*located on the Statesboro Campus
The Georgia Southern Dietetic Internship (DI) is a full-time, 12-month, post-baccalaureate graduate certificate, non-degree dietetic internship program, with concentrations in community nutrition and school nutrition. Graduates of an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and (ACEND) Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) are eligible to apply to the Georgia Southern DI Program.
The DI program is headquartered on Georgia Southern University Statesboro Campus where intern orientation and graduate courses are completed, along with selected supervised practice experiences. Additional supervised practice sites and rotations are located throughout Central and Southeast Georgia including Savannah, Atlanta, Macon, Brunswick, Tifton and Valdosta. Supervised practice site assignments are based on preference and preceptor availability.
The program offers a blend of classroom instruction, on-line learning modules and hands-on training designed to meet ACEND Core Competencies for the registered dietitian (RD). Students gain experience in clinical dietetics, community nutrition, and food service management. Students are required to take 13 hours of graduate master’s-level courses in conjunction with 4-credit hours of minimum 1,200 supervised practice experience hours that allow them to apply their coursework. The graduate school expenses, except for 2-credit hours in the spring semester, are eligible for financial aid.
Upon successful completion of the Georgia Southern DI, interns are eligible to obtain a Verification Statement of program completion required to sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) registration examination for dietitians.
While the Georgia Southern DI does not result in a graduate degree, students may elect to apply for admission to one of several Department of Health Sciences & Kinesiology graduate programs.
Internship Class Size
A maximum of 20 interns are admitted annually to the Georgia Southern DI: 10 interns in the community nutrition concentration and 10 in the school nutrition concentration. Up to 10 internship positions are reserved for graduates of the Georgia Southern DPD program.
The Georgia Southern DI consist of:
- 40 hours of orientation to the internship
- 13-credit hours of coursework
- 4-credit hours of practicum providing a minimum of 1200 supervised practice experience hours
Interns take the following courses:
- Applied Medical Nutrition Therapy
- Public Health and Community Nutrition
- Culinary Skills
- School Nutrition Administration
- Energy Balance for Weight Management
- Practicum in Nutrition and Dietetics
The Georgia Southern DI is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition & Dietetics (ACEND) (http://www.eatrightpro.org/resources/acend) of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND).
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Phone: 312/899-0040, ext. 5400
Last updated: 9/5/2018