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Dietetic Internship Certificate Program

Format: In person at the Statesboro Campus
Credit Hours: 45
Entry Terms: Summer

Dietetic Internship Certificate (non-degree)

The Georgia Southern Dietetic Internship (DI) is a full-time, 12-month, post-baccalaureate graduate certificate, non-degree dietetic internship program. Graduates of an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and (ACEND) Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) are eligible to apply to the Georgia Southern DI Program.

The DI program is headquartered on Georgia Southern University Statesboro Campus where intern orientation and graduate courses are completed, along with selected supervised practice experiences. Additional supervised practice sites and rotations are located throughout Central and Southeast Georgia including Savannah, Atlanta, Macon, Brunswick, Tifton and Valdosta. Supervised practice site assignments are based on preference and preceptor availability.

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The program offers a blend of classroom instruction, on-line learning modules and hands-on training designed to meet ACEND Core Competencies for the registered dietitian (RD). Students gain experience in clinical dietetics, community nutrition, and food service management. Students are required to take 5 hours of graduate master’s-level courses, which includes orientation, in conjunction with 18-credit hours of  minimum 1,000 supervised practice experience hours that allow them to apply their coursework. The graduate school expenses are eligible for financial aid.

Upon successful completion of the Georgia Southern DI Certificate program, interns are eligible to obtain a Verification Statement of program completion required to sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) registration examination for dietitians.

While the Georgia Southern DI Certificate program does not result in a graduate degree, students may elect to apply for admission to one of several Department of Health Sciences & Kinesiology graduate programs.

Internship Class Size

A maximum of 20 interns are admitted annually to the Georgia Southern DI: 4 interns in the DI Certificate program and 16 interns in the combined MS-DI program. Up to 10 internship positions are reserved for graduates of the Georgia Southern DPD program.

Prospective Students

Interested in obtaining a DI certificate. Join us at a Virtual Open House and learn more about our DI certificate program.

DI Certificate Program Open House Dates and Times

  • Dates to come

Professional License Disclosure

The Department of Health Science and Kinesiology anticipates that graduates of the Dietetic Internship program will seek the following certification: Registered Dietitian or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (The two credentials designate the same certification program. Practitioners may choose to use one or the other.) and if required by the state the graduate will be practicing: Licensed Dietitian or Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist

The Department of Health Science and Kinesiology has determined that the required classes and educational activities of this program will qualify a graduate of this program to take the national exam for Registered Dietitian or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

The Department of Health Science and Kinesiology has determined that the required classes and educational activities of this program will qualify a graduate of this program to take the national exam for Registered Dietitian or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Passing the national examination for Registered Dietitian or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist will qualify a graduate for a license in Georgia. The Department of Health Science and Kinesiology has not determined whether the required classes and educational activities of this program will qualify a graduate of this program for licensure or certification for any state not set forth above. Visit the Commission on Dietetic Registration to determine the requirements of your state or territory.

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 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 Georgia Southern are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN. 

Admissions Process

Admission Year 2024-2025

Admission Deadlines

Graduates of a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) who meet the minimum admission requirements are invited to apply to the Georgia Southern DI programs. A maximum of 20 interns are admitted annually to the Georgia Southern DI programs; 4 seats are available in the DI Certificate program and 16 in the combined MS-DI program. Up to 10 internship positions are reserved for graduates of the Georgia Southern DPD program.

Important Application Submission Deadlines:

January 15, 2024: Pre-Select Option for past grads

Submit:
  1. Past Georgia Southern graduates, for preselect option, you need to submit a DICAS application by January 15 for review. No need to submit GRE score or graduate application.
  2. Dietetics Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) application and fee

February 15, 2024: First Round Matching Application deadline

Submit:
  1. Georgia Southern Graduate School Office of Graduate Admissions document and fee
  2. Dietetics Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) application and fee
  3. D & D Digital Online Dietetics Internship Matching Service fee

April 10, 2024: Second Round Selection Opens 

Review of applications will start April 10, 2024. Closing date is when all openings are filled or May 1, 2024, whichever comes first.

Submit:
  1. Georgia Southern Graduate School Office of Graduate Admissions documents and fee
  2. Add Georgia Southern University as a designated program to your Dietetics Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) application.

Specifics Regarding the Application Submission Deadlines:

Pre-Select Process for Georgia Southern University Students Only 

Past Georgia Southern graduates submit Dietetics Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) applications but do NOT submit GRE scores or admission interviews. Students will complete a College of Graduate Studies application (fee waived) if accepting direct admission.

All Pre-Select applicants will receive written notification of acceptance or rejection no later than January 31. An applicant who accepts a Georgia Southern University DI Program Pre-Select opening may not participate in the D & D computer matching process.

Students who decline preselect/direct admission into the Georgia Southern DI program can apply to the Georgia Southern DI program following DICAS and participate in computer matching.

First Round Matching Process 

February 15, 2024: The College of Graduate Studies Application,  the Dietetics Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) application and D & D Digital Online Dietetics Internship Matching Service for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics registration and fee are due February 15. 

April 7, 2024: On April 7, 2024 at 6 p.m. Central Time, applicant matching results will be posted on D & D Digital.

April 8, 2024: Appointment day. As per DICAS, “Matched applicants must contact the Dietetic Internship program by telephone, FAX or e-mail on or before 6 p.m. (time zone of the program), April 8, 2024, to confirm acceptance of the MATCH. After this time, the program is under no obligation to hold the opening for the matched applicant.”

April 9, 2024: On April 9, 2024 beginning at 6 a.m. Central Time, “Dietetic Internship program directors may contact unmatched applicants who were originally entered on their list on the D&D website. If contacted, these appointments must be confirmed by April 9, 2024, by 8 p.m. Central Time.”

April 10, 2024:  Second round selection starts. See below.

Second Round Selection Process 

You must have participated in first round selection process to be eligible for the second round selection process.

April 10, 2024:  At 11 a.m. Central Time, DICAS will post the names of internship programs that have not filled their positions.  Unmatched applicants will be able to submit their applications to the open programs beginning at that time.

April 10, 2024: Applicants should submit a College of Graduate Studies application, and add Georgia Southern University as designated internship site to your DICAS account information.

The College of Graduate Studies application should include 1) unofficial college transcripts and 2) results of a criminal background check. If you use PSI, the customer code is CUST_983 and product code GSUN for background check only. Official transcripts can be submitted to College of Graduate Studies after provisional acceptance to the program. The Graduate Studies application must be completed prior to May 1, 2024 for summer start date.

Review of second round applications and selection will start on April 2024. Georgia Southern DI Certificate program application deadline is May 1, 2024. Dietetic Internship Certificate program starts on May 13, 2024. For the Dietetic Internship Certificate program, you must have completed your graduate degree by May 13, 2024.

*Please note:  While the College of Graduate Studies requests references, Letter of Intent and Verification Statement, these are not needed as long as they are available in DICAS.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Hold an advanced degree (masters or doctoral in any subject) or the equivalent from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or a degree from a non-U.S. institution of higher education that is judged equivalent to a U.S. masters or doctoral degree by the College of Graduate Studies
  • Completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education of Nutrition & Dietetics, the accrediting agency of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, with coursework completed within the last 5 years; submission of an Intent to Complete or Verification of Completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) calculated from the cumulative course grades from each college or university previously attended
  • A minimum of a C in prerequisite DPD, math and science coursework
  • Dietetic related volunteer and work experience, in the fields of nutrition, food science, health, laboratory or clinical research, food service, food industry, nutrition education or health promotion
  • TOEFL iBT score of 80 with a minimum score of 20 in each of the four exam sub-sections (international students);
  • Admission to the Georgia Southern University College of Graduate Studies
  • Submission of results of a criminal background check at the federal, state and local levels.  Clearance must be sufficient to participate in programs in all rotations used in the program.

*Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the Georgia Southern DI.

Admission Procedures

  1. Complete the on-line Georgia Southern University  College of Graduate Studies Application, which requires submission of the following:
    • Transcript from each college or university previously attended
      1. Unofficial transcripts must be uploaded to the online application
      2. Following notification of acceptance, official transcripts, designated as official, must be sent directly from the institution(s) previously attended to the Office of Graduate Studies; transcripts marked “Issued to Student” will not be accepted.
      3. Applicants who have attended Georgia Southern University are not required to submit Georgia Southern transcripts.
    • International students submit TOEFL scores
      1. For the TOEFL, the Georgia Southern University School Code is 5253.

      Note: Letter of Recommendations and other Dietetic Internship documents are not required in the College of Graduate Studies Application since these items are available through the Dietetics Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS)

  2. Complete the online DICAS application and submit the DICAS application fee; create an account at https://portal.dicas.org/ and submit the following:
    • Applicant information (contact information, personal information, background information)
    • Educational information (colleges attended, session & coursework, tests)
      1. Arrange for official transcripts to be sent to DICAS
      2. List of your DPD and your math and science coursework with corresponding grade
      3. Provide DPD Program Information (DPD Director contact information)
        1. Your director will submit a Verification Statement or Declaration of Intent prior to you submitting your application
    • Awards, experience and volunteer activities
      1. List your volunteer, work experience, in the fields of nutrition, food science, health, laboratory or clinical research, foodservice, food industry, nutrition education, or health promotion is considered dietetic related volunteer and work experience
    • Personal statement (8,000 character limit); address the following items in the personal statement:
      1. Why you want to enter the dietetics profession
      2. Your short-term and long-term goals
      3. Experiences and skills that reflect your ability to be successful in the dietetic internship and as a registered dietitian
      4. An assessment of the qualities, knowledge, and skills you feel you need or wish to improve upon
      5. Other information you consider important for the selection process
    • Resume
      1. Include education, work and professional history, recognitions/awards, membership and participation in professional organizations, dietetic related volunteer experience, other experiences related to the dietetic internship, and contact information for a minimum of three references
      2. Thoroughly describe your dietetic related volunteer and work experience; include specific dates and hours worked and descriptions of key responsibilities and leadership and/or teamwork skills
    • Three letters of reference
      1. Recommendations should be from people who know your commitment to dietetics and who can refer to your skills, education, performance in the field, and your ability to successfully complete a dietetic internship program; at least one reference should be from a supervisor in a dietetics related volunteer or work experience and one from a professor who knows your academic work
    • Application certification
      1. Check the appropriate boxes and sign
    • Program designations
      1. Designate Georgia Southern as one of your preferences
    • Specify the personal statement you’ve written for the Georgia Southern DI
    • Supplemental Information
      1. Upload results of a criminal background check that includes federal, state and local levels. If using PSI, the customer code is CUST_983 and product code GSUN for background check only (background check must be clear of offenses for the previous five years).
      2. Register with D & D Digital matching system at https://dnddigital.com/and submit the D & D Digital registration fee. Pre-Select Georgia Southern University graduates do not register with D & D Digital matching system.
      3. Select Georgia Southern as a priority choice
        1. DI only Certificate Program matching code #103
        2. Combined MS-DI Program matching code #101

Selection Process

Only applications with complete documentation are considered for admission. The Georgia Southern DI Program Director screens all application materials, identifies well qualified candidates, and selects top candidates to continue to the final round in the admissions process, which includes an interview and math quiz.

Candidates are accepted into the Georgia Southern DI based on the following:

  • completion of a master’s degree (not required)
  • overall graduate GPA
  • overall undergraduate GPA
  • DPD coursework GPA
  • math and science coursework GPA
  • personal statement
  • resume
  • references
  • volunteer and work experience
  • interview (only top applicants will be invited for an interview)
  • math quiz (only top applicants will complete a math quiz)

Required Documentation after Acceptance to the DI program

Dietetic Internship Documentation
Upon acceptance to the Dietetic Internship, copies of all of the following documents are required to be submitted on the first day of Internship Orientation:

  1. Original Didactic Program in Dietetics completion verification statement*
  2. Upon completion of your degree, official transcript from the institution where your highest degree was awarded must be sent directly to the Dietetic Internship*

The additional required paperwork will be reviewed during orientation. Failure to submit all required documentation will result in dismissal from the program. No later than July 1, 2019 the following documents are required:

  1. Updated federal, state, and local official criminal background check and drug screen panel completed through PSI(submitted no earlier than one month prior to the start of supervised practice experiences). The specific drugs to be screened depends on your assigned hospital rotation site.
  2. Certificate of Immunization FormVaccinations: influenza, Varicella, MMR, hepatitis B and TB testing. Practice sites may require verification of additional vaccinations.
  3. Recent physical exam. Most clinical rotation sites require documentation of a recent physical exam.
  4. Proof of health insurance. Interns assume full responsibility for health insurance coverage and expenses incurred for health care. Interns are required to enroll in, or waive out of, the Georgia southern University mandatory core health insurance plan. View Information about Georgia Southern’s mandatory plan for students in allied health professional curriculum.
  5. Proof of professional liability insurance. Available at Georgia Southern University Marketplace or other appropriate organizations with prior approval from the internship director.
  6. Proof of auto insurance. Interns are required to have their own transportation, as travel will be required during several supervised practice experiences. Interns are required to carry automobile insurance.
  7. CPR certification by the American Red Cross or American Heart Association (exam must be taken in person).
  8. ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification.

*The program must keep on file an ORIGINAL verification statement and ORIGINAL transcript.  We cannot use the copies provided to DICAS or to the graduate school; we must have our own original copies for our program records. Please bring an original DPD verification statement with you to orientation and have original transcripts sent to the program director that shows the award date for the highest degree obtained from an accredited institution of higher education.  Please have the original transcripts sent to:

Dietetic Internship Director, Georgia Southern University, PO Box 8076, Statesboro, GA 30460.

Equal Opportunity Policy Statement

It continues to be the policy of Georgia Southern University to implement affirmative action and equal opportunity to all employees, students, and applicants for employment or admission without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, or disability. This policy extends to participation in any of Georgia Southern’s programs. Questions regarding this policy of nondiscrimination should be directed to the Director of Equal Opportunity & Title IX, at 912-478-5136, P.O. Box 8035, Statesboro, GA 30460-8035.

Degree Resources

Program Expenses

An intern in the Georgia Southern Dietetic Internship can expect to incur the following approximate expenses throughout the internship. The Graduate School expenses are eligible for financial aid and loan deferment while enrolled in the program. Interns are considered part-time students in summer semester and full-time in the fall and spring semesters.

Technology requirements for distance learning or remote rotations are minimal. Interns must have a PC/Mac laptop with minimum hardware requirements and internet access. Netbooks and Chromebooks are truly only suitable for basic internet browsing and word processing and are not recommended. Synchronized instruction is delivered through video conferencing, requiring two-way interactive video and audio. The Trajecsys platform used for the NTFS 7790 Practicum course can be purchased through the university bookstore. Newer versions of Adobe Acrobat Reader (free online), Microsoft Office 365 (free through Georgia Southern), and antivirus software (highly recommended) will assist in completing the program.

Type of ExpenseApplication Costs
Georgia Southern College of Graduate School application fee$50
DICAS application fee$50
D&D Matching Service registration fee$65
Background Check$45
GRE TestNot required
 Total$210
 Program Fees & Tuition Costs
Summer Graduate School tuition & fees$1,952
($6,092 out-of-state tuition)
5 credits summer term
Fall Graduate School tuition & fees*
$3,260
($10,712 out-of-state tuition)
9 credits Fall term
Spring Graduate School tuition & fees*$3,260
($10,712 out-of-state tuition)
9 credits Spring term
*based on 2023 posted fees
Total $8,472
($27,516 out-of-state tuition)
 Living Expenses & Miscellaneous Costs
Technology requirement (laptop with access to the internet)
*Internet access fees can vary
$200
Textbooks & class supplies$1000
Professional liability insurance$16
Health insurance$2,076
Vaccinations and TB test$164
Criminal background check & drug testing

*Practice sites may require additional background check, drug testing and physical exam.

$82
CPR certification$50
ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification$36
Nutrition organization membership$60
Auto insurance$2,400 ($200/month)
Auto gasoline and maintenance$4,800 ($400/month)
Housing
*additional housing cost possible if placed at a remote supervised practice site
$6,000 ($500/month)
Meals$3,600 ($10/day)
Other living expenses$6,000
 Total$26,484

Total Internship Costs

$35,166 ($54,210 out-of-state)

Clinical hospital rotation sites are located in Statesboro, Savannah, Brunswick, Douglas, Tifton, Macon, Warner Robins and Valdosta.

Completion Requirements

Interns have successfully completed the Georgia Southern Dietetic Internship after completing the 23 graduate credit hours, earning a C or better in all classes and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better, completing a minimum of 1000 hours of supervised practice experience, earning a minimum grade of B when evaluated by each preceptor at each supervised practice site.  Program graduates will receive paper copies of the Verification Statement of program completion, signed by the program director, after all program requirements are successfully completed.  Program graduates will then be eligible to take the registration examination for dietitians.

Licensure for Registered Dietitians

Upon passing the Registration Examination for Dietitians, students will be eligible to practice as a registered dietitian. Registered dietitians practicing in the state of Georgia must be licensed with the State of Georgia; many other states also require licensure or certification. For more information on Licensure for Registered Dietitians in the State of Georgia, visit https://www.cdrnet.org/licensure.

Core Competencies

Upon completion of the Georgia Southern Dietetic Internship, graduates will:

Core Competencies for the RD

Domain 1. Scientific and Evidence Base of Practice: Integration of scientific information and translation of research into practice.
CRDN 1.1: Select indicators of program quality and/or customer service and measure achievement of objectives.
CRDN 1.2: Evaluate research and apply evidence-based guidelines, systematic reviews and scientific literature in nutrition and dietetic practice.
CRDN 1.3: Justify programs, products, services, and care using appropriate evidence or data.
CRDN 1.4: Conduct projects using appropriate research or quality improvement methods, ethical procedures and data analysis utilizing current and/or new technologies.
CRDN 1.5: Incorporate critical-thinking skills in overall practice.
Domain 2. Professional Practice Expectations: Beliefs, values, attitudes and behaviors for
the nutrition and dietetics practitioner level of practice.
CRDN 2.1: Practice in compliance with current federal regulations and state statutes and rules, as applicable, and in accordance with accreditation standards and the Scope of Practice for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Standards of Practice, Standards of Professional Performance, and Code of Ethics for the Profession of Nutrition and Dietetics.
CRDN 2.2: Demonstrate professional writing skills in preparing professional communications.
CRDN 2.3: Demonstrate active participation, teamwork and contributions in group settings.
CRDN 2.4: Function as a member of interprofessional teams.
CRDN 2.5: Work collaboratively with NDTRs and/or support personnel in other disciplines.
CRDN 2.6: Refer clients and patients to other professionals and services when needs are beyond individual scope of practice.
CRDN 2.7: Apply change management strategies to achieve desired outcomes.
CRDN 2.8: Demonstrate negotiation skills.
CRDN 2.9: Actively contribute to nutrition and dietetics professional and community organizations.
CRDN 2.10: Demonstrate professional attributes in all areas of practice.
CRDN 2.11: Show cultural humility in interactions with colleagues, staff, clients, patients and the public.
CRDN 2.12: Implement culturally sensitive strategies to address cultural biases and differences.
CRDN 2.13: Advocate for local, state or national legislative and regulatory issues or policies impacting the nutrition and dietetics profession.
Domain 3. Clinical and Client Services: Development and delivery of information, products and services to individuals, groups, and populations.
CRDN 3.1: Perform Medical Nutrition Therapy by utilizing the Nutrition Care Process including use of standardized nutrition terminology as a part of the clinical workflow elements for individuals, groups and populations of differing ages and health status, in a variety of settings.
CRDN 3.2: Conduct nutrition focused physical exams.
CRDN 3.3: Perform routine health screening assessments including measuring blood pressure, conducting waived point-of-care laboratory testing (such as blood glucose or cholesterol), recommending and/or initiating nutrition-related pharmacotherapy plans (such as modifications to bowel regimens, carbohydrate to insulin ratio, B12 or iron supplementation)
CRDN 3.4: Provide instruction to clients/patients for self-monitoring blood glucose, considering diabetes medication and medical nutrition therapy plan.
CRDN 3.5: Explain the steps involved and observe the placement of nasogastric or nasoenteric feeding tubes; if available, assist in the process of placing nasogastric or nasoenteric feeding tubes.
CRDN 3.6: Conduct a swallow screen and refer to the appropriate health care professional for full swallow evaluation when needed.
CRDN 3.7: Demonstrate effective communication and documentation skills for clinical and client services in a variety of formats and settings, which include telehealth and other information technologies and digital media.
CRDN 3.8: Design, implement and evaluate presentations to a target audience.
CRDN 3.9: Develop nutrition education materials that are culturally and age appropriate and designed for the literacy level of the audience.
CRDN 3.10: Use effective education and counseling skills to facilitate behavior change.
CRDN 3.11: Develop and deliver products, programs or services that promote consumer health, wellness, and lifestyle management.
CRDN 3.12: Deliver respectful, science-based answers to client/patient questions concerning emerging trends.
CRDN 3.13: Coordinate procurement, production, distribution and service of goods and services, demonstrating and promoting responsible use of resources.
CRDN 3.14: Develop and evaluate recipes, formulas and menus for acceptability and affordability that accommodate the cultural diversity and health needs of various populations, groups and individuals.
Domain 4. Practice Management and Use of Resources: Strategic application of principles of management and systems in the provision of services to individuals and organizations.
CRDN 4.1: Participate in management functions of human resources (such as hiring, training and scheduling).
CRDN 4.2: Perform management functions related to safety, security and sanitation that affect employees, clients, patients, facilities, and food.
CRDN 4.3: Conduct clinical and client service quality management activities (such as quality improvement or quality assurance projects).
CRDN 4.4: Apply current information technologies to develop, manage and disseminate nutrition information and data.
CRDN 4.5: Analyze quality, financial or productivity data for use in planning.
CRDN 4.6: Propose and use procedures as appropriate to the practice setting to promote
sustainability, reduce waste and protect the environment.
CRDN 4.7: Conduct feasibility studies for products, programs or services with consideration of
costs and benefits.
CRDN 4.8: Develop a plan to provide or develop a product, program or service that includes a
budget, staffing needs, equipment and supplies.
CRDN 4.9: Engage in the process for coding and billing for nutrition and dietetic services to obtain reimbursement from public or private payers, fee-for-service, and value-based payment systems.
CRDN 4.10: Analyze risk in nutrition and dietetics practice such as risks to achieving set goals and objectives, risk management plan, or risk due to clinical liability or foodborne illness).
Domain 5. Leadership and Career Management: Skills, strengths, knowledge, and experience relevant to leadership potential and professional growth for the nutrition and dietetics practitioner.
CRDN 5.1: Perform self-assessment that includes awareness in terms of learning and leadership.
CRDN 5.2: Identify and articulate one’s skills, strengths, knowledge, and experience relevant to the position desired and career goals.
CRDN 5.3: Prepare a plan for professional development according to Commission on Dietetic Registration guidelines.
CRDN 5.4: Advocate for opportunities in the professional settings (such as asking for additional responsibility, practicing negotiating a salary or wage or asking for a promotion).
CRDN 5.5: Demonstrate the ability to resolve conflict.
CRDN 5.6: Promote team involvement and recognize the skills of each member.
CRDN 5.7: Mentor others.
CRDN 5.8: Identify and articulate the value of precepting.
Mission and Goals

Mission Statement

The mission of the Georgia Southern University Dietetic Internship (DI) is to prepare students for leadership and service in the field of dietetics.  Consistent with the mission of Georgia Southern University, this supervised practice program prepares students to become successful entry-level registered dietitians who embrace the values of integrity, collaboration, commitment to lifelong learning, wellness, and social responsibility.

Program Goals and Objectives

Program Goal 1

To prepare program graduates who will be successful entry-level registered dietitians.

Objectives

  1. At least 80% of program interns complete program/degree requirements within 18 months (150% of program length).
  2. At least 80% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionist within 12 months of program completion.
  3. 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%.
  4. Of graduates who seek employment, 70% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  5. Eighty percent or more of program graduates will be rated as satisfactory by employers.
  6. Eighty percent or more of program graduates will rate the program as “preparing them well” for entry-level practice.

Program Goal 2

To prepare program graduates who will offer leadership and service in the field of dietetics, while embracing the values of commitment to lifelong learning and social responsibility.

Objectives

  1. Fifty percent or more program graduates will pursue continuing education activities such as workshops, certifications, and degrees within one year of program completion.
  2. Fifty percent or more program graduates will be active in professional organizations and/or community service within one year of program completion.

Requests for Program Outcomes Data

Georgia Southern DI program outcomes data will be available upon request.

Program of Study and Schedule

Graduate Courses and Credit Hours

CoursesCredit Hours
Summer Semester 
NTFS 7334 Applied Medical Nutrition Therapy, Minimester 1 3
NTFS 7611 Graduate Seminar, Minimester 21
NTFS 7613 DI Orientation, Minimester 21
Fall Semester 
NTFS 7790 Practicum in Nutrition and Dietetics9
Spring Semester-Off Campus 
NTFS Practicum in Nutrition and Dietetics9
  
TOTAL 23

The program does not offer credit for prior learning to substitute for supervised practice. Previous graduate coursework maybe be accepted at the discretion of the program director. Before starting the program, students must submit a request for graduate transfer credits with the supporting accredited higher education institutional catalog description and course syllabus.

Program Schedule and Hours

Dates (2024-2025)Internship ExperienceSupervised Practice Hours
May 13, 2024–July 19, 2024Summer Semester Classes
DI Orientation
 none
August 14, 2024-December 15, 2024 DI Practicum
Mid-Internship Evaluation
 500-600 hours
January 13, 2025-May 9, 2025DI Practicum

Final Internship Evaluation

500-600 hours

Note: The DI Program Schedule does not always follow the academic calendar.

Accreditation

The Georgia Southern DI is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition & Dietetics (ACEND) (https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend) of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND).

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Phone: 312/899-0040, ext. 5400
Fax: 312/899-4817

Questions? Contact Us

Karen Spears, Ph.D., RD
Clinical Instructor and Dietetic Internship Programs Director
Ph.D., University of Washington
Office: Statesboro Campus-Hanner Building – Room 2301-B
Phone: 912-478-2123
E-mail: kspears@georgiasouthern.edu

Last updated: 5/22/2023