The UIW Dietetic Internship accepts 10 interns per year for placement in San Antonio, Texas and surrounding communities. The interns work 40 hours per week in supervised practice sites. A work schedule identifying dates of worksite placements will be provided to each intern during Orientation, the first two weeks 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 begin the completion of supervised practice hours during the third full week of August. Dietetic interns will complete supervised practice experiences by late March/early April of the subsequent calendar year. Please note that this calendar timing of supervised practice experiences is not aligned with the overall University Academic Calendar.
Each intern will complete work rotations and experiences that include the following:
|Rotation||Full-Time Weeks||Full-Time Hours|
|Renal Dialysis Clinic||2||80|
Each dietetic intern also completes an additional 120 supervised practice hours during Orientation, workshops, and other internship activities, including working with a local school district. Dietetic interns 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 the 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.
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 interns.
Course grades for these classes are awarded at the end of the spring 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.
For more complete information about the University of the Incarnate Word's costs, see the Tuition and Fees below. The listed costs related to the UIW Dietetic Internship are for the 2018-2019 academic year:
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.
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: