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Dietetic Internship Certificate

Type of Program

Registered Dietitians in the Capital District of New York State and faculty of Sage Graduate School have combined efforts to provide a Dietetic Internship (DI) for students who have successfully completed an accredited American Dietetic Association (ADA) didactic program in dietetics (DPD). Successful candidates for the program qualify to take the registration examination for dietitians to earn “R.D.” status. Classes begin in late August of each year, and the supervised practice experience is typically completed in late June of the following year.


Dietetics is a profession undergoing many changes as a result of the expanding health care industry, emergence of the obesity epidemic, a new era of nutritional genetics, and reimbursement for medical nutrition therapy (MNT). The Dietetic Internship at Sage Graduate School prepares nutrition students for the future. In this program, students are exposed to the variety and diversity of dietetic practice through planned experiences in multiple settings. Drawing upon a variety of resources and professionals, students work with Registered Dietitians in traditional hospital practice, long-term care facilities, outpatient clinics, government food management programs, and other settings.

With an understanding that learning has theoretical underpinnings, the program also requires students to concurrently complete five graduate classes for 24 credits. Students may choose to apply the graduate coursework to one of three graduate degree programs at Sage Graduate Schools:  Applied Nutrition, Community Health Education, or Health Services Adminstration. Students have access to the Albany Medical College library and The Sage Colleges’ library, periodicals and databases, computers and software programs, seminars, and visiting lecturers for further academic development. Thus, the diversity of planned experiences and locations combined with the academic enrichment will serve to position the graduate for a variety of career choices as well as for beginning their graduate education.

Program Goals

It is the expectation of the Sage Graduate School Dietetic Internship that graduates will achieve the following goals prior to completion of this program.

  • Be prepared for an entry-level position in dietetics.
  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically, analytically, and progressively when seeking solutions to practice-related issues.
  • Possess the aptitude to participate as a health care team member.
  • Be ready to interpret legislation and participate in the public policy process.
  • Demonstrate competence in current technology in the practice of dietetics.
  • Apply research for specific applications in dietetics, such as quality management and outcomes management.
  • Exhibit effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Apply the concept of lifelong learning as a personal and professonal obligation for dietetics practice.

Concentration Area:  Leaders in Emerging Dietetics Trends

The Sage’s DI’s concentration area is Leaders in Emerging Dietetics Trends.  The concentration will focus on developing dietetics leaders skilled in the area of trends analysis and cognizant of emerging dietetics trends who are able to demonstrate leadership skills to execute their findings and guide organizations through transitional periods.  Upon completion of the SGS DI, graduates are able to:

  • Conduct demographic trend & PEST analysis of macro environmental factors that can impact the external environment of a business or organizational plan;
  • Develop and present effective commentary regarding political, economical, societal, and technological (PEST) changes affecting dietetics practice;
  • Identify leadership competencies required to effectively track trends and guide transitions for food and nutrition services.

ADA Accreditation Status

The Sage Graduate Schools’ Dietetic Internship is currently granted accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association. The Dietetic Internship at the Sage Graduate Schools received full accreditation in July 1999. The program may accept up to 16 interns per class.

CADE is the only accrediting agency for dietetics education recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and is affiliated with the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The address and telephone number of CADE are: 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL. 60606-6995, 312-899-4876. Sage Graduate School of The Sage Colleges is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and is chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York.

Program Format

The Dietetic Internship integrates five graduate courses with more than 1,200 hours of supervised practice experience in a variety of settings in the Capital District of New York State.  Students unable to relocate to the Capital Distric of New York may be able to obtain placements in other locations, such as Lower Hudson Valley, North Country Region, Utica/ Rome area and Western Massachusetts.  The program generally follows the Sage Graduate School academic calendar. The experience component includes five weeks of orientation, 13 weeks for clinical, 13 weeks for food and wellness management, and seven weeks for community nutrition.  Field trips and attendance at the New York State Dietetic Association Annual Meeting are also included.  The program does not follow the academic calendar.

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For a list of affiliate institutions, please click here.

Full Time: Students attend the supervised practice five days per week for a minmum of 40 hours per week in the field. Two graduate courses are taken each during the fall and spring terms, and one course is taken during summer session 3. The internship director is available for advisement about graduate coursework.

Part Time: The internship may be completed on a part-time basis. Part-time participants complete a minimum of 24 hours of supervised practice per week plus one or two graduate courses each semester. The part-time schedule takes two years to complete all requirements. The DI director works with each part-time intern to arrange the practical experience schedule. One graduate course is taken in the fall semester and continued in the spring semester of the first year. One graduate course is taken in Summer Session 3 of the first year. Two graduate courses are taken in the fall semester of the second year. One course is taken in the spring semester of the second year.

Practicum Course Waiver for Professional Learning Experiences

In 1994, the American Dietetic Association revised their standards of education for Dietetic Internships to allow credit for prior learning experience toward the supervised practical experience hours. Based on the ADA’s standards of education with corresponding criterion and guidelines, Sage Graduate School has approved a program which enables interns to waive a portion (from 1 to 6 credits) of the Dietetic Internship. Graduate credit will not be awarded; rather, students will be able to complete the program in less time by receiving a waiver for up to two of the three practicum courses: NTR 531 Practicum/Food Service Systems Management and NTR 532 Practicum/Community Nutrition I. Due to the broad nature of these two courses, it is expected that individuals will rarely meet the criteria to waive both practicum courses. The waiver option offers a creative and flexible opportunity for non-traditional students and those with extensive experience in nutrition and dietetics practice to complete the Dietetic Internship in a modified format. Applicants are encouraged to discuss this process with the DI director and submit the Practicum Course Waiver Application* and the portfolio(s) with Dietetic Internship application. Waiver may be downloaded here.

Program Expectations

  • Food and Wellness Management (one semester- Fall or Spring)
  • Clinical Nutrition (one semester- Fall or Spring)
  • Community Nutrition (Summer Session 3)

Successful completion of the supervised practice experiences includes the ability to demonstrate entry-level competence in each of the areas of practice. Students are evaluated by facility preceptors as well as the DI director. Tools utilized to evaluate entry-level competencies include, but are not limited to: assignments, quizzes, a professional portfolio, observation during supervised practice experiences, and a final exam. The internship director reserves the right to have students repeat rotations and/or assignments where objectives and competencies have not been met.

The fourth component is the successful completion of five graduate courses, which are integrated with the practical experience, with a“B” grade or better. The option of completing a master’s degree would require that the student coordinate the graduate program with a specific graduate program advisor.

The final component is the successful completion of a comprehensive online examination, which simulates the registration examination, with a minimum grade of 70 percent correct.

All five components must be successfully completed to receive a verification statement and qualify for the registration examination. For additional details on program expectations, please click here.

Admission Requirements

Students must meet Dietetic Internship requirements and, if appropriate, the requirements for matriculation into Sage Graduate School.

Requirements are:

  • A baccalaureate degree.
  • Completion of an accredited American Dietetic Association (ADA) didactic program in dietetics (DPD) with a verification statement form signed by the undergraduate DPD program director.
  • Overall GPA of 2.75, GPA for DPD courses of 3.0.
  • Recency of education: Additional coursework in dietetics or a related area is required to update a degree which was completed four or more years prior to applying to the Dietetic Internship. A minimum of three courses, equivalent to the following Russell Sage College nutrition science courses NTR 404, NTR 415, and NTR 417, are required for degrees completed four or more years prior to completing this application.
  • Factors considered for admission are recommendation letters, relevant work and/or volunteer experience, extracurricular activities and letter of application. Applicants are considered on the basis of qualifications, without regard to race, color, creed, sex, or national origin.

NOTE: Nutrition degrees meeting ADA’s Plan IV didactic requirements are no longer valid and require a more extensive recency of education.

Application Process

Dietetic Internship aplication materials may be downloaded from: ADA application, Waiver and Recommendation Form. The Sage Graduate School for Admission form may be downloaded from:

Application for Admission
Office of Graduate Admission
Sage Graduate School
The Sage Colleges
45 Ferry St., Troy, NY
OR call 1-888-VERYSAGE

Application postmark deadline for the traditional Dietetic Internship 2010-2011 class was February 16, 2010. Students were notified of their acceptance status on April 5, 2010 via the computer matching process, from D&D Digital, Inc.

The application package must include:

  • DI application form, 3 copies.
  • Three original letters of recommendation, 3 copies of each.
  • Official transcripts of ALL colleges attended for DPD courses.
  • Verification Statement or Declaration of Intent with original signature.
  • A letter of application, 3 copies.
  • An interview with the DI director, either in person or via telephone, may be required.
  • $40 application fee (fee is waived for current RSC students and graduates of The Sage Colleges).

Please click link for details on the application process and ADA application procedures.

International Applicants: Please click link for additional requirements - Instructions for International Applicants

Program Tuition and Fees

In addition to tuition for 24 graduate credits, there is a Dietetic Internship program fee of $590.00.  A car and valid driver’s license are required as travel to facilities is necessary. Students have housing, board and transportation expenses, parking fees, ADA affiliate and district membership fees, and professional liability and health insurance fees. Professional dress clothes, lab coat, reference books, materials, and supplies for graduate courses are also necessary for the planned experiences.

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