Children's Hospital Colorado offers a dietetic internship training program with Pediatrics and Adult Acute Care concentrations. We offer a full-time, 10-month track as well as a 15-month, part-time track. This internship has full accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.
Mission of the Dietetic Internship Program at Children's Colorado
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 and preference for full- or part-time track 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 infants, children and adolescents with a variety of chronic diseases, growth faltering and malnutrition, 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 infants, children and adolescents with a variety of chronic diseases, growth faltering and malnutrition, 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 and/or bone marrow 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 and/or bone marrow 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 1200 hours. This includes 832 hours in clinical care covering the required areas of general medicine, gastroenterology, renal, oncology, weight management, critical care and staff relief, with additional rotations in diabetes, long-term care and outpatient settings. Additional 1-3 week rotations include Research, Food Service, Community Nutrition, Wellness, Home Care and two elective rotations to explore additional specialties and areas within the field of nutrition.
Dietetic Internship Program goals and outcome measures
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.
- Objective 1.1 - Eighty percent of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietetic nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
- Objective 1.2 - The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionist is at least 80%.
- Objective 1.3 - Of graduates who seek employment, 80% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
- Objective 1.4 - 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.
- Objective 1.5 - At least 80% of program graduates complete program requirements within 15.75 months.
Program Goal 2: Program graduates will be capable of providing a high level of clinical care for children and adults.
- Objective 2.1 - Over a five-year period, 65% of program graduates will obtain a position in pediatrics or adult acute care dietetics within one year of completing the program.
- Objective 2.2 - Over a five-year period, 50% of program graduates will obtain dietetics specific specialty certification.
- Objective 2.3 - Over a five-year period, 50% of program graduates who do not hold a MS degree will enroll in a graduate degree program within 2 years of graduation.
Program Goal 3: Program graduates will be future leaders in the profession.
- Objective 3.1 - Over a five-year period, 65% of program graduates will serve on a committee of a dietetic professional organization.
- Objective 3.2 - Over a five-year period, 50% of program graduates will be participating in or training to participate in nutrition research, quality improvement or process improvement or have published in a peer-reviewed journal within five-years of completing the program.
Program outcomes data are available upon request. Please send requests to the Dietetic Internship Director, Children's Colorado at email@example.com
Tuition and fees
Tuition for the program is $11,000, 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
|Application Due Date
|1st half due by May 1 of the year of program start; 2nd half due by week 21 of the program
|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
|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
|Basic Life Support certification required for certain rotations
|Required to have completed a background check within the last 7 years
The following are estimated costs that may be incurred during the program:
|Range based on estimate for double occupancy to single occupancy. Rent in Aurora and Denver varies greatly based on the area.
|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
|Not required, but strongly encouraged.
|A personal laptop is not required, but will make some of the remote and offsite rotations and assignments more accessible. Interns have access to designated desktops on the CHCO campus, and may borrow department laptops pending availability.
|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: $23,450 - $33,245
Financial aid and loan deferment
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.
Interns meet as a group for class most Monday mornings, and have Monday afternoons off for personal work time.
The dietetic internship program runs for 43 weeks, which includes 39 weeks of internship time and 4 weeks of scheduled vacation (Thanksgiving week, Winter Break (2 weeks), Spring Break). Interns also receive 5 floating days of personal leave (i.e. illness) and we observe all Children’s Hospital holidays. The 2024 year will begin on Monday, August 5, 2024 and end Friday, May 30, 2025.
Program completion and verification
Upon the conclusion of the program, each intern who has successfully fulfilled all 2022 ACEND core competencies through 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. The RD exam requirements are set by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Graduates who then pass the Registration Examination for Dietitians become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and able to practice. State Licensure may be required for positions in some states; all graduates who pass the Registration Examination would also be eligible for licensure in states that require it.
CDR's Master's Degree Requirement
Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website: www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship program at Children’s Hospital Colorado are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.
Full-time track: Children’s Hospital Colorado requires completion of a master’s degree prior to beginning the dietetic internship. Applications of students currently working on their master’s with plans to finish prior to the beginning of the internship will be considered.
Part-time track: Children’s Hospital Colorado requires that part-time interns must either be enrolled in or have completed a master’s degree program. For those with a master’s degree in progress, it is required there be no more than 18 credits remaining by the beginning of the dietetic internship, and a plan must be submitted outlining completion of the master’s degree by the end of the dietetic internship.
In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements click here.
For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here.
Applications will be accepted from candidates who expect to have successfully completed a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) through an accredited program as determined by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and a master's degree before the internship start date (full-time or part-time track), or have a DPD verification statement and a master’s degree in progress with plan to finish by the end of the dietetic internship (part-time track only), and have a minimum total GPA of 3.0. Our application does not require the GRE test score. Applications are submitted through DICAS, and the application due date is February 15th.
Within the DICAS application system, please include your personal statement, cover letter, short-answer responses, 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 email or call the internship director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-777-0928.
A $65 application fee may be paid online or by check/money order and sent to:
Children's Hospital Colorado, Department of Clinical Nutrition
13123 E 16th Avenue, B270
Aurora, CO 80045
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application fee is sent and received by the program by the application deadline in the year for which they are applying.
For more information, please contact the Dietetic Internship Director by email: email@example.com 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 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
800-877-1600, ext. 5400
We are hosting two open houses, Tuesday, November 7 at 12 PM MST (virtual only) and Monday January 8 at 11 AM MST (virtual and in-person). The in-person open house will be held at Children's Hospital Colorado on Anschutz Medical Campus in Mt. Columbia, 2nd floor conference center. A virtual link will be available for those wishing to attend remotely for the first part of the program. Please register for open houses here.
Dietetic Internship Handbook
Available upon request