NIDIP - Nutrition Ink Dietetic Internship Program
NIDIP PROGRAM ELEMENTS
NIDIP has been granted FULL ACCREDITATION status by the:
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
800-877-1600 ext 5400
Welcome to the Nutrition Ink Dietetic Internship Program
The Nutrition Ink Dietetic Internship Program is a full time, 10 month program with a program-specific concentration in MNT for Nutrition Support. As full time interns, you will be expected to secure your own preceptors and practice sites, and participate in the internship a minimum of eight hours each day, five days per week, in addition to completing assignments. The Nutrition Ink Dietetic Internship Program accepts thirty (30) interns each year and requires interns to complete a minimum of 1,240 hours of supervised dietetic practice. Recognizing that individuals have different interests and priorities, Nutrition Ink Dietetic Internship Program offers an Elective of a specialty area of choice, and a Research Project which may be done in any of the major rotations. As an intern, you will be expected to learn from, interact with and counsel a diverse population across the lifespan, for a variety of medical conditions, and in a variety of settings. Interns may receive credit for previous work or volunteer-related experience based on approval by the internship director to complete the program in under 10 months. Our orientation is in August and interns will receive summer assignments to submit at orientation. Interns are required to participate in orientation unless a medical note from your healthcare provider is submitted to excuse the intern due to medical reasons. Prospective candidates should have basic computer skills including, but not limited to, internet, email, scanning documents, Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat. Interns are required to locate their own supervised practice sites and preceptors. Rotations start in September and end in June. Beginning rotations in foodservice and community nutrition allow the intern to develop a foundation in the less complex learning experiences, then as the intern demonstrates increasing growth, autonomy and responsibility, the experiential learning activities increase in complexity as the intern progresses through the clinical rotation, MNT concentration in Nutrition Support and the Research/Medical Library rotation.
Nutrition Ink Dietetic Internship Program provides a quality education to graduates in meeting and maintaining standards of excellence by working with people of various racial,ethnic, and diverse backgrounds and demonstrate knowledge and practical skills to become competent and productive entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.
GOALS AND OUTCOMES
Goal 1: Graduates will be competent entry-level registered dietitians
1. At least 80% of graduates will score a 3 or 4 (on a 4 point scale) for agreeing they are a competent entry level dietitian on end of program survey
2. At least 80% of graduates who respond to the one year post graduate survey will score a 3 or 4 (on a 4 point scale) for agreeing that "the program provided me with the tools to be a competent dietitian".
3. Program Completion: At least 80% of program interns complete program requirements within 15 months (150% of program
4. Graduate Employment: Of graduates who seek employment, at least 80% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related
fields within 12 months of graduation
5. Graduate Performance on Registration Exam:
a. At least 80% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
b. 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%
6. Employer Satisfaction: At least 80% of employers, who respond to a survey on program graduates in their first year of employment, will rate their satisfaction with graduate preparation for entry-level practice as 2 or higher (averaged on a 3-point scale).
Goal 2: Graduates will practice with culture sensitivity to the community’s diverse population
1. At least 80% of graduates will score a 3 or 4 (on a 4 point scale) for agreeing they are able to practice with culture sensitivity to the community’s diverse population on the end of program survey
2. At least 80% of the employers who respond to a survey on hired program graduates in their first year of employment will rate
graduate's ability to work effectively with clients of different cultures, ethnicities, or backgrounds as 2 or higher (on a 3-point scale).
3. At least 80% of the program graduates confirm that they feel competent to work with clients of various ethnic/cultural
Program outcomes are available to the public upon request.
The program policies have been established to delineate the responsibility of each intern throughout the program and are the criteria used to determine continuance in the program.
To be considered for acceptance to the Nutrition Ink Dietetic Internship Program, candidates must complete a minimum of a bachelor’s degree at a regionally accredited university or college with coursework accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and present a Verification Statement from an approved Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) showing coursework completed within 5 years or less. Candidates must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale), a minimum Science GPA of 3.0 and a minimum DPD GPA of 3.0. The policy of Nutrition Ink Dietetic Internship Program is to provide equal opportunity to all applicants for admission to the program. All applicants must apply through the DICAS online system.
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 order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree. 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). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited DI program at NIDIP are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.
In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements click here.
For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here.
Once accepted to our distance-learning program, all learning experiences specified in the program curriculum must be completed at a level of sufficient competency. Interns will receive frequent evaluations and feedback from the Nutrition Ink staff and the Program Director and should always have a current assessment of their performance in the internship. Interns who fulfill all the program requirements will receive a certificate of completion, and will be eligible to take the National Examination for Registered Dietitians. Graduating interns must also:
Pass the assigned unit exam modules with a score of 70% or more.
Complete rotations according to schedule during the 10 month period. On a case by case basis, the Program Director will review for approval the written requests for an extension beyond 10 months and written requests for leave of absence.
Fully prepare for each rotation and satisfactorily complete the requirements listed on the evaluation documents for each rotation.
Complete all rotation assignments by the established deadlines.
Steps to Becoming an RDN:
This program fulfills the supervised practice portion of becoming a RDN
1. Meet all admission requirements
2. Complete all graduation requirements
3. Pass the registration exam
4. Achieve state certification/licensure, if applicable
If an intern decides to withdraw from the program, the intern is entitled to a full refund of tuition paid minus the tuition deposit up until 1 month before the first day of orientation. There is no tuition refund if withdrawal/dismissal occurs after this time. If the intern plans to attend and is allowed to return the following year, then the intern is considered as a new applicant.
Application Fee- $FREE!
Tuition (includes non-refundable $1000 deposit) - $11,500
Fee for program extensions up to 15 months - $500 per month for the first 3 months - $1000 per month for the last 2 months
Meals during internship
Health Insurance required
Mobile Phone and Internet Access
Academy student membership
Student District membership
Payment transaction fees
Drug Screen and Background Check- Included with tuition
Program will provide ID badge, General and Professional Liability Insurance, Certificate of Completion
Expenses for Orientation
Orientation is conducted through an online platform and is free for interns to attend.
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