Frequently Asked Questions:

How long is the Program?  

From beginning of orientation to the pinning ceremony, including one week break at Thanksgiving Holiday and one week at Christmas Holiday, for a total of approximately 41 weeks beginning early August through mid-May.

What types of rotations are there?  

We have a choice of Medical Nutrition Therapy, Sports Nutrition or Health Promotion and Wellness concentrations. Rotations include 39 weeks at Middle Tennessee sites (some an hour drive away) including, hospitals, outpatient diabetes and renal centers, eating disorders, schools, WIC, Second Harvest Food Bank, YMCA, corporate wellness, long-term care facilities and various professional meetings in the state and nation. 

What are some of the Partnering Facilities?

St. Thomas West, St. Thomas Midtown, St. Thomas Rutherford (Murfreesboro), VA Nashville, Southern Hills Medical Center, Williamson Medical, Maury Regional (Columbia), Gateway (Clarksville), Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehab Hospital, Sumner Regional (Gallatin); Davita and DCI Renal Clinics; Woodcrest at Blakeford, The Heritage at Somerfield, Tennessee Health Management and Life Care Center longterm care facilities; Centennial Center for Obesity (bariatrics); YMCA, State and Metro Schools, WIC/Public Health, and Second Harvest Food Bank community rotations, and FriendsLife non-profit; Renfrew and Scales Eating Disorder Clinics; Lipscomb Athletics; Healthways and Onlife Health corporate wellness.

What is the Program Schedule?

Determination of hospital placement will be made shortly after matching in May so that interns can be notified in adequate time to find living arrangements nearest their main hospital.  Interns get 1 week at Thanksgiving and 1 week at Christmas off unless failed rotation or extended absences require time to be made up.  Some weekend involvement may be required throughout the program year.

Do I need to have graduate credits?

3 graduate credits are required as part of the internship program. Currently the classes taken are strictly for the interns relating to MNT, research and special topics and take place within the first several weeks of August as well as one full day a month thereafter.

What can I do to prepare?

Interns are responsible for coming to the internship in August having studied provided materials and prepared to be tested over MNT and nutrition topics.  Interns must be 80% proficient prior to beginning their clinical and community rotations.  A personal computer and printer are necessary. 

Can I have another job?

Because of the fluctuating daily schedules required for different rotations throughout the program year, any outside employment should not interfere with the expected work hours of the individual rotations.  Interns are expected to keep the same hours of his or her precepting RD.

What are some options for Financial Aid?

The Lipscomb business office offers a payment plan each semester and/or private loan institutions may be contacted for financial aid options since the dietetic internship is a non-degree program.  Additionally, if an intern is also a degree-seeking student enrolled in our Exercise and Nutrition Science Masters, as well as enrolls in 6 graduate hours per semester during the internship program, he or she may be eligible for federal 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.