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UIW Fully Accredited Dietetic Internship

Dietetic Internship Program Description

program SUPERVISED PRACTICE REQUIREMENTS AND SCHEDULE

The UIW Dietetic Internship accepts 10 interns per year for placement in San Antonio, Texas and surrounding communities: 8 full-time interns and 2 part-time interns.  The full-time interns work 40 hours per week and the part-time interns work 25 hours per week in supervised practice sites.  A work schedule identifying dates of worksite placements will be provided to each intern during Orientation Week, the first full week of August.  Once assigned to any particular location, it is the intern’s responsibility to negotiate her or his work schedule with that location's preceptor. Hours and days of work will vary by location and rotation.  

All interns, both full-time and part-time, begin the completion of supervised practice hours during the second full week of August.  Full-time dietetic interns will complete supervised practice experiences by late March/early April of the subsequent calendar year.  Part-time interns who maintain the 25 hours per week work schedule will complete supervised practice experiences by August of the subsequent calendar year.  However, once the full-time interns have completed their experiences, the part-time interns are allowed the option of completing more than 25 hours per week so as to complete all experiences earlier than August.  Please note that this calendar timing of supervised practice experiences is not aligned with the overall University Academic Calendar (http://www.uiw.edu/registrar/documents/approvedcalendar20172018.pdf).

Each intern will complete work rotations and experiences that include the following:


  Rotation

Full-Time   Weeks

Full-Time   Hours

Part-Time   Weeks

Part-Time   Hours

General Clinical

6

240

10

250

Intensive Care

2

80

3

75

Outpatient Clinic

2

80

3

75

Renal Dialysis Clinic

2

80

3

75

Home Infusion

1

40

2

50

Clinical Management

1

40

2

50

Foodservice Management

5

200

8

200

Corporate Kitchen

1

40

2

50

Hospice Care

1

40

2

50

Long-Term Care

2

80

3

75

Child Daycare

2

80

3

75

Food Bank

2

80

3

75

School District

2

40

2

40

WIC Clinic

2

80

3

75

TOTAL

31

1200

49

1215

Each dietetic intern must complete a minimum of 1,200 supervised practice hours to receive a Verification Statement and submission of eligibility to the Commission on Dietetic Registration to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians/Nutritionists.  

The UIW Dietetic Internship partners with a variety of healthcare and nutrition service organizations in San Antonio and neighboring communities.  Among these are the Christus Santa Rosa Healthcare System, Methodist Healthcare System, Resolute Health, Southwest General Hospital, City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, Morningside Ministries, Methodist Healthcare Ministries, Fresenius Medical Care, H.E. Butt Grocery Company, A Med Community Home Health and Hospice, Daughters of Charity Services of San Antonio, Harlandale Independent School District, San Antonio Food Bank, Coram CVS, and Paragon Healthcare.

The holidays for both the full-time and part-time dietetic interns include Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the Friday after, two full inclusive weeks around Christmas and New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Good Friday, Battle of Flowers, Memorial Day, and Independence Day.

program DIDACTIC Requirements and schedule

The Dietetic Internship requires the dietetic interns to be accepted by the School of Graduate Studies and Research and to enroll in courses that provide the interns with 10 graduate semester credit hours upon completion of the program. Dietetic interns are not required to complete a Master's degree to be eligible to receive a Verification Statement.  However, the credit hours provided by the dietetic internship may be applied toward the completion of a Master's degree.

The courses each dietetic intern must enroll in are the following:

NUTR 6100: Dietetics – This is the week-long orientation that occurs during the first full week of August preceding placement in supervised practice experiences.

NUTR 6200: Community Nutrition Practice – This course provides for the review of skills and knowledge and the supervised practice portion of the dietetic internship related to community nutrition services.

NUTR 6300: Foodservice Management Practice – This course provides for the review of skills and knowledge and the supervised practice portion of the dietetic internship related to foodservice management.

NUTR 6400: Clinical Dietetics Practice – This course provides for the review of medical nutrition therapy skills and the supervised practice portion of the dietetic internship related to inpatient and outpatient care.

 

Enrollment in these courses are split between the fall and the spring academic semesters to best facilitate financial assistance to the dietetic interns.  NUTR 6200, 6300, and 6400 occur concurrently with the dietetic interns attending weekly evening class meetings throughout the year to review skills and knowledge necessary for overall completion of the dietetic internship.  Class meetings conclude in late March/early April coinciding with the completion of supervised practice experiences by the full-time interns.

Course grades for these classes are awarded at the end of the sping semester. Each dietetic intern must obtain a minimum grade of "B" in each of NUTR 6100, 6200, 6300, and 6400 to receive a Verification Statement and submission of eligibility to the Commission on Dietetic Registration to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians/Nutritionists. 

program costs

For more complete information about the University of the Incarnate Word’s costs, click Tuition and Fees. The below listed costs related to the UIW Dietetic Internship are for the 2017-2018 academic year:

  • Dietetic Internship Application Fee: $25
  • Dietetic Internship Program Fee: $675 (includes costs for drug screening, liability insurance, registration examination study resources, and lab coats)
  • University Application Fee: $20 (required for matriculation to Graduate School)
  • Tuition and Fees: $915 (per hour; enrollment in 10 total hours is required)
  • Additional University Fees: $1,000
  • Parking Fees: $170
  • Housing: $3,620-$4,330 (on-campus, per semester)
  • Textbooks: ~$700 ($500 of this is for texts the dietetic interns most likely already have from DPD)
  • Student Health Insurance: $1245 
  • Professional Memberships: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics - $58 (Student member)
  • Student Disclosure and Release Fee: $53.58 (Background Profile)

Students enrolled as degree-seeking students in the UIW Dietetic Internship are eligible for a financial assistance, including scholarships and graduate student loans. The FAFSA is available on-line after January 1 at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  Priority for financial assistance is given to those submitting completed forms prior to April 1. For expediency in processing, the application should be completed and submitted to the Office of Financial Aid at the same time the student's acceptance of appointment letter is sent to the Dietetic Internship Director. For further information and applications for financial aid contact the Office of Financial Aid at (210) 829-6008 or (800) 749-WORD.  While interns are enrolled in the program, they are eligible for student loan deferment.

program completion

To receive a verification statement and to have paperwork submission to the Commission on Dietetic Registration demonstrating eligibility to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians, dietetic interns in this program must demonstrate the following:

  1. A minimum total of 1,200 supervised practice hours;
  2. A minimum grade of "B" in each of NUTR 6100, 6200, 6300, and 6400;
  3. A minimum average score of 3.0 out of 4.0 by preceptors on the Specific Skills portion of the evaluation forms for each required rotation (equivalent of "Satisfactory" performance);
  4. A minimum average score 2.0 out of 3.0 by preceptors on the Professional Responsibility and Practice portion of the evaluation forms for the each required rotation (equivalent to "Frequent" performance).