Dietetic Internship

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This dietetic internship is a post-baccalaureate, supervised practice program, and is designed to allow students to complete the requirements for the Dietetic Internship (DI) and a Master's Degree in 15 months. This 15 month program begins in May of one year and comes to completion at graduation in August of the following year.

Graduates of the DI receive a verification statement and are eligible to sit for the national exam for Registered Dietitians.  Interns selected for the UCA DI program will enroll as a graduate student at UCA.  Completion of the Master’s Degree will be required for entry-level practice starting in 2024.

There are two components of the DI, a supervised practice portion and a didactic portion.  The didactic portion includes two graduate courses, completed in the fall and spring semesters as well as weekly class meetings during the 12 week summer sessions.  The supervised practice component includes practice hours accumulated during assigned rotations.

Interns are evaluated on each rotation by Preceptors and/or the DI Director.  Successful completion of the required supervised practice hours and all didactic work is required for program completion.  After passing the Registration exam, graduates may apply for Arkansas licensure.  Details on requirements for Licensed Dietitians in Arkansas can be found at

Dietetic Internship 2015-2016 Student Handbook can be found here.


The UCA DI is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), formerly the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education (CADE), of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Post-secondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education.  Contact information for ACEND includes:

120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL  60606-6995

Phone:  312.899.0040, ext. 5400




The mission of the UCA DI is to maintain a high quality program in dietetics, dedicated to assisting interns with  development of needed skills for the varied roles of the dietitian in today’s society, and  which ultimately culminates in registration eligibility with the  Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).    Interns will be provided opportunities to develop expertise in nutrition therapy, community nutrition, foodservice systems management, and business/entrepreneur competencies while developing professional attitudes, maturity, and competent professional behavior.

The dietetic internship implements its mission through the establishment of the following goals and outcome measures:


Goal #1 – Prepare graduates to be competent, professional entry-level dietitians.

Desired-Outcome Measures

  1.  Eighty percent of students initially enrolled in the DI will complete the program within 24 months (150% of time planned for completion).   (1.3.1)
  2. Within 12 months of completing the program, a minimum of 70% of graduates will have taken the RD exam
  3. Over a 5 year period, 70% or more of program graduates who sought employment in dietetics will be employed within three months of program completion (1.3.2)
  4. Over a 5-year period, the pass rate for program graduates taking the registration examination for the first time will be at least 80%.(1.3.3)

Goal #2 – Provide graduates with a basic knowledge of a broad range of career opportunities in the field of dietetics.

Desired-Outcome Measures

      1.    A minimum of 70% of dietetic interns will indicate on exit interviews or surveys a rating of “satisfactory” or above with respect to whether a broad range of career opportunities were presented to them

  1. Seventy percent of dietetic interns will score a “satisfactory” or above rating on non-traditional rotation evaluations


 Goal #3 -Prepare graduates for employment in a community-based setting.


Desired-Outcome Measure

  1. Seventy percent or greater of employers will rate program graduates at “satisfactory” or above on performance on employer surveys


  • 15-month post-baccalaureate program
  • Beginning mid-May and concluding mid-August of the next year
  • 1200 hours of supervised practice, 5 day orientation, and ~200 didactic hours
  • Full time supervised practice over two summers (12 weeks each summer) with additional six weeks of supervised practice during fall and spring semesters


  • Program area of concentration is Community Nutrition
  • Planned learning experiences include but are not limited to public and university school settings, hospitals, local health departments, wellness facilities, specialty clinics, retirement communities, physician’s offices, extended care facilities, the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, and the Department of Health and Human Services
  • ~40 facilities with qualified preceptors are available for rotation experiences in the area
  • The majority of facilities are located within 50 miles of UCA, however some facilities may be located beyond the 50 mile radius
  • Interns are responsible for their own living arrangements and the use of a vehicle is mandatory in order to commute to assigned rotations.


  • Supervised practice in two summers allows for completion of Master’s Degree with additional courses taken in fall and spring semesters
  • Community concentration for those who desire careers in non-traditional settings including but not limited to public health, school nutrition, Cooperative Extension and corporate wellness


    Tuition (Tuition based on 2013-2014 academic year and is subject to change as mandated by UCA Board of Trustees)

AR Resident Out of State Resident
Summer 12 credit hours: tuition and fees; additional fees for out of state residents waived for Summer courses $4216.20 $4216.20
Fall 3 credit hours: tuition and fees; AR residents $1019.55 $1721.67
Spring 3 credit hours: tuition and fees; AR residents $1019.55 $1721.67
Summer 6 credit hours: tuition and fees; additional fees for out of state residents waived for Summer courses $2108.10 $2108.10


$8,363.40 $9,767.64



 Estimated Related Expenses




Graduate Application Fee


DICAS ($40) for first application, $20 for each additional


Computer Matching Fee


Background check


Professional Liability Insurance (paid by the Program)


Personal Health Insurance ($112 per summer)


Car/Rental Insurance (Personal)


Uniforms / Lab coats


Transportation (personal transportation required)


Professional Meeting Registration


AND Student Membership


Registration Review School


Activity Fee ($10 per summer term


Other Fees ($24.50 per summer)


Travel, meals, lodging


Laptop computer/Internet access



























Interns are not required to live in university housing.

Interns are required to maintain an active email account and have daily computer access.


Department of Housing & Residence Life


Phone: 501-450-3132

Fax: 501-450-5374


Department of Financial Aid


Phone: (501) 450-3140
Fax: (501) 450-5159


Students in the program must meet the following requirements:

1.   Completion of Baccalaureate Degree.

2.   Statement of Verification regarding completion of Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) or Intent to complete form from an accredited DPD.

3.  Official transcript(s) of course work from all colleges and universities attended must be provided to DICAS and to the UCA DI Director.

4.   Minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale)

5.   Work experience in nutrition related area, under the supervision of a Registered Dietitian.

6.  Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) with score forwarded to UCA Graduate School.  Successful applicants typically score at least 300 on the GRE composite (150 verbal and 150 quantitative or above), and a 3 or above on writing.

7. Completion of the on-line application (DICAS), which can be accessed at  A personal statement and three references are part of the DICAS application.

8. Participation in the computer matching program sponsored by D & D Digital Systems, which can be accessed at  The UCA DI participates in D & D Digital computer matching process.  Applicants rank their choice of internships using codes supplied by D & D.  There is a flat fee of $50 for this service.  Registration with D & D begins in December.

9. UCA graduate school enrolled is required of dietetic interns.  Information on graduate school admission requirements can be found at

10.  Complete the hot file and release of information form for a background check.  On page one, complete the "Person" box only.  Do not complete page two.  On page three, complete in full.  Provide the completed form to the UCA DI Director before the application deadline.

11.  Proof of current Serve Safe Certification--upload certificate in DICAS or provide to UCA DI Director. SERVSAFE FOOD MANAGER EXAMINATION INFO

12.  Documentation of two recent TB skin tests the last of which will remain valid through summer-upload copies in DICAS or provide to UCA DI Director.




Interns are required to enroll and pay for 24 hours of graduate credit (18 of which count towards the Master of Science degree).  The outline below details the breakdown of the hours:

First Summer – Management Emphasis

Summer I (6 hours):    FACS 5315 Nutrition Services Practicum I (does not count towards MS degree)

FACS 5316 Nutrition Services Practicum II (does not count towards MS degree)

Summer II (6 hours):  FACS 5317 Community Nutrition Practicum

FACS 5321 Nutrition Services Administration


Fall between Summers

(3 hours):     FACS 5324 Nutritional Assessment


Spring between Summers

(3 hours): NUTR 6335 Nutrition Counseling


Second Summer - Clinical Emphasis

May Intersession (3 hours):     FACS 5318 Clinical Nutrition Practicum

10-Week (3 hours):                  FACS 6313 Diet Therapy


NOTE:  Students are expected to maintain a 3.0 average in all graduate level coursework.


Typical Week

Monday - Friday

    • Days
      • Supervised practice rotations for 8 hours / day
    • Evenings
      • Classes 1 day/week for 1-3 hours / week


How Do I Apply?

  • Complete DICAS application
  • Register with D & D Digital for computer matching
  • Apply to UCA Graduate School
  • Provide DI Director with
    • All  official transcripts
    • Proof of  two negative TB skin tests good through August
    • Hot file  and release of information form


Any Questions?

  • For further answers and information, contact Nina Roofe, PhD, RD, LD, FAND

Phone: (501) 450-5954