DIETETIC INTERNSHIP &
COMBINED MASTER'S DEGREE AND DIETETIC INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS
The Dietetic Internship (DI) at Queens College provides the opportunity to acquire the essential competencies for employment as an entry-level dietitian. Interns are placed in a variety of local facilities to develop their skills in the practice of dietetics. The curriculum is based on the 2017 Standards of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. You may visit the ACEND website at https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend for more information on accreditation of dietetics programs. The Queens College Dietetic Internship is fully accredited by ACEND through 2028. The address for ACEND is 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995. The telephone number is 800/877-1600, ext.5400.
The Queens College Dietetic Internship admits individuals who have completed a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) accredited by ACEND and a Master's degree, completed at any college. A Verification Statement of DPD completion and transcript stating Master's degree has been awarded, or Statement of Intent to Complete these before starting the DI is necessary to be eligible to apply to the Dietetic Internship. Application to the DI is due to DICAS by February 15.
of the ACEND accredited Dietetic Internship, graduates receive a Verification Statement of dietetic internship
completion which is required for eligibility to take the registration exam for
dietitian-nutritionists of the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR). The
exam must be passed to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) which also fulfills requirements in New York state to become a certified dietitian-nutritionist (CDN). For more information about educational pathways to become an RDN please visit https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend/students-and-advancing-education/information-for-students. For more information on New York State certification requirements as a Dietitian-Nutritionist please visit http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/diet/dietlic.htm. It is ACEND's considered
opinion that the program is designed to and does meet all state dietetics
licensure and certification laws.
The Dietetic Internship is part of the Nutrition Specialty in the Master of Science Program in Nutrition and Exercise, within the Family, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences (FNES) Department. All who apply for the Dietetic Internship, even though their Master's is completed, must apply to the graduate program by the deadline for the year they expect to enter the DI, as the DI is within the graduate program. Application to the graduate program occurs after
acceptance to the internship by computer match. If matched to the QC DI you will be accepted
to the graduate program to complete the DI.
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). If a student completes the Dietetic Internship prior to completing a master's degree and the RDN exam has not been taken by January 1, 2024, a master's degree must be completed before you will be able to take the Registration Exam for RDNs. Therfore all applicants to the QC DI must now have a Master's degree completed by the start of the DI or, if completing the Master's degree in Nutrition Specialization at Queens College, a minimum of 24 graduate credits completed by the start of the DI and completion of the remaining 12 graduate credits during the DI year.
COMBINED MASTER'S DEGREE AND DIETETIC INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
CDR's requirement for both
a Master's degree and the Dietetic Internship to become a RDN, a MS/DI track is
offered through which the Master's degree in Nutrition Specialization and the
Dietetic Internship Program are both completed within 2 years. Students
complete graduate courses full time in the first MS/DI year and the
Dietetic Internship in the second MS/DI year. Applicants must have earned their
DPD Verification of Completion plus a Bachelor's degree before starting
the combined program.
to the Queens College MS/DI follows all guidelines for application to the
Queens College DI below, however the application must be submitted in DICAS
to QC DI by January 15, along with email
notification to the DI Director, Allison Charny, of your application submission
to MS/DI. Applications meeting criteria will be notified for interview.
Students of QC DPD: Queens College DPD graduates can be Preselected by
February 1 for the combined MS/DI. If selected, the applicant must accept their
placement and does not enter Spring matching with D&D Digital.
Students of DPD Other Than QC: Applicants who are not Queens College DPD graduates
who are selected for interview enter the computer match at D&D Digital by February 15 deadline, listing Queens College CUNY MS/DI as a choice. Notification of match results and acceptance to QC
MS/DI is in April.
acceptance for placement in the MS/DI, applicants apply to the graduate program
in the spring and will be accepted to the Master's degree in Nutrition
Specialization, completing 24 full-time graduate credits in fall-spring of year
1, and 12 full-time graduate credits and internship practice in year 2.
Students enrolled in the MS/DI program are guaranteed site placements for the
dietetic internship practice experience in year 2, contingent upon successful
completion of all required graduate courses in year 1. The Master's degree and
Dietetic Internship is completed in 2 years and must be completed in no more
than 3 years with documentation of extenuating circumstance preventing
consecutive completion of all courses and internship practice.
The mission of the Queens College Dietetic Internship is to
prepare interns as entry-level registered dietitian-nutritionists in a
manner that promotes flexibility and innovation in an increasingly global
Program Goals and Objectives
Goal 1. The program will develop competent entry level
dietitian-nutritionists utilizing the resources of Queens College, City
University of New York.
Goal 2. The program will contribute to meeting the
employment demand for registered dietitian-nutritionists (RDNs) who are able to
innovate and serve diverse populations in various settings.
- 90% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian-nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
- The program's one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the exam within 1 year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian-nutritionists is at least 80%.
- 80% of employers’ survey responses, collected within 12 months of program completion, will indicate satisfaction with graduates’ preparation for entry-level practice.
- 90% of graduates’ survey responses, collected within 12 months of program completion, indicate satisfaction with their preparation for entry-level practice.
- At least 80% of program students complete program requirements within 14.25 months (150% of program length).
- Of graduates who seek employment, 80% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
- 70% of graduates' survey responses, collected within 12 months of program completion, indicate they contribute to innovation and serve diverse populations at their place of employment.
The program outcomes data are available on request.
Each student will be assigned site placements by the Dietetic Internship Director and be required to work in one or more facilities to successfully complete a minimum of 1000 hours of practice experience. Students must work full-time in the assigned facility. Students complete requirements of the Dietetic Internship Seminar course and one additional graduate course each semester, fall and spring, of the DI year. Students in the MS/DI program complete 24 graduate credits before starting practice.
Credit for Prior Experience
The Queens College Dietetic Internship does not award credit for prior experience. Rotation work and projects will be planned to build on prior experience. Required graduate courses provide preparation for rotations.
DI Program Schedule (9 months; 36 weeks; minimum 1000 practice hours):
Program Orientation - 1 week
Community: Programs / Counseling / Chronic Disease / Lifecycle - 14 weeks (420 practice hours)
Clinical: MNT General Medicine / Surgery / Critical Care / Extended Care - 14 weeks (420 practice hours)
Management of Food Systems: Production / Service / Financial - 7 weeks (210 practice hours) + Advanced MNT Graduate Course (fall) and 1 additional Graduate Course (spring)
Please see sample DI Rotation Schedule, upper right of this page.
MS/DI Program Schedule (Year 1 full-time MS coursework + Year 2 DI Program as above)
Please see MS/DI Plan and Degree Description, upper right of this webpage.
The program emphasis area is Community Nutrition. Interns complete a comprehensive community needs assessment and intervention, case report researching chronic disease with counseling intervention and outcomes research project addressing an evaluation of a community-based program initiative.
In addition, a complex clinical case, lifecycle case briefs, ethics and innovations in practice reports, and management projects are completed to further strengthen the interns' portfolio of experiences.
to the Dietetic Internship and MS/DI submit an application in the DICAS system. Unless as a QC DPD graduates you are Preselected for the MS/DI, applicants to DI only option (Masters completed) and applicants to the MS/DI, participate in the computer match via the D and D Digital system (see Application Information below). All applicants must meet the
following requirements before they begin the internship portion of the program, to promote students’ success
and safety in the internship:
1. Core program requirements (application):
- A baccalaureate degree from
an accredited school or foreign equivalent as determined by a recognized
- Verification Statement from
ACEND-accredited DPD received within the last 3 years or with graduate course
completion in MNT and Assessment within 3 years
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 / DPD
GPA of 3.0 / Science GPA of 3.0
- Personal statement
- Three letters of
recommendation: 1 from work supervisor, 1 from professor and third from either supervisor or
- Relevant volunteer and or
work experience within the dietetic profession; leadership experience preferred
- Ability to work within the
- Writing ability
- Personal interview
2. Health requirements (shown upon acceptance to the DI program, prior to starting practice experience):
of negative “2 Step PPD” or Quantiferon TB Test within 3 months of admission
of titers (blood tests) showing immunity to Measles, Mumps, Varicella, and
vaccination within the last 10 years
of Hepatitis B vaccination or signed waiver to decline. Hepatitis B titer may
be required from hospital practice site.
- Annual influenza
check and finger printing (as required by rotation site)
3. Matriculation in the Family, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences graduate program (upon acceptance to DI)
4. References and resources required by the program (as noted below under Cost)
5. Signed Internship Agreement (upon acceptance to the DI program, prior to starting practice experience)
6. Tuition for each semester must be paid in full prior to the start of each semester, fall and spring.
7. Other needed materials:
Insurance (students in the Dietetic Internship
Program are covered by professional liability insurance through Queens College as they are placed at sites with active
affiliation agreements with the college)
professionally stated email address
The deadline for filing the application is February 15 for track for Dietetic Internship only and January 15 for combined MS/DI track.
A $100.00 fee is required. Be sure your name, the same applicant name on your DICAS application, is noted on your check. Make checks payable to the Queens College FNES Department Fund and send to:
Queens College, CUNY
Family, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences Department
c/o George Giannopoulos
Remsen Hall 306
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Queens, NY 11367-1597.
The Queens College DI participates in electronic filing of applications, the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS), to include:
- Accurate completion of application as per DICAS instructions
- Personal Statement
- Three letters of recommendation – 2 from work supervisors and 1 from professor OR 1 from work supervisor and 2 from professors (do not submit 3 recommendations only from supervisors or only from professors)
- DPD Verification Statement of completion / Intent to complete
- Official Transcripts from all colleges attended
Please see the DICAS website https://portal.dicas.org/
Application Checklist at the top right of this page provides assistance with the application.
Queens College participates in spring Computer Matching. The deadline to register for computer matching is February 15 to be eligible for acceptance into the Queens College DI or MS/DI. Apply online at http://dnddigital.com or contact D&D Digital Systems at 515.292.0490.
The DI spans the fall and spring academic semesters. Each semester all interns are required to take one graduate didactic course (fall: Medical Nutrition Therapy; spring: Advanced Counseling, Community Nutrition or other, 3 credits each) along with enrollment in the DI (6 credits), for a total of 9 graduate credits per semester. Six graduate credits of the DI in addition to the 6 didactic course credits earned (12 credits altogether) may be applied toward the MS degree in Nutrition & Exercise Sciences (NES) Nutrition Specialization.
The Program enrolls 12 interns to the dietetic internship annually.
- $470/credit - New York State residents
- $855/credit - Non-residents
- $198.35 consolidated fee, includes activity fee, consolidated fees and technology fees per semester
- $150 DI fee paid only with fall DI Seminar course, FNES 773
Tuition for the internship (MS completed), NY state resident: $8460 + $198.35 student fee + $150 DI Fee
Tuition for the combined MS/DI, NY state resident: $19,740 + 198.35 student fee + $150 DI fee.
Tuition information can be found on the Queens College Bursars Office website:
https://www.qc.cuny.edu/admissions/bursar/Pages/QCTuitionCosts.aspx. The internship represents 6 credits plus one 3-credit graduate course each semester for payment for a total of 18 graduate credits.
If you need financial aid, please contact the Queens College Office of Financial Aid at 718.997.5100 https://www.qc.cuny.edu/admissions/fa/Pages/default.aspx
Additional internship expenses include:
- DICAS: Fee is $40 for one internship program and $20 for each additional program.
- D&D Digital: National computer matching fee is $50
- Dietetic Internship Application Fee: $100. The fee would be made out to Queens College FNES Department Fund and sent as indicated above under Application Information.
- Medical Insurance: Students must carry their own medical insurance and proof of coverage must be shown to the Internship Director before going to first facility.
- Medical exam within 3 months before the start of the internship; interns must submit verification of completion indicating medical clearance to practice.
- Proof of a TB test, tetanus and flu vaccination, titers for MMR and varicella, Hepatitis B series or waiver, drug testing, vaccination or waiver for meningitis, covid-19, and others as may be required by practice sites.
- ServSafe Manager certification, up to $180 - https://www.servsafe.com/access/ss/Catalog/ProductList/10
- Finger-printing if required by practice site
- Books: A reading list is available upon request (up to ~ $500 for books).
- Professional conference up to $150
- RD Exam Review Course and Manual $385
- Transportation: All students are required to have their own transportation and assume expenses commuting to and from sites including tolls, parking and public transportation as needed.
- Housing: A dormitory is available on campus. There are several types of spaces available and can be viewed at www.qc.cuny.edu/thesummit. Off-campus housing is also available.
- Lab coat and/or uniform in some assigned facilities, comfortable, closed, slip-resistant shoes.
- Background checks where required by assigned facilities (may include additional drug test and/or fingerprinting, and may be at the student’s expense).
- Cell phone, laptop computer, web-cam, printer-scanner combination, daily internet access.
- Financial aid is available. Go to www.qc.cuny.edu/admissions/fa.
- Additional costs include cost of living expenses for New York City.
Please see Program Handbook, upper right of this page, for additional information and detail on the Dietetic Internship and MS/DI programs and polices and procedures.
OPEN HOUSE MEETINGS
Attend our virtual Open House meetings via Zoom to meet the program director, current interns and/or past graduates:
Wednesday October 20, 2021 at 12:15 - 1:15 PM
Wednesday November 17, 2021 at 12:15 - 1:15 PM
Wednesday January 5, 2022 at 7-8 PM
RSVP must be made via email to the Program Director firstname.lastname@example.org including email address to receive Zoom link shortly before the scheduled time of the Open House meeting.
Looking forward to meeting you!
As all info is on this one webpage, you may easily print it for reference in preparing your application.
Please contact the program director for more information:
Allison Charny, MS RDN CDCES CDN
Director, Queens College Dietetic Internship
Queens College, CUNY
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Queens, New York 11367
Director: Allison Charny, MS RDN CDCES CDN
Office: Remsen 306-A