Dietetic Internship Program Information


Children's Hospital Colorado offers a dietetic internship training program with Pediatrics and Adult Acute Care concentrations. This full-time, 42-week internship is currently granted Candidacy Status for accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Mission of the Dietetic Internship Program

Provide dietetic interns exceptional training to best prepare them for entry level positions and to become leaders in clinical nutrition, nutrition education and nutrition research for children, adults and families.

Concentrations

The program has two concentration areas, Pediatrics and Adult Acute Care. The application process for both concentrations is the same and the preferred concentration area should be provided in the letter of intent, as a part of the application process outlined below. When selected, the program director will utilize the letter of intent to place the student in the preferred concentration area. If in the event there are unequal requests for a concentration area, the director will use provided background information from the application process as well as a discussion with the interns to decide the best placement for interns such that there are equal number of students in each concentration area for the program year.

Pediatrics Concentration - Those enrolled in the Pediatrics Concentration will complete the majority of their core hours in pediatric acute care and pediatric care staff relief. The interns completing the Pediatrics Concentration will be able to:

  • Demonstrate thorough nutritional assessment of children and adolescents with chronic disease, growth faltering, micronutrient deficiencies, pediatric overweight and obesity, critically ill neonates and critically ill infants and children through independent assessment, case studies and presentations.
  • Develop effective strategies for monitoring and evaluating problems, etiologies, signs, symptoms and the impact of interventions on the nutrition diagnosis of children and adolescents with chronic disease, growth faltering, micronutrient deficiencies, pediatric overweight and obesity, critically ill neonates and critically ill infants and children.

Adult Acute Care Concentration - Those enrolled in the Adult Acute Care Concentration will complete the majority of their core hours in adult acute care and adult acute care staff relief. The interns completing the Adult Acute Care Concentration will be able to:

  • Demonstrate thorough nutritional assessment of adults undergoing solid organ transplantation and acutely ill adults in advanced critical care areas including burn and neurosurgical intensive care.
  • Develop effective strategies for monitoring and evaluating problems, etiologies, signs, symptoms and the impact of interventions on the nutrition diagnosis of adults undergoing solid organ transplantation and acutely ill adults in advanced critical care areas including burn and neurosurgical intensive care.

All interns regardless of concentration will complete all required rotations with a minimum total supervised practice time of 1404 hours, including 684 hours in clinical acute care covering the required areas of general medicine, gastroenterology, renal, oncology, critical care and staff relief.

Dietetic Internship Program goals and outcome measures

The dietetic internship, staff, preceptors, administrators and all committee members are committed to the success of our interns. This commitment drives the development of intern-centered goals, aiming for the development of excellent dietetics practitioners. To accomplish this, the dietetic internship has established the following program goals and outcome measures. The outcome measure data are collected and monitored to ensure the program continues to meet its goals.

Program Goal 1: Program graduates will be able to function competently in many facets of dietetics.

  • Outcome Measure 1.1 - Over a five-year period, 80% of program graduates will successfully complete registration examination on the first try [ACEND-Required Outcome Measure].
  • Outcome Measure 1.2 - Over a five-year period, 70% of the graduates who seek employment in dietetics will be employed within three months of completing the program [ACEND-Required Outcome Measure].
  • Outcome Measure 1.3 - Over a five-year period, 80% of employers who hire graduates will rate them as "Very Prepared" for their position when compared to others seeking the same or similar entry-level position.
  • Outcome Measure 1.4 - Over a five-year period, 95% of program graduates will complete the program within 150% of the planned time (63 weeks) [ACEND-Required Outcome Measure].

Program Goal 2: Program graduates will be capable of providing a high level of clinical care for children and adults.

  • Outcome Measure 2.1 - Over a five-year period, 80% of program graduates in the pediatrics concentration will obtain a position in pediatric dietetics within one-year of completing the program.
  • Outcome Measure 2.2 - Over a five-year period, 80% of program graduates in the adult acute care concentration will obtain a position in clinical adult acute care within one-year of completing the program.
  • Outcome Measure 2.3 - Over a five-year period, 50% of program graduates will obtain dietetics-specific specialty certification or enroll in graduate degree programs within two years of completing the program.

Program Goal 3: Program graduates will be future leaders in the profession.

  • Outcome Measure 3.1 - Over a five-year period, 70% of program graduates will be members of, participate in, or serve on a committee of a dietetic professional organization.
  • Outcome Measure 3.2 - Over a five-year period, 50% of program graduates will be participating in or training to participate in nutrition research or have published in a peer-reviewed journal within two-years of completing the program.

Program outcomes data are available upon request. Please send requests to michelle.henry@childrenscolorado.org

Tuition and fees

Tuition for the program is $8,000, of which half is due upon acceptance to the program and the other half due by week 21 of the program. The following table is a summary of additional fees associated with the program.

Required tuition and fees

Required Tuition and Fees Amount Due Date
Application fee $65 Application Due Date
Tuition $8,000 1st half due by May 1 of the year of program start; 2nd half due by week 21 of the program
Health Insurance $0-500 Must show proof of health insurance active during internship; may be covered under parent's plan until age 26; suggest short-term health insurance (www.ehealthinsurance.com) if unable to be covered elsewhere
Professional Liability Insurance $20-35 Required to carry professional liability insurance during the internship. Suggested companies: www.hpso.com or www.proliability.com the later offers discount with Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics membership

The following are estimated costs that may be incurred during the program:

  Amount Notes
Housing $6,600-13,200 Range based on estimate for double occupancy to single occupancy. Rent in Denver varies greatly based on the area.
Food/Gas/etc. $5,500-6,900 Most rotations are on the Anschutz Medical Campus (AMC), living on or near AMC will significantly cut costs.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Student Membership $50 Not required, but strongly encouraged.
Denver Dietetic Association Student Membership $27 Not required, but strongly encouraged.
Books/Supplies $500 It is not required to purchase books or journal memberships but it may be encouraged. The program makes every effort to make these available for intern use but in some cases interns may wish to purchase their own.

Total estimated costs for the Dietetic Internship Program: $20,792-$29,307

Financial aid and loan deferment

The dietetic internship program cannot offer financial aid and at this does not have its own scholarships for tuition. Students whom are seeking financial assistance should investigate the deferment options with educational loans they currently hold and may consider applying for a scholarship through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Finally, some students seek personal loans for covering the costs of the internship.

Schedule

The dietetic internship is a 42-week program, which includes 2 weeks of vacation and observance of all Children's Hospital Colorado holidays. The 2014 year will begin Monday, July 28th, 2014 and end Friday, May 8th, 2015.

Program completion and verification

Upon the conclusion of the program, each intern whom has successfully completed all rotations and projects will be provided a Verification Statement, acknowledging their completion of the Dietetic Internship program. In addition, intern name will be provided to the Commission on Dietetic Registration indicating eligibility to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians. Graduates whom then pass the Registration Examination for Dietitians become Registered Dietitians and able to practice. State Licensure may be required for positions in some states; all graduates whom pass the Registration Examination would also be eligible for licensure in states that require it.

Application information

Applications will be accepted from candidates who expect to have successfully completed a didactic program in dietetics and at least a bachelor's degree by the internship start date, as determined by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and have a minimum total GPA of 3.0. Applications are submitted through DICAS, and Application due date is February 15th.

Within the DICAS application system, please include your personal statement and letters of reference.  We do not have specific guidelines for the personal statement, nor do we have guidelines for whom to obtain your letters of reference from.  Please use your judgment for both.

When ready to match to programs using D & D Digital, you may choose to rank both of our concentrations or just one. There is no additional fee for ranking both concentrations, nor a lesser fee for ranking only one. Please be sure to indicate in your letter to our program that you are applying to both concentrations if you are in fact doing so. Our Pediatrics concentration will have D & D Digital code 127 and our Adult Acute Care concentration will have D & D Digital code 126. For any questions regarding this process please feel free to call Michelle Henry.

Additional Materials:
Please see the outlined instructions for application to this program in our Instructions for Applicants, which outlines that in addition to the DICAS application, a letter of intent identifying preferred concentration area, completion of a short-answer form, and an application fee of $65 needs to be sent to:

Children's Hospital Colorado, Department of Clinical Nutrition
13123 E 16th Avenue, B270
Aurora, CO 80045

For more information, please contact Michelle Henry, Program Coordinator by email: michelle.henry@childrenscolorado.org or by phone: 720-777-0928
ACEND is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.

ACEND can be reached at:
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
312-899-0040 x5400
acend@eatright.org