Dietetic Internship

The Nuvance Health Dietetic Internship (NHDI) Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The NHDI follows all ACEND standards and provides an exemplary variety of supervised practice experiences to prepare graduates for entry-level practice in a variety of disciplines within the field of Nutrition and Dietetics. Upon completion of Nuvance Health’s full-time DI program, graduates obtain a verification statement and are eligible to schedule and write for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) Examination for Registered Dietitian-Nutritionists.

Rotations & Requirements

The NHDI is 9.5 month in length, including a minimum of 1200 experiential practice hours. The next program start date is September 8, 2021.

The internship abides by Nuvance Health holidays. Interns have two weeks of break in late December.


Internship Calendar

Orientation and classes 2 weeks

Clinical Rotation

MNT 14 weeks
Clinical Staff Relief 4 weeks
Long Term Care 2 weeks

Food Service Rotation

Culinary 1 week
Patient Services 1 week
Clinical Management 1 week
Retail/Wellness 1 week
Budget and Finance 1 week

Community Nutrition Rotation

Rotation sites vary 6 weeks
Research Rotation 2 weeks

For more detailed information please see the attached Program Handbook


Examples of NHDI Internship Program Sites

Inpatient Clinical and Food Service Management

Danbury Hospital

New Milford Hospital

Norwalk Hospital

Outpatient

Danbury Hospital- Cardiac Rehab, Oncology Nutrition Services, Center for Weight Loss Surgery, Diabetes Self-Management Education Outpatient Nutrition Services

Norwalk Hospital- Cardiac Rehab, Outpatient Nutrition Services, Center Surgical Weight Loss and Oncology Nutrition Services

New Milford Hospital- Diabetes Self-Management Education and Outpatient Nutrition Services

Long Term Care

Jewish Senior Services

Newtown Rehabilitation

Hancock Hall/Filosa

Community Nutrition

Ability Beyond Ability

UCONN Extension

Danbury Public Schools

Shoprite Waterbury, Milford and Stamford

Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut

Norwalk Community College


Graduation Requirements

During the internship program, the interns must meet all requirements outlined in the Memorandum of Agreement including:

  • Payment of all program tuition and fees
  • Satisfactory completion of all planned experiences and assignments in each rotation
  • Satisfactory evaluations on all rotations
  • Interns receive developmental and performance feedback via:
  • Written evaluation for each rotation by the preceptor
  • Written evaluation of projects and assignments

Accreditation

Nuvance Health Dietetic Internship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

120 Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Telephone: (315) 899-0040 ext 5400
Website: www.eatright.org/ACEND

We are approved to accept 6 interns.

Becoming a Registered Dietitian / Nutritionist

The process of becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutrition (RDN) requires a completed bachelor’s degree (will advance to a master’s degree in 2024) granted by a US regionally accredited college/university or foreign equivalent, completion of an ACEND accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), completion of an ACEND accredited Dietetic Internship (DI) and/or Coordinated Program (CP)  with a minimum of 1200 supervised practice hours, which will award the student with a verification statement, and successful passage of the national credentialing exam set by the Commission on Dietetics Registration and state certification/licensure as applicable. The Nuvance Health Dietetic Internship fulfills the supervised practice step of the process.

As a Registered Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetic Registration, you are eligible to apply for the Connecticut Dietitian/Nutritionist (CD/N) Certification. Click here for information regarding licensure in other states

Dietetic Internship Open House

You are invited to come to our open house to learn more about our Dietetic Internship program, meet preceptors, administration, and our current interns.

The next Open House is scheduled for Thursday, January 7th from 2-4pm

Program Mission, Goals & Objectives

Mission Statement
The mission of the Nuvance Health Dietetic Internship Program is to adequately prepare entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists in a diverse, multi-disciplinary, and community-based setting, by providing a patient centered, quality supervised practice experience.  The program is structured to develop teamwork skills, to improve and enhance the health and well-being of the community, and to understand and utilize technology in healthcare.

Program Goals & Objectives

Goal #1: The program will prepare entry level registered dietitian/nutritionists to function as members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team, in the clinical, community or the food service arena.

  • 83% of surveyed program graduates will rank the NHDI as preparing them “adequately” upon graduation for entry level practice.
  • 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%
  • 83% of program  graduates  take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion
  • At least  80% of program interns complete the program requirements within 14 months (150% of the program length)
  • Of graduates who are employed in the field of dietetics, at least 60% will hold positions in which they serve as part of an “interdisciplinary team.

Goal #2: The program will supply the workforce with competent entry-level registered dietitian/nutritionists

  • Of graduates who seek employment, 70% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation
  • 80% of returned employer surveys, will rank graduates working in the field of dietetics as “adequately prepared” for entry level practice.
  • 95% of graduates employed in dietetics who respond to the alumni survey will rate themselves as “adequately prepared” for their first position.

Outcome data available upon request

Program Requirements & Application Process

Application Process
Candidates interested in the Nuvance Health Dietetic Internship Program must meet the following requirements.

Admissions Procedures
Deadline: February 15

Admissions prerequisites

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  2. Original verification statement from an ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics
  3. 3.0 GPA or higher
  4. Applicable nutrition courses must have been completed within the past 5 years
  5. GRE not required
  6. 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: 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 Dietetic Internship program at Nuvance Health are eligible to 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 click here.For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here.

Application fees

  • $50 – Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) (additional applications are $25 each)
  • $80 – NHDI application fee
  • $55 – D&D Digital Online Dietetics Internship Matching Service

1. Complete an online DICAS application and include the following:

  1. Personal statement
  2. Declaration of Intent form/Verification statement (obtain from your didactic program director)
  3. Three letters of reference addressing your qualifications for a supervised practice program
  4. Official transcript from each college/university attended

2. Mail in WCHN application fee.

A $80 program fee is required to process and review your application. This fee is separate from fees for the DICAS or D&D Digital Online Dietetics Internship Matching Service. Check must be postmarked by DICAS deadline.

Make check payable to “The Nuvance Health Dietetic Internship” and include the supplemental application.

3.Send check to:

Danbury Hospital c/o Diane Jadoonauth
    Dietetic Internship Program
Food and Nutrition Dept
24 Hospital Ave
Danbury, CT 06810

4. Register with D&D Digital Online Dietetics Internship Matching Service.

You must register with D&D Digital to participate in the nationwide matching service used by most internship programs. This allows you to make priority choices for your internship programs which you apply. There is a $55 computer matching fee through D&D Digital.


Selection Process
Top applicants will be interviewed in early March through Zoom via the internet.  The interviews are conducted by the Dietetic Internship Director and a panel of preceptors from the program.  The interview will last approximately 15 minutes.  The panel will ask general questions regarding your experience and skills.  Nuvance Health is an equal opportunity institution with respect to both education and employment

Following acceptance to the Internship program the student will receive:

  • A welcome letter with additional information about the program
  • A list of pre-program assignments
  • A list if requirements including medical and drug testing, background check and medical and auto insurance

Program Cost

Internship Application Fees

DICAS Fee……………………………….….   $50.00

D & D Matching Fee……………………….… $55.00

NHDI Supplemental application fee   …….…$80.00

 Estimated Required Tuition and Program Fees
Tuition $10,500.00
Academy Student Membership $58.00
Lab coat $40.00
Slip resistant shoes $30.00
Reference materials $80.00
Potential Miscellaneous Costs
Housing (rent and utilities) $15,000
Transportation $1,000
Insurance (auto, medical) $1,500

The internship will provide free parking, meal vouchers ($400), registration fee to the Jean Inman Review course ($385) and registration fee for the Connecticut State Academy Spring meeting ($70).

Financial aid is not available