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Program Description and Calendar

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 1,223 hours of supervised practice in the field of dietetics as well as classroom education. There is an opportunity for some students to gain more hours at other professional meetings, program planning events and participation in health fairs.

As of 2021-2022 Spring match, a maximum of twenty-two 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 (ACEND), 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).

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. Typical in-patient clinical nutrition rotations include medicine and surgery, intensive care, pediatrics, long-term care, and rehabilitation. Typical out-patient experiences can include 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.

Mondays are reserved for didactic education, which includes lectures, presentations, guest speakers and field trips.

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.

Program Calendar

Orientation to the Dietetic Internship usually begins in late August or early September 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.