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Dietetic Internship

"The Dietetic Internship at the University of Kentucky is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the American Dietetic Association, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312/899-0040."

The Dietetic Internship

The Dietetic Internship (DI) is administered in the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition. The DI provides the students with educational opportunities designed with a Food and Nutrition Systems Management concentration. Experiences for entry-level practice include medical nutrition therapy, food service systems management, community nutrition and research through a minimum of twelve hundred plus (1,200+) hours of supervised practice and didactic course work.

Registration eligibility requires:

  1. Successful completion of the supervised practice program during medical nutrition, community and foodservice management rotations within Lexington, Louisville and other locations across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

  2. Demonstrated competency in areas of didactic instruction.
The DI Mission

The mission of the Dietetic Internship is to,“Educate students through providing a high quality experience including evidence based knowledge in food and nutrition systems, that prepares students to meet or exceed high standards for entry level practice as dietitians.”

The UK DHN DI is a dynamic educational program dedicated to preparing post-baccalaureate students for entry into the dietetics profession. The program’s educational and experiential activities respond to changes in the health care system, population demographics, society, technology, and the food supply. The UK DHN DI is designed to advance the intellectual and educational development of individuals beyond the undergraduate level in preparation for entry into the dietetics profession. Learning is enhanced by opportunities to acquire and apply knowledge. Individuals are prepared to become professionally competent through a variety of experiences in medical nutrition, foodservice systems management, and community nutrition with a concentration in food and nutrition systems management. Interns gain new knowledge through intellectual inquiry, research, evaluation and application of knowledge to dietetic practice. The intern's individual and unique differences are considered in providing experiences that are designed to develop independence, initiative, creativity, maturity, critical thinking and self- reliance for entry into the profession. These experiences occur in both metropolitan and rural areas of Kentucky.

The UK DHN DI provides opportunities for individuals to develop professional attitudes and an ethical understanding of professional practice by working with dietitians who serve as role models. This is consistent with the high ethical standards and mission of the Department, the College, and the University of Kentucky.


Academic Requirements

The Dietetic Internship (DI) provides intellectual and educational development through supervised practice and didactic education. The seven month long program offers experiences in the competencies necessary to practice as entry-level dietitians. The University of Kentucky's DHN DI has two separate pathways:

  1. The first pathway is the Dietetic Internship. During the Spring and two Summer sessions, the DI student will enroll in a total of 21 credit hours in order to complete the minimum required twelve hundred (1,200+) hours of supervised practice to achieve the competencies.

  2. The second pathway allows the DI student the opportunity to work on a Master's degree. DI students can either enroll in graduate credit hours during the Fall semester prior to their supervised practice program (SPP) and complete the degree at the end of the internship or complete the internship at the end of their graduate program. Graduate credit cannot be earned on field courses (800 level). The graduate credit hours apply toward requirements or electives for the Dietetics and Human Nutrition Master's Degree Program.

The Supervised Practice Program includes experiences in metropolitan and rural health care settings, schools, universities, and hospital foodservice management systems, industry and government programs, and business and private consultative services. After successful completion of the DI, the student will receive a signed ACEND verification form that confirms eligibility to sit for the CDR national registry exam to earn the RD credential.

For more information contact:

Dr. Hazel Forsythe, DI Director   
Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition
204 Funkhouser Bldg.
Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0054
Office: 859-257-3800
Fax: 859-257-3707

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