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.Advanced rotations are completed in summer semester and include clinical staff relief, pediatrics, diabetes, critical care, and renal. Rotations will be adjusted according to intern areas of interest. The rotations may also include transformational learning opportunity to provide nutrition therapy in Belize as part of a study abroad. Coursework completed this semester is Nutrition Education & Counseling, Epidemiology, and Internship Practice.Community rotations are completed in the last semester and include the WIC program, Duval County Schools, private practice dietitians, UNF Health Promotion & Wellness, Community Wellness, extended care, and Cooperative Extension. Interns will also complete the Professional Seminar, Sociocultural Influences on Nutrition, Advanced Concepts, and Internship Practice courses. 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
Graduate CoursesAll classes are taught via distance learning (online)
HSC 6512 Applied Health Statistics (3)
HUN 6285 Nutrition and Metabolism I (3)
HUN 6910 Nutrition Diet Research (3)
DIE 6940 Clinical Practice in Nutrition and Dietetics (3)
HUN 5265 Methods of Nutrition Assessment (1)
HUN 6331 Nutrition and Metabolism II (3)
DIE 6248 Clinical Nutrition (3)
HSC 6509 Nutritional Epidemiology (3)
HUN 6612 Nutrition Education and Counseling (3)
HUN 6916 Advanced Concepts of Nutrition and Health (3)
HUN 6123 Sociocultural Influences on Nutrition (3)
HSC 6934 Seminar in Nutrition (3)
HUN 6919 Clinical Practice in Nutrition and Dietetics (3)
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 Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition & Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND).
Interns selected for the program should anticipate the following expenses for the 16 months
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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