Dietetic Internship Program
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At the award-winning Medical University of South Carolina, we are "Changing What's Possible". MUSC is the south's oldest medical school in historic Charleston. This dietetic internship, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), is designed to prepare students to become a "Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist" (RDN). Upon completion, graduates are eligible to sit for the national RDN exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Both ACEND and CDR are affiliations of the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education, practice, and advocacy.
MISSION AND GOALS:
Our mission is to improve the health of populations by educating and inspiring entry-level dietitians for South Carolina and beyond. Our program goals include 1) preparing graduates with knowledge and skills to be competent dietitians and 2) building leadership and public advocacy among the dietetics workforce, particularly in South Carolina. Read more about our program goals and outcome measures.
We offer a non-credit, non-degree, post-baccalaureate certification program resulting in a 'Verification Statement' required to sit for the RD exam. This internship is an on-site program for eligible college-degree graduates (see eligibility requirements below). We accept 10-12 interns per year for this 10.5 month (~43 weeks), 1200+ hour, full-time supervised practicum commencing every August (applications accepted every February).
This internship is comprised of over 20 rotations in 15 different healthcare settings under the supervision of 40+ qualified preceptors. We pride our internship for its large variety of diverse experiences and training opportunities.
We have traditionally offered two concentrations: "Community Nutrition Promotion" (accepting 3-4 interns) and "Clinical Adult Medical Nutrition Therapy" (accepting 6-7 interns). We are pleased to offer a NEW concentrations called "Clinical Pediatric Medical Nutrition Therapy" (accepting 1 intern for 2019-2020 year, and up to 2 thereafter). Our program runs from the second Monday of August (ending early June). Read more about our curriculum offerings and our application process for all three concentrations.
To become a "Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist", students must follow one of these ACEND pathways. Applicants for this internship (all internships in the US) MUST have (or will have prior to our Fall start date) 1) a bachelor's degree at minimum (in any field), AND 2) successful completion of an ACEND-accredited "Didactic Program in Dietetics" (DPD). A DPD consists of at least 2-3 semesters, depending on courses already taken, of "hard" science prerequisites and core nutrition courses to prepare students for a dietetic internship such as this one. MUSC does not offer a DPD (none in Charleston area), but you can search for traditional and online/distance DPD programs here. DPDs CANNOT be replaced by any other training or certifications, such as nutrition degrees from non-ACEND accredited program, personal training or human performance training, culinary certification, etc. More details on eligibility are described here.
We successfully meet program goals. For instance, our past 5-year data indicates:
*97% of graduates have passed the RD board exam upon first attempt,
*Approximately 75% of graduates seeking a professional career as a Registered Dietitian after graduation found jobs within 3 months after passing the RD exam,
*Of those who found careers, over 35% actively practice in South Carolina, a state prevalent in hypertension, diabetes, and stroke,
*After working in the field for 1 year, 90% of employers of our graduates (and graduates themselves) feel this program provided excellent training for entry-level practice,
*Over 65% of our graduates become leaders in their field by actively participating in local, state, or national nutrition and healthcare organizations.
Data supporting these outcomes can be made available to students, parents, and educators upon request.
* WATCH THIS VIRTUAL TOUR VIDEO (produced by our 2017 interns!)
Candidates may also schedule an individual appointment, in-person or phone, with the Director with at least 2 weeks notice: