Prospective Interns

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

  • 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

Rotations

  • 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


WHY CHOOSE UCA?

  • 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


 

Anticipated Costs for Dietetic Interns

 

Item(s)
Estimated Cost
Graduate Application Fee
$25
Graduation Fee
$40
Cap, Gown, & Master’s Hood
$80
Tuition and Fees
·        Resident (tuition and mandatory fees per credit hour, $383.85/credit hour X 24 credits)
·        Non-Resident (tuition and mandatory fees per credit hour, $586.60/credit hour X 24 credits)
Additional information: https://uca.edu/studentaccounts/tuition-and-fee-rates/
$13,825.28
 
$20,147.58
Malpractice Insurance (provided by program)
$0
Personal Health Insurance ($112 per summer)
$224
Car / Rental Insurance
Varies
Drug testing if required by the supervised practice site (variable)
$25-50
Immunizations if applicable
$50-$150
Travel (variable depending on rotation site and living arrangements)
$50-200/month
Housing (highly variable, additional information at:  https://offcampushousing.sdstate.edu/)
$300-700/month
Books, Laptop, Internet Service (varies greatly)
$600
RD Exam Review School
$385
Student Professional Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic Membership
$50/year
Lab coat, shoes, uniforms, NFPE equipment
$400
Arkansas Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics conference registration
$50
Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo registration, housing, transportation**
$1500
ANTICIPATED TOTAL
~$22,000 -37,000
*The internship program covers the costs associated with background checks and practice exams for the registration exam for dietitians.
**FNCE cost varies greatly depending on location.
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

Website: www.uca.edu/housing

Phone: 501-450-3132

Fax: 501-450-5374

 

Department of Financial Aid

Website: https://uca.edu/financialaid/

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

 

Foundation Scholarships

Website: https://uca.edu/foundation/foundation-scholarships/

Phone: (501) 450-5288

Fax: (501) 450-5293

 

Departmental Scholarships

Website: https://uca.edu/facs/scholarships/

Phone: (501) 450-5950

Fax: (501) 450-5958


 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Eligibility

  • Completion of Baccalaureate Degree within past five years or evidence of recency of educational preparation.
  • Statement of Verification regarding completion of Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) or Intent to complete form from an accredited DPD.
  • Work experience in nutrition related area, under the supervision of a Registered Dietitian.

Transcripts          

  • Official transcript(s) of course work from all colleges and universities attended must be provided to DICAS 

Grade Point Average   

  • Minimum overall 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Preferred overall 3.5 GPA with 3.0 science GPA (on a 4.0 scale)

Graduate Record Exam

  • 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.

UCA Graduate School

  • UCA graduate school enrolled is required of dietetic interns.  Information on graduate school admission requirements can be found at uca.edu/graduateschool/
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) with score forwarded to UCA Graduate School.

UCA DI Specific Items

  • Complete the Hot-File-Form-and-Authority-to-Release-Information. On page one, complete the “Person” box only.  Do not complete page two.  On page three, complete in full, upload in DICAS.
  • Proof of current Serve Safe Certification—upload certificate in DICAS.
  • Documentation of two recent TB skin tests the last of which will remain valid through summer—upload copies in DICAS.

 

PROGRAM SEQUENCE

Interns are required to enroll and pay for 24 hours of graduate credit (24 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

Summers

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

Fall/Spring

  • Monday – Friday
    • Days
      • Classes 1 day/week for 1-3 hours / week
      • Supervised practice rotations for 8 hours / day but not every day
    • Evenings
      • Rotation required events PRN

 

HOW TO APPLY (for pre-select option)

The University of Central Arkansas dietetic internship participates in the pre-select option to computer matching for students receiving verification statements from UCA DPD. The preselect deadline is January 15 each spring. It is open to all students who receive a verification statement from the UCA DPD. There is no application fee and no need to use DICAS. The applicant will be notified confirming his/her acceptance status in the program by February 1.

If pre-selected, the applicant’s name and social security number are submitted to D&D Digital Systems, Inc. to ensure that the applicant will not participate in the computer match. If the applicant is not selected through the pre-select process, he/she may apply to any DI including UCA DI through the computer matching process.

HOW TO APPLY (for spring match—not preselect option)

The University of Central Arkansas participates in the spring match via D & D Digital Systems and DICAS and is approved for 12 dietetic interns.

  • Your DPD Director should have an application checklist or other guidelines to follow.
  • Completion of the on-line application (DICAS), which can be accessed at https://portal.dicas.orgA personal statement and three references are part of the DICAS application.
  • Participation in the computer matching program sponsored by D & D Digital Systems, which can be accessed at dnddigital.com. The UCA DI participates in D & D Digital computer matching process.  Applicants rank their choice of internships using codes supplied by D & D.
    • In DICAS, upload:
      • All official transcripts
      • Proof of two negative TB skin tests good through August
      • Hot file and release of information form
      • ServSafe Certificate

 

HOW TO APPLY (for ISPP option)

The University of Central Arkansas is approved to accept one dietetic intern for the Individualized Supervised Practice Program option. This candidate must hold a PhD in nutrition or related field.

 

Selection Criteria / Minimum Qualifications for ISPP Candidates:

  • GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Hold a PhD in a nutrition related field.
  • Required to arrange and secure all practicum placements for the internship. It is recommended you have majority of your sites confirmed prior to applying.

Coursework requirements for applicants who hold a PhD will be evaluated on an individual basis for recency.

Application Process for PhD Applicants

  1. Complete ISPP_Application_Form
  2. Apply to the UCA graduate school online and pay $25.00 application fee. https://uca.edu/graduateschool/admission-process/
  3. Mail the ISPP Application form and a copy of your resume/CV.  Please mail all application materials to the MSDI Director, Alicia Landry.
  4. Request 3 letters of recommendation to be sent to the MSDI Director, Alicia Landry @ alandry@uca.edu
  5. Proof of AND Membership
  6. Request all applicable Official Transcripts to be mailed to:

Alicia Landry, PhD, RDN, LDN, SNS
Assistant Professor & MSDI Director
McAlister Hall 100
201 Donaghey Avenue
Conway, AR 72035

**Date of B.S. & PhD degree conferral must be included.

Application Review Process

  • The UCA MSDI selection process involves a committee of faculty and preceptors who review applications along with the MSDI Director.
  • Each applicant is reviewed by multiple committee members who then meet to discuss applicants and assist in the ranking process.
  • An objective protocol is used to ensure all applicants are held to the same standard and ranked fairly.
  • All members of the selection committee adhere to the Code of Ethics for the Profession of dietetics.