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Dietetic Internship

Program Overview

 

The University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Dietetic Internship Program offers qualified college graduates a supervised practice curriculum that develops entry-level competencies in medical nutrition therapy, public health nutrition and food systems administration within an academic medical center providing tertiary care. The medical nutrition therapy emphasis creates specialized learning experiences within complex medical conditions regarding nutritional needs.

 
Dietetic Internship Mission
  • To provide a progressive and effective course of study that integrates graduate education and supervised dietetics practice to develop competent, registered dietitian nutritionists who are prepared to meet the demands required of future clinical nutrition practitioners.

2015-16 Program Goals

 

Goal 1: To provide a quality evidence-based post-baccalaureate education that will support clinical nutrition practice. Outcome measures include:

  • 80% of students in each course (NS 670, NS 671) will receive a grade of B or better.
  • 60% of students who complete the Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition – Dietetic Internship will consider and/or apply to a graduate program within one year of graduation from the UW internship program.
  • 80% of students completing the program will rate their academic preparation in clinical nutrition as above average or exceptional.
  • 80% of Program Directors in graduate degree programs (that accept our students) will rate the academic preparation of our alumni in clinical nutrition as above average or exceptional.

Goal 2: To provide the foundation needed for the development of high level problem-solving and critical thinking skills required in clinical nutrition practice.

  • 80% of students in each course will receive a grade of B or better.
  • 80% of students completing the program rate their problem-solving and critical thinking skills as above average or exceptional.
  • 80% of Program Directors in graduate degree programs (that accept our students) will rate the academic preparation of our alumni in clinical nutrition as above average or exceptional.

Goal 3: To provide the supervised practice experiences, accredited by ACEND, needed to meet the requirements to sit for the Registration Exam.

  • 80% of students who take the Registration Exam for Registered Dietitians pass on the first attempt within the next program year (2015-2016).
  • Within the next five years (2015-2020), 90% of students who take the Registration Exam for Registered Dietitians will pass on the first attempt.

Goal 4: To recruit, retain and matriculate students who are able to pursue their career goals successfully.

  • 80% of students who enter the program, complete it within 1 year.
  • 60% of students who complete the program will consider and/or apply to a graduate program within one year of graduation from the UW Health internship program.
  • 80% of students completing the program are able to pursue their career goals successfully.

Outcomes

  • All students within the classes of 2013-2014 completed the program.
  • All students within the classes of 2013-2014 passed the Registration Exam for Registered Dietitians at the first attempt and 97% passed on the first attempt for the last five program years (2010-2015).
  • All program graduates from 2013-2014 are currently employed and/or pursuing graduate studies.
  • Seventy-five percent of all program graduates between 2013-2014 are now involved in professional organizations.
  • All program graduates from 2013-2014 achieved a satisfactory rating on all entry-level and medical nutrition therapy competencies.

Internship Calendar

 

The UWHC Dietetic Internship participates in DICAS and D&D Digital Computer Matching in the Spring cycle, and this is coordinated with separate application to UW Madison's Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition-Dietetic Internship. The UW Dietetic Internship consists of NS 670 Nutrition and Dietetics Practicum I (3 credits) and NS 671 Nutrition and Dietetics Practicum II (3 credits). Twelve interns are selected to the UW-Madison Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition-Dietetic Internship. The program is 39 weeks in duration and begins with one week of orientation (Monday through Friday). Thereafter, rotations are 32 hours per week, and generally Tuesday through Friday.

 

Week Semester Hours/week Rotation
1 Fall 32 Orientation
2 Fall 32 Clinical Skills
3 Fall 32 MNT Chronic
4 Fall 32 MNT Chronic
5 Fall 32 MNT Chronic
6 Fall 32 MNT Chronic
7 Fall 32 MNT Surgery
8 Fall 32 MNT Surgery
9 Fall 32 MNT Pediatrics
10 Fall 32 MNT Pediatrics
11 Fall 32 MNT Pediatrics
12 Fall 32 MNT Critical Care
13 Fall 32 MNT Critical Care
14 Fall 32 MNT Acute
15 Fall 32 MNT Acute
16 Fall 32 MNT Acute
17 Fall 32 MNT Acute
18 Fall 32 MNT Management
19 Fall 32 MNT Extended Care
20 Fall 32 MNT Extended Care
      Break
      Break
21 Spring 32 Food Systems
22 Spring 32 Food Systems
23 Spring 32 Food Systems
24 Spring 32 Food Systems
25 Spring 32 Food Systems
26 Spring 32 Food Systems
27 Spring 32 Community & Public Health
28 Spring 32 Community & Public Health
29 Spring 32 Community & Public Health
30 Spring 32 Community & Public Health
31 Spring 32 Community & Public Health
32 Spring 32 Community & Public Health
33 Spring 32 MNT Outpatient DM
34 Spring 32 MNT Outpatient DM
35 Spring 32 MNT Research
36 Spring 32 MNT Outpatient: FC
37 Spring 32 MNT Outpatient: FC
38 Spring 32 MNT Renal
39 Spring 32 MNT Renal

 

Program Expenses

  • UW-Madison tuition for a total of 18 graduate credits for the Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition-Dietetic Internship.
  • Tuition fees are $800 per credit regardless of residency status. Therefore, the total cost per semester is about $4,800 or $14,400 for the graduate Capstone Certificate-Dietetic Internship. Interns are not responsible for paying segregated fees during the dietetic internship, however, will forfeit the benefits associated with paying segregated fees.
  • For housing costs, see Housing FAQs
  • Transportation: Interns can receive a free Metro bus pass. Parking is limited on campus and requires application and payment. Some rotations are off-site and will require transportation outside of the Madison Metro service area. These distances are within a 45 minute drive. Costs of transportation will vary by student choice.
  • Interns are responsible for the cost of their own food.
  • Interns are responsible for securing their own health insurance. Proof of health insurance is required prior to the start of the internship. Tuition costs for the program do not include segregated fees. Therefore, access to university health services or healthcare access to UW Hospital and Clinics is not provided. Interns are responsible for locating access to affordable healthcare based on their current insurance plan.
  • Financial aid is available as a UW-Madison student. Office of Student Financial Aid
  • Miscellaneous: Registration, travel, housing or eating expenses for attendance at professional meetings
  • Interns may apply as nutrition students for UW Health's Culinary and Clinical Nutrition Services for work on weekends as long as hours worked do not interrupt rotation hours.
  • Intern sick days within supervised practice must be made up on Mondays.