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!
Nikki DeWalt, MS, RDN, LDN
Dietetic Internship Program Coordinator
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 should you consider the Benedictine University Dietetic Internship Program for your first choice? Consider the advantages of Benedictine University’s Dietetic Internship program...
The Dietetic Internship program is combined with a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics.
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:
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
· 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
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 52-quarter hours of graduate coursework.
All dietetic interns must attend on a full-time basis. The course schedule enables completion of the required graduate courses and dietetic internship in 18 months. This concentration is available off campus. Coursework is completed online and rotations will primarily take place in Kankakee/Bradley/Bourbonnais area of Illinois.
Before beginning his/her internship rotations, a dietetic intern must also complete:
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 most of the 18 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. program handbook.
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
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.
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.
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 (MS) in Nutrition & Dietetics Program, you will be required to submit two separate applications
For details on the graduate Application process Click Here!
The following information will help to guide you through the DI application procedures.
Applicants who apply to Benedictine University’s DI program need to individualize their application letter. The letter, which has a 1,000 word limit, needs to be a professional typewritten business letter, which states:
After acceptance into the program, the applicant must send the following:
It is the intent of the Dietetic Internship program to make your learning experience a successful, dynamic learning experience to better enable you to reach your full potential. The following policies were developed to ensure that each intern receives frequent feedback throughout the course of this Dietetic Internship, and understands his or her responsibilities in regards to evaluation. Remember, the Dietetic Internship Coordinator and Director are here to assist, but it is the intern's responsibility to ask for the help.
Each student's academic record is assessed each quarter after the completion of 12 credits following admission to the program. Typically no more than 8 credits below a "B" will count toward a degree. However, for this combined dietetic internship master degree program, students must earn a grade of a "B" or better in all courses in the core, concentration, and dietetic internship. Failure to obtain a grade of "B" or better in these courses will necessitate repeating the course.
A practice Verification Statement will not be awarded until this grade requirement and all the dietetic internship requirements are met. Degree seeking students must maintain a 3.0/4.0 average to remain in good academic standing. Any student whose cumulative grade point average falls below a 3.0 will be subject to dismissal from the program. In most cases, the student will be given at least one term to remove the grade point deficiency. Graduation with the master degree requires a 3.0/4.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA).
To earn the Dietetic Internship practice Verification Statement, all the concentration coursework, the dietetic internship, and the core coursework must be completed. In addition, the dietetic intern must complete a capstone project, a professional career portfolio, attend seminars to provide a minimum of 10 hours of continuing education hours, complete a diversity log, pass a "mock" registration exam with a score of 80% or better, and successfully complete a competency portfolio that will be reviewed by the DI Program Coordinator. The student must earn a "B" or better in every course in the concentration and the Dietetic Internship. Also, a "B" or better must be earned in every module of every rotation of the Dietetic Internship, or that module and/or rotation will need to be repeated and/or remedial work assigned.
Based on prior learning, some interns may be required to enroll in additional undergraduate coursework to assist them in obtaining required levels of competence for completion of the Dietetic Internship Program. The areas most often affected by this requirement are writing skills, and knowledge of physiology, biochemistry, a basic research course, and/or professional writing.
If a student becomes ineligible for the Dietetic Internship due to academic probation, the program cannot guarantee that there will be space in subsequent classes for re-entry to the Dietetic Internship. However, in extenuating circumstances, exceptions to this rule or short delay in start date may be granted depending upon site availability. Some sites are only available for certain months in the year. However, in the event that a student in the Dietetic Internship fails to fulfill responsibilities, is absent or late without cause and/or proper notification, lacks initiative, takes on responsibilities without authority, violates confidentiality of a patient/client, fails to follow instructions (including the site policies and procedures), acts dishonestly, commits plagiarism, endangers others and/or self, inappropriately uses resources, and/or in other ways fails to act professionally and responsibly, action may be taken to dismiss the student from the Dietetic Internship. A description of the Academic Appeals Process is printed in the Student Handbook, available online.