Program description

By completing this internship, each student will be prepared to become a competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionist who is employed in the field of dietetics while providing service to their profession and community while emphasizing research and continuation of graduate studies.

Program features include:

  • Emphasis on Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • 11-month long program (July to May)
  • Official Louisiana Tech Calendar is observed
  • Summer quarter spent on campus in Ruston, LA
  • Fall, Winter, and Spring (September-May) quarters interns complete practicum assignments in one of three geographical areas of Louisiana (Shreveport, Alexandria, or Ruston/Monroe)
  • 1200 hours of supervised practice combined with 15 hours of graduate coursework *
  • Fulfill practicum hours approx. 32-40 hours per week in facilities
  • In each geographic area, interns rotate through a variety of facilities which may include acute and long-term care, school food services, wellness centers, community nutrition programs, dialysis centers, rehabilitation centers, and private practice
  • In each geographic area, interns will complete clinical, pediatric, renal, and management rotations for dietetics.
  • Interns are not required to locate their facilities or preceptors in their city
  • Monthly trips during Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters for on-campus seminar
  • Mandatory RD exam review course and scores of 80% on practice exams.
  • Except Summer quarter, graduate courses are taken online
  • Graduate coursework (if B average earned) leads to the Board of Regents Graduate Certificate in Dietetics