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Program Overview

Program Overview

Your passion is to help others bring about a healthier lifestyle through their diet and nutrition. We can provide experiences to prepare you to become a registered dietitian through supervised practice and graduate level coursework. Whether your interest is clinical, outpatient, community, wellness, sports nutrition or food service operations, you'll reach your goal. Gain experience in your 39-week internship in Middle Tennessee.
 
And you can expect excellence in the classroom and in your supervised practice settings. We've designed graduate-level curriculum that will help you advance in competencies expected for entry-level dietitians. We'll encourage you to serve the community and become committed to the Code of Ethics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. You'll gain at least 1,220 hours of experience along with coursework from August to May. 

When you complete our program, you'll have the skills you need to take next steps in your career as a dietitian.

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Gainful Employment

The Dietetic Internship Certificate is a Gainful Employment program regulated by the U.S. Department of Education. The U.S. Department of Education requires additional information be provided to you about this certificate program. For more information view the Gainful Employment Disclosure.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed one of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics accredited undergraduate or certificate nutrition programs providing a verification statement.
  • Minimum DPD GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Verification statement from an approved undergraduate or certificate program in dietetics 
  • Excellent reference/recommendations, with one from your academic advisor
  • Applicable nutrition courses and GRE from within the past five years
  • GRE cumulative scores equal to or greater than 300

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Courses

Courses

Our requirements include 12 hours of graduate study:

  • NUGR 5403 - Special Topics: Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • NUGR 5013  Dietetic Internship Experience I

  • NUGR 5023 Dietetic Internship Experience II

  • NUGR 5153 Nutrition Research

These may be applied towards a Master of Science degree in Lipscomb's Exercise and Nutrition Science (EXNS) graduate program, one of dietetics most exciting new areas of dual-discipline study.  These credits may also be transferred for graduate study at most accredited universities in the country. It is the responsibility of the intern to determine the total number of transferable credits allowed at the institution of choice.  The Dietetic Internship Certificate Program is eligible for federal financial aid as a graduate level certificate program through completion of six graduate credits per semester during the program. Additionally, an optional three hour Special Topics: Food and Culture travel course scheduled during Maymester is available at an additional cost for qualified interns who have met all 1,220 experiential hours prior to travel and have met all other performance criteria, as well as financial obligations of the DI.   

Internship orientation, assigned graduate classes and practicum rotations make up the program which begins in early August and ends mid-May.  

Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

As you consider the cost of your internship, here is a comprehensive list of all the costs related to this Lipscomb University program.

  • Application Fee: $35.00
  • DICAS Fee: $45.00
  • D&D Matching Fee: $50.00
  • Tuition: $985 per credit hour - $5,910 per semester
  • DI Fees: $1,750 per semester

You should also expect some professional expenses: 

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Student Membership: $58
  • Student Malpractice Liability Insurance: $24
    Obtain student AND member coverage here. Once your application is complete and paid, you will receive the certificate of liability immediately. Follow instructions. If you are a DTR, you will apply as a professional and your cost will likely be between $70 and $80.
  • Items such as background checks, immunizations, titers, TB skin tests, drug tests, personal health insurance, and individual malpractice liability insurance are requirements for participants.
  • Interns are responsible for food and miscellaneous personal expenses incurred during attendance at the Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic's annual meeting, as well as transportation and meals during rotations.
  • Slip-resistant shoes and appropriate foodservice attire are required for certain rotations. Professional clothing, lab coat, and closed-toe dress shoes are the accepted attire for clinical and community rotations, unless scrubs and tennis shoes are facility approved.
  • A laptop computer, personal printer and scanner, textbooks and online resources, as well as other school supplies are necessary for successful completion of program expectations. 

Financial Aid

The Lipscomb Dietetic Internship Certificate is eligible for financial aid.  Please contact Deidra Cummings in our financial aid office with questions you may have concerning your eligibility for financial aid once you have filed your FAFSA and been admitted to the university.

100%

Graduation Rate

Networking

Both our deeply connected faculty and our experiential learning opportunities offer myriad ways for you to form relationships with leaders in the industry. These connections will serve and support you throughout your career.

Nashville

A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.

Research Opportunities

We know that you want to be an innovator in the field. That’s why we offer unique research opportunities in our state-of-the-art facilities with our world-class faculty so that you can hone your expertise.

95%

RD exam pass rate over 5 years

Our Faculty

  • Anne Lowery

    Anne Lowery

    Associate Professor

    Lowery came to Lipscomb in 2009 as the assistant director of the dietetic internship program and moved up to become an assistant professor and director of the internship program in...

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  • Tracy Noerper

    Tracy Noerper

    Assistant Professor of Nutrition

    Noerper is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist in the state of Tennessee. She comes to Lipscomb with five years teaching nutrition at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). She received her...

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  • Ann Toy

    Ann Toy

    Dietetic Internship Coordinator of Sports Nutrition

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  • Michelle Michael

    Michelle Michael

    Assistant Professor

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Health & Community Partnerships

Career Paths

Dietitians and Nutritionists

Dietitians and nutritionists are experts in the use of food and nutrition to promote health and manage disease. They advise people on what to eat in order to lead a healthy lifestyle or achieve a specific health-related goal.

Agricultural and Food Scientists

Agricultural and food scientists research ways to improve the efficiency and safety of agricultural establishments and products.

Exercise Physiologists

Exercise physiologists develop fitness and exercise programs that help patients recover from chronic diseases and improve cardiovascular function, body composition, and flexibility.