Upon completion of the KSU 21-month Dietetic Internship Program, with a leadership concentration and all degree requirements, graduates will receive a verification statement documenting completion of the internship and will be eligible to complete the exam to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN).
In addition, program graduates will have completed the requirements for the Master of Science degree. The Internship Program is developmentally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutritional Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.
REQUIREMENTS & SCHEDULE
The following outline represents the schedule and sequence of classes leading to a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and completion of the requirements for the Dietetic Internship.
Please refer to the School of Health Sciences Graduate Handbook and the Kent State University Graduate Schools Catalog for additional information such as course descriptions requirements. Refer to the Kent State University Schedule of Classes for course registration information for each semester.
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS FOR Combined MS/DIETETIC INTERNSHIP
The Kent State University Combined MS/Dietetic Internship Program is completed in 43 credit hours which includes over 1500 supervised internship practice hours. The program is usually finished in 4 semesters and one summer. During the semesters, interns go to practice sites 3 days per week and to class two days per week. During the summer, interns complete a 12 week, full-time clinical experience in a hospital setting. Interns will be required to have a car and auto insurance coverage for the duration of the internship. The supervised component of the program must be completed within two years of the start of the program.
Upon completion of the 21-month program and all degree requirements, graduates will receive verification statement documenting completion of the internship requirements and will be eligible to write the registration exam to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN). In addition, program graduates will have completed and receive the Master of Science degree from the University.
DIETETIC INTERNSHIP SUPERVISED PRACTICE REQUIREMENTS
Practice Experience Requirements: 1550 Hours
Experiences for all weeks listed include a total of 24 hours, usually M, W, F except for the Hospital Clinical Experience which is completed full-time, usually M-F for 12 weeks.
I. Community (12 weeks): 288 Hours
- Dialysis (5 weeks)
- Outpatient (4 weeks)
- School (3 weeks)
II. Business (5 weeks): 120 Hours
III. Management (15 weeks plus 1 day): 368 Hours
- Food Service Management (12 weeks)
Hospital (9 weeks)
School (3 weeks)
Clinical Nutrition Management (3 weeks and 1 day or 10 days)
IV. Clinical (16 weeks): 576 Hours
- Hospital (12 weeks full time)
Long Term Care (4 weeks)
V. Elective Rotations (6 weeks): 144 hours
VI. Internship Orientation: 40 hours
VII. Pediatric Seminar (2 days): 14 hours
DIETETIC INTERNSHIP SUPERVISED PRACTICE EXPERIENCES
Food Service Management - 288 Total Hours
Food Service Management is completed in 288 hours. The experiences are completed over 12 weeks during the academic semesters by working 24 hours per week. The Food Service Management experiences include the following:
Hospital Food Service Management 216 hours (9 weeks)
School Food Service Management 72 hours (3 weeks)
Clinical Nutrition Management - 80 Total Hours (10 days)
Clinical Nutrition Management rotations are completed in 80 hours during the academic semesters by working 8 hours per day for 10 days. The Clinical Nutrition Management experiences is usually completed in the hospital setting.
Community - 288 Total Hours
Community rotations are completed in 288 hours during the academic semesters. Interns work for 24 hours per week for 12 weeks. The required Community experiences include the following:
Outpatient Nutrition Clinic/ WIC 96 hours (4 weeks)
Dialysis Center, Bariatric Center, University Nutrition Outreach, or other Community-based program 120 hours ( 5 weeks)
School Nutrition Education 72 hours (3 weeks)
Clinical Nutrition Therapy - 576 Total Hours
Clinical Nutrition Therapy rotations are completed in 576 hours during the academic semesters and during the summer. During one summer, interns work full-time at a major medical center for 12 weeks (480 hours) and complete Pediatrics, Medicine, Surgery, Critical Care, and Geriatric supervised practice experiences. Clinical dietetic rotations in Extended Care facilities are completed in 96 hours during the academic semesters. The intern works 24 hours per week for 4 weeks at an extended care facility.
Business - 120 Total Hours
Business experiences include 120 hours during the academic semesters. The intern works 24 hours per week for 5 weeks in business supervised practice experiences. The Business experience will include sales, marketing, food distribution, food delivery services, and/or other aspects of the the business sector as appropriate for the organization. Possible rotations include:
KSU College of Education, Health, and Human Services Public Relations
KSU Dining Services
KSU Food for Thought Cyber Cafe
KSU Nutrition Outreach Program
Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) in Private Practice
Organizations that are expanding Nutrition Services
Electives - 144 Total Hours
- International Experience-Uganda
- Kent State University Campus Kitchen
- Meals on Wheels
- Wellness Program
- Dairy Council Mid East
- Recreation Centers
- KSU Outreach
- Outpatient Eating Disorders
- KSU KIDS Camp
- Journalism Experience
- Food Bank
- Functional Medicine
- Integrative Medicine
- Farmer’s Market
- Head Start
- Pediatric Diabetes Camp
- Bariatric Experience
- Academy of N & D National Meeting
- Head Start
- Health Department
- KSU Nutrition Outreach Program
- Outpatient Oncology
Interns select 144 hours (6weeks) during the academic semester to complete elective rotations. Electives can be selected from current site options, or interns can work with the Internship Director to create an individualized practice experience to fit their interest areas. There is also the option of doing an International Elective practice experience, which would have to be approved by the Internship Director and would be an additional expense to the intern. The following are some possible options for elective rotations:
MASTER OF SCIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Master of Science Core Requirements
NUTR 63527 Dietetic Practice: Clinical 63526 Dietetic Practice: Management
63525 Dietetic Practice: Community 63520 Macronutrient Nutrition
63521 Nutrition and Disease: Clinical Applications
63519 Advanced Study of Micronutrients
63592 Dietetic Internship 61018 Techniques of Research
EDUC 65510 Statistics
HM 63024 Management of Food and Nutrition Services
ELECTIVES In consultation with Advisor, select 6 hours as elective coursework.
NUTR 63523 Nutrition & Gerontology 53520 Nutrition for Fitness
53515 Community Nutrition 53518 Maternal and Child Nutrition
51095 Special Topic: Functional Foods & Botanicals
51095 Special Topic: Evaluating Nutrition Literature
* Other clearly related graduate courses as determined by Advisor.
THESIS OPTION/MASTER'S PROJECT OPTION
Students can select a Thesis Option * or a Master's Project Option **
*The thesis Option is intended for students to have the opportunity to conduct original research. Approval of a thesis proposal by the student's thesis committee is required, as is the successful completion of an oral examination conducted by the thesis committee.
**The Master's Project Option is intended for students to approach research in a more applied manner. The presentation and interpretation of original research is not required. However, approval of the intended project by the student's master's project committee is required, as is the successful completion of an oral final examination conducted by the master's project committee