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2019-2020 Dietetic Interns

DDIP

The Distance Dietetic Internship Program (DDIP) at Oakwood University is a post-baccalaureate Distance Learning Certificate program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). 

The DDIP requires 1000 hours of Supervised Practice in Medical Nutrition Therapy, Food Service Management, and Community Nutrition. 

Interns are required to locate their own preferred Supervised Practice sites and preceptors.  However, the program provides some assistance in obtaining sites and preceptors as needed.  Upon successful completion of the Distance Dietetic Internship Program, the interns receive a certificate. This qualifies them to take the Professional Registration Examination given by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).  Successful passage of this examination allows interns to become qualified professional Registered Dietitians. 

 

Interns who complete the Dietetic Internship Distance Certificate Program will be proficient in the following Student Learning Outcomes: 

 

  1. Use their knowledge of Nutrition and Dietetics to serve the community
  2. Practice Clinical Counseling Skills in Dietetics
  3. Use nutrition concepts in health promotion and disease prevention
  4. Practice the principles of Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) in an acute care setting
  5. Demonstrate a Christ-centered SDA worldview in Food and Nutrition-related activities 

 

Requirements:  

 

ND 495 – 01 Fall 2021- 2022           Dietetic Internship I  

ND 496 – 01 Spring 2021 – 2022    Dietetic Internship II  

 

Mission 

 

The Oakwood University Distance Dietetic Internship Program (DDIP) prepares Dietetic practitioners to be entry level registered dietitian/nutritionists to serve in the fields of Dietetics and Nutrition.  This provides didactic and experiential opportunities which enable interns to develop skills, demonstrate professionalism, apply knowledge, and work effectively to improve the quality of nutrition for the people they serve.  This program prepares individuals to serve God and man and integrate faith and learning. 

 

PROGRAM GOAL 1: Prepares interns how to become competent entry-level dietitians 

 

Program objectives

  1. At least 80% of interns enrolled in the DI program m will complete all program requirements within 15 months. (150% of the time planned for completion).
  2. Of graduates who seek employment, at least 80% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  3.  At least 80% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for the dietitians/nutritionist within 12 months of program completion.
  4. The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%
  5. Eighty-percent of employers will rate graduates as “3” or greater on a five-point Likert scale as being entry-level prepared. 

 

PROGRAM GOAL 2: Program prepares competent dietetic practitioners how to use their knowledge of nutrition in serving diverse populations of the community. 

 

Program objectives 

  1. At least 50% of interns will be male or ethnically diverse.
  2. 80% of the program graduates will confirm the adequacy of program preparation to share knowledge of nutrition and dietetics, to the community.

*Information can be found in the DI Handbook.*Program outcomes data

*Information can be found in the Dietetic Internship Handbook. **Program outcomes data is available upon request.

 

CONTACT US 

 

DDIP (Distance Dietetic Internship Program) 

Program Coordinator:

Distance Dietetic Internship Administrative Coordinator

Part-Time Assistance: Rachael Martin MS, RDN, LDN, CEDRD

Email: rmartin@oakwood.edu or Email: ddip@oakwood.edu

Office Manager: 256-726-7228 

Program Director: Nadine Dowdie MPH, RDN, LDN 

Email : nadowdie@oakwood.edu  or Email: ddip@oakwood.edu

Phone: 256-726-7236 

 

Office Manager 

Phone: 256-726-7229 

Fax: (256) 726-7232 

Program Overview

PROGRAM OVERVIEW 

 

The Distance Dietetic Internship Program accepts thirty-five interns per year to complete a minimum of 1000 hours of Supervised Dietetic Practice within a ten-month period. 

 

Interns are required to locate their own preferred Supervised Practice sites and preceptors.  However, the program does provide some assistance in obtaining sites and preceptors as needed.  Preceptors are mostly Registered Dietitians, and they complete an affiliation agreement with Oakwood University. Upon admission interns will be given access to former Oakwood University preceptors and affiliation sites in their chosen demographic area.  However, they must be financially cleared to use this resource to secure preceptors and sites.  These sites provide experience at various hospitals, food service institutions, long-term care facilities, public health and wellness facilities and other facilities.  Then interns can begin rotations after the first week of orientation.  

 

Accreditation Status 

 

This program is accredited by ACEND (Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics), of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Association. 

 

ACEND South Riverside, Plaza Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (telephone) 312-899-0040 x5400 

(eatrightpro.org/acend)

*Program outcome data is available upon request. 

Program Technology Requirements

Technology Requirements: Interns need to have a reliable internet connection; a computer with app capabilities, carrier, and microphone; phone access, either cell or landline; and access to a printer and scanner.

 

Gainful Employment Disclosure

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT DISCLOSURE 

 

Oakwood University  

Post baccalaureate certificate in Dietetic Internship Program 

Program Length: 10 months 

Students graduating on time 

N/A* of Title IV students (those college students with Federal Subsidy as in financial aid) complete the program within 10 months. 

*Fewer than 10 students enrolled in this program.  This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of students. 

Program Costs* 

Program Cost

$12,000 for tuition and fees 

$500 for books and supplies 

 

*The amounts shown in LINK  includes costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. 

Note that this information is subject to change 

 

Students Borrowing Money  

 

The typical intern is eligible to receive Federal Student aid (Student Loans) to assist them with funding or an intern can pay their bill in the form of money order, cashier check, credit/debit card or cash. 

 

The agreement, upon entering the program is to pay the full tuition, however it can be divided with payment made before each semester within the 10-month period, or payment arrangements can be made with student accounts or the cashiers office.   

 

Graduates who became employed 

 

Mostly are employed as Dietitians, Nutritionists and Dietetic Technicians in the following fields: (use link to see a detailed summary of jobs)  https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-1031.00 

 

Licensure Requirement 

 

  1. Completion of a bachelor’s degree* granted by a USDE recognized institution (or foreign equivalent)
  2. Completion of an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited  

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) 

  1. Completion of an ACEND accredited Dietetic Internship (DI). 

*Effective January 1, 2024, the minimum degree requirement will be a graduate degree granted by a USDE recognized institution (or foreign equivalent).  For more information: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree 

 

 

Oakwood Distance Dietetic Internship Program qualifies interns to sit for licensure exam in all states, however some states do not require it. https://www.nutritioned.org/state-requirements/ ,​https://www.cdrnet.org/state-licensure

 

5 Steps to Become an RDN

5 STEPS TO BECOME AN RDN 

 

To become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, a path of higher education is “a must”, as well as a dietetic internship from an ACEND-accredited program and passing the national registration examination.  The pathway listed below is a common route many traditional students take, but it is not the only path to become an RDN. 

 

The 5 Steps 

  1. Complete a bachelor’s degree and receive a Verification Statement from an ACEND-accredited program (Didactic Program in Dietetics, Coordinated Program, Future Graduate Program, Foreign or International Dietitian Education Program) Note, effective January 1, 2024, a graduate degree will be required to be eligible to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration. (Dietetic registration exam.) Oakwood University has a master’s prepared online programs.
  2. Complete an ACEND-accredited supervised practice dietetic internship program.  Oakwood University Distance Dietetic Program is a Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway which is an option. Get matched to our program.
  3. Pass the Commission on Dietetic registration exam.
  4. Gain licensure in your state of practice, if applicable.
  5. MaintainContinuing Education. 

Other Pathways to Become an RDN 

Coordinated Programs in Dietetics
Combine your degree with supervised practice. Why? Because baccalaureate students can apply to this type of program and begin supervised practice without going through Dietetic Internship Computer Matching. Coordinated Programs in Dietetics may result in a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree, depending on the program. Graduates of these programs are eligible to sit for the Dietetic Registration Exam. 

Career Changers
It’s never too late to make the switch to a career in dietetics. Individuals with a prior bachelor’s degree need to complete a Didactic Program in Dietetics and receive a verification statement. Those without a four-year degree need to complete a bachelor’s degree and receive a verification statement indicating completion of the didactic program in dietetics components prior to applying to the dietetic internship match. 

International Students
RDNs have been trained in all corners of the globe. There are a few different ways for international learners to become RDNs — visitACEND to learn more. 

*Beginning in 2024, a minimum of a master’s degree will be an eligibility requirement to take the CDR dietetic registration exam. 

GRADUATE DEGREE REQUIREMENT 

https://www2.oakwood.edu/wp-content/uploads/2024-Graduate-Degree-Requirement-Registration-Examination-Eligibility.pdf 

2024 Graduate Degree Requirement 

Registration Examination Eligibility Effective January 1, 2024, the minimum degree requirement to be approved for eligibility for the registration examination for dietitians will change from a bachelor’s degree to a graduate degree. This decision was made by the Commission on Dietetic Registration based on the recommendations of the Council on Future Practice Visioning Report (2012). Elevating entry-level RD requirements to the graduate degree is consistent with the level of education required to gain the knowledge, skills, and research base required in the field of nutrition and dietetics for entry-level practice and is necessary to protect the public. Please see CDR’s list of frequently asked questions (FAQ), policy rationale, scenarios, and important deadlines (https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree).  

Registration Eligibility Processing System Deadline 

To be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR’s REPS before midnight (Central time), December 31, 2023. CDR staff will process submissions received between December 23-31, 2023, from January 2-5, 2024. Graduates need to be submitted to CDR for eligibility by the deadline above to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, it is not necessary that they take or pass the examination by January 1, 2024. Once eligible, a candidate should refer to the Handbook for Candidates regarding exam scheduling policies and reauthorization. Individuals who are either currently registered or currently examination eligible and individuals who become eligible before January 1, 2024, will not be required by CDR to acquire a graduate degree. Please refer to the FAQ or email cdrexams@eatright.org if there are any questions 

Testimonials

I wanted to reach out to update you all on our (almost) family of 5, and thank everyone at Oakwood for the support they showed us through this whole process. The prospect of doing a distance program did not seem easy and setting up the rotations was not the easiest; however, I know this was God’s path and it led me to be able to do everything I needed to do to become an RD. Thank you all and God bless!-Deirdre Timm, RDN and co.

Thank you for all the extra time you took to go over questions.  I appreciate your support. Krista Baehler 

 

I am happy to inform you all, that I passed my RD exam yesterday!  Thank you so much for all your guidance, support, and prayers. With gratitude.  Briana Harper MS, RD. 

 

“Words could never express how honored I was to be select into the Dietetic Internship Distance Certificate Program at Oakwood University, in Huntsville, Alabama.  It was everything I dreamed of and hoped for, in a Dietetic Internship. The moment I stepped onto the oakwood University campus; I knew it was the right place for me.  It has an organized initiative present to empower its students to make healthy choices; it is a real lifestyle approach.” -ShLanda Burton, North Carolina. 

 

I passed my (RD) exam! I am so thrilled! I want to thank you all again for your support, flexibility, and encouragement during the internship.  Since my company was paying for me to do this, I had to complete it on their terms – the flexibility you provided was outstanding, and I couldn’t recommend your program enough.Michaela Rowland, NY

 
Application Requirements

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS 

 

How to Apply 

 

  • Apply to DICAS 

 

  • This program uses the on-line centralized internship application process (DICAS). 
  • Accessible at https://portal.dicas.org or email dicasinfo@dicas.org for customer service.  Telephone number: 617-612-2855. 
  • DICAS will be available after December 1, 2021, for the Spring Match. 
  • The on-line application must be completed for our program by 11:59pm.  Central Time on February 15, 2022, this is Phase 1 matching. 
  • Phase II Post Matching/second matching April 6th closes June 15th. 
  • The fee to use DICAS IS $50.00 for the first application submitted and $25.00 for each additional applications for school sites. 
  • Official transcripts for all colleges and universities attended should be sent to DICAS-Transcript processing, PO Box 9118, Watertown, MA 02471. 

 

  1. Register with D & D Digital

 

  • Opens December 1, 2021 
  • Applicants must also register online for computer matching at www.dnddigital.com and select dietetic internship priority choices by 11:59 pm.  Central Standard Time) on February 15.  There is a $55.00 Computer matching fee. 
  • Phone number: 515-292-0490, info@dnddigital.com 

 

3.Apply to Oakwood University 

     

  • To apply to Oakwood University at:  https://my.oakwood.edu/ICS/Admissions/Home.jnz?portlet=Free-form_Content 

Complete and return to: Distance Dietetic Internship Program, Nutrition and Dietetics Department no later than February 15th of each year for phase 1, or by April 6th Phase II. 

 

  • Mail $100.00 Money order to: Oakwood University, Distance Dietetic Internship Program, Nutrition and Dietetics Department, 7000 Adventist Boulevard, Huntsville, AL  35896 (Money order of a $100.00 is a processing fee made payable to Oakwood University). 

 

4.Academic Requirements 

 

  • Unofficial transcripts: Clinical Nutrition 1 & II (Medical Nutrition Therapy 1 & II) and Food System Management classes must be recently taken within three years with B grades or better before submitting the application packet 

Biochemistry and Advanced Nutrition (Macronutrient/Micronutrient/Metabolism) classes must be currently taken within four years with B grades or better before submitting the application packet. 

  • If your grades in the above classes are lower than B, please retake the courses for the remedial classes (es) at the graduate and undergraduate level if you choose to apply at Oakwood 
  • The grade should be a B or better to apply at Oakwood.  The average for support sciences courses (Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry) are required to be no less than B. 
  • If these requirements are not met, please discuss with the program director for additional related dietetic coursework. 
  • Passing grade on the prequalifying exam (75%) – exam will be taken after Oakwood has received your application packet. 
Program Completion Requirements
  • PROGRAM COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS  
    • Attend the mandatory one-week orientation on the campus of Oakwood University or virtually during the pandemic.
    • The Distant Dietetic program requires 1000 Supervised hours in Medical Nutrition Therapy, Food Service Management and Community Nutrition. 
    • Prior learning experience can be applied towards supervised hours. See handbook page 6 & 7.
    • Pass all program exams by at least 75%, Community, Clinical (Medical Nutrition Therapy), Food Service and Exit. 
    • Submission of an E-Portfolio 
    • Tuition and fees paid in full  
Pathway Options

PATHWAY OPTIONS 

 

FULL TIME: Normal Program Length 42 weeks includes holidays & vacations

 

Program Cost
  • Financial information can also be located in the Dietetic Internship Handbook on page 11.
  • Additional information contact: Cashier 256-726-8429, Automated System 256-726-7791, Financial Aid 256-726-7210
  • Download Fee Chart
DI HANDBOOK
DI Preceptor INFORMATION

DI Preceptor Handbook 2022

Preceptor CPEU Information

DI_Preceptor_Training_2021

Preceptor Resource Link

Please note this statement in the back of the Preceptor Handbook: ACEND provides training materials on strategies to recognize and monitor biases and reduce microagressions and discrimination. Access those resources here: https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend/about-acend/diversity-equity-and- inclusion

 

 

Contact Us

Program Director: Nadine Dowdie, MPH, RDN, LDN
Email: ddip@oakwood.edu or  nadowdie@oakwood.edu
Direct Line: 256-726-7236

 

Distance Dietetic Internship Administrative Coordinator Part-Time Assistance: Rachael Martin MS, RDN, LDN, CEDRD

Email: rmartin@oakwood.edu
Email: ddip@oakwood.edu
Office Manager: 256-726-7228

The Dietetic Internship Distance Certificate Program(DIDCP) at Oakwood University is a post-baccalaureate Distance Learning certificate program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

Interns receive 1,200 hours of supervised practice (Temporary COVID Change: 1,000 Supervised Hours from January 1, 2020, until June 30, 2022) by registered dietitian preceptors in clinical nutrition, food systems management, and community nutrition with a concentration in medical nutrition therapy. Upon successful completion of the dietetic internship program, the interns receive a certificate. This qualifies them to take the professional registration examination given by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) which is the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). Successful passage of this examination allows interns to become qualified professional registered dietitians.

Students who complete the Dietetic Internship Distance Certificate Program will be proficient in the following student learning outcomes:

1. Use their knowledge of nutrition and dietetics to serve the community

2. Practice clinical counseling skills in the area of dietetics

3. Use nutrition concepts in health promotion and disease prevention

4. Practice the principles of medical nutrition therapy (MNT) in acute care setting

5. Demonstrate a Christ-centered SDA worldview in food and nutrition-related activities

Requirements:

ND 495-496 Dietetics Internship I-II………………………………………………………………….24 hours

 

Mission

The Oakwood University Dietetic Internship Distance Certificate Program prepares dietetic practitioners to be entry level registered dietitian /nutritionists to serve in the fields of dietetics and nutrition. It provides didactic and experiential opportunities which enable interns to develop skills, demonstrate professionalism, apply knowledge, and work effectively to improve the quality of nutrition for the people they serve. The program integrates faith and learning, preparing individuals to serve God and man.

Program Goal 1: To prepare interns to become competent entry-level dietitians
Program Objectives:

  1. 90% of the interns enrolled in the DI program will complete all program requirements within 150% (15 months for full-time interns and 30 months for part-time interns) of the time planned for completion.
  2. Over a five-year period, the pass rate for DI graduates taking the examination for the first time will be at least 80%.
  3. At least 90% of student interns, employees and preceptors will confirm they were adequately prepared to perform well in the field of dietetics.
  4. The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%
  5. Eighty-percent of the DI graduates will be working in an area which allows them to practice the principles of MNT within six months of program completion.

 

Goal 2: The program will prepare competent dietetic practitioners to use their knowledge of nutrition to serve the community.
Program Objectives:

  1. 90% of dietetic interns will engage in service where they can provide balanced nutrition information to the community.
  2. 80% of the program graduates will confirm the adequacy of program preparation to share knowledge of nutrition and dietetics, to the community.

 

 

 

Program Overview

The Dietetic Internship Distance Certificate Program is a distance program. The Program accepts thirty-five interns to complete a minimum of 1, 200 hours of supervised dietetic practice within a ten-month period

(Temporary COVID Change: 1,000 Supervised Hours from January 1, 2020 until June 30, 2022).

Interns are required to locate their own supervised practice sites and/or
preceptors. Preceptors are required to be Registered Dietitians and complete Forms 2 & 3
of affiliation agreement. Interns will be given access to Oakwood University preceptor and
affiliation agreements in their chosen demographic area upon admission of program and
financial clearance to use a resource to secure preceptors and sites. These sites provide
experience at various hospitals, food service institutions, long-term care facilities, public health
and wellness facilities. Interns can begin rotations after the first week of orientation.

This program is accredited by ACEND (Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics), of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Association.

ACEND 120 South Riverside, Plaza Suite 2000, Chicago, IL, 60606-6995, (telephone) 312-899-0040 X 5400.

 

*Program outcome data is available upon request.

Technology Requirements

Technology Requirements: Interns need a reliable internet connection; a computer with app capabilities, camera, and microphone; phone access, either cell or landline; access to a printer and scanner.

Gainful Employment Disclosure
Oakwood University
Post baccalaureate certificate in Dietetic Internship Program 
Program Length: 10 months
Students graduating on time

N/A* of Title IV students complete the program within 10 months 

 
*Fewer than 10 students enrolled in this program. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.
Program Costs*
$12,000 for tuition and fees
$500 for books and supplies

Other Costs

*The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion.
Note that this information is subject to change.
Students Borrowing Money
The typical graduate leaves with

N/A* in debt 

 
*Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.
The typical monthly loan payment

N/A* per month in student loans with an interest rate of N/A*

 
*Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.
Graduates who got jobs
N/A* of program graduates got jobs
*We are not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.
Program graduates are employed in the following fields:
Licensure Requirements 
Program qualifies students to sit for licensure exam in:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
 

Accrediting Body

5 Steps to Become an RDN

To become a registered dietitian nutritionist, a path of higher education is a must as well as a dietetic internship from an ACEND-accredited program, and passing the national registration examination. The pathway listed below is a common route many traditional students take, but it is not the only path to become an RDN.

The 5 Steps

  1. Complete a bachelor’s degree and receive a verification statement from an ACEND-accredited program (Didactic Program in Dietetics).
    Oakwood Distance Dietetic Internship Certificate Program is a supervised practice internship that after completion interns are eligible to take the RD exam.
  2. Get matched to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice dietetic internship program(some dietetic internships are combined with a master’s degree, which is optional*). For students who do not match to an internship, applying to an Individual Supervised Practice Pathway is an option.
  3. Pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s dietetic registration exam.
  4. Gain licensure in your state of practice, if applicable.
  5. Maintain continuing education.

Other Pathways to Become an RDN

Coordinated Programs in Dietetics
Combine your degree with supervised practice. Why? Because baccalaureate students can apply to this type of program and begin supervised practice without going through dietetic internship computer matching. Coordinated Programs in Dietetics may result in a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, depending on the program. Graduates of these programs are eligible to sit for the dietetic registration exam.

Career Changers
It’s never too late to make the switch to a career in dietetics. Individuals with a prior bachelor’s degree need to complete a Didactic Program in Dietetics and receive a verification statement. Those without a four-year degree need to complete a bachelor’s degree and receive a verification statement indicating completion of the didactic program in dietetics components prior to applying to the dietetic internship match.

International Students
RDNs have been trained in all corners of the globe. There a few different ways for international learners to become RDNs — visit ACEND to learn more.

*Beginning in 2024, a minimum of a master’s degree will be an eligibility requirement in order to take the CDR dietetic registration exam.

Graduate Degree Requirement

2024 CDR Master’s Degree Requirement 

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR’s Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR’s website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree(opens in a new window). In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited combined Master of Science and Dietetic Internship program at Ohio University are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements click here(opens in a new window)

Oakwood University offers an Online Master of Public Health Degree:  Please check this program out at https://graduate.oakwood.edu/mph/

 

Testimonials

I wanted to reach out to update you all on our (almost) family of 5, and thank everyone at Oakwood for the support they showed us through this whole process. The prospect of doing a distance program did not seem easy and setting up the rotations was not the easiest; however, I know this was God’s path and it led me to be able to do everything I needed to do to become an RD. Thank you all and God bless!-Deirdre Timm, RDN and co.

Thank you for all the extra time you took to go over questions. I appreciate your support. -Krista Baehler

I am happy to inform you all that I passed my RD exam yesterday! Thank you so much for all of your guidance, support and prayers.” – With gratitude, Briana Harper, MS, RD (2019 Intern)

“Words could never express how honored I was to be selected into the Dietetic Internship Distance Certificate Program at Oakwood University, in Huntsville, Alabama. It was everything I dreamt and hoped for, in a Dietetic Internship. The moment I stepped onto the Oakwood University campus, I knew it was the right place for me. It has an organized initiative present to empower its students to make healthy choices; it is a real lifestyle approach.” —ShLanda Burton, North Carolina (2018 Intern)

“I passed my [RD] exam! I am so thrilled! I want to thank you all again for your support, flexibility, and encouragement during the internship. Since my company was paying for me to do this, I had to complete it on their terms – the flexibility you provided was outstanding and I couldn’t recommend your program enough. It was a lot jumping from New York to Nebraska to New Orleans, but I managed it, only because of how you ran the program.” —Michaela Rowland, New York (2017 Intern)

Application Requirements

How to Apply

1. Apply to DICAS

  • dieteticsThis program uses the on-line centralized internship application process ( DICAS).
  • Accessible at https://portal.dicas.org or e-mail DICASinfo@DICAS.org.
  • DICAS will be available after December 4, 2020 for the Spring Match.
  • The on-line application must be completed for our program by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 15, 2020.
  • The fee to use DICAS is $55 for the first application submitted and $25 for each additional application.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent to DICAS-Transcript Dept, PO Box 9118, Watertown, MA 0247257

2. Register with D & D Digital

  • Opens December 1, 2020
  • Applicants must also register online for computer matching at www.dnddigital.com and select dietetic internship priority choices by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 15. There is a $55.00 computer matching fee.

3. Apply to Oakwood Universit

Academic Requirements

  • Unofficial transcripts: Clinical Nutrition I & II (Medical Nutrition Therapy I & II) and Food System Management classes must be recently taken within three years with B grades or better before submitting the application packet.
  • Biochemistry and Advanced Nutrition(Macronutrient/Micronutrient/Metabolism) classes must be currently taken within four years with B grades or better before submitting the application packet.
  • If your grades in the above classes are lower than B, please retake the courses for the remedial class (es) at the graduate and undergraduate level if you choose to apply at Oakwood.
  • The grade should be a B or better to apply at Oakwood. The average for support sciences courses ( Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry) are required to be no less than a B.
  • If these requirements are not met, please discuss with the program director for additional related dietetic coursework.
  • Take pre-test after application has been received by Oakwood University DDIP.
     
Program Completion Requirements
  • Attend mandatory one-week orientation on the campus of Oakwood University
  • Temporary COVID Change: 1,000 Supervised Hours from January 1, 2020, until June 30, 2022.
  • Pass all program exams by at least 75% (Pre-qualifying, Pre-rotation, Community, Clinical, Community & Exit)
  • Submission of E-Portfolio
  • Tuition and fees paid in full
Pathway Options

               FULL TIME:   Normal Program Length  42 weeks

                                      Max. Program Length for Completion  63 weeks

               PART TIME:  Normal Program Length  69 weeks 

                                      Max. Program Length for Completion 104 weeks

Program Cost
Internship Forms

Contact Us

Program Director: Nadine Dowdie, MPH, RDN, LDN
Email: nadowdie@oakwood.edu or ddip@oakwood.edu
Direct Line: 256-726-7236
Office Manager: 256-726-7229

Phone: (256)-726-7228
Fax: (256)-726-7232