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Dietetic Internship Program

Program Description

The Dietetic Internship Program at NCCU is a post baccalaureate non degree program and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) the accrediting agency for the  Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (The Academy), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995; phone number 312.899.0040. http://www.eatrightacend.org/ACEND/  This is a specialized accreditation body recognized by the United States Department of Education. ACEND is also a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) and abides by its code of good practice.  The Program provides 1200 supervised practice hours required to meet the performance standard for entry-level dietitians.  Students who complete the Dietetic Internship are eligible to take the CDR registration examination to become Registered Dietitians Nutritionist (RDN).
The Dietetic Internship Program is a post-baccalaureate, supervised practice program that qualifies graduates for the examination for registered nutritionist. The internship provides learning experiences in medical nutrition therapy for entry level clinical dietetics, community nutrition, and foodservice management. These experiences lead to proficiency in delivering nutritional care to a wide range of clients. Class lectures, seminars, supervised activities in the community, hospitals and other health care facilities provide a variety of experiences to students.
The process to become a RDN will include a program director's signed verification statement from an ACEND accredited dietetic program, completion of an application and acceptance into a dietetic internship, satisfactory completion of the program 15 hour course requirement, completion of 1200 supervised practice hours in clinical, community, food service, Women and Children (WIC) and long term care (LTC) and passing the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam.
Full-time Interns will be able to complete the Dietetic Internship Program in 45 weeks including completion of 15 semester hours of graduate credit in Nutrition/Dietetics. . The 15 credit hours are a component of the Dietetic Internship Program at North Carolina Central University (NCCU). For students wishing to continue their studies, the 15 semester hours may be used towards the Master of Science degree graduate program completely offered on line. The internship starts August of each year with a week of orientation.

Mission of the Dietetic Internship Program

To develop and empower entry-level dietetic internship graduates to provide leadership in applying principles of medical nutrition therapy in the practice and promotion of health, prevention, and treatment of diseases to diverse community.

This Dietetic Internship Program (DIP) is committed to the concept that the quality of life for individuals and families can be improved through proper nutrition. DIP blends theory and practice experiences that will lead to the development of students' professional skills.

The on-going review of the DIP has resulted in updated and restructured goals and objectives to satisfy the ACEND 2017 accreditation standards.

Internship Facilities

North Carolina Central University is located in Durham, NC, which is recognized as the City of Medicine, USA. The internship facilities are located within the world-renowned Research Triangle Park and surrounding area with a high concentration of biomedical research facilities and universities.


Dietetic Internship Program
Department of Human Sciences
North Carolina Central University
P.O. Box 19615, Durham, NC 27707
919-530-5257 (DIP Director)
919-530-7138 (Faculty Preceptor)
919-530-6477 (Dept. of Human Sciences)
919-530-7983 (fax)
c/o Dr Esther Okeiyi or Joyce Price

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