41 credit hours:

Thesis Track Option

The thesis option requires a committee that is composed of at least 2 program faculty members and one faculty member from outside the department.

Professional Track Option

The professional track option will require an additional 6 credits of elective coursework. Students must take HND 495, Nutrition and Obesity, as well as an additional 3 credits of an approved elective.

Double Major Option

At least 18 semester hours must be earned for each major, and one-half of the required coursework for each major must be in courses numbered 500 or above.

Supervised Practice-Rotations

The internship program emphasizes health promotion and disease prevention, along with primary and/or ambulatory health care. Some settings for rotations include university health facilities, public health departments, ambulatory care clinics, community hospitals, long-term care facilities, schools, and industry.

The internship offers three rotations for the each of the three areas of practice:

  • 8 weeks in food service management
  • 12 weeks in clinical/medical nutrition therapy
  • 10 weeks in community

Graduation and Program Completion

  • Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Combined Master of Science Degree with a concentration in Community Nutrition and Dietetic Internship program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.
  • If applicable, completion of thesis and defense thereof.
  • Completion of a review course or self-study course for the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).
  • Interns are expected to comply with the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: The SIUC combined MS/DI Program prepares graduates to be competent entry- level dietitians.

Program Objectives for Goal 1: 

  1. The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
  2. 90% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  3. Of graduates who seek employment, 80% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  4. 80% of employers who return an employer satisfaction survey will indicate they are satisfied with graduate’s preparation as an entry-level dietitian.
  5. 80% of graduates who return an alumni survey will state that the preparation they received was adequate for entry level dietetics-related practice.

Goal 2: The SIUC combined MS/DI Program provides graduates the skills needed for a concentration in community nutrition.    

Program Objectives for Goal 2: 

  1. At least 80% of program interns complete program/degree requirements within 36 months (150% of the program length).
  2. 100% of students completing supervised practice experiences will note their perceived progress of competence as community/public health nutritionists by completing the “Self-Assessment tool for PHNs”.

Program outcome data is available upon request.

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university (completed within last 10 years).
  • Official transcript verifying the degree was conferred.
  • Completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetic (ACEND) or evidence of completing all but one semester of coursework in an undergraduate DPD. Students will receive appropriate documentation from their DPD Coordinators that is submitted with Dietetic Internship Program application. Students should supply appropriate documentation (Verification Statement) from their DPD Directors that is to be submitted with their application.
  • If you have completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree at a US regionally accredited university or college and course work accredited by ACEND, you are eligible to participate in the Dietetic Internship Match. Applicants to SIU combined MS/DI program must complete an application for the internship through the Dietetic Internship Central Application Service at https://www.portal.dicas.org/.
  • Applicants to the Dietetic Internships (DI) must register for the DI match through D&D Digital at https://www.dnddigital.com/ and to complete a priority listing. All costs are borne by the applicant. Applicants must pay a fee when submitting their order lists to D&D Digital Systems.
  • Grade point average (GPA) 3.0 or higher is required (on scale with A=4.0).
  • Completion of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within the last 5 years.
  • A score of 300 or higher on combined verbal and quantitative portions of GRE is recommended.
  • Desire to complete a Master of Science degree in Food and Nutrition with a concentration in Community Nutrition combined with a 7- ½ month dietetic internship with Community Nutrition emphasis.
  • International students who have had their education, training and credentials completed outside of the United States or have not completed a Didactic Program in Dietetics should refer to https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend/students-and-advancing-education/information-for-students/education-and-credentialing-requirements-for-those-with-foreign-degrees.
  • International students whose native language is not English are required to pass the TOEFL examination with a score of 550 or above. For questions related to education and credentialing requirements for international students, more information is available at https://gradschool.siu.edu/apply/international.php.
  • All students must be admitted to SIUC Graduate School in good standing. https://gradschool.siu.edu/apply/ A $65.00 application fee is required at the time you submit the graduate school online application.
  • A Skype interview is required. You will be contacted by the DI Director after your application is received to schedule the time and type.

Application Process

  • Complete an application form for each Dietetic Internship (DI) for which you plan to seek admission. View the deadline for application and access the online centralized internship application, DICAS, at https://portal.dicas.org.
  • Complete priority listing though the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Internship Matching on D&D Digital Systems. All costs are borne by the applicant.  Applicants must pay a fee when submitting their order lists to D&D Digital Systems.
  • Do Not send an application fee to SIU
  • The SIU internship will conduct Skype interviews. Qualified applicants will be contacted by email to set up appointments

Selection Criteria

  • The Dietetic Internship Program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale uses the DICAS internship application which can be found at https://portal.dicas.org/.  No application fee required to apply to Southern Illinois University Carbondale Dietetic Internship Program.
  • 10-14 interns are selected to complete the Combined Master of Science Degree with a concentration in Community Nutrition and Dietetic Internship program that typically runs from August to August for 24 months.
  • Applications are reviewed by a selection committee which includes the internship director, other department faculty, preceptors, and current interns.
  • Applications are scored based on interest in community nutrition (as stated in personal statement letter), GPA, GRE score, work and volunteer experience, reference letters, extracurricular activities and Skype interview.
  • Appointments are awarded without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, military service, or genetic information. Marital status, age, and geographic area of the applicant are not considered.

Program Costs:

  • Graduate application fee: $65.00
  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic student membership $50.00
  • Health Insurance: $650.00 (optional)
  • Living expenses (including travel) $1000 per month (varies)
  • Books and Supplies $200-$300 (varies)
  • TB Test $40.00 (varies)
  • Additional Immunizations (if needed) vary in cost
  • Drug Screen $40.00 (varies)
  • CPR/First Aid Certification $20 (varies)
  • Background check $50 (varies)

Tuition and Fees: Graduate tuition for Fall 2018 for Illinois residents is $469.50 per semester hour. For graduate non-Illinois residents, tuition is two and half times the resident rate at $1,173.75 per semester hour.

Student fees for 12 semester hours for Fall 2018 are estimated to be $2,179.00 for Illinois residents, continuing non-Illinois residents, and new non-Illinois residents. All students must pay fees, including those who have tuition waivers.

Program costs are subject to change.

Financial Assistance:

Graduate Assistantships (GA)- When you enter the program you may be appointed to a GA position that would waive tuition costs and provide a stipend for a semester while enrolled in course work. Assistantships are appointed based on departmental need and financial resources.

Graduate Fellowships- The number of fellowships varies depending on funds available. These awards are based upon scholarships, scores on standardized tests, and potential for success in graduate study.

Scholarships- Available from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation and sometimes from other associations to help defray educational expenses.

Federal Direct Student Loans and other financial assistance is available from Financial Aid Office

Academic Schedule

Semester 1 (Fall)

  • FN 540 Nutrition Policy, Programs & Services (3cr.)
  • QUAN 506 Inferential Statistics (4cr.)
  • ANS 500 Research Method (3cr.)
  • FN 581 Seminar (1cr.)

Total credit hours: 11

Semester 2 (Spring)

  • FN 530 Advanced Nutrition Assessments & Education (3cr.)
  • PH 583 U.S. Health System (3cr.)
  • PH 593 Epidemiology (3cr.)
  • Practicum 40 hour

Total credit hours: 9

Semester 3 (Summer)

  • FN 599 Thesis or
  • PH 598 Grant Writing (3cr.) or Elective

Total credit hours: 1-3

Semester 4 (Fall)

  • FN 574 Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy (3cr.)
  • FN 581 Seminar (1cr.)
  • FN 599 Thesis or
  • HND 495 Nutrition and Obesity (3cr.)

Total credit hours: 5-7

Semester 5 (Spring)

  • FN 580 Supervised Practice (3cr.)
  • FN 580 Supervised Practice (3cr.)

Total credit hours: 6

Semester 6 (Summer)

  • FN 580 Supervised Practice (3cr.)

Total credit hours: 3

 

Rotation Sites

Illinois

City

Site

Miles from Carbondale

Rotation Type

Benton

U of I Extension

33

Community

Carbondale

Memorial Hospital Carbondale

0

Mgmt & Clin

Centralia

Good Samaritan Regional Health Center

70

Mgmt & Clin

Chicago

IDHS

340

Community

Marion

IDHS

20

Community

Marion

Heartland Regional Medical Center

16

Mgmt & Clin

Marion

VA Medical Center

16

Mgmt & Clin

Metropolis

Southern Seven Health Dept.

60

Community

Mt Vernon

Good Samaritan Regional Health Center

60

Mgmt & Clin

Murphysboro

Jackson County Health Dept.

8

Community

Rockford

IDHS

390

Community

Springfield

IDHS

190

Community

Springfield

St. John’s Hospital

190

Mgmt & Clin

Urbana

Ascend CHC

200

Community

Carbondale

Head Start SIUC

0

Community

Chicago

Palos Health

320

Mgmt & Clin

Chicago

Catholic Charities

335

Community

Carbondale

Unity Point

0

Community

Waukegan

Lake Co Health Dept. & CHC

380

Community

Missouri

St. Louis

Family Care Health Center of Carondelet

110

Community

St. Louis

St. John’s Mercy Medical Center

110

Mgmt & Clin

St. Louis

St. Louis Area Agency on Aging

110

Community

St. Louis

St. Anthony’s Medical Center

110

Mgmt & Clin

St. Louis

Gateway Greening

105

Community

St. Louis

Operation Food Search

110

Community

St. Louis

Bayer

110

Community

Graduate Assistanship Guidelines

It is the general policy of the Food and Nutrition program not to award assistantships to students majoring in other programs.

State-supported graduate assistantships are sometimes awarded to Food and Nutrition majors based upon a ranking of graduate students by faculty and teaching needs of the Food and Nutrition Programs.

Students who are awarded assistantships must have a strong working knowledge in dietetics and human nutrition programs in the United States, as they are extensively involved in the teaching program of the department.

Assistantships are awarded by a committee of three (one faculty member in Dietetics, one in Hospitality and Tourism, and the Coordinator for the Dietetic Internship Program).

Duties of graduate students are assigned by the above-mentioned committee after consultation with Food and Nutrition faculty.

Faculty members who have obtained grant funds may hire graduate assistants at their discretion.

When Graduate Assistantship appointments are available, they provide a tuition waiver and a monthly stipend for two semesters.

Assistantships range from 25 percent to 50 percent. The 25 percent assistantship provides a 15 credit hour tuition waiver and a monthly stipend of $713. The 50 percent assistantship currently pays $1,426 per month plus the full tuition waiver.

The monthly stipends are awarded in exchange for assisting with departmental duties [10 hours work per week (25 percent), or 20 hours work per week (50 percent)].

Assistantships are currently awarded on a per semester basis. Students without graduate assistantships pay tuition fees.

Please note that all students pay University Fees each semester for Student Center, student activities, intercollegiate athletic program, medical benefit, and revenue bond. If students believe they have comparable medical coverage, they may seek a refund of the medical fees within the first week of a semester.

Students may apply for fellowships for the second year.

Scholarships are also available from the American Dietetic Association Foundation (student must be an ADA member) and the Southern Illinois Dietetic Association to help defray academic costs.

Information regarding the federal loans program may be obtained by contacting the Financial Aid Office at (618) 453-4334.

For more information on estimated academic costs and budgets, visit the Financial Aid Office.