The University of North Florida dietetic internship is a 16 month applied practice program in dietetics. The program is coordinated with a Masters of Science in Health with an emphasis in Nutrition. The program provides generalized preparation in dietetics with our chosen emphasis in evidence-based practice. The educational experiences of classes and rotations focus on developing values, interrelationships and management of resources to prepare the practitioner to assist others in meeting the challenges of their social and physical environments. The curriculum encourages the development of a disciplined mind, critical and creative thought, skill in human relationships and communication, flexibility, lifelong learning and professional competence.
Through excellence in teaching, research, and service, UNF will provide a high quality 1200 hour supervised practice experience that is coordinated with related graduate coursework in a high quality learning environment to develop graduates who pass the National Registration Exam, secure employment in dietetics, and pursue professional development and service.
The UNF Dietetic Internship has been granted full accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND); http://www.eatright.org/ACEND/ of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606, (312) 899-5400. Upon completion of all program requirements, graduates are eligible to receive a verification statement and take the exam to be registered.
The program is 16-months or 4-semesters in length. The
internship rotations are coordinated with the graduate course work. All classes
are delivered via distance learning (online) and interns are in rotation
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Interns will also provide nutritional
evaluation and counseling several Fridays each semester at health clinics for
the medically underserved.
The first semester is spent in Foodservice Management. The rotation includes
food production and procurement, food service systems, personnel management and
employee education. The experiences culminate into an intern planned and
supervised theme meal. The course work completed in the fall is Metabolism I,
Research, Statistics, and Internship Practice.
Clinical rotations are completed in Spring semester. Interns will gain
experience in a variety of areas including medicine, surgery, cardiology and
diabetes. Together with the clinical rotation, the coursework completed is
Nutrition Assessment, including the Nutrition Care Process, Clinical Nutrition,
Metabolism II, and Internship Practice.
Coursework completed during the summer semester includes Nutrition Education
& Counseling, Epidemiology, and Internship Practice. Interns will complete the
Professional Seminar, Sociocultural Influences on Nutrition, Advanced Concepts,
and Internship Practice courses in the fall semester. Community rotations are
completed in the summer or last semester and include the WIC program, Duval
County Schools, private practice dietitians, UNF Health Promotion &
Wellness, Community Wellness, extended care, and Cooperative Extension. Advanced rotations are completed in the summer
or fall semester and include clinical staff relief, pediatrics, diabetes,
critical care, and renal. Rotations will be adjusted according to intern areas
Throughout the program, each intern will focus on a research area. Interns are
encouraged to complete case studies and course assignments in their research
area. The coursework, supervised practice and research area will culminate in
the final semester as part of the Professional Seminar class when interns will
present on their research at a professional meeting.
Internship Rotation Tuesday-Thursday each week
Program of StudyAll classes are taught via distance learning (online)
HUN6285 Nutrition and Metabolism I
HUN6910 Nutrition & Dietetics Research
PHC6050 Public Health Biostatistics I
DIE6940 Clinical Practice in Nutrition and Dietetics
HUN5265 Methods of Nutrition Assessment
HUN6331 Nutrition and Metabolism II
DIE6248 Clinical Nutrition
HSC6509 Nutritional Epidemiology
HUN6612 Nutrition Education and Counseling
HUN6916 Advanced Concepts of Nutrition and Health
HUN6612 Sociocultural Influences on Nutrition
HUN6911 Nutrition and Dietetics Seminar
Program completion is reached when the intern has successfully satisfied all rotation learning objectives, supervised practice hours and graduate coursework. Graduates are eligible to receive a verification statement and take the examination to become a registered dietitian. The registration exam for dietitians is administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.
A maximum of 15 interns are appointed annually. Applicants must meet the following minimum criteria:
Applications of qualified candidates will be reviewed by a committee and scored on GPA, GRE score, work experience, volunteer experience, reference letters and letter of application.
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Appointees to the UNF Dietetic Internship Program are to contact the Dietetic Internship Director to accept or reject the appointment by 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time on appointment day.
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