The Coordinated Dietetic Internship/Master’s Degree Program is 16 months. The first 11 months are devoted to completing the accredited Dietetic Internship Program and 14 hours of graduate school coursework.
UH Case Medical Center is the primary teaching affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Together, The Research Institute of UH Case Medical Center and CWRU form the largest biomedical research center in Ohio.
UH Case Medical Center has a 947-bed tertiary medical facility providing specialty adult and pediatric medical / surgical treatments.
The Coordinated Dietetic Internship ONE-TRACK OPTION . . .
. . . provides a minimum of 1,587 hours of full-time scheduled supervised-practice experience within a 49-week period. The program has an annual enrollment of 5 full-time interns.
» The program accepts ONLY FULL-TIME students. The program's graduate will be able to base his/her practice on significant scientific principles and best evidence.
• During the FALL and SPRING semesters:
(1) Students are scheduled at the hospital 4 days each week (Tuesday - Friday)
(2) CWRU classes are held on Mondays.
NOTE: In addition to Monday classes, there will also be a couple of evening classes during the SPRING semester ONLY.
During the SUMMER months (May - July)
(1) Students are scheduled at the hospital 5 days each week (Monday - Friday)
At the end of the 49 weeks, the students complete the Dietetic Internship portion of the CDI/CDP. They are provided with a verification statement which will qualify them to take the National board examination for registered dietitians (RD).
During the FIRST ACADEMIC YEAR (August - May)
(1) The interns take a total of 14-credit hours at CWRU (7 credits hours each semester).
During the FINAL SEMESTER of the graduate program
(1) The interns enroll for at least 13- (graduate) credit hours.
In order to complete the university’s requirements for the Master’s degree, students must take a written comprehensive examination.
To earn a Master’s Degree with Registered Dietitian credentials at the end of the 16-month program is a winning combination for the graduate because it does provides a significant competitive edge when entering the job market for the first time.
The program is currently granted continued accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), formerly known as the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE). ACEND serves as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitians (RD) or dietetic technicians, registered (DTR).
FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact:
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Phone: 800/877-1600 X 5400
ACEND Policy and Procedure Handbook (download pdf here)
Each UHCMC Dietetic Intern will receive a STIPEND of $13,000 (before taxes) over the course of the Supervised Practice Experience.
The stipend is processed through the payroll system of UH. Every two weeks, a portion of that stipend is paid to the intern via direct deposit.
~ NOTE: in addition to the stipend, each intern receives a dollar amount for cafeteria meals during the Supervised Practice Experience.
UHCMC Dietetic Interns will have to complete an application of employment for UHCMC. They will also be required to follow the hospital’s policies and procedures for employment. Please note that the Dietetic Interns are hired into UHCMC system as Temporary Full-Time Employees.
A representative from University Hospitals Human Resource department will:
• Contact the intern/student to set-up an appointment with Corporate Health for a Physical (including TB shots and urine sample).
• Contact the intern/student to set-up an appointment for fingerprinting (a background check is completed for all UHCMC employees).
• Conduct reference checks
• Send the intern/student a formal letter both to confirm his/her position and to provide information on the hospital’s orientation.
TIME OFF DURING THE INTERNSHIP
The Program allows five personal days in addition to six holidays.
UHCMC Dietetic Internship Program has a high passing rate for interns who have taken the Registered Dietitian Examination for the first time.