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Dietetic Internship

Dietetic Internship Contact Information

Director
Dietetic Internship
Jean Cerami
M.S., R.D., L.D.
jcerami@unm.edu

Assistant Director
Dietetic Internship
Diana Gonzalez-Pacheco
D.C.N., R.D., L.D.
dgonza21@unm.edu

The dietetic internship at the University of New Mexico began in 1989 as an approved pre-professional practice program. In 1997, the program was changed to a dietetic internship. The 5-year pass rate for the Registration Examination for Dietitians (RD exam) is 80% for first time takers. Testers passing within one year of first attempt, since 2016, are 91.3%. Program outcomes data are available on request. The dietetic internship (DI) at the University of New Mexico provides the supervised practice necessary for eligibility to take the Registration Examination for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. Students must have completed an undergraduate program (Didactic Program in Dietetics) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics before starting the DI.

The internship includes a minimum of 1216 hours of supervised practice in the areas of clinical dietetics, research, community and management nutrition, and three additional graduate-level courses. Interns are enrolled at UNM as graduate students in the Master of Science in Nutrition Program, unless they currently hold a MS degree or choose to take the required graduate courses as a non-degree seeking student. Interns are not required to complete the coursework required for the MS degree at the time they receive their verification of completion of the internship.

Program Mission

The mission of the Dietetic Internship is to develop culturally competent, entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists qualified to practice in the field of dietetics. The DI has a clinical concentration and will provide experience required to manage patients in clinical settings. It will also provide experiences in the management, community, and research areas of dietetics. The program combines didactic and supervised practice experiences to help interns acquire critical judgment and the capacity for discovery and apply these skills in dietetic practice. The program links theory and practice and provides students the opportunity to use the research process. Upon successful completion of the DI, graduates will be eligible to take the CDR credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).

Application Information

2020-2021

Note: UNM is participating in the DICAS Application Process.

Selection Criteria

The dietetic internship class size is limited to 6-8 interns per year. Students will be selected on the basis of academic achievement and ability, work/volunteer experience, letters of recommendation, and personal attributes that contribute to successful professional development.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree and fulfilled the requirements of a ACEND/AND accredited didactic program in dietetics before the DI Program begins. (NOTE: If your AND Verification of Completion of Didactic Program in Dietetics Statement is more than five years old, additional coursework may be required prior to admission to the DI Program. Contact the program director for information.) A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.2 is required.

Accreditation Status

The dietetic internship at the University of New Mexico is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic (AND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312-899-0040, ext.5400, www.eatright.org