Sanford School of Medicine Center for Disabilities

Dietetic Internship - Program Information

Program Mission

The purpose of the Dietetic Internship is to provide training in direct care practice for nutrition students who wish to become registered dietitians and to provide optimal nutrition services in a variety of health care settings including rural and reservation sites as well as facilities serving persons with disabilities. Throughout the training and classroom experiences, emphasis is placed on the interdisciplinary team process. The mission of the Dietetic Internship coordinates closely with the mission of the Center for Disabilities in its overall focus of providing academic training that prepares dietetic interns to work with individuals with disabilities. Additionally, its emphasis on reaching out to communities with both education and technical assistance and its emphasis on working collaboratively with other professionals further supports the mission of the Center for Disabilities.  Through the multitude of available experiences, the interns are able to accomplish the competencies for entry-level dietitians as established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Concentration Area

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Program Goals
  • To prepare dietetic interns to become competent entry-level dietitians.
  • To provide experiences that will prepare dietetic interns for future work with interprofessional teams.
  • To increase the cultural competence of future registered dietitians.
  • To prepare dietetic interns to work with children and adults with disabilities.
  • To provide research experiences in order to prepare dietetic interns for future research activities.
Program Outcomes

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Program Admission Requirements
  • Baccalaureate degree in food and nutrition or dietetics from an accredited college or university.
  • Grade point average of 3.00 or higher.
  • Verification statement of Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) completion.
Program Completion Requirements
  • 1275 hours of supervised practice experiences with satisfactory achievement of program competencies.
  • Classroom component including seminars, grand rounds, internship seminar/meetings, assignments, case studies, and a graduate level course, FAMP 595 - Nutrition Practices for Special Needs Populations (2 Credit Hours).
  • Professional portfolio of internship experiences.
  • Completion of exit interview with Dietetic Internship Director.
  • Orientation to the program occurs in August in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
  • Rotation experiences begin in September.
  • Each intern spends time in three different rotations.
    • Clinical
    • Food Service Management
    • Community
  • Students will have a holiday break of approximately 10 days to 2 weeks from mid-December to early January. Other holidays are observed according to the schedules of the agency where the student is located when the holiday occurs. 

Please note - Federal financial aid is only available for students working towards a masters degree or Ph.D.

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