The Dietetic Internship is a full-time program that begins in September and ends in June, consisting of a minimum of 38 weeks including breaks. Included are opportunities to achieve a minimum of 1,200 supervised practice hours. The program includes 15 graduate credits, a portion of which may be applied toward a master of science degree in nutrition from Bastyr University upon acceptance into the master's program.
The graduate course content is structured to complement the supervised practice components of the internship. Interns meet weekly for seminar-style classes in fall and winter quarters for the didactic portion of the program. Additional hours beyond the full-time scheduled program are required for project completion and self-preparation, some of which are supervised practice hours.
Two weeks of winter vacation are scheduled, and one week of spring vacation is arranged with each intern. The following holidays are observed: Thanksgiving and the following day; Martin Luther King Day; Presidents' Day; Memorial Day.
Interns gain experience in clinical dietetics, community nutrition and food service systems and management. Interns develop insight into the special nutritional needs of populations by rotating through a variety of sites which may include hospitals, community nutrition programs including WIC, outpatient clinics, and food service facilities.
The rotations are designed to give interns the opportunity to work with individuals from all stages of life, with varying health conditions. In addition to the regular rotations, interns coordinate Enrichment rotations to accommodate individual areas of interest and learning needs.
The Bastyr University Dietetic Internship has established the following expected learning outcomes. Graduates of the program will:
The dietetic internship program has adopted the achieved competency system of grading used at Bastyr University. Interns must attain a level of well-defined competence in all internship graduate classes, program learning activities, and performance criteria of each rotation, and must successfully complete an exit exam with a minimum score of 75%. Evaluations occur at the end of each rotation, and evaluation conferences are required with the program director at the end of each academic quarter.
Applicants must have a verification statement from a Nutrition and Dietetics Didactic Program (DPD) or Foreign Dietitian Education program (FDE) and must have earned at least a bachelor’s degree in nutrition, dietetics or an equivalent program granted by a U.S. regionally accredited college/university or foreign equivalent.
A strong background in science and high academic performance are essential. Using a 4.0 scale, a GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for acceptance into the program. Experience, whether volunteer or paid, in clinical nutrition (hospital or long-term patient care), quantity food service and community nutrition is highly desirable. Finalist candidates will be evaluated in a telephone interview.
The Bastyr University Dietetic Internship participates in the spring computer matching application process. Applicants to the internship must submit their application materials through Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS) by the February deadline established by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Fees associated with this centralized application process are $45 for the first application, and $20 for each additional application.
All portions of the DICAS application are expected to be completed or uploaded in order for the applicant to be considered for the program. For the recommendation letters, it is preferred that two be from academic references and one be a work or volunteer supervisor professional reference.
In addition, a supplemental Bastyr University application for certificate and non-degree programs is required for the Bastyr University Dietetic Internship, along with a $75 application fee. Click here to fill out the Bastyr University application.
Applicants to the internship must participate in computer matching. Applicants must register and enter their priority choices online on the D&D Digital website by the February Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics deadline. At the time of registration, a $55 registration fee via credit card is required.
Applicants are informed of acceptance through D&D Digital computer matching system and must confirm their acceptance by the established deadline.
The intern is responsible for all food, housing, and transportation expenses. Interns must provide their own health insurance and automobile insurance to participate in the program. Food, housing, and transportation expenses for the greater Seattle area are estimated at $21,600 for the nine-month academic year.
*Miscellaneous fees are most often related to unique rotation site onboarding requirements that may include additional immunizations, drug testing, and/or trainings.
Because the Bastyr University Dietetic Internship is not a degree program, interns are not eligible for the typical financial-aid programs available to university students. Interns are encouraged to apply for a variety of scholarships available at federal, state and local levels, including The Academy Foundation Scholarships and others. Bastyr University scholarship information is made available to interns upon acceptance. Information about state and local scholarships is provided to interns in the program as they are received by the program director. Interns are generally eligible for student loan deferment and the program director will complete any required forms to support this deferment process.
The Bastyr University Dietetic Internship is based on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2017 ACEND Accreditation Standards for Nutrition and Dietetics Internship Programs (DI) and is designed to meet performance requirements for entry-level dietitian nutritionists. The program includes didactic coursework and practical enrichment experiences. The internship provides supervised practice experience in which interns can achieve competency in all required areas of dietetics and nutrition. Up to 12 applicants may be accepted for the program each year.
The Bastyr University Dietetic Internship educates future leaders in the dietetic profession by preparing entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists who will integrate whole foods, environmental nutrition, and integrative medicine perspectives into their nutrition practice.
The Bastyr University Dietetic Internship will effectively deliver an internship that meets the accreditation standards of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics while supporting the mission of the Department of Nutrition & Exercise Science.
1. The Bastyr University Dietetic Internship prepares competent entry-level registered dietitians nutritionists.
2. The Bastyr University Dietetic Internship prepares graduates to provide food and nutrition expertise that effectively supports integrated healthcare, incorporating whole foods, integrative medicine perspectives, and environmental considerations into nutrition care and protocols.
*Program outcomes data, evaluated annually using an average of annual data from the previous three years, is available upon request to the program director.
As a program of the Department of Nutrition & Exercise Science, the Bastyr University Dietetic Internship (DI) offers a natural medicine and whole foods concentration. Interns provide integrative care and create wellness plans with natural medicine clinicians at the University's teaching clinic, Bastyr Center for Natural Health. Additionally, interns create whole-food menus, write whole-food nutrition and environmental nutrition blog posts, and lead an educational event on an emergent topic in natural medicine to health professionals.
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The Bastyr University Dietetic Internship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995.
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Bastyr University is accredited by The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).