Dietetic Internship

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Mississippi State University Dietetic Internship Virtual Open House
December 14th, 2022
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For more information e-mail Renee Matich, Program Director, jrm34@msstate.edu.

The Mississippi State University (MSU) Dietetic Internship (DI) program, offered in the Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion, is a post-baccalaureate program designed to prepare interns for rewarding careers in traditional and non-traditional roles in the field of dietetics. Interns complete the requirements for the DI and 21 hours of graduate credit within 11 months. The program provides a minimum of 1000 hours of supervised practice experience in various clinical, research, food service management, community nutrition, and nutrition education settings. The dietetic internship is offered in conjunction with MSU graduate programs. Graduate credits earned during the internship may meet requirements for specific degree programs. In July prior to starting supervised practice, interns complete the 5-week, 3-credit graduate Advance Clinical Nutrition course. During fall and spring semesters, interns simultaneously take MSU graduate courses in the evening while completing DI supervised practice experiences Monday through Thursday and a Friday morning class.

Upon completion, graduates are ready to practice as entry level practitioners in community nutrition, health promotion, acute care, long-term care, and management of food and nutrition systems.

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master's degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor's degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited DPD program at Mississippi State University are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program/apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements see https://www.eatrightpro.org/advocacy.


Becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are food and nutrition experts who have met the prescribed criteria to earn this professional credential. Find out about educational and professional requirements, as well as career opportunities. For more information about educational pathways, professional requirements and career opportunities visit https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend/students-and-advancing-education/information-for-students.


Admission to the MSU DI Program

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for the MSU DI program:

  • Completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) with minimum academic requirements as approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

  • Verification statement issued by the DPD Director of your college/university

  • Overall GPA of at least 3.00 (strongly recommended).

  • Nutrition (DPD) GPA of at least 3.25 (strongly recommended)

  • GRE scores are not required however, combined GRE scores above 290 favorably considered

  • $35 MSU DI application fee

  • Completed DICAS application and registered for D&D Digital Matching

  • Student member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Upon acceptance to the MSU DI, interns must complete the following:

  • Submit an online application and pay application fees for MSU Graduate School Admission

  • Submit up-to-date immunization records

    • COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements: Mississippi State University does not require COVID-19 vaccinations, but does encourage them. Currently, vaccinations, including COVID-19 and flu, are required for many internship practice sites. Exemptions are not considered for interns. Interns participating in the MSU DI must comply with the requirements established by the sites facilitating the internship. They are independently operated entities removed from the university and are entitled to set their own requirements and standards. These requirements are initiated by the host facility not MSU. To gain the required supervised practice experience, interns must comply with the host facilities requirements.

  • Acquire a ServSafe Manager Certification prior to orientation for the DI

  • Purchase malpractice liability insurance

  • Complete and pay for a background check

Further instructions will be emailed upon acceptance into the Dietetic Internship program.


Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy

The Dietetic internship is offered in conjunction with the Master of Science (MS) degree in Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion with a concentration in Nutrition, or Health Promotion, or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Nutrition.


Application Procedure/Computer Matching

The MSU DI participates in the Spring Dietetic Internship Computerized Application System (DICAS) and D&D Digital computer matching service for July admission. The application opened October 4, 2022 and closes February 15, 2023.

Required Application Items:

  • DICAS Application
  • The $35 supplemental MSU DI fee is also due on February 15, 2023. Checks should be paid to the order of MSU DI and addressed to:

    Renee Matich, MS, RDN, LDN
    Director, Mississippi State University Dietetic Internship
    P.O. Box 9805
    Miss. State, MS 39762

  • D&D Digital Computer Matching

    • To access D&D Digital please visit https://www.dnddigital.com/
    • Fee: $65.00
    • Create, edit, verify and prioritize your list of internship programs by 11: 59 pm Central Time on February 15, 2023

All completed applications will be reviewed. The MSU DI Intern Selection Committee ranks applications based on all components of the internship application. Please see the application scoring sheet for further details.

D&D Digital Computer Matching Process

  • Wednesday, December 1, 2022 - Applicants may begin online matching registration, pay the $65.00 computer matching fee by credit card, and enter their contact information and Dietetic Internship priority choices. Any new or edited contact information or Dietetic Internship priorities must be saved before exiting. Questions? Contact D&D Digital at 515-292-0490 or email info@dnddigital.com.

  • Tuesday, February 15, 2023 - Deadline for online matching registration is 11:59 pm CST. Applicants must register online at www.dnddigital.com, pay the $65.00 computer matching fee by credit card, and enter their contact information and Dietetic Internship priority choices. Applicants should only prioritize Dietetic Internships for whom they have submitted all completed application materials.

  • March 20, 2023 - If desired, applicants may begin reordering their prioritized list of Dietetic Internships.

  • Monday, March 27, 2023 - Deadline for online reordering is 11:59 pm CDT

  • Monday, March 27, 2023 - Deadline for withdrawing. If you will not be able to accept a match that may occur, you must notify D&D Digital by email (dnd@sigler.com) of your decision to withdraw from Dietetic Internship matching by Monday, March 27, 2023. The D&D Digital $65 fee will not be refunded if an applicant withdraws from the matching process.

  • Sunday, April 2, 2023 (Notification Day) – Beginning at 6:00 pm CDT, applicants will find their matching result on www.dnddigital.com. This is the ONLY source of notification for applicants. Each applicant will receive either ONE MATCH or NO MATCH after log in.

All applicants who receive ONE MATCH will find the matched DI Program name and contact information to accept the appointment. The MATCHED DI Program is planning that the MATCH will be accepted. Matched applicants must contact the DI program on Notification or Appointment Day to confirm the acceptance of the MATCH. No arrangements should be made with any other DI programs.

Applicants who received NO MATCH will be given other instructions.

  • April 3, 2023 (Appointment Day) – Matched applicants must contact the Dietetic Internship program by telephone, FAX, or email on or before 6:00 pm (time zone of the program) April 3, 2023 to confirm the acceptance of the MATCH. After this time, the program is under no obligation to hold the opening for the matched applicant.

  • April 4, 2023 - Beginning at 6:00 am CDT all Dietetic Internship Directors with openings may contact unmatched applicants who were originally on their prioritized list of applicants and offer an appointment. If contacted, appointments must be confirmed by 8:00 pm CDT, April 4, 2023.

  • April 5, 2023 - Beginning at 11:00 am CDT the names of Dietetic Internship programs that did not fill their class and authorized the release of their name will appear on www.dnddigital.com.

  • June 15, 2023 - End of applicant access to online information.

Graduation and Program Completion Requirements

The following components must be successfully completed to receive a Verification Statement, which qualifies the intern to sit for the Registration Examination for Registered Dietitians:

Performance will be evaluated on an ongoing basis throughout and at the end of each rotation. Satisfactory performance and practice skills must be demonstrated throughout the program as evaluated by each site coordinator or preceptor. Dietetic interns are eligible for graduation from the program when assignments are completed satisfactorily and when the intern has been in supervised practice for the required number of hours. All competencies (CRDNs) for entry-level dietitians must be met by graduation. Dietetic interns who successfully complete the program will receive a signed program Verification Statement and will be eligible to sit for the national examination.

Interns are expected to complete all requirements of the program in 11 months. If an intern cannot complete all requirements in 11 months due to extraordinary circumstances, the DI director, site coordinator and/or preceptor will work to reach a consensus with the intern to enable the intern to complete the requirements of the program in a timely manner.

After January 1, 2024, individuals completing the MSU DI will need to have a master's or doctoral degree to receive a Verification Statement to sit for CDR credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. All eligibility requirements (graduate degree, didactic, and supervised practice) must be met within 12 months of completing the DI.

Professional Meetings: Interns are required to become AND student members AND by the time they enter the DI program. During the DI program, interns are required to attend specific professional meetings, such as the annual FNCE meeting and the, Mississippi Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic meeting.

Project: Interns will complete individual or group research project and prepare it for publication or presentation.


Scholarships and Financial Aid

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Scholarship links for financial assistance can be found at: https://www.eatrightpro.org/leadership/honors-and-awards/grants-and-scholarships.

Mississippi State University offers graduate students an array of financial aid opportunities found at: https://www.grad.msstate.edu/funding-tuition


Prior Learning

All interns will be assessed for prior learning and given up to 300 supervised practice hours. The prior learning will be assessed by the Director as follows:

  • Previous Work Experience
    Interns must provide a resume and portfolio that contains the learning activities completed in their previous work experience. Credit for competencies met, will be given to the intern based on their resume and portfolio.

  • Prior learning hours will be given on a 1 to 1 ratio.

Supervised Practice Facilities that Participate in the MSU DI

The total amount of possible travel will be 33 weeks x 4 days/week. The estimated amount of travel to rotation sites is 11,000 miles. Costs for mileage vary tremendously depending on price of gasoline, miles per gallon of your automobile, etc. Carpooling is encouraged. Estimates of round-trip mileage to the rotation sites from the MSU campus for the duration of the internship, based on the number of weeks at each site are provided in parenthesis.

Additional travel may be required to attend meetings. You are encouraged to carpool whenever possible. However, please be aware that you need to be at the site when preceptors or staff to whom you are assigned requires you to be there. Preceptors and others may not be able and do not need to change their schedules to accommodate your desire to carpool.


Fees and Financial Information

Tuition and financial aid information for graduate students is posted at www.sfa.msstate.edu/cost. Interns are classified as full-time graduate students for both semesters of the Internship. The MSU Office of the Graduate School also has financial and other information at www.grad.msstate.edu. Other fees may include, but are not limited to: living expenses, campus parking permit, textbooks, supplies, health and liability insurance, Academy membership, professional meeting attendance (in-state only), transportation costs to supervised practice facilities.

Internship fee $2,500.00 (payable in two installments $1,250.00 in Spring semester, $1,250.00 in Fall semester).

Transportation: Interns must provide their own reliable, sufficiently insured transportation between university and facilities. Some carpooling is possible.

Financial Aid: Full-time graduate students are eligible for student financial aid: www.sfa.msstate.edu/cost. Contact the MSU Financial Aid office: www.sfa.msstate.edu.


Accreditation

The MSU Dietetic Internship is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; 1200 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000; Chicago, IL 60606-6995 | 312-899-0040 ext. 5400 | www.eatrightpro.org/acend. Program outcomes are available upon request.


Alumni

Janice Giddens, a registered dietitian and alumni of the MSU Dietetics program is the Applied International Nutrition Research Fellow in Africa. Her work is featured in this video
www.eatrightfoundation.org/videos/applied-international-nutrition-research-fellow-janice-giddens


MSU DI Mission

The mission of the Mississippi State University Dietetic Internship (MSU DI) is to provide supervised practice experience which instills in dietetic interns ideals of diversity, citizenship, leadership, and service, and to provide an integrative approach to foods, nutrition, and health and prepare interns who are competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists. The program accomplishes this mission through learning experiences in a variety of practice settings with diverse populations, contrasting delivery systems, and research oriented graduate education.


MSU DI Goals

  1. Graduates are employed as competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists.
  2. Graduates are engaged leaders who work within diverse populations.

MSU DI Objectives

Goal 1

  1. Based on graduate surveys conducted 3 months post-graduation, 100% of interns will self-rate a competent level of "3-adequate" or "4-more than adequate" for overall preparation for entry-level dietitian nutritionist (based on 4 point scale).
  2. The program's one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
  3. At least 80% of program interns complete program requirements within 16.5 months (150% of the program length).
  4. Of graduates who seek employment, 80 percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  5. 80% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 month of program completion.
  6. At least 80% of employers will respond "3-good" or "4-excellent" that the internship adequately prepared graduates for entry-level practice.

Goal 2

  1. Five years post completion of the program at least 25% of graduates will work with diverse populations in service-oriented settings.
  2. Five years post completion of the program at least 25% of graduates will obtain leadership or management positions.

Program outcomes data are available upon request.


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