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Retention Criteria

  • A student needs to achieve a satisfactory (B-) grade in each course and at least a competent score in all core and emphasis competencies.
  • Failure to achieve a B- average will result in withdrawal of the student from the internship.
  • All students must make satisfactory progress through the program requirements. Students must complete each rotation within four months.



Program Completion Requirements

The Distance Internship requires 18 credits for completion. Students must demonstrate both academic and clinical competence. Students in addition to completing the four required courses with a B- or better grade must receive competent evaluation ratings for all program learning outcomes. Verification to CDR that the student has completed the program (including all financial obligations to Marywood) may be delayed or withheld if a student, in the opinion of the Marywood University staff or preceptors of the supervised practice affiliations, does not demonstrate entry-level competence. Students will be provided with a signed verification statement after completion of all program requirements. This Verification Statement is necessary for eligibility to take the registration examination.


Frequently Asked Questions

What does successful completion mean?

The DI requires 33 credits for the onsite track and 18 credits for the distance track for completion.  Interns must demonstrate both academic and clinical competence as described under "Evaluation System".   Interns in addition to completing the required credits, are required to maintain a B- average and receive at least a moderate rating in all learning outcomes to be awarded the Verification Statement. 

Do I need to file an application with D & D Digital?

All DI applicants need to complete his/her DICAS application and register for computer matching with   D and D Digital at: www.dnddigital.com

Will Marywood University provide me with facilities and preceptors?

OnSite Track: The Dietetic Internship Program Director (PD) will arrange for facilities and preceptors for all experiences. You are encouraged to participate in your program development by expressing your individual interests.

Distance Track: The intern will need to locate and arrange for facilities and preceptors for all supervised practice experiences (Community Nutrition, FSM, MNT - acute and long term care). Consultation with the PD is encouraged. 

Onsite question: Will all my facilities or sites be in the Scranton area?

The onsite internship track has agreements with various agencies and health care facilities in and throughout the surrounding Scranton area. Some placements may require the intern to commute 20 - 60 + miles/day.

Are there classes involved with the supervised practice?

"Classes" are in an Internet based educational system =  Moodle. Moodle will have the course outlines, information and links that will assist you in gathering the material needed for each rotation.

The onsite intern will meet with the program director (PD) on campus at least 2x a month and the distance intern will communicate with the PD via email (i.e. discussion boards) or on the telelphone.

What courses or rotations are involved and in what order will I take them?

The dietetic internship - onsite track consists of 9 courses / 33 credits.

There are 4 supervised practice courses:

  • ND 565 Supervised Practice: Community Nutrition (4 cr.),
  • ND 566 Supervised Practice: Foods Systems Management (6 cr.),
  • ND 568 Supervised Practice: Clinical Dietetics (6 cr.) and
  • ND 500 Professional Practice, which includes the programs final exam and Staff Relief (2 cr.).

The course sequence is- ND 565 (Summer II), ND 566 (Fall) and ND 568 (Spring) followed by ND 500 Professional Practice/Staff Relief (Spring).

And 5 graduate courses / 15 credits. The 5 graduate courses are:

  • ND 536 - Communication Techniques in Nutrition & Exercise (Summer II),
  • ND 508 - Recent Trends in Food Systems Management (Fall),
  • ND 581 - Energy, Nutrients & Alcohol (Fall),
  • ND 590 - Research Methodology (Spring),
  • ND 582 - Vitamins and Minerals (Spring).

The dietetic internship – distance track consists of 4 courses / 18 credits. All are supervised practice courses:

  • ND 565 Supervised Practice: Community Nutrition (4 cr.),
  • ND 566 Supervised Practice: Foods Systems Management (6 cr.),
  • ND 568 Supervised Practice: Clinical Dietetics (6 cr.) and
  • ND 500 Professional Practice, which includes the programs final exam and Staff Relief (2 cr.).

The course sequence is- ND 565, ND 566 and ND 568 followed by ND 500 - Staff Relief and CHOICE

Are preceptors paid by Marywood University?

No, no financial compensation is provided to preceptors by the University.

What are the acceptance dates for the internship?

The Dietetic Internship program will participate in the April match. Check with D & D Digital for the application deadline.

How long do I have to complete the program?

The Dietetic Internship is a full-time program that takes 10 months to complete, usually starting at the beginning of July and ending in May. You may want to check with the program director for the exact dates.

Can I defer payments on my undergraduate loans?

Probably, since you are a registered graduate student taking at least a half-time program. Individual loan programs do vary, so it is best to check with your lender.

Can I transfer any of the supervised practice credits into a Master's Program?

The supervised practice courses are designed as experiential courses and are not accepted as part of Marywood's MS program. Other schools may have different policies. Check with the school you would like to attend.

So I can't work and get paid while I'm an intern?

You can work for pay any hours above the internship-committed hours or on weekends.

Can I get credit for past work experience?

This is possible, speak to the Director of the DI about this before you start the program.

Do I need all preceptors to be RDs?

RDs, of course, will be the best suited preceptors for many rotations. Other health and management personnel may also be appropriate depending on the experience. Discuss specific issues with your Program Director.

What do I get at the completion of this program?

After successful completion of the program you get a certificate of completion and a signed Verification Statement.