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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.
Providing dietetic interns exceptional training to best prepare them for entry level positions as Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and to become leaders in clinical nutrition, nutrition education and nutrition research for children, adults and families.
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:
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:
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.
The dietetic internship at Children's Colorado, 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.
Program Goal 2: Program graduates will be capable of providing a high level of clinical care for children and adults.
Program Goal 3: Program graduates will be future leaders in the profession.
Program outcomes data are available upon request. Please send requests to Amy Schwartz, Dietetic Internship Director, Children's Colorado at firstname.lastname@example.org
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||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 latter offers discount with Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics membership|
The following are estimated costs that may be incurred during the program:
|Housing||$7,050 -14,100||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: $21,212 - $30,177
The dietetic internship program cannot offer financial aid and at this time 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.
The dietetic internship program runs for 45 weeks inclusive which includes 42 weeks of internship time and 3 weeks of scheduled vacation. Interns also receive 5 floating days of personal leave (i.e. illness) and we observe all Children’s Hospital holidays. The 2017 year will begin on Monday, July 24, 2017 and end Friday, June 1, 2018.
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.
Applications will be accepted from candidates who expect to have successfully completed a Didactic Program in Dietetics and at least a bachelor's degree before the internship start date through an accredited program, as determined by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and have a minimum total GPA of 3.0. Our application does not require the GRE test score. 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 Amy Schwartz at email@example.com or 720-777-0928.
Please see the outlined instructions for application to this program in our Instructions for Applicants (.pdf), 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 Amy Schwartz, Dietetic Internship Director by email: firstname.lastname@example.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
We are hosting an open house on Friday, January 6th, 2017 from 2-4 p.m. This is a planned program that starts promptly at 2 p.m. No reservation or RSVP necessary. The open house will be held at Children's Hospital Colorado on Anschutz Medical Campus in the 2nd floor conference center.