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Overview


Program Mission

The Dietetic Internship program mission at the University of Northern Colorado will prepare graduates to become entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists who have the acquired knowledge to enrich the community through professional practice under the professional code of ethics, and remain life-long learners that is supported by evidence based research and leadership activity.


General Information

  • Accepts up to 30 interns each year.
  • Does not expect you to relocate to Greeley, Colorado.
  • The internship is based on a distance education model.
  • Is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
  • Prepares all intern graduates to be competent in entry-level dietitian positions.
  • Boasts a high post-internship employment rate and a high passing rate for first-time test takers on the Registration Exam.
  • Potential interns must attend a three-day orientation in Greeley, Colorado.
  • Two required online courses are completed prior to orientation in Greeley, Colorado and will provide four academic graduate credits.
  • All interns must work from a reliable computer with internet capabilities.
  • All interns must complete a minimum of 1200 supervised practice hours in order to fulfill ACEND requirements.
  • Interns may arrange with preceptors to complete practice hours on a full-time or part-time basis.  This choice must be declared at the time of application on the Rotation Summary Form. Full-time interns are required to practice a minimum of 32 hours per week and no more than 40 hours/week. Part-time interns will need to practice a minimum of 20 hours per week.
  • All interns should complete the program within 8-10 months (full-time) or 14 months (part-time) of beginning rotations.
  • Rotations should begin no later than 4 weeks from the end of Greeley orientation. Exceptions to these rules are on a case-by-case basis after the intern has begun the program. Exceptions result from family emergencies, illness or other considerations and are negotiated with the Program Coordinator.
  • Please read all information carefully since our application procedure differs from traditional internship programs.
  • Make sure to print the “Important Dates” document and the “Internship Application Checklist.”

Graduate Outcomes

  • Over a five-year period alumni achieve a first-time pass rate of at least 855 on the RD exam.
  • Within 12 months of completing the program, at least 70% of graduates will have obtained employment related to dietetics.
  • Over a 5-year period, the mean rating for “knowledge base” that employers will give graduates in their employ will meet or exceed the rating of 3.0 (adequately prepared).
  • Over a 5-year period, 95% of surveyed employed graduates will rate themselves as prepared (at least a rating of 3.0) for their first position.
  • Twenty-five percent of students reside in geographic areas removed from access to site- based internships in a 5-year period.
  • Twenty-five percent of students select the part-time program option and complete within 14 months.
  • Over a 5-year period, at least 50% of employed graduates of the program will have obtained membership in at least one dietetics related professional organization on a local, state, or national level.