The primary goals of the Andrews University Dietetic Internship are twofold: to provide the intern with meaningful rotational experiences that will allow for successful completion of the registration examination for dietitians, and to provide the opportunity to develop the skills needed to obtain employment as an entry-level dietitian.
Our mission is to prepare highly qualified dietetic professionals who are competent in medical nutrition therapy (MNT), and embrace a wholesome way of life for meaningful service in the workplace.
- Outcomes Measures:
- 90% of the interns enrolled in the DI program will complete all program requirements within 150% (13 months) of the time planned for completion.
- Over a five year period, 70% or more of DI graduates who sought employment within three months of program completion.
- Over a five-year period, the pass rate for di graduates taking the examination for the first time will be at least 80%.
Goal #2: The program will prepare practitioners who are competent in incorporating MNT principles into a wholesome way of life.
- Outcome Measures:
- 70% of the DI graduates will be working in an area which allow them to practice the principles of MNT within three months of program completion.
- 90% of the program graduates first employers will rate the program satisfactory or above for measures of program evaluation.
Interns are encouraged to apply for membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) (which automatically confers membership in the respective state dietetics association).
- Application Fee = $50*
- Travel, meal, and lodging expenses for DI Orientation = Variable
- Graduate Certificate of Nutrition & Dietetics - 12 credits= $9,9964.00/annually
- Dicas application form is $40 for first applicants and $20 for each additional application.
- Depending on where the intern is located, travel costs for the community experiences will vary from $70 to $150
- Housing can run between $600-$1,000 per month, depending on the internship location.
- Meals at the facilities can cost up to $10.00 per meal
- Lab Coats (contact matched site for more information) can run anywhere between $30.00 and $40.00
- Medical, Car, and Rental Insurance varies from intern to intern, depending on thier insurance
- Tansportation will be the responsibility of the intern
- Students are responsible for having a laptop computer and/or internet access
- Background checks for the intern will run anywhere between $15.00 and $75.00
The AUDI practice facilities are chosen based on their ability to provide a thorough and unique education experience to the intern that results in the acquisition of the skills necessary to perform at an entry level. Sites are chosen based on their ability to provide the learning experiences as outlined for the practice areas of clinical nutrition, wellness, community, food service management and research . In order for a site to be added to the AUDI, the program director will meet with the side coordinator to review the learning activities as well as expectations for the intern experience. In addition, potential preceptors must agree to provide learning experiences as outlined in the learning activities that meet the depth and breadth of the competencies.
Scheduling procedures, length of rotation and learning activities will be mutually agreeable to both the Program Director and primary preceptor. An affiliation agreement must be signed by both parities before interns may be placed in rotation at that site. Site evaluation will occur through intern evaluations and correspondence with the primary preceptor.
The AUDI is a self-funded non-academic program. As such, interns are not eligible for financial aid through Andrews University. Scholarships may be available through state dietetic associations and/or the American Dietetic Association. It may be possible for students to obtain loan deferment for student loans while enrolled in the program. The program director will work with the interns to provide necessary documentation.
- Escott-Stump (2008), Nutrition and Diagnosis-Related Care, 6th edition (or newest edition)
- Krause’s Food, Nutrition, and Diet Therapy, 12th edition, or similar MNT book
- ADA’s pocket guide for International Dietetics & Nutrition Terminology, 2nd edition (or newest edition) - standardized
- Medical dictionary
- Lab coat as specified by Medical Facility