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Center for Disabilities' Dietetic Internship Program awarded full accreditation

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Center for Disabilities at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine announced its Dietetic Internship Program has been granted full accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.

The Dietetic Internship at the Center for Disabilities is a post baccalaureate program for individuals who have completed Didactic Program in Dietetics requirements and at least a bachelor’s degree. The internship provides the supervised practice experience necessary to become eligible to take the national registration examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

The accreditation was granted for non-degree dietetic internships with an adults and children with disabilities concentration. This accreditation allows the Center for Disabilities to enroll 18 full-time interns annually in two tracks – a 10-month track for interns without a master’s degree and a seven-month track for interns who already earned a master’s degree.

“The pathway to becoming a registered dietitian requires the completion of a nationally accredited supervised practice program,” said Dr. Judy Struck, Center for Disabilities executive director. “This 10-year accreditation ensures that pathway at the Center for Disabilities will continue to prepare highly qualified dietitians to meet the healthcare needs of our state – especially those South Dakotans with a disability.”

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Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
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