This internship is designed to allow students to complete the requirements for the Dietetic Internship and a Master's Degree in one year. This 12-month program begins in January or June and comes to completion at graduation after three semesters (Spring, Fall, and Summer).
The Master of Science in Nutrition and Food Science is structured to provide knowledge and skills in human nutrition, principles of management, food science, and practice in problem-solving and decision making. The curriculum encourages critical and creative thought, development of skills in human relations and communications and the value of life-long learning. The academic program is sensitive to changes in dynamic society; it emphasizes personal and professional growth as well as research. There are diverse opportunities for the graduate in the areas of food service management or education, administration, and nutritional care and health promotion.
The master's degree program is not required of dietetic interns, but interns are still required to complete 15 hours of graduate credit required beginning Fall 2019. To earn the MS degree, an intern would complete an additional 17 hours of credit.
The dietetic internship strives to provide transformative learning experiences in the development of competent, entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists who are prepared to meet the needs of the communities they serve.
Goals & Objectives
Goal: Graduates will be well prepared for careers as registered dietitian nutritionists.
80% of alumni completing a graduate survey will rate themselves as prepared or well prepared for their first professional dietetics experience
70% of alumni completing a graduate survey who seek employment in dietetics will be employed within one year of completion of the program
70% of employers who respond to a survey will respond that the program graduate was prepared or well-prepared for entry-level employment
80% of students receiving a verification statement will attempt the CDR credentialing exam within 12 months of program completion
80% of students receiving a verification statement will pass the CDR credentialing exam within one year of the first attempt
80% of students who begin the dietetic internship will complete the program within 18 months (150% usual completion time)
Goal: Graduates will be prepared in the development of skills to meet the changing needs of the profession
80% of alumni completing a graduate survey will indicate participation in a professional organization
Program outcomes data available upon request.
Concentration Area: Health and Wellness
About our Internship
The Nutrition and Food Science internship at The University of Central Oklahoma is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2910, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995 (Phone: 800/877-1600) Website: ACEND. Upon completion of this Dietetic Internship (DI), students are eligible to take the Registration Examination to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).
Consists of 1,200 hours of supervised practice experiences in various sites throughout the OKC metro area.
Complete 32 hours of graduate credit to obtain a Master's Degree in Nutrition and Food Science (optional).
Beginning Fall 2019, 15 hours of graduate credit will be required for a dietetic internship for those not earning an MS degree.
3 Rotation Areas
Clinical Nutrition (10 weeks) at one of the various hospitals in the OKC metro area
Food and Nutrition Management (10 weeks) at one of the various hospitals or long term care facilities in the OKC metro area
Community Nutrition (10 weeks) at various community nutrition sites throughout OKC metro area
Successful completion of the internship requires a verified log of greater than or equal to 1200 hours of supervised practice and a score greater than or equal to 3 on each competency on the evaluation forms.
Graduate will receive:
Verification Statement received
Master of Science in Nutrition and Food Science degree completed (optional)
Eligible to take the National Registration Examination for Dietitians through the CDR
The requirements to become a registered dietitian nutritionist include the successful completion of the internship and a passing score on the Registration Exam for dietitians administered by CRD. Some states, including Oklahoma, require dietitians to be licensed.