DPD HANDBOOK

The Handbook includes information on:

  • Accreditation status
  • Program mission
  • Program goals and outcome indicators
  • Foundation knowledge requirements and learning outcomes

Qualities of a Successful Dietetic Internship Applicant 

Dietetic internships or supervised practice programs look for candidates with:

  • Strong academic performance: typically a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. The student’s GPA is evaluated as a science GPA (the science courses listed on the DPD course requirements), a DPD GPA (all courses other than Science listed on the DPD Course requirements) as well as a total GPA.
  • Work or volunteer experience: There is no absolute requirement, but experience gained through employment and volunteer activities are considered. Students should look for opportunities that provide experience in all areas of nutrition/dietetics (e.g. community, education, clinical and food service).
  • Leadership: Ability to work effectively in a group and provide leadership to others can be demonstrated by participation in campus or off-campus organizations or being given increased responsibilities at a job.
  • Knowledge of the profession of dietetics: It's important to devote some time learning what dietitians do before you make the decision to commit the time and energy pursuing this career. This can be accomplished through working with, volunteering for or interviewing practicing dietitians in hospital, community and/or foodservice settings.

Certification as a Dietetic Technician Registered (DTR)

Students who complete the DPD requirements to receive a verification statement and complete a bachelor’s degree are eligible to sit for the Dietetic Technician Registered (DTR) examination. This can often provide a way to obtain valuable experience before applying for a Dietetic Internship. If a student desires to take the examination they must:

  • Complete the required DPD courses to earn a verification statement
  • Complete the requirements for a bachelor’s degree
  • Give the DPD Program Director: 1) a completed application, 2) a signed Mis-Use form, and 3) an official transcript.

The DPD Program Director then electronically submits the required materials to the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).  When the request has been processed the student is notified that they are eligible to sign up to take the exam.  It is highly recommended that the student prepare for the exam with a study guide. The application materials are available at the CDR website or through the DPD Program Director.

Dietetic Internship Application Process

 Applicants for Dietetic Internships are computer matched twice a year to Dietetic Internships through D&D Digital.  Dietetic Internships that participate in the Fall match typically begin in January so are appropriate for December graduates. April match internships typically begin the following August. Applicants build their online application through the dietetic internship centralized application process (DICAS). For the Fall match students can begin building their applications in the summer for completion by September 25th, 11:59 p.m. (Central). Results of the Fall match are announced in November.  Students applying to the April match may begin building their online application materials on DICAS around the end of November or December 1st. Applications for April match must be completed by February 15th 11:59 p.m. (Central). Match results are announced in April. 

To find out which programs participate in either the Fall or April match visit: http://www.eatrightacend.org/ACEND/content.aspx?id=6442485414

The DICAS application process guides the applicant to obtain copies of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions they have attended, insert grades for required DPD coursework, list volunteer and work experience, and upload letters of reference, resume, and individualized personal statements. The applicants have the opportunity to rank the programs they would like to be matched with.  There are registration fees for DICAS, D&D Digital and for each dietetic internship on the rank list.

If applicants are matched, they are matched to only one dietetic internship.  It is assumed the applicant is willing to attend the program they are matched with. More information is available at:

http://www.eatrightacend.org/ACEND/content.aspx?id=6442485425  or from the DPD Program Director.

Additional information:  DPD Requirements

Students earning a BS in Nutrition must complete the DPD requirements for the catalog under which they will graduate:

Students who have a Bachelor’s Degree in another subject from UT or another university must complete the DPD requirements for the current catalog.

 

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