Dietetic Internship Program, CAS

The Dietetic Internship Program provides students with the opportunity to gain the necessary competency for careers as entry-level dietitians. The program builds upon the foundation, knowledge, and skills students have acquired from accredited didactic programs in dietetics. The carefully structured program includes a minimum 1200 hours of supervised practice experience in the application of the nutrition care process and model to community based food and nutrition settings and health care nutrition based settings. The concentration area is in program monitoring and outcomes management. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the registration examination for dietitians offered through the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR). Successful completion of the RD exam is usually a prerequisite for state licensure or certification.

The dietetic internship at Syracuse University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics ( ACEND) , a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Post -Secondary Education and the U.S. Department of Education. (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics / 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190/ Chicago, IL 60606-6995/ 1.800.877.1600.)

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit Syracuse University Dietetic Internship Gainful Employment Disclosure page.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an institution offering an accredited didactic program in dietetics and have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate coursework and 3.0 in DPD coursework.

Applicants are selected through D&D Digital Systems (visit their website or call 515.292.0490), a computerized matching service that serves as a clearinghouse to match internship applicants and programs. The process requires applicants to go online and register with D&D Digital before their deadline by completing an online profile and payment. Applicants rank/ prioritize the list of internships after they register. Deadline for ranking is April 1, 2019.

In addition to the D& D process, applicants to Syracuse University’s Dietetic Internship will use the online centralized internship application found on the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) website.

DICAS is an online applicant portal, for use by students who are applying to Dietetic Internship programs that participate in the DICAS Match. The DICAS Online is a service of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The DICAS online offers applicants a convenient, state-of-the-art, web-based application service that will allow them to apply to any number of participating dietetic internship programs by completing a single online application. The DICAS Online was specifically designed by DICAS to simplify and streamline the application process while providing considerable flexibility, electronic submission of applications, ongoing communication with applicants, and excellent customer support.

If you need accommodations or assistance regarding the accessibility of the DICAS Online, please contact customer support at 617-612-2855.

The deadline for the application to both DICAS and Syracuse University is February 15, 2019.

A $35 non-refundable application fee for Syracuse University students or a $40 non-refundable application fee for non-Syracuse University applicants is required by February 15, 2019.

Checks should be made payable to Syracuse University and mailed to:
Donna Sparkes
Syracuse University
Department of Nutrition Science and Dietetics
550L White Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244-3240

Expenses, Scholarships & Financial Aid

Expenses, Scholarships & Financial Aid

A current estimated Cost of Attendance can be obtained from Syracuse University Financial Aid Office. For extra program specific estimated costs see the information below.

Cost of Attendance Table

Item Cost
Program application fee (non-refundable) $40/$35 for matriculated Syracuse students
D&D Computer Matching $55
Syracuse University Tuition $1,559 per credit hour ($20,267 for 13 credits)
Course fee $4,000
Student Professional Liability Insurance $35
Books & Supplies $917 (estimate)
Medical Health Clearance $250 (estimate)
Health Insurance $1,730 (if purchased through Syracuse University)
Other Expenses & Student Membership $64
Housing $9,884 (estimate)
Meals $3,745 (estimate)
Transportation $1,446 (estimate, varies by field site location and parking fees)
Educational Loan Fee $860
Personal Expenses $1,991
Total $45,284
Optional Expenses:
Optional Membership, CNY Dietetic Association $10
Upon Program Completion:
Active ADA membership dues $58
Processing fee for dietetic registration exam $200
CDR Maintenance Fee $60
Total $318
Grand Total $45,607

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Interns qualify for financial aid through the graduate school in the form of loans. General financial aid information can be found at the Syracuse University Office of Financial Aid.

William W. Allen Nutrition Scholarship

William W. Allen Nutrition Scholarships are designed to raise awareness of hunger in America by supporting dietetic interns as they learn about the ways in which dietitians can contribute to community nutrition programs that address widespread food insecurity. Scholarship awards are applied toward the internship program fee. Interested students should submit a one-page letter of application stating their interest in community nutrition and any relevant experience after matching with the program.

Goals & Target Measures

Goals & Target Measures

  1. To prepare interns for success as entry level registered dietitian
    1. Program completion rate: Over a 5 year period: greater than 90 percent of interns will have completed the program within 51 weeks
    2. RD exam pass rate: Over a 5 year period at least 80 percent of interns pass the RD exam on the first attempt
    3. RD exam pass rate: Over a 5 year period, least 90 percent of the interns will be registered within one year
    4. Biannually through surveys: Greater than 75 percent of the employers surveyed will respond that program graduates are prepared as entry level dietitians
  2. To support interns, supervised practice sites, and preceptors in the application of the Nutrition Care Process and Model
    1. Intern Exit survey: 80 percent of the interns in an exit survey rate their ability to apply the NCP in their professional practice as confident
    2. Preceptor support: Over a 5 year period, 75 percent of preceptors will attend training sponsored by the dietetic internship in collaboration with the Central New York Dietetic Association (CNYDA) on topics applied to the nutrition care process and model
    3. Site support/ preceptor support: Over a 5 year period, 75 percent of sites and preceptors will rate working with the internship as a positive experience
  3. To support employers, agencies, health facilities in the CNY area fill or create RD positions
    1. Employment: Over a 5 year period, within 12 months of program completion, at least 80 percent of those seeking employment will have secured employment
    2. Job placement in CNY: Over a 5 year period, at least 70 percent of interns desiring employment in the CNY area will secure employment. (CNY is defined as approximately 1.5 hr. radius of Syracuse.)
  4. To prepare entry-level dietitians to value life-long learning and self-assessment in order to manage their personal and professional development
    1. Through alumni survey, 75 % of alumni will state that they have attended a national, state or local CPEU event
    2. Through alumni survey, 50 % of alumni will have applied for certification or licensure in the state in which they reside
  5. To provide practice based experiences in collaborative/ participatory program planning to monitor and evaluate goals through outcomes measurement
    1. Annually through exit surveys, 80 percent of interns state that they feel competent to develop or participate in program monitoring and perform outcomes measures
    2. Annually, 70 percent of the affiliating sites agree that the intern enabled the program to collaboratively apply or review program goals with individuals and groups and monitor and evaluate outcomes

Outcome data is available upon request by contacting the program director: Nicole Beckwith

Affiliated Agencies

Dietetic Internship Affiliated Agencies

Acute Care

  • Auburn Community Hospital
  • Cortland Regional Medical Center
  • Crouse Hospital
  • FF Thompson Health (Canandaigua)
  • Oswego Health System
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center
  • Upstate University Hospital
  • Upstate University Hospital at Community General
  • Syracuse Veteran’s Medical Center

Extended Care Rotation

  • Loretto Corporation
  • Developmental Services Organization of CNY
  • Elderwood at Liverpool
  • Hill Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
  • Jewish Home of Central New York
  • The Centers at St. Camillus
  • Van Duyn Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing

Community Nutrition Rotation

  • Crouse Bariatric Center
  • Food Bank of Central New York
  • Head Start / P.E.A.C.E. Inc.
  • Hutchings Psychiatric Center
  • Kelly’s Choice
  • Onondaga County Department of Adult and Long Term Care Services
  • Onondaga County Department of Health Bureau of Health Promotion Disease Prevention
  • Tioga County Opportunities WIC and Senior Feeding (Tioga)
  • St. Joseph’s Maternal Child Health Center
  • Wegmans Food Market (Rochester)
  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC) in Onondaga County

Food Management Rotation

  • Baldwinsville Central School District
  • Fayetteville-Manlius School District
  • Gates Chili Central Schools (Rochester)
  • Meals-on-Wheels of Syracuse
  • North Syracuse Central School District
  • Skaneateles Central School District
  • Syracuse University Food Services
  • SUNY Oswego Dining Services

Outpatient/Specialty Rotations

  • Bariatric Surgery Center
  • Central New York Dialysis Center
  • Syracuse University Health Center
  • University Dialysis
  • University Health Care Center
  • Upstate Cancer Center

Learn more about this program & view course requirements
Dietetic Internship Program Intern Handbook
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