2018-2019 Graduate Course Catalog 
    
    Sep 25, 2018  
2018-2019 Graduate Course Catalog

Dietetic Internship Program, CAS


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Contact:

Nicole Beckwith, Director, Dietetic Internship Program
550 White Hall
Phone: (315) 443-2386

Core Faculty:

Jennifer Wilkins

Staff:

Donna Sparkes, Administrative Assistant
 

Description:

The internship program supports students as they prepare for careers as entry-level dietitians. It builds on academic skills acquired in an accredited didactic program in dietetics. The internship consists of 1200-hours of supervised practice focusing on the nutrition care process as it applies to communities, families, acute care, long term care, outpatient programs and feeding programs. It includes a concentration focusing on outcomes research, and management.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the registration examination for dietitians offered through the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR). Successful completion of the RD exam is usually a prerequisite for state licensure or certification.

Accreditation:

The internship is accredited by Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) (120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606; 312-879-0040; ext. 5400).

Admission:

Applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an institution offering an accredited didactic program in dietetics and have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate coursework and 3.0 in DPD coursework.

Applicants are selected through D&D Digital Systems, a computerized matching service that serves as a clearinghouse to match internship applicants and programs. The process requires applicants to go online and register with D&D Digital before their deadline by completing an online profile and payment. Applicants rank/ prioritize the list of internships after they register.

In addition to the D&D process, applicants to Syracuse University’s Dietetic Internship will use the online centralized internship application found on the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) website.

DICAS is an online applicant portal, for use by students who are applying to Dietetic Internship programs that participate in the DICAS Match. The DICAS Online is a service of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

A $35 non-refundable application fee for Syracuse University students or a $40 non-refundable application fee for non-Syracuse University applicants is required.

Financial Support:

Students only enrolled in a CAS program are not eligible for department financial aid.  Additional information regarding loan availability for CAS programs can be found at  https://graduateadmissions.syr.edu/funding/  

Gainful Employment Disclosure:

For more information about our CAS graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit Syracuse University Gainful Employment Disclosure page (https://www.syracuse.edu/about/consumer-information/gainful-employment/) and click the title of the CAS.

Transfer Credit: 

A maximum of three credits from a combination of transfer and/or external examinations/extra-institutional and experiential learning will be accepted toward a C.A.S.

Student Learning Outcomes


The program’s curriculum provides learning activities to attain the breadth and depth of the core competencies and program-defined concentration competencies based on accreditation standards. Below are the student learning outcomes for the program.

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

1. Apply evidence-based guidelines, systematic reviews and scientific literature in the nutrition care process and model and other areas of dietetics practice.

2. Perform self- assessment, develop goals and objectives and prepare portfolio for professional development as defined by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

3. Perform the Nutrition Care Process and use standardized nutrition language for individuals, groups and populations of differing ages and health status, in a variety of settings.

4. Conduct nutrition-focused physical exams (NFPE).

5. Assess the nutritional status of individuals, groups and populations in a variety of settings where nutrition care is or can be delivered.

6. Diagnose nutrition problems and create problem, etiology, signs and symptoms (PES) statements.

7. Plan and implement nutrition interventions to include prioritizing the nutrition diagnosis, formulating a nutrition prescription, establishing goals and selecting and managing intervention.

8. Monitor and evaluate problems, etiologies, signs, symptoms and the impact of interventions on the nutrition diagnosis.

9. Complete documentation that follows professional guidelines, guidelines required by health care systems and guidelines required by the practice setting.

10. Perform management functions related to safety, security and sanitation that affect employees, customers, patients, facilities and food.

11. Participate in public policy activities, including both legislative and regulatory initiatives.

12. Analyze financial data to assess utilization of resources.

13. Code and bill for dietetic/nutrition services to obtain reimbursement from public or private insurers.

14. Performs needs assessment for targeted programs.

CAS Program Requirements


The 13 credit hour Dietetic Internship Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) is a dietetic internship program that can be pursued with or without a graduate degree.

The internship program supports students as they prepare for careers as entry-level dietitians. It builds on academic skills acquired in an accredited didactic program in dietetics. The internship consists of 1200-hours of supervised practice focusing on the nutrition care process as it applies to communities, families, acute care, long term care, outpatient programs and feeding programs. It includes a concentration focusing on outcomes research, and management.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the registration examination for dietitians offered through the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR). Successful completion of the RD exam is usually a prerequisite for state licensure or certification.

The internship is based on the current standards of Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) (120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606; 312-879-0040; ext. 5400).

Transfer Credit

A maximum of three credits from a combination of transfer and/or external examiniations/extra-institutional and experiential learning will be accepted toward a CAS.

Program Requirements


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