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Your passion is to help others bring about a healthier lifestyle through their diet and nutrition. We 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, we’ll ensure you reach your goal. Gain in-depth experience through Lipscomb University’s 39-week internship in dietetics.
Expect excellence in the classroom and in your supervised practice settings. We've designed a graduate level curriculum that will help you advance in competencies expected for entry level dietitians. Gain invaluable experience by serving the community and becoming committed to the Code of Ethics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. You'll gain at least 1,220 hours of practice experience along with your coursework from August to May.
When you complete our program, you will have the skills and experience necessary to take the next steps in your career as a dietitian — and live out your calling to help others live healthier lives.
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Our requirements include 12 hours of graduate study:
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.
Internship orientation, assigned graduate classes and practicum rotations make up the program which begins in early August and ends mid-May.
As you consider the cost of your internship, here is a comprehensive list of all the costs related to this Lipscomb University program.
You should also expect some professional expenses:
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 have been admitted to the university.
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.
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.
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.
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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...Learn More
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...Learn More
Health & Community Partnerships
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 research ways to improve the efficiency and safety of agricultural establishments and products.
Exercise physiologists develop fitness and exercise programs that help patients recover from chronic diseases and improve cardiovascular function, body composition, and flexibility.