Dietetic Internship Certificate Program

A dietetic internship is a post-baccalaureate experiential program designed for individuals who follow the required steps for becoming a registered dietitian, including completion of an accredited undergraduate or certificate nutrition program. The Lipscomb DI program is approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) to offer 20 internship positions which are filled during the Spring DICAS application and matching process. Under the supervision of dietitians in the field, Lipscomb interns complete a minimum of 1220 hours of practice as well as additional coursework, beginning in early August until mid-May. Areas of practice include clinical, outpatient, community, wellness, and food service operations of dietetics. The Lipscomb dietetic internship offers three concentration experiences: Medical Nutrition Therapy, Sports Nutrition, or Health Promotion and Wellness. Concentration assignments will occur after placement into the internship; therefore, interns should accept the position only if willing to complete any of the available concentrations.  Once accepted into the Lipscomb DI, interns are expected to stay in communication with the director and complete some summer requirements, including background checks, drug screens, health forms, and assignments in preparation of orientation in early-August.  Please refer to the handbook for details about the structure, scheduling, travel, academic requirements and rotation expectations.

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Program Mission

The Dietetic Internship (DI) Certificate Program at Lipscomb University is positioned to provide supervised practice and didactic learning experiences to educate students to successfully function as entry-level generalist dietitians in the state, region, and nation while also providing 12 graduate credits. The curriculum is designed to provide for achievement of the competencies established for entry-level dietitians through excellence in both the classroom and supervised practice settings, encouragement of community service, and commitment to the Code of Ethics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Program Goals:

  1. To prepare graduates to serve competently as entry-level dietitians;
  2. To encourage, motivate, and support interns to complete the internship program
  3. To prepare graduates to demonstrate a commitment to service (faith-based organizations, professional organizations, food banks, non-profits, mentoring, etc.)

Information on program objectives and outcome measures related to program goals listed above is available upon request and can be found in the intern handbook. Please contact Anne Lowery MS, RDN, LDN Dietetic Internship Director at 615.966.5746 or by email at anne.lowery@lipscomb.edu.

Program Admission and Acceptance:

Lipscomb’s Dietetic Internship Program (DIP) is approved for 20 dietetic interns to be matched to the program each year through the national spring application and matching process.  Admission to the Lipscomb University Dietetic Internship Program is separate from admission to the University and applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for matching to our internship program.  

  • 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 DPD Director
  • Applicable Nutrition courses and GRE must have been completed within the past 5 years
  • GRE cumulative scores equal to or greater than 300 (excluding writing scores)
  • Complete DICAS application
  • Complete Lipscomb supplemental graduate application

A selection committee evaluates internship applications on a competitive basis and determines the individuals to be interviewed.  Nutrition related work experience is optimal, but all applications are evaluated based on individual DPD GPA, GRE scores, personal statement, references, and work and volunteer experiences. Interviews with an interview committee comprised of current program preceptors are planned for March 25-26, 2019 and are preferred in person.  Exceptions to the academic criteria may be made in compelling cases.  Students are ultimately selected for the program through the computer matching process.  Students applying to the program must contact D & D Digital Systems (https://www.dnddigital.com/ada/) to obtain materials regarding the matching process.  Interns are asked to rank the institutions to which they apply in order of preference, while the DI ranks her preferred choices.  D&D Digital matches students to programs based on both of these rankings.