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Dietetic Internship Program

 

2023-2024 Open Houses:

Interested in learning more about our internship? Please join us by attending one of our virtual open houses. Dates and times are below:

  • Tues. Dec. 6th at 10am
  • Tues. Jan. 10th at 6pm
  • Wed. Jan. 25th at 10am
  • Thurs. Feb 9th at 3pm

If you would like to attend, please email the DI Director, Katy Williams, MS, RDN, CD, CSSD, CDCES at katy.williams@cwu.edu to request a Zoom link. Can't make any of these scheduled events? No problem, email the DI Director to schedule a 1:1 informal meeting to answer any questions you have about our program. 

CWU offers an accredited Dietetic Internship (DI) Program through the Department of Health Sciences. The Dietetic Internship is currently granted full accreditation (through Dec. 31, 2027) by Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312-899-0040 ext. 5400. ACEND (eatrightpro.org). This program provides:

  • A certificate of completion of performance requirements for entry level dietitians through a 1000+ hour supervised practice and didactic experience
  • Accredited supervised practice experience required to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
  • Graduates are eligible to take the RDN examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)

Please visit Eatright.org to learn The 5 Steps to Become an RDN. This program meets the requirement for Step 2: An ACEND Supervised Practice Dietetic Internship.

 

Mission, Goals, Objectives

CWU's dietetic internship is an integral part of the Health Sciences Department and strives to provide the highest quality program for our students which is focused on our mission, goals, and objectives.

Mission:  The mission of the CWU-DI is to prepare competent, entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. 

Program Goals and Objectives: 

  • Goal #1 – Program graduates will become competent, entry level RDNs
    • At least 80% of interns complete program requirements within ​​​13.5 months​​​  (150% of planned program length)
    • At least  ​90%​ percent of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion
    • The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%
    • At least 90 % of employers will express satisfaction with graduate’s competence in entry level practice, 1 year following program completion
  • Goal #2 – Program graduates will obtain employment within the nutrition profession following program completion
    • Of graduates who seek employment, at least ​90%​ percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation

Program outcomes data are available upon request.

 

ACEND Requirements

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN please click here." A master's degree is required for admission into CWU's Dietetic Internship. Applicants are encouraged to explore our Nutrition 14 month and 2 year graduate degree offerings here.

 

Program Contact

Dietetic Internship Director: Katy Williams, MS, RDN, CD, CSSD, CDCES | katy.willams@cwu.edu | 509-963-1470

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