NutraCo

Sample Program Schedule – Fall 2022

Preceptors and sites must be secured using the “Preceptor Qualifications” form to be included with the supplemental application checklist.

The rotation schedule is flexible and rotations may be completed in an alternate order as needed by the preceptor and/or intern.

Accommodations for days off related to religious holidays/reasons must be discussed with the Program Director and preceptor in advance. Any supervised hours missed as a result must be made up to complete the total supervised program hours.

The above schedule is for a full-time 40-hour per week schedule. We also offer an alternative 32-hour per week schedule as requested.

Rotation Details

Pre-Orientation:   This rotation consists of a series of assignments to be completed at home in preparation for subsequent rotations.

Orientation:  This 24-hour rotation will be completed remotely. We will review program basics, practice additional clinical skills, review Pre-Orientation assignments, and participate in discussions with guest speakers.

Food Service Management:  This rotation requires 4 weeks in a healthcare setting: hospital, long term care facility, long term acute care (LTAC), Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRD), or assisted living. The remaining 2 weeks can be scheduled in either food service or a child/adult nutrition program such as National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, After-School Snacks and Suppers, College/University or Adult Day Care Center. Each site must serve at least sixty meals daily.

Community Nutrition:  Interns will gain experience using the Nutrition Care Process in one or more of the following settings: WIC; Child and Adult Care Food Programs; National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program; local Food Bank; Senior Centers; Meals on Wheels; Health Clinics; Retail Dietitians; Private Practice; or Corporate/Industry settings.

Clinical Long Term Care:  This rotation may be completed in full or in part in one or more of the following settings: skilled nursing facility for subacute and long term care residents (SNF), Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), or Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTAC) – limited to only one week of this supervised practice experience.

Clinical Acute Care:  This rotation must be completed in an acute care inpatient hospital setting (may complete in one or more different hospitals).

Research / Journal Club:  Interns will conduct a research project to gain understanding in study design, data collection and analysis. For Journal Club, interns will prepare a 15 minute oral presentation and a powerpoint presentation on an approved article during a video platform meeting.

Concentration / Staff Relief:  The intern may choose from one of the three options for this final rotation:

  1. Wellness
  2. Medical Nutrition Therapy
  3. Long Term Care

NutraCo Dietetic Internship Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

– Minimum completion of bachelor’s degree granted by a U.S. regionally accredited college/university or foreign equivalent and ACEND-accredited coursework requirements (Didactic Program in Dietetics or DPD) with signed original Verification Statement or Declaration of Intent Statement. Submit copies of your official transcripts and signed Verification Statement or Declaration of Intent Statement upon acceptance to our program.
– Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for overall and DPD courses.
– Work or volunteer experience in dietetics is preferred, but not required.
– Complete an application for NutraCo Dietetic Internship through the Dietetic Internship Central Application Service (DICAS), a computer-based method to apply for Dietetic Internships, at http://portal.dicas.org.
– Register for Dietetic Internship computer matching with D&D Digital at www.dnddigital.com, and prioritize NutraCo Dietetic Internship for matching before the deadline date (number 851).
– Submit a non-refundable application fee of $75.00 payable to NutraCo. We will only accept: cashier’s check; money order; ACH Bank Transfer; or credit card payment (with additional 3% fee). Please e-mail Emily Witman,Program Assistant, to request the NSDI Applicant Payment form. Click here for summary of estimated costs and fees associated with our program.
– The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for the NutraCo Dietetic Internship application or for the University of Alabama’s master’s program (click here for more information about their program) . However, if you are interested in applying for a master’s program at a later date it is recommend to take the GRE exam.
– Technology skills and requirements for distance learning include: computer/laptop-preferable; email account; high speed internet; webcam/microphone; headset; color scanner; printer; smartphone; and Microsoft Office 2010 or higher.
– Cover letter addressed to the program director summarizing why you want to apply to our program.
– Completed NutraCo Dietetic Internship Supplemental Application Form / Checklist (click here).
– This program requires 5 preceptors, one for each onsite rotation.Preference will be given to potential interns who have all of their sites and preceptors secured. However, don’t let that hinder you from applying. You can apply to our program even if you have one preceptor secured and we can help assist site location once accepted into the program (please note it remains the intern’s responsibility to locate a site and preceptor). As part of your application, you can use this form to obtain preceptors “Preceptor Qualifications Form” For more information about preceptors, click here.
– We would like to know more about you on a personal level, requiring submission of a brief self-video as part of your application. Click here for directions.