The UW Hospital and Clinics Dietetic Internship Program has a medical nutrition therapy concentration. Beginning in 2015, the UWHC Dietetic Internship Program is a 39-week, supervised practice experience consisting of clinical supervised practice and advanced nutrition learning. The program includes clinical, community, public health and food systems administration experiences. Interns are in rotations a minimum of 32 hours per week, Tuesday through Friday.
The internship is integrated with the UW-Madison Capstone Certificate Program in Clinical Nutrition-Dietetic Internship as NS 670 Nutrition and Dietetics Practicum I (3 credits), and NS 671 Nutrition and Dietetic Practicum II (3 credits).
The 39-week dietetic internship includes the following rotations:
- Orientation (1 week; 32 hours). Note: 16 hours in NS 670; 16 hours in NS 671
- Clinical Nutrition-Ambulatory Medical Nutrition Therapy (4 weeks; 32 hours/week)
- Diabetes Care (2 weeks)
- Free Choice (2 weeks). Choose from the following: Preventive Cardiology, Abdominal Transplant, Weight Management (Medical and Surgical), Digestive Health, Employee Wellness and Clinics, Nutrition Clinics (Eating Disorders, Weight Management), Pediatric
- Clinical Nutrition-Research Theory (1 week; 32 hours)
- Community Public Health and School Nutrition (6 weeks; 32 hours/week)
- Public Health in Dane/Green County Women, Infants and Children's Program; Madison Metropolitan School District (4 weeks)
- School Nutrition: Middleton-Cross Plains, DeForest or Mount Horeb school district (2 weeks)
- Food Systems Administration (6 weeks; 32 hours/week)
- Agrace HospiceCare or UWHC Culinary Services (6 weeks)
- Clinical Nutrition-Medical Nutrition Therapy (18 weeks; 32 hours/week)
- Clinical Skills (1 week)
- Cardiology/General Medicine (4 weeks)
- Oncology/Transplant (3 weeks)
- Surgery/Neurology (3 weeks)
- Renal (2 weeks)
- Critical Care (2 weeks)
- Extended Care/Geriatric Nutrition (2 weeks)
- Management (varies, 1 week)
- Clinical Nutrition -Pediatrics (3 weeks; 32 hours/week)
- Pediatric In-Patient (3 weeks)
Total Hours: 1,248 (NS 670 provides 624 hours; NS 671 provides 624 hours)
Requirements of Program Completion
- Completion of the UW-Madison Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition-Dietetic Internship (NS 650, 651, 652, 653, 670, 671). The required courses for the on-line courses (NS 650, 651, 652, 653) were developed while considering the program learning goals and after identifying the specific set of skills needed by an advanced practice clinical nutritionist.
- NS 650: Advanced Clinical Nutrition – Critical Care and Nutrition Support (3 credits)
- NS 651: Advanced Clinical Nutrition – Pediatrics (3 credits)
- NS 652: Advanced Nutrition Counseling and Education (3 credits)
- NS 653: Clinical Nutrition Research (3 credits)
- NS 670 Nutrition and Dietetics Practicum I (3 credits)
- NS 671 Nutrition and Dietetic Practicum II (3 credits)
- Students must remain in good academic standing:
- Students must earn ≥ 3.00 GPA on all course work attempted for the certificate program.
- No program courses (Ns 650, 651, 652, 653, 670, 671) with grades less than C will be accepted for certificate completion.
- Students receiving an Incomplete (I) grade are allowed the subsequent semester of enrollment to complete the course work.
- Completion of all ACEND-accredited rotation competencies at satisfactory level as aligned with the grading system (NS 670 and NS 671), consistent with the achievement of performance for entry level dietitians.
- Completion of Internship projects at required level of satisfaction:
- Case Study Presentation
- Journal Club Presentation
- Behavior Assessment
Dietetic interns must complete all requirements of the Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition-Dietetic Internship and demonstrate satisfactory completion of ACEND program competencies prior to the signing of the Dietetic Internship Verification Statement.