Master of Science Dietetic Internship Program-KANKAKEE

Hello from Benedictine University

I am excited to introduce you to our brand new Master of Science (M.S.) in Nutrition & Dietetics / “satellite” Dietetic Internship (DI) program at Benedictine University. With over 20 successful years of excellence at our Lisle location, we are thrilled about this unique expansion. Graduate coursework for the program is completed online, and the rotations takes place in the Kankakee/Bradley/Bourbonnais “satellite” area.

In 18 months, students will have completed their graduate degree and Dietetic Internship. Similar to the program based in Lisle, this program has a general emphasis with a Community and Public Health Nutrition concentration. The DI is currently granted accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (800) 877-1600, (800) 877-1600 ext. 5400.

The “satellite” program participates in the FALL match. To be eligible for the Dietetic Internship, you must have a verification statement or a declaration of intent from your undergraduate didactic program in dietetics (DPD). You can obtain information about the computer match process for the DI either from your DPD Director or by visiting the D&D Digital website at http://www.dnddigital.com.

After fall match, students will begin doing online coursework in January. On-site rotations will begin in April. At this time, students will continue with online coursework while simultaneously doing DI rotations. The DI rotations consist of experiences in hospitals, long-term care/sub-acute clinical, food service, maternal and child health, elderly nutrition, community, and much more!

Applying to our program requires that you complete two application processes as follows:

Be sure to follow all application guidelines carefully in order to be considered for acceptance into the program.

If a student does not match to the DI program, you may wish to pursue the Master of Science in Nutrition & Wellness degree. Enrolling in this program may be helpful in obtaining a future internship match.

Thank you for your interest in Benedictine University and our new M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics /Dietetic Internship “satellite” program.

I would be happy to follow up with any of your questions. I look forward to hearing from you!

Best regards,
Nikki DeWalt, MS, RDN, LDN
Dietetic Internship Program Coordinator
ndewalt@ben.edu
630-829-6027

Overview

The Benedictine University Dietetic Internship program provides interns with more than 40 weeks of practical experience.  This is the second step in the credentialing process to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).  Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the intern will be a competent entry-level dietitian, eligible to apply for active membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and able to take the Registered Examination for credentialing as an RDN.

In the State of Illinois, one must be licensed by the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation to practice dietetics.  Information about Illinois licensure for dietitians in Illinois can be obtained at: http://www.idfpr.com/Renewals/apply/Forms/diet-ex.pdf.


The Benedictine University Dietetic Internship program provides interns with more than 40 weeks of practical experience.  This is the second step in the credentialing process to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).  Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the intern will be a competent entry-level dietitian, eligible to apply for active membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and able to take the Registered Examination for credentialing as an RDN. In the State of Illinois, one must be licensed by the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation to practice dietetics.  Information about licensure for dietitians in Illinois can be obtained at: http://www.idfpr.com/Renewals/apply/Forms/diet-ex.pdf.
 

Why the Dietetic Internship at Benedictine University?

Why should you consider the Benedictine University Dietetic Internship Program for your first choice? Consider the advantages of Benedictine University’s Dietetic Internship program...

  • Benedictine University is Highly Ranked! Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016.
  • The Benedictine University Dietetic Internship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (800) 877-1600 ext. 5400). Upon completion of this master degree coursework, including the Dietetic Internship concentration, the student will receive a Dietetics Practice Verification Statement. This Verification Statement enables the graduate to take the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist examination administered by the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR). Upon receipt of a passing score, the student meets the eligibility requirements to become a nationally registered and state licensed dietitian nutritionist, and an Active Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • The program is a combined master degree dietetic internship. Thus students work towards both the Dietetic Internship Verification Statement and a degree in Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • The program strives to develop an academic community that supports each person in the pursuit of knowledge, personal development, and a life lived in balance.
  • This program, as part of Benedictine University, prepares its students for a lifetime, as active, informed, and responsible citizens and leaders of the dietetics and world communities.
  • Although you will gain a solid practice experience base in medical nutrition therapy and management, through unique site rotations our program is designed to provide a strong community & public health emphasis, with a lifespan focus.
  • The program grants credit for prior learning experiences then providing interns with the opportunity to experience other areas of nutrition and dietetics rather than repeat skills they may already possess.
  • This program is designed for those persons whose career aspirations may include nutrition and health education assessment, planning, program delivery, counseling, outcome evaluation, and program administration in community, school, outpatient, corporate wellness, and private practice settings.
  • The program is supported by a large team of talented faculty, as well as site preceptors from more than 100 facilities in and around Benedictine University.
  • A 21 year history of excellence in preparing entry-level dietetics professionals.

DI Mission and Goals

The Dietetic Internship program is a concentration in the M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics program. The M.S. Foundation courses meet the M.S. program objectives.

Dietetic Internship Concentration course outcomes have been designed to meet the specific competencies / learning objectives as outlined by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. These competencies/learning objectives are listed in rotation packets.

Based on program priorities, a five-year timeframe for assessment of all key learning outcomes for the program is planned. Numerous benchmarks are prioritized and tracked as part of the annual program assessment improvement plan.

As part of the practice of effective teaching to foster and improve learning, all faculty are encouraged to engage in assessment of their own courses. There are numerous ways to measure course improvements. The Dietetic Internship rotation outcomes and courses in the concentration directly contribute to meeting Dietetic Internship program objectives (i.e., they are aligned).

Dietetic interns are evaluated frequently throughout the internship program. For more details about the evaluation policies and program completion requirements, click here. Numerous measures are employed to assist in this process, producing direct and indirect evidence of learning. Our program employs multiple assessment measures to examine student learning in the dietetic internship program, including portfolio, authentic case studies, projects, and tests. We use project descriptions, criterion grade sheets, and/or rubrics as tools to assess learning throughout the program.

Evaluations of interns by supervisors and self, and evaluation of rotations by interns are regularly conducted.

For more information, visit the "Nutrition Preceptors link" (in the resources tab on the left hand side).

An evaluation is sent to the employer of our graduates following program completion, the program Director also tracks:

  • Enrollment Trends,
  • Conducts Student Surveys,
  • Collaborates in the Collection of Alumni Surveys, and
  • Examines the Pass Rate of the RDN Exam. Data collection and analysis is ongoing.

 

DIETETIC INTERNSHIP MISSION       

The Benedictine University Dietetic Internship will provide a high quality program that is recognized as a superior model for the preparation of entry-level dietitians, and through the community and public health nutrition program concentration display excellence in provision of community and wellness initiatives and interventions across the lifespan    
 

Goal #1 – The Dietetic Internship will prepare highly qualified entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.     
  • Based on the most recent seven year period, 100% of Benedictine University (BenU) graduates will successfully complete the program within 27 months or 150% of the anticipated 18 month program completion length.
  • Based on the most recent seven year period, at least 80% of graduates will pass the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within one year following first attempt.       
  • Based on averages from the most recent seven year period, 100% of BenU graduates, will take the Registration Examination within 1 year of program completion.       
  • Based on the most recent seven year period, using data obtained by both the BenU graduate survey and other information from professional networks, 75% of graduates will seek employment in dietetics within the first 12 months after program completion.       
  • At least 90% of graduates will become skill entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, as evidenced by one or more of the following…

·    Being hired by site preceptors
·    Receiving a work or professional organization award
·    Receiving a work promotion
·    Employer survey rating of "outstanding" or "above average" entry level dietitian    
 

Goal #2 – Benedictine University's Dietetic Internship will prepare graduates who demonstrate professionalism through their interpersonal relationships with patients and the health care team, as well as encouraging our graduates to participate in the mentoring of future dietetics professionals.       
  • Based on returned BenU Employer Surveys completed one year post BenU program completion, 90% of employers will rate graduates at 4 on a 5 point scale for "developing interpersonal relationships" and "practices professionalism".       
  • Based on returned BenU Employer Surveys completed one year post BU program completion, 90% of graduates will rate themselves 4 on a 5 point scale for "interacting effectively with health care disciplines".        
  • Based on data collected annually from a "Graduate Update Survey", 50% of graduates that respond to the survey will have experience serving as mentors for dietetic student education.    

 

Goal #3 –The Benedictine University Dietetic Internship program will prepare dietetics professionals with knowledge and skills in community and  public health nutrition as defined by Benedictine University's public health nutrition competencies.       

 

  • Based on returned BenU Graduate Surveys completed one year post BenU program completion, 90% of graduates will rate themselves 4 on a 5 point scale for "The DI experience increased my knowledge related to community and public health nutrition?" AND 4 on a 5 point scale for "The DI experience increased my skills related to community and public health nutrition?"    

 

 

NOTE: Outcome data measuring achievement of program objectives is available to interns, prospective interns, and the public upon request.

 

Degree Requirements

The combined M.S. Dietetic Internship (DI) program provides the applied knowledge and experience for practice as a registered dietitian. The M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics program requires a total of 64 quarter hours (approximately 43 semester hours) of graduate coursework, which consists of:

  • 36 quarter hours of required Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Courses
  • 28 quarter hours of coursework in the Dietetic Internship concentration.

All dietetic interns must attend on a full-time basis. The course schedule enables completion of the required graduate courses and dietetic internship in 16 months. This concentration is available on campus (Lisle).

Before beginning his/her internship rotations in the regular fall term, a dietetic intern must also complete:

  • All pre-work (assigned in the summer prior to the start of the dietetic internship program),
  • All required medical and drug, security and safety, and academic clearances,
  • Earn a grade of a "B" or better in NTR 615 (4) Medical Nutrition Therapy Advanced Concepts and Outcome Measurement (early fall course), and
  • Earn a grade of a "B" or better in NTR 670 (1) DI Orientation (early fall course).

The DI Program Director serves as academic advisor of those in the Dietetic Internship concentration, assisting students through advisement about course options, sequencing, and registration. 

The Dietetic Internship rotations span over the entire 16 month program, and each intern will complete about 40 weeks of internship rotation work. For more information about the types of internship rotations, click here.

For more detailed information about the master degree curriculum requirements and sample course sequences, refer to the program guides and curriculum information. The M.S. Checklist allows you to record completion of the Foundation Courses and those required for your Concentration. You are encouraged to utilize this M.S. Checklist, available in the program handbook.

Practice Experience

Our Dietetic Internship program has a community emphasis, exposing the intern to a vast scope of available career options. The Dietetic Internship provides supervised field placement in community, health care and management organizations. Internship site placements include both traditional and non-traditional settings, most of which are located in or near the Western suburbs of Chicago.

  • Program Length: 15 months (over 40 weeks of internship rotations).
  • Entrance Date: Program starts each year in late August.
  • Class Size: 14 interns per spring match period; six slots may be filled via pre-match.
  • Work Schedule: Dietetic Internship rotations take place Monday through Thursday.Friday is a classroom and/or seminar day. Student will attend graduate classes some evening and/or weekends in each quarter of the program.
  • Vacation: There is a two week break around the winter holidays each year. Interns may request one additional week of vacation. All vacation requests must be approved by the DI Director in advance.
  • Health Insurance: Interns are required to obtain their own health insurance.
  • Automobiles: A car is required for the DI program, as interns must travel to their sites. Interns are required to obtain automobile insurance.

Financial Assistance

Information regarding the Tuition and Fees for the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics / Dietetic Internship Concentration can be found by clicking here.

Many opportunities exist for nutrition students in need of financial assistance. You are strongly encouraged to apply for grant money, low interest bank loans, and scholarships - may be available from the government, corporations, community or civic groups, philanthropic and religious organizations.

To start the financial aid process, please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can access the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

  • Students must register for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) with the U.S. Department of Education. Your PIN will serve as your electronic signature. You can apply for a PIN online at: www.pin.ed.gov
  • Benedictine University's school code is: 001767.

If you are entering the university to pursue the Lisle campus degree program, contact a representative in the University Financial Aid Office at (630) 829-6100 for a consultation.

For more information on how to begin the financial aid application process for the online program, please request more information or call (866) 295-3104 to speak with an Admissions Advisor.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy) offers students the opportunity to apply for Academy scholarships. To qualify, students must be at least junior standing and enrolled in an accredited undergraduate nutrition program, Dietetic Internship program, or master degree program, depending upon the scholarship. Due to the limited number of available scholarships, these are quite competitive and thus prestigious to receive. Refer to the September Supplement of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics or the Academy web site for more information. Generally, you must be a member of the Academy to receive an Academy or local dietetic association scholarship. Membership information is available on the Academy website or throught the Nutrition Department.

  • There is a required reference list for the Dietetic Internship. Costs vary based on how many of the books the students purchase during their undergraduate studies.
  • Meal packages can be purchased through Sodexho foodservice on campus. Some practice site facilities do give interns a free lunch (variable).
  • Contact an Apartment Finders organization (e.g., Relcon at 630/355-1100). Fully furnished on-campus apartment living (12-month lease) is available for students in Founders' Woods.
  • Interns must provide proof of medical insurance coverage throughout the Program, as well as a physician statement of health status, MMR vaccine, 2-step TB, flu shot and Hepatitis B vaccine.
  • Fingerprinting and police clearance will be required prior to the start of the internship and perhaps the research if the work involves children.

Admission Procedures

Thank you for your interest in to the Benedictine University combined Dietetic Internship / Master of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics Program

Please note that to apply for the Dietetic Internship (DI )/ Master of Science (M.S.) in Nutrition and Dietetics Program, you will be required to submit two separate applications.

For detailed information on the M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics Application process- Click Here and tab to "Admissions" section!

The following information will help to guide you through the DI application procedures.

Admission Requirements

Benedictine University Pre-Match

BENEDICTINE UNIVERISTY STUDENTS WHO ARE CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN UNDERGRADUATE (DPD) NUTRITION AND / OR M.S. IN NUTRITION AND DIETETICS MAY QUALIFY FOR BENEDICTINE UNIVERSITY'S DIETETIC INTERNSHIP PRE-MATCH.

PLEASE CLICK ON HYPERLINK ABOVE IN TITLE.  (Information updated 10.06.17)

 


Benedictine University Post-Match

 

PLEASE CLICK ON HYPERLINK ABOVE IN TITLE.  (Information updated 04.04.17)

 

 


Knopf

Kelly Knopf, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.
Nutrition, Class of 2010
M.S./DI, Class of 2011

"Benedictine University's Nutrition Programs helped me achieve my dream of becoming a Registered Dietitian. The small class sizes and knowledgeable faculty made my education very accessible.  And as a result of my combined Masters - Dietetic Internship program, I am well prepared for my current position as Clinical  Dietitian and Dietary Manager at Alden Estates of Shorewood, a brand new rehabilitation facility in Shorewood, IL."


"This Dietetic Internship program is designed as a future-orientated, comprehensive, dynamic curriculum that is interdependent with the surrounding community. Leadership skills are fostered, cooperative learning from peers and mentors is encouraged, and self-responsibility is stressed."


Department of Nutrition
Benedictine University

Catherine Arnold, MS, EdD, RD.
Department Chair

Email: carnold@ben.edu
 

Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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