Why Should You Apply to the Utah State University Dietetic Internship?
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Gainful Employment: Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program.*
*The information in this report is based on historical data. Current tuition rates are posted in “Estimated Expenses” below. Graduates from this program will be prepared to sit for the RD exam in any state. Licensure or certification requirements for dietitians will vary by state. For more information, see the Scholarship, Financial Aid, and Gainful Employment section below.
USU DI Intern Positions
The USU DI accepts sixty (60) interns each year:
- There are 45-50 positions for interns training outside of Utah or as Utah-Hybrid.
- The remaining 10+ positions are for those interns training in Utah.
For more details on training locations and your options as an applicant see Where Will You Train?
USU DI Graduation Requirements
To graduate, USU DI interns must complete the following:
- Complete the thirty-one (31) weeks (1240 hours) that consists of experience in clinical, community, and school food service management rotations.
- Complete all internship learning activities, assignments, tasks, modules, and exams demonstrating achievement of all required core and concentration competencies.
Please view the Graduation, Program Completion Requirements for complete details.
Mission & Goals of USU DI
The Utah State University Dietetic Internship's mission is to provide supervised practice in a distance format to train entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists for careers in child nutrition programs, school food service management, and clinical dietetics.
The Utah State University Dietetic Internship (USU DI) provides interns with experience practicing dietetics in a variety of settings. The unique distance format of the internship allows interns to gain experience in the location of their choice, with freedom to incorporate their areas of personal interest. USU DI faculty foster development of interns’ knowledge, skills, and abilities as they move through self-directed schedules.
Learning activities are facilitated in a variety of methods, making use of current technology and resources for dietetics education and practice. USU DI faculty maintain knowledge of current dietetics practice by staying involved in their areas of expertise via professional memberships in state and national organizations, continuing education, and active participation in dietetics education networking groups. Annual evaluation and adjustment of curriculum ensures regular inclusion of innovative teaching methods, materials, and delivery.
Rapport between interns and faculty is established early and sustained throughout the internship and beyond. Faculty mentor individuals as they navigate the internship and enter the profession as a dietitian. Every effort is made to ensure the setting of the USU DI coincides with interns’ best interests, providing a platform to support their growth and progress, ultimately leading the intern to achieve their goal of passing the national registration exam and attaining a career in the field of dietetics.
PROGRAM GOALS & MEASURABLE OUTCOMES
Program Goal #1: The USU DI will prepare competent entry-level dietitian nutritionists.
- Objective 1.1: Annually 80% of interns will complete the 31-week program within 150% (46 weeks) of the planned program length.
- Objective 1.2: Annually 80% of graduates will take the Registration Examination for Dietitians within one year of completing the internship.
- Objective 1.3: Over a 5-year period, 80% of graduates sitting for the Registration Examination for Dietitians will pass within one year of their first attempt.
- Objective 1.4: Annually 80% of graduates will be employed in dietetics or a related field within 12 months of graduation.
- Objective 1.5: Annually 80% of the employers who respond to a survey will indicate they are satisfied with their employee’s (USU DI graduate’s) preparation for entry-level practice.
Program Goal #2: The USU DI will prepare entry-level dietitian nutritionists to work in child nutrition programs, school foodservice management or administrative dietetics.
- Objective 2.1: Within one year of graduation 15% of graduates will be employed in child nutrition programs, school foodservice management, or administrative dietetics.
- Objective 2.2: Annually 50% of graduates will indicate that they have a favorable or better perception of, and are willing to work in, child nutrition programs or school foodservice management.
*Program outcome data is available upon request*
USU DI Accreditation
The Utah State University Dietetic Internship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.
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The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®), formerly known as the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitians (RD) or dietetic technicians, registered (DTR). ACEND® serves and protects students and the public by assuring the quality and continued improvement of nutrition and dietetics education programs.
ACEND's® Accreditation Process
ACEND® Accreditation Standards serve as the basis for each education program's evaluation. A program undergoing accreditation assesses it strengths and challenges based on ACEND's® Accreditation Standards and describes its plans for improvement in a document called a "self-study report". The report is reviewed by a team of peer reviewers that includes an educator and a practitioner. An ACEND® Board member and a staff member assist the team in its review. The team also visits the program to participate in a series of focused interviews, meetings, observations and tours. These activities provide information to validate the contents of the self-study report and further evaluate the program. The team writes its own report to document its findings and to objectively address key areas of ACEND's® standards based on evidence provided by the program and gathered by the team. The ACEND® Board of Directors reviews the team's and uses it to arrive at a final accreditation decision.
The figures posted here are estimates only. They are provided to help you budget your finances during the internship.
One Time Expenses
2018-2019 Tuition & Fees
|$10,738 ($413/credit x 26 credits)|
|DICAS fee--$45 for the first application and $20 for each additional application||variable|
|D&D Digital processing fee||$50|
|Admission fee to USU--paid after acceptance to the USU DI||$35-55|
|Immunizations--refer to the Immunization List for details on required and recommended immunizations||up to $400|
|Drug screening--may be required by some facilities||$25-50|
|Textbooks and online resources--refer to the Textbook List for details||~$300|
|Computer microphone--headset is suggested||$5-80|
|Computer webcam--a webcam is required for remotely proctored exams||variable|
|Scanner--required for submitting assignments online||variable|
|Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Student Membership||$50|
|Cell phone--will be used for long distance calls to internship faculty||variable|
|High speed Internet--recommended||variable|
Orientation Week Expenses
|Airfare to Utah||$200-700|
|Taxi or airport shuttle from airport||$40-50|
|Rental car--if desired||$200-300|
|Lodging--based on a list of local hotels created by USU Salt Lake||$100-115/night|
|Meals--some lunches provided||$50-75|
|Registration fees--for local dietetic meetings or conferences||$100-200|
|Facility fees--some training facilities may require application or processing fees||variable|
|Application fees for Registration Examination (after graduation)||$200|
Scholarship, Financial Aid, and Gainful Employment
Ten (10) $2,000 scholarships will be made available to students that are officially matched to the USU Dietetic Internship. Scholarship applications will be made available to interns after acceptance into the program.
USU DI interns are eligible for financial aid loans after acceptance to the internship. The application review and approval process takes about 4-8 weeks. The USU DI will provide more information on applying for financial aid to those applicants who are accepted to the internship.
Contact the USU Financial Aid Office for more details.
Federal regulation published by the U.S. Department of Education in October 2010 requires that institutions who offer educational programs that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation disclose specific information to prospective students. This is specifically for educational programs who allow students the option of participating in student financial assistance programs. The USU Dietetic Internship Program falls into this category.
Federal Regulation Required Information:
- Job Placement Percentage
- Special Program Costs
- Optional Costs
- Tuition, Fees, Books, Supplies, Room and Board
- On-time Completion Percentage Rate
- Number of Completers
- Median Loan Debt for Completers (for program only)
- Title IV Loan Debt (Federal Student Loans)
- Private Educational Loan Debt
- Institutional Finance Plan Debt
To see charts with all the federal regulation required information click here.
*If you would like to see information regarding wages and employment trends in the field of dietetics you can go to the O*NET website. Once on the O*NET website, scroll down to the bottom of the website to Wages & Employment Trends.
Prior Assessed Learning (PAL)
USU DI participates in the Prior Assessed Learning (PAL) program recognized by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). PAL is designed to grant internship credit based on the qualified applicant's previous work, volunteering, achievement, or education.
Interns may apply for PAL credit in mid-April after official acceptance into the USU DI (after the D&D Digital matching process is complete). Forms and instructions will be available to interns at that time.
USU DI Faculty will review all submitted PAL forms and determine if any credit will be given. Additional documentation or clarification may be requested. Calls, emails or letters will be sent to contact persons listed on the applicant's documentation for PAL.
An intern may receive PAL credit for up to 6 weeks of FSSM, up to 5 weeks of Community and up to 2 weeks of Clinical. Total rotation time credited to PAL may not exceed 6 weeks.
Interns who receive PAL credit will still be registered and receive 26 credit hours. Fees for the internship remain the same. No discount to tuition and fees will be given for time taken off program through PAL process.
Please review the Prior Assessed Learning (PAL) policy for more details.
Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action
Utah State University is committed to providing equal educational and employment opportunity regardless of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, veteran status or age. USU also has a policy prohibiting sexual harassment of students, faculty, and staff. Equal opportunity applies to all aspects of employment: recruiting, hiring, promoting, training, benefits, and salary. Equal educational opportunities include admission, access to course offerings, financial assistance, housing, and extracurricular activities.
For additional information please refer to the Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity Office at USU.