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Dietetic Internship

Program Director: Kathleen Bauer, PhD, RD
Co-directors: Maria Stanish, MS, RD; Donna Duardo, MA, RD
Program Assistant: Donna Verney, MA, RD
Office: University Hall, Room 4019
Phone Number: 973-655-4375 or 973-655-4172
Email: stanishm@montclair.edu

The Department of Nutrition and Food Studies offers a Dietetic Internship for students who are interested in pursuing the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD/RDN) credential. To become an RD/RDN, first you must complete the academic requirements known as the Didactic Program in Dietetics and hold a Bachelor’s degree. Next, you complete the required 1200 hours of supervised practice at an ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship program. Upon successful completion of your academic requirements and supervised practice, you are eligible to take the RD/RDN examination. The Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR) confers the RD/RDN credential upon passing the exam. Dietitians and nutritionists are not licensed in New Jersey at this time.

Program Description

The Dietetic Internship at Montclair State University is a 10-month, full-time, post-baccalaureate program with a nutrition therapy emphasis. It consists of a minimum of 1,232 hours of supervised practice in the field of dietetics as well as classroom education and the completion of 6 graduate credits. There is an opportunity for some students to gain more hours at other professional meetings, program planning events and participation in health fairs.

A maximum of twelve students are accepted into the program. The Montclair State University Dietetic Internship is currently granted full accreditation by Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60696-6995, 312-899-0040.

The Dietetic Internship is offered on a full-time basis over 40 weeks in order for students to achieve the competencies set by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, and become eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians. Upon passing the examination, graduates earn the credential Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). Dietitians and nutritionists are not licensed in New Jersey at this time.

Four days each week are devoted to supervised field experience. Students rotate through various facilities for experience in clinical dietetics, foodservice management, community nutrition, wellness, education and research. In-patient clinical nutrition rotations include medicine and surgery, intensive care, pediatrics, long-term care, and rehabilitation. Out-patient settings provide experiences in diabetes management, dialysis and maternal nutrition. Additional rotations in school food service management, community sanitation, community nutrition programs such as Head Start, Cooperative Extension, the Nutrition Program for the Elderly, wellness programs, and research allow for the achievement of program goals. Supervised field experiences are completed on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Interns are assigned to supervised practice sites by program faculty; interns are not required to locate their own sites.

Monday is reserved for didactic education, which includes lectures, guest speakers and field trips. Students are required to take two graduate courses for a total of six credits. Courses are determined by the program director. Upon completing the Dietetic Internship, students may continue their graduate studies following matriculation.

Potential areas of employment following program completion include healthcare institutions, foodservice operations, wellness programs, home health agencies, health clubs, government programs, research, consulting and business.

Information can be obtained from Montclair State University, Dietetic Internship, University Hall, Montclair, NJ 07043. All applications are due by the February deadline designated by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. For the Spring 2020 computer match, the deadline for applications is February 15, 2020. For further information, please contact the Dietetic Internship at 973-655-4172.

Mission Statement

The Montclair State University Dietetic Internship Program is dedicated to preparing graduates for entry-level dietetics practice with academic skills and real-world supervised practice experience in nutrition and dietetics.  Students will be prepared for leadership roles in dietetics through both classroom education (including two graduate courses) and extensive supervised field experiences encompassing culturally diverse populations and interdisciplinary collaborations. Students will engage in critical reflection, inquiry and critical thinking to become stewards of best practice and ethical performance. The program provides education in dietetics with a nutrition therapy emphasis so as to achieve the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics competency requirements for program accreditation. Through an understanding of the standards of practice and development of skills, graduates can successfully pass the registration examination and apply their knowledge effectively to careers in clinical nutrition, food service and program management.

Goals and Objectives

Goal #1: The program will prepare graduates to be competent entry-level dietitians, displaying professional attitudes and behaviors consistent with ethical and professional practice.

Objectives:

  • Over a five-year period, the pass rate for Dietetic internship graduates taking the RD exam for the first time will be at least 83% (measured by report sent to by the Commission on Dietetic Registration).
  • At least 80% of program students complete program requirements within 1.2 years (150% of the program length).
  • 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%.
  • 90% of program graduates take the CDR dietitian credentialing exam within 12 months of program completion.
  • Of graduates who seek employment, at least 80% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within twelve months of graduation.
  • 100% of all work supervisors who respond to a survey on program graduates in their first year of employment provide an overall rating of “adequately prepared” or higher regarding graduate knowledge and skill preparation for entry-level practice.
  • 100% of all work supervisors who respond to a survey on program graduates in their first year of employment provide an overall rating of “adequately prepared” or higher regarding ethical practice.
  • 100% of all work supervisors who respond to a survey on program graduates in their first year of employment provide an overall rating of “adequately prepared” or higher regarding professionalism.
  • 100% of all graduates who respond to a survey on program graduates in their first year of employment provide an overall rating of “adequately preparted” or higher regarding their practice abilities.

Goal #2: The program will provide a learning environment to promote leadership and community service roles.

Objectives:

  • 90% of graduates who respond to a survey one year after program completion report adequate training in leadership during the internship.
  • Within five years post program completion, 20% of program graduates will demonstrate leadership by either an appointment to an organizational committee, holding a professional office, presenting for a professional organization, coordinating a community nutrition initiative, or serving as a preceptor to a dietetic intern.
  • Within five years post program completion, 20% of program graduates will have involvement in community or a professional organization.
  • Outcomes data are available upon request.

Program Completion Requirements

  • Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 1,232 hours of supervised practice with an average grade of “3” or “Satisfactory” in all rotations. Opportunities exist for interns to incur additional hours at professional meetings and community wellness events.
  • Completion of two graduate courses (six credits) with a minimum grade of “B”.
  • Passing a mid-point and a final exam with a minimum grade of 70%.
  • Satisfactory completion of all didactic component requirements.

Program Calendar

Orientation to the Dietetic Internship usually begins in late August with supervised practice rotations beginning in September. There are no rotations on Thanksgiving. Holiday recess/make-up weeks are provided over the December holiday period and in March. There is no class on Memorial Day. Graduation takes place the third week in June.

Open House

The Dietetic Internship will hold an Open House for prospective applicants on January 11, 2020 in Dickson Hall, Room 177 from 10 a.m.-noon. All aspects of the program will be presented, including the application process, program requirements and rotations, sites, and the graduate courses. Please call the Internship at 973-655-4172 to RSVP, or for information in case of inclement weather. Parking location instructions will be given at the time of RSVP call to the Dietetic Internship number above.

Procedure for Admission Consideration

The Montclair State University Dietetic Internship application process is not the same online process as the rest of the University.  Refer to Dietetic Internship Match: Students, which gives specific information for the application, computer matching and appointment procedures. Other important information, including suggestions for improving your chances of getting an internship, can be found at the Dietetic Internship Match website. There are three components to the application process: completion of the online application through DICAS (Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System), registration with D&D Digital for the computer match, and an application fee payable to the Montclair State University Dietetic Internship.

Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS)

Applications for the Dietetic Internship should be submitted to DICAS (Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System). The Montclair State University Dietetic Internship participates in the spring computer match. Follow the directions listed for the online application. The following information will be required:

  • Personal statement in 1,000 words or less. Questions to be addressed in the personal statement include:
    • Why do you want to enter the dietetics profession?
    • What are some experiences that have helped to prepare you for your career?
    • What are your short-term and long-term goals?
    • What are your strengths and weaknesses or areas needing improvement?
    • What other information do you consider important for the selection decision?
  • Listing of GPA and DPD courses; DPD course list form needs to be uploaded.
  • Three letters of recommendation, including an instructor and a work supervisor; Applicants must include the name and e-mail address for each reference. This will trigger an e-mail message requesting completion of a reference form, which will be completed online.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent to DICAS.
  • Declaration of Intent to Complete Degree or DPD Verification Statement to be sent to DICAS by your DPD Director; you will need to provide the e-mail address.
  • Listing of paid and volunteer work experience.
  • Honors and awards.
  • Phone number and address where applicant can be reached, if necessary, on Appointment Day (April 6 for the Spring 2020 match; see EatRightPro)

The online application must be completed for the Montclair State Dietetic Internship by the date and time stated on the Dietetic Internship Match website.  For 2020, it must be received by 11:59 p.m. central standard time on February 15, or 12:59 a.m. eastern standard time on February 16. The fee to use DICAS is $45 for the first application submitted, and $20 for each additional application (subject to change).

D & D Digital Registration

Applicants must also register online for computer matching at the D&D website and select dietetic internship priority choices by the date and time listed. For 2020, applicants must register by 11:59 p.m. central time on February 15, or 12:59 a.m. eastern time on February 16. There is a $55.00 computer matching fee (subject to change). Applicants must register with D&D Digital to be considered for the internship.

Montclair State University Application

An application fee of $60 must be received by the Montclair State University Dietetic Internship postmarked by February 15, 2020 for the spring 2020 computer match.

The check or money order should be payable to the Montclair State University Dietetic Internship, include the name of the applicant on the check, and send to:

Montclair State University
Dietetic Internship
University Hall, Room 4019
Montclair, NJ 07043

Total fees for application to the Montclair State Dietetic Internship as of October 26, 2018 (subject to change) are:

  • $45 to DICAS
  • $55 to D & D Digital
  • $60 to the Montclair State University Dietetic Internship (nonrefundable)

A total Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) GPA of 3.2 is required. Complete applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee for personal statement, grades, paid and volunteer experience, honors and awards, and recommendations. An interview and writing sample will be required for final ranking. Applicants will be contacted by telephone between February 24 and March 21 between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to schedule an interview. Applicants are encouraged to bring a sampling of graded, written assignments from their Didactic Program in Dietetics to their scheduled interviews.

The final ranking will be submitted to D&D Digital for the computer match. For the spring 2020 computer match, applicant matching results will be posted on D&D beginning at 6:00 p.m. central time (7:00 p.m. eastern time) on notification day (Sunday, April 5, 2020).

Applicants who match with Montclair State University must phone the DI program director at 973-655-4375 before 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Appointment Day (Monday, April 6, 2020) to confirm acceptance of a match. If a message needs to be left, please provide a phone number where you may be reached to confirm your acceptance. After 5:00 p.m. on appointment day (April 6, 2020), the internship is under no obligation to hold the opening for the matched applicant.

If all positions are not filled, the DI Director may appoint interns on an individual basis, adhering to Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics requirements.

Accepted students will need to send an original Verification Statement showing completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics, original transcripts from all schools attended, and transcripts verifying the completion of a bachelor’s degree to the Dietetic Internship at Montclair State University before beginning the program.

In addition, all undergraduate coursework, summer assignments, health examination with immune titers demonstrating immunity, negative urine drug screen, and evidence of an acceptable criminal background check must be completed and acceptance to the Montclair State University Graduate School must be verified before beginning the internship. Students whose criminal background checks are unacceptable or show activity may not be able to continue in the internship. An orientation day for incoming interns will be scheduled in early June.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the program and the six graduate credits are separate.

Program tuition includes:

  • Supervised work experience
  • Program study guides
  • Classroom instruction other than graduate courses
  • Professional liability insurance

Program tuition is due in two installments (August and October), and is paid directly to the Dietetic Internship. For the year 2019-20, tuition was $11,500 (subject to change for 2020-21) plus graduate course tuition and fees.

Graduate Courses

Tuition for three graduate credits per semester and associated fees are paid to the University according to standard University procedures. See the Tuition and Fees page for the current tuition and fees. Matched students will need to apply to the Graduate School as Dietetic Interns; there is an additional fee for the Graduate School application. Instructions will be given regarding this at orientation for matched applicants in June. Tuition and fees may change without notice.

Other Costs

Students are responsible for obtaining the following prior to beginning the program:

  • Health insurance (variable cost)
  • Textbooks (estimate $500)
  • Lab coats (estimate $20 each)
  • Physical exam and lab work (variable cost; estimate $300 depending on individual health requirements and health insurance)
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics student membership (estimate $58)
  • Background check and urine drug screen (estimate $100+)
  • Campus parking

Additional variable costs during the program include:

  • Housing
  • Transportation and car insurance
  • Some meals
  • Parking in some facilities (can be up to $40 for one month)
  • Fees for field trips and meetings (estimate $150)
  • Supplies and duplicating (estimate $500)

Financial Aid

Please refer to ACEND for Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Scholarship and other financial aid information. Montclair State University dietetic interns are eligible for personal or private loans. Student loan deferments may be applicable. Program management will provide requested documentation to students requiring verification of participation in the Internship.

Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP)

Program Description

The Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, Dietetic Internship, has implemented the Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP) for up to three students to provide a complete curriculum with learning and practice opportunities to train future registered dietitian nutritionists. To qualify for this pathway, students must have a bachelor’s or a master’s degree, a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) verification statement from an ACEND-accredited DPD program, and must not have received a match through the formal internship matching process of Doctoral students with the DPD. This pathway gives students more options for educational experiences that make them eligible to sit for the registration exam to become a registered dietitian/nutritionist (RD/RDN). The Montclair State University ISPP is currently granted full accreditation by Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60696-6995, 312-899-0040. To learn more about the Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway, visit: www.eatright.org/ACEND/ISPP.

This pathway provides students with the supervised practice experience needed to acquire the competencies to sit for the Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD/RDN) examination established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The main purpose of the ISPP is to train students to become qualified dietetics practitioners.

Supervised practice requires that students meet the competencies outlined by ACEND in no less than 1,200 hours. Credit may be given for competencies achieved through prior work/life experience, thereby reducing the number of hours required if the competency has already been met. Students interested in applying for prior experience approval are required to submit a packet demonstrating knowledge, skills and competencies in the rotation for which they are applying for credit. See the section titled Assessment of Prior Learning & Experience for more information.

This pathway includes the flexibility for students to complete the competencies either part-time or full-time. Students completing the ISPP either on a part-time or full-time basis will register for three graduate credits for each of two semesters providing six graduate credits at the completion of the program. Students electing to complete the ISPP part-time must complete the program within two years, an ACEND requirement.

This pathway consists of a minimum of 1,200 supervised practice hours. Students rotate through the major areas of nutrition: Medical Nutrition Therapy, Food Service Management, and Community Nutrition, with a concentration in Medical Nutrition Therapy.  The student is responsible for recruiting preceptors under the guidance of program faculty.

Curriculums with indicated competencies for each rotation are provided to the student and preceptors. Planned learning activities are suggested within the curriculums to reduce the obligation of the preceptor. If students are completing the ISPP over two years, they will have the option to register for more than a total of six graduate credits, but must then matriculate at Montclair State University (MSU).

ISPP Admission Consideration

Program Eligibility, Application Process and Selection Criteria

Montclair State University’s Individual Supervised Practice Pathway allows the following individuals to apply:

  1. Graduates who possess a DPD verification statement, and applied, but did not match to a dietetic internship, or
  2. Individuals holding a doctoral degree with a DPD verification statement, or
  3. Individuals holding a DPD verification statement dated within eight years if the applicant’s professional experience is at least three years.

Application deadline: All applications must be submitted by May 1, approximately three weeks after DICAS notification day, which is the first Sunday in April.

Students must apply to the program by sending the following information to the ISPP Coordinator or DI Director, by the application deadline. Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed for consideration.

Application packets must include:

  1. Printed copy of your complete Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS) application inclusive of your overall GPA, DPD GPA and Sciences GPA; DPD verification statement, relevant experience (work or volunteer), honors and awards
  1. A copy of your non-match from D&D Digital
  2. Current resume or curriculum vitae
  3. Short essay, less than 300 words, double-spaced, in response to the following questions:

-Why are you an outstanding candidate for the Montclair State University (MSU) ISPP?

-What has led you to have an interest in a dietetics career?

-Discuss experiences that have contributed to your decision to apply for an ISPP.

-What are your short and long term career goals?

  1. An identified MSU Faculty or work supervisor to use as a reference.
  2. Indicated preferred rotation schedule: Full-time (40 hours per week) or Part-time (<40 hours per week)
  3. Application fee of $60.00. Checks should be payable to MSU Dietetic Internship/ISPP. Please include the name of the applicant on the check.

Please enclose the application to:

Montclair State University
Dietetic Internship/ISPP
University Hall, Room 4019
Montclair, NJ 07043

Admission and selection are based on the following criteria:

  1. Printed copy of your complete Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS) application inclusive of your overall GPA, DPD GPA and Sciences GPA; relevant experience (work or volunteer), honors and awards. A minimum of a 3.2 DPD GPA is required.
  1. Current resume
  2. Identification of a faculty or work reference
  3. Short essay, less than 300 words, in response to the following questions:

-Why are you an outstanding candidate for the Montclair State University (MSU) ISPP?

-What has led you to have an interest in a dietetics career?

-Discuss experiences that have contributed to your decision to apply for an ISPP.

-What are your short and long term career goals?

  1. Interview with program faculty and admissions committee member/s. Applicants offered an interview will be contacted via phone to arrange a date and time for an interview which can run up to one hour. Applicants not meeting program eligibility will not be notified for an interview. Applicants will be evaluated during the interview based on the following:

Applicant’s professionalism

Communication skills

Responses to questions

Critical thinking

Case-based scenario/writing sample

Enthusiasm

Skills

  1. $60.00 (subject to change) Application fee payable to MSU Dietetic Internship/ISPP

The Admissions Committee uses an overall numerical score based on each of the listed criteria. Applicants who are admitted to the program will receive notification of an offer of admission via email.

ISPP Assessment of Prior Learning and Experience

Credit for prior learning may be granted to interns who can provide documentation of significant and relevant compensated work experiences. These work experiences must reflect the same types of learning experience as required by the ACEND competency statements.

No credit hours will be extended for required volunteer experience for coursework.

No more than two rotations will be waived.

The request for prior learning credit consideration must be submitted at least one month prior to the program start date. The request must include the following:

  • Candidate’s application for assessment of prior learning, including name and contact information of the person for whom the candidate worked.
  • Description of the work experience/s, including dates of employment, responsibilities and activities performed
  • Work related references with up-to-date/current contact information
  • A summary of past experience/s demonstrating the ACEND competencies

When an applicant submits his/her packet for review, the ISPP Coordinator or DI Director will evaluate and determine whether the experience meets specific ACEND competencies. The Advisory Committee may also be contacted.

Final determination of assessment of prior learning is at the discretion of the ISPP Coordinator/DI Director.

ISPP Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the Program and the six graduate credits are separate. Refer to Dietetic Internship website information for more specifics.

Program tuition is due in two installments (August and October), and is paid directly to the Dietetic Internship ISPP. The ISPP program fee is non-refundable. For the year 2019-20, tuition was $11,500 (subject to change for 2020-21) plus graduate course tuition and fees.

Graduate Courses

Tuition for three graduate credits per semester and associated fees are paid to the University according to standard University procedures. See the MSU web site for the current tuition and fees. After acceptance, ISPP students will need to apply to The Graduate School as Dietetic Interns; there is an additional fee for the Graduate School application. Instructions will be provided at orientation for ISPP applicants. Tuition and fees may change without notice.

Other Costs

Students are responsible for obtaining the following prior to beginning the program:
Health insurance (variable cost)

  • Textbooks (estimate $500)
  • Lab coats (estimate $20 each)
  • Physical exam and lab work (variable cost; estimate $300 depending on individual health requirements and health insurance)
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics student membership (estimate $60 per year)
  • Background check and urine drug screen (estimate $150+)
  • Campus parking (see http://www.montclair.edu/facilities/logistic-support/parking-services/ for fee)

Additional variable costs during the program include:
Housing

  • Travel to Rotation Sites (variable but includes gas and tolls if applicable)
  • Car insurance
  • Some meals
  • Parking at some facilities (can be up to $40 for one month)
  • Fees for field trips and meetings (estimate $150)
  • FNCE fee (estimated cost $1,500.)
  • Supplies and duplicating (estimate $500)

Financial Aid

Please refer to http://www.eatrightpro.org/resources/leadership/honors-and-awards/grants-and-scholarships  for Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Scholarship and other financial aid information. Montclair State University dietetic interns are eligible for personal or private loans and may be eligible for student loans.  Student loan deferments may be applicable. Program management will provide requested documentation to students requiring verification of participation in the Internship/ISPP.

Housing and Transportation

Housing and meal costs are the responsibility of the student. The ISPP does not provide or arrange for student housing.

The MSU ISPP suggests access to a vehicle. Students are required to provide their own transportation to all rotation sites. Students are required to have vehicle insurance.

ISPP Outcomes

Program outcomes are available upon request by contacting the dietetic internship program.          

ISPP Pathway Completion Results

The ISPP prepares interns to have a successful career in dietetics. Interns will be given the opportunity to satisfactorily complete all supervised practice rotations, ACEND competencies and assignments as outlined in the rotation curriculums. Additional time may be granted to students for remediated supervised practice experiences, pending approval from the ISPP Coordinator and preceptors within 150% of the time designated to the ISPP. Graduates will receive a supervised practice verification statement at successful completion of the ISPP. Requirements for successful completion of the program include:

  1. Completion of assigned rotations/rotation hours with satisfactory evaluations of “3” or “Satisfactory” in all rotations.
  2. Completion of two graduate courses (six credits) with a minimum grade of “B”.
  3. Passing a mid-point and final exam with a minimum grade of 70%.
  4. Satisfactory completion of all didactic component requirements.
  5. Completing the Registration Eligibility Application Form to be eligible to take the Dietitian Registration Examination. 

ISPP Rotations

Interns are required to complete and return the completed cover sheet, scored curriculum, pre-test or rotation questions, patient log form in addition to the Rotation Evaluation Forms (Student Performance of Professional Attributes, Interviewing and Counseling, Group Teach, Case Study, Self-Evaluation and Site Evaluation), and Rotation Hours Verification Forms at the end of each rotation. The ACEND Competency Evaluation and Activity Tracking Sheet are to be performed mid-rotation and/or at the end of the rotation by the preceptor.

Academic Calendar

The full academic calendar, including winter/summer information, can be found on the Montclair State University website.

*Calendars are subject to change due to regulatory or administrative reasons.