Mississippi State University Dietetic Internship
The Mississippi State University (MSU) Dietetic Internship (DI) program offered in the Department of Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion is a post-baccalaureate program designed to prepare interns for rewarding careers in traditional and non-traditional roles. Interns complete the requirements for the DI and 9 hours of graduate credit within 11 months. The program provides 1200 hours of supervised practice experience in various clinical, research, food service management, community nutrition, and nutrition education settings. Upon completion of the internship, graduates are prepared for the registration examination of the Commission on Dietetic Registration (cdrnet.org), as well as entry-level practice. Graduates may also apply for provisional state licensure once the program verification statements are issued.
Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are food and nutrition experts who have met the following criteria to earn the RD credential:
- Completed a minimum of a bachelor's degree at a US regionally accredited university or college and course work accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
- Completed an ACEND®-accredited supervised practice program (Dietetic Internship) at a health-care facility, community agency, or a foodservice corporation or combined with undergraduate or graduate studies.
- Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). For more information regarding the examination, refer to CDR’s website at www.cdrnet.org.
- Completed continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.
Some RDs hold additional certifications in specialized areas of practice. These are awarded through CDR, the credentialing agency for the Academy, and/or other medical and nutrition organizations and are recognized within the profession, but are not required. Some of the certifications include pediatric or renal nutrition, sports dietetics, nutrition support and diabetes education.
In addition to RDN credentialing, many states have regulatory laws for dietitians and nutrition practitioners. Frequently these state requirements are met through the same education and training required to become an RDN. (Adapted from Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic website).
Role of Dietetic Internship in the Credentialing Process
If you have completed the first step in becoming a registered dietitian (RD) by successfully completing an accredited ACEND (Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics) Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) academic program, providing at least a bachelor's degree, you are eligible to apply for an ACEND accredited DI that will provide supervised practice experience and nine hours of graduate credit. Upon successful completion of the DI, the DI director will prepare and sign a Verification Statement of Completion of the MSU DI and send a copy to CDR that indicates eligibility to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians, which you will be able to schedule. Most states require licensure of dietitians to be able to work in some jobs such as nursing homes and hospitals. Requirements for licensure vary by state. You should contact the licensing agency in the state in which you wish to work.
Students must meet the following criteria to be considered for the MSU DI program:
- Completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) with minimum academic requirements as approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- Verification Statement issued by the DPD Director of your college/university.
- Overall GPA of at least 3.00 (strongly recommended)
- GRE scores
- MSU Graduate School Admission
- $35 application processing fee payable to MSU DI and mailed to Dr. Terezie Tolar Mosby
Application Procedure/Computer Matching
MSU DI participate in the Spring Dietetic Internship Computerized Application System (DICAS) and D&D Digital. Applicants must also register for computer matching with D&D Digital for computer matching processes for July admission.
February 15, 2019 is a deadline for submitting completed application via DICAS and $35 application fee. Check should be addressed to MSU DI and envelop should be addressed to:
Terezie Mosby, EdD, RDN, LD
Director, Mississippi State University Dietetic Internship
204 Herzer, 945 Stone Blvd
P.O. Box 9805
Miss. State, MS 39762
All completed applications will be reviewed. The MSU DI Intern Selection Committee ranks applications on the basis of all components of the internship application. Please see application scoring sheet.
Applicants are able to reorder or remove (not add) their rank profile on-line with D& Digital March 25-April 1, 2019. No changes in DI rankings may be made after 11:59 PM Central Time on April 1, 2019. If an applicant will not be able to accept a match that may occur, D&D Digital must be notified in writing of the decision to withdraw from Dietetic Internship matching by April 1, 2019.
Applicant matching results will be posted on www.dnddigital.com from 6:00 PM Central Time, April 7, 2019 (Notification Day) through April 8, 2019 (Appointment Day). This is the ONLY source of notification for applicants. Each applicant will receive either ONE MATCH or NO MATCH after Log In.
All applicants who receive ONE MATCH will find the matched DI program name and contact information to accept the matched appointment. The MATCHED DI program is planning that the MATCH will be accepted. Matched applicants must contact the Dietetic Internship Program by email on or before 6:00 PM (time zone of the program, which is Central Time for the MSU DI Program), Monday, April 8, 2019 to confirm acceptance of the match. No arrangements should be made with any other DI programs. After this time, the program is under no obligation to hold the opening for the matched applicant. Applicants who receive NO MATCH will be given other instructions.
Participants in the computer matching process are expected to adhere to the results of the match and accept a match that may occur. It is unethical to decline a match in order to pursue appointment to another program.
Graduation and Program Completion Requirements
The following components must be successfully completed to receive a Verification Statement, which qualifies the intern to sit for the Registration Examination for Registered Dietitians:
Performance will be evaluated on an ongoing basis throughout and at the end of each rotation. Satisfactory performance and practice skills must be demonstrated throughout the program as evaluated by each site coordinator or preceptor. Dietetic interns are eligible for graduation from the program when assignments are completed satisfactorily and when the intern has been in supervised practice for the required number of hours. All competencies (CRDNs) for entry-level dietitians must be met by graduation. Dietetic interns who successfully complete the program will receive a signed program Verification Statement and will be eligible to sit for the national examination.
Interns are expected to complete all requirements of the program in 11 months. The maximum amount of time allowed for completing the program is one year, or twelve months. If an intern cannot complete all requirements in 11 months due to extraordinary circumstances, the DI director, site coordinator and/or preceptor will work to reach a consensus with the intern to enable the intern to complete the requirements of the program in a timely manner.
Professional Meetings: Interns are required to become student members of A.N.D. by the time they enter the DI program. During the DI program, interns are required to attend specific professional meetings, such as the annual FNCE meeting, Mississippi Dietetic Association meeting and the Northeast District Mississippi Dietetic Association meetings.
Project: Interns will complete individual or group research project and prepare it for publication or presentation.
All interns will be assessed for prior learning and given up to 300 supervised practice hours for the prior learning. The prior learning will be assessed by the Director as follows:
- Graduate Assistantships (GAs)
Any intern that has a GA will be given supervised practice hours based on the hours worked in their GA and the type of work they are doing. They will be given credit for ACEND competencies based on their GA. The GA must keep a record of hours worked and date and exact competencies they met (providing proof with the GA preceptors' signature).
- Previous Work Experience
Interns must provide a resume and portfolio that contains the learning activities completed in their previous work experience. Credit for competencies met, will be given to the intern based on their resume and portfolio.
- Prior learning hours will be given on a 1 to 1 ratio.
Supervised Practice Facilities that Participate in the MSU DI
The total amount of possible travel will be 36 weeks x 4 days/week. The estimated amount of travel to rotation sites is 11,000 miles. Costs for mileage vary tremendously depending on price of gasoline, miles per gallon of your automobile, etc. Carpooling is encouraged. Estimates of round-trip mileage to the rotation sites from the MSU campus for the duration of the internship, based on the number of weeks at each site are provided in parenthesis.
- Baptist Memorial Hospital - Golden Triangle, Columbus, MS | 6 weeks
- Fresenius Medical Care, Columbus, MS | 2 weeks
- Mississippi State Department of Health, Starkville, MS | 3 weeks
- Mississippi State University Extension Service, Starkville, MS | 4 weeks
- North Mississippi Medical Center - Tupelo, Tupelo, MS | 8 weeks
- Choctaw Indian Reservation/Food Distribution Center, Choctaw, MS | 3 weeks
- Mississippi State University - Aramark, Starkville, MS | 3 weeks
- MSU Health Center, Starkville, MS | 3 weeks
- Sports Nutrition – Mississippi State Athletics, Starkville, MS | 6 weeks (optional)
- Starkville School District Food Service, Starkville, MS | 1 week
- Research, Starkville, MS | 2 weeks
Additional travel may be required to attend meetings. You are encouraged to carpool whenever possible. However, please be aware that you need to be at the site when preceptors or staff to whom you are assigned requires you to be there. Preceptors and others may not be able and do not need to change their schedules to accommodate your desire to carpool.
Fees and Financial Information
Tuition and financial aid information for graduate students is posted at http://www.sfa.msstate.edu/cost. Interns are classified as full-time graduate students for both semesters of the Internship. The MSU Office of the Graduate School also has financial and other information at http://www.grad.msstate.edu. Other fees may include, but are not limited to: living expenses, campus parking permit, textbooks, supplies, health and liability insurance, Academy membership, professional meeting attendance (in-state only), transportation costs to supervised practice facilities.
Internship fee $2,500.00 (payable in two instalments $1,250.00 in Spring semester, $1,250.00 in Fall semester).
Transportation: Interns must provide their own reliable, sufficiently insured transportation between university and facilities. Some carpooling is possible.
The MSU Dietetic Internship is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; 1200 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000; Chicago, IL 60606-6995 | 312-899-0040 ext. 5400 | www.eatright.org/ACEND/. Program outcomes are available upon request.
Janice Giddens, a registered dietician and alumni of the MSU Dietetics program is the Applied International Nutrition Research Fellow in Africa. Her work is featured in this video
MSU DI Mission
The mission of the Mississippi State University Dietetic Internship (MSU DI) is to provide supervised practice experience which instills in dietetic interns ideals of diversity, citizenship, leadership, and service, and to provide an integrative approach to foods, nutrition, and health and prepare interns who are competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists. The program accomplishes this mission through learning experiences in a variety of practice settings with diverse populations, contrasting delivery systems, and research oriented graduate education.
MSU DI Goals
- The MSU DI will prepare graduates who are competent entry–level dietitian nutritionists.
- The MSU DI will prepare graduates who are leaders and engage in work within diverse populations.
MSU DI Objectives
- Based on graduate surveys conducted 3 months post-graduation, 100% of interns will self-rate a competent level of "3-effective" or "4-outstanding" for overall preparation for entry-level dietitian nutritionist (based on 4 point scale).
- Over a five-year period, at least 80% of first-year test takers will pass the registration exam.
- At least 90% of interns will complete the program in 150% of the time planned for completion, or 16.5 months.
- Within 1 year of program completion, at least 80% of graduates seeking employment will have obtained a dietetics-related position.
- At least 80% of students will receive a rating of "3=Excellent, exceeds expectations" on culminating clinical staff relief rotation evaluations (based on a 3 point scale).
- At least 80% or more of employers will respond "3-good" or "4-excellent" that the internship adequately prepared graduates for professional practice.
- At least 25% of graduates will report the pursuit of graduate education or advanced certification 5 years post completion of the program.
- At least 25% of gradutes will report working in extension or research.
Contact Information for the MSU DI Director
- Dr. Terezie T. Mosby
- Department of Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion
- Box 9805
- 945 Stone Blvd., Herzer Building
- Mississippi State, MS 39762
- Office Phone: 662-325-5902
- Department Phone: 662-325-3200
- Fax: 662-325-8728