Current Interns


 Acceptance Procedure    

  • Deadline
    • Matched applicants must contact the Dietetic Internship program by telephone, FAX or email to confirm the acceptance of the MATCH. After this time, the program is under no obligation to hold the opening for the matched applicant.
  • Special Accommodations
    • Students requiring special accommodations must register with Disability Support Services located in the Student Health Center.


Welcome and Checklist

  • Upon acceptance the intern will receive a welcome letter from the MSDI Director which will include an extensive checklist of items required prior to or on day 1 of orientation.
  • This is time that should be spent making arrangements for 100% focus on the dietetic internship. Once orientation starts, there is little time for outside activities.


Professional Liability    

  • Liability Insurance
    • The UCA MSDI provides professional liability insurance for all dietetic interns. Additional coverage can be purchased if desired and may contact the carrier recommended by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Background Check
    • The UCA MSDI requires that a background check be completed as part of the application process.
  • Drug Test
    • The UCA MSDI requires random drug testing at the intern’s expense. Interns will be notified by the MSDI Director when a drug test is needed along with necessary instructions.


Additional Requirements

  • Immunizations and TB Skin Tests
    • Dietetic interns must provide UCA with documentation of current immunizations for admission into the graduate school.
    • Dietetic interns must provide documentation of influenza vaccination in the fall semester. This is typically available free of charge by UCA Student Health Service.
    • Dietetic interns must keep tuberculosis skin test documentation throughout the dietetic internship. Interns are responsible to provide the MSDI Director with a copy of their TB skin tests prior to starting the dietetic internship and with updated documentation when appropriate.
  • Health Insurance
    • Dietetic interns are required to carry personal health insurance. Student plans are available through the UCA Student Health Center if needed. Interns are responsible to provide the MSDI Director with a copy of their health insurance card prior to starting the dietetic internship.
  • Auto Insurance
    • Dietetic interns are required to carry automobile insurance. Interns are responsible to provide the MSDI Director with a copy of their auto insurance card prior to starting the dietetic internship.


Getting Prepared

  • Required Materials
    • A list of required and suggested textbooks and other materials will be provided to interns upon acceptance.
    • Typical school supplies (pens, paper, folders, jump drives, computer, calculator, etc.) will be needed.
  • Orientation Schedule
    • Will be provided to interns upon acceptance.
    • Interns should not plan to work during the summer months as rotations and required classes typically exceed 40 hours per week.
  • Intern Rules and Responsibilities
    • The MSDI Student Handbook will be provided and reviewed in detail during orientation. Interns should keep this handbook readily accessible and refer to it throughout the program.


Requirements for Successful Completion

    • The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics has identified multiple competencies which interns must demonstrate at a degree consistent with entry-level practice.
    • Four categories of competencies are identified and include the scientific and evidence base of practice, professional practice expectations, clinical and customer services, and practice management.
  • UCA DI
    • Interns must complete all rotations at entry-level or above and all coursework with a 3.0 GPA or above.
    • Interns must complete 1200 clock hours including foodservice management, clinical, community, and research as scheduled by the MSDI Director.
  • UCA MS
    • Graduate students must maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain in good standing with the graduate school.
    • Graduation involves a two-step process: payment of the graduation fee AND completion of the application forms.
  • Evaluations
    • Interns will receive multiple sources of feedback including preceptor evaluations and self-reflections
    • The MSDI Director will provide ongoing feedback as well as a formal mid-point and final evaluation.
    • Evaluations should be viewed as opportunities for professional development and to set and pursue stretch goals.
  • Verification Statement
    • All interns who satisfactorily complete the requirements of the dietetic internship will receive verification statements and verification statements will be submitted to the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) so that interns who completed the internship are eligible to take the RD examination.
  • RDN Exam
    • The Registration Examination for Dietitians is offered by The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), which is the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). Those who complete either an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) Coordinated Program, Dietetic Internship Program, or the Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway will be eligible to take the exam.
    • Registering for the Registration Examination for Dietitians must be completed on the website of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. As soon as the CDR certifies that an applicant is eligible to take the exam, an email will be sent from ACT, which is the testing service for the exam. The examination must be taken within one year of the date a test taker was deemed eligible to take the test.
    • The exam includes four domains: Food and Nutrition Sciences, Nutrition Care for Individuals and Groups, Management of Food and Nutrition Programs and Services, and Foodservice Systems. The Nutrition Care domain by far is the longest section of the exam (50 percent), and the Food and Nutrition Sciences domain is the shortest (12 percent). Not all test takers will have an exam of the same length. All test takers will be asked a minimum of 125 questions. One hundred of those questions are scored and 25 of them are pretest questions which are not scored. No test taker will be asked more than 145 questions, and all test takers will receive exactly 25 pretest questions. However, test takers will not know which questions are pretest questions. All questions are in a multiple choice format. Test takers who are doing well on the exam will have to answer fewer questions; those who are not doing as well will need to answer more questions in order to answer enough correctly to receive a passing score.
    • In order to receive a passing score, all test takers must answer a minimum of 125 questions, which means time management is extremely important while taking the exam. The entire testing appointment will take three hours, with a half hour given for a tutorial and two-and-a-half hours (150 minutes) given to answer as many questions as possible. On average, test takers must answer a little more than one question per minute to ensure answering just the minimum number of questions to receive a score. However, skipping questions to answer at a later time during the exam is not allowed, as test takers must answer each question in order before moving to the next. If the minimum number of questions is not answered, the exam will not be scored at all. Once an answer is submitted for a question, the test taker will not be given the chance to review it. Questions from the four content domains are spread throughout the entire exam, as there is no order given to the domains within the exam.
    • The exam is based on a scale of 1 to 50. The scaled score required to pass the exam is always 25. However, the actual number of questions required in order to achieve a scaled score of 25 can change from one exam to another. The exams are offered in a computer adaptive test format, which means that the computer monitors the test taker’s performance throughout the exam.
    • The registration fee to take the exam is $200 for dietitians and must be paid at the time of registration. Fees will never be refunded for any reason. Test takers may change the appointment time or location online or via the telephone a minimum of two business days (and in some instances more) before the exam date. Those who arrive late will not be allowed to take the examination and will be required to complete a brand new application.
    • Test takers will be given their score report when they leave the testing center and scores will also be available on the website. Test takers who wish to have an additional verification of their exam score can submit to the Commission on Dietetic Registration a Score Verification Request form. The fee to submit a form is $31.50.
    • Those who do not receive a passing score are allowed to retest 45 days after the exam. However, to qualify to retake the exam, test takers must again contact the Commission on Dietetic Registration to be reauthorized as eligible and again pay the examination fee.
Click here to see the 2017-2018 UCA DI Student Handbook.



For program outcomes data, additional questions and information, contact Alicia Landry, PhD, RD, LDN, SNS

Phone: (501) 450-3101