COLLEGE OF APPLIED & NATURAL SCIENCES

Program description

By completing this internship, interns will be prepared to become a competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists employed in the field of dietetics.

Program features include:

  • Our next Dietetic Internship class will begin Sept.1, 2022, and will be coordinated with the Master of Science program. Expected completion will be by Spring 2024.
  • Fall quarter courses are hybrid, and students are not expected to move from their permanent location until November 2022.
  • Master’s coursework follows the academic calendar of the university. Specific program calendar will be available in the Dietetic Internship handbook for the September 2022 cohort.
  • Undergraduate students are eligible to apply for Fall 2022 admittance if they have completed their undergraduate degree by August 2022.
  • Emphasis on Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • Official Louisiana Tech Calendar is observed
  • Interns complete practicum assignments in one of three geographical areas of Louisiana (Shreveport, Alexandria, or Ruston/Monroe)
  • 1,200 hours of supervised practice combined with graduate coursework
  • 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.
  • Periodic on-campus seminar classes will be scheduled.
  • Mandatory RD exam review course and scores of 80% on practice exams.