QUEENS COLLEGE DIETETIC INTERNSHIP &
COMBINED MASTER’S DEGREE AND DIETETIC INTERNSHIP
OVERVIEW OF 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 2022 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.
Upon completion 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 Dietetic 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
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). Students who complete the Dietetic Internship after December 31, 2023, and prior to completing a Master’s degree, must complete a Master’s degree before they will be able to take the Registration Exam for RDNs. Therefore, 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. Alternately, applicants who have completed a DPD and Bachelors degree may apply to the combined MS/DI program, See below.
Allison Charny, MS RDN CDCES CDN
Director, Queens College Dietetic Internship
Queens College, CUNY
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Queens, New York 11367
The mission of the Queens College DI and MS/DI is to prepare interns as entry-level registered dietitian-nutritionists in a manner that promotes flexibility and innovation in an increasingly global society.
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.
- 80% 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.
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.
- 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 exceeds all benchmarks above. The program’s specific outcomes data are available upon request.
DIETETIC INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
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 to assist their preparation to 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 (Rotations – 9 months; 36 weeks; minimum 1000 practice hours):
Program Orientation – 1 week
Community: Programs / Lifecycle & Chronic Disease / Counseling – 14 weeks (420 practice hours)
Clinical: General Medicine / Extended Care / Surgery / Critical Care – 14 weeks (420 practice hours)
Management of Food Systems: Production / Service / Financial – 7 weeks (210 hours)
Advanced MNT Graduate Course (fall) and Advanced Counseling Graduate Course (or other) (spring)
The internship program provides practice and project work for interns to gain competency to enter the profession as a RDN qualified for a wide range of dietetics employment opportunities. Interns complete a comprehensive community needs assessment and intervention, case report researching chronic disease with counseling intervention, case report researching an acute care condition requiring nutrition support, lifecycle case briefs, ethics and innovations in practice reports, management projects and an outcomes research project, all completed to strengthen the interns’ portfolio of experiences.
Please see Sample Rotation Schedule, here.
Applicants to the Dietetic Internship submit their application in the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Service (DICAS) system. Applicants to DI only option, with Masters completed, 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:
- Core program requirements (application):
- A Master’s degree from an accredited school or foreign equivalent as determined by a recognized credentialing agency
- 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 3.2 / DPD GPA of 3.2 / Science GPA of 3.0
- Personal statement
- Three letters of recommendation: 1 from work supervisor, 1 from professor and third from either supervisor or instructor
- Relevant volunteer and or work experience within the dietetic profession; leadership experience preferred
- Ability to work within the United States
- Writing ability
- Personal interview
- Health requirements (shown upon acceptance to the DI program, prior to starting practice experience):
- Physical Examination
- Proof of negative “2 Step PPD” or Quantiferon TB Test within 3 months of admission
- Proof of titers (blood tests) showing immunity to Measles, Mumps, Varicella, and Rubella
- Tetanus vaccination within the last 10 years
- Evidence of Hepatitis B vaccination or signed waiver to decline. Hepatitis B titer may be required from hospital practice site.
- Annual influenza vaccination
- Covid vaccination
- Drug urine screening
- Health insurance
- Background check and finger printing (as required by rotation site)
- Matriculation in the Family, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences graduate program (after acceptance to DI)
- References and resources required by the program (as noted below under Cost)
- Signed Internship Agreement (upon acceptance to the DI program, prior to starting practice experience)
- Tuition for each semester must be paid in full prior to the start of each semester, fall and spring.
- Other needed materials:
- Liability 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)
- Viable, professionally stated email address
The deadline for filing the application for the DI is February 15
A $100.00 fee is required. Be sure your name, the applicant’s name, on your DICAS application, is noted on your check. Mail checks, payable to the Queens College FNES Department Fund, to be received by the due date of your application. 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 (Inclusive) 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 DICAS section of ACEND Application Process for Students https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend/students-and-advancing-education/application-process-for-students and the DICAS website http://dicas.liaisoncas.com
Please see Application Checklist here
Queens College participates in spring Computer Matching for application to the Dietetic Internship. Applicants to the QC DI in DICAS enter the computer match at D&D Digital, selecting Queens College CUNY DI as a program choice. The deadline to register for computer matching is February 15 to be eligible to match and be accepted to the Queens College DI. Apply online at http://dnddigital.com or contact D&D Digital Systems at 515.292.0490. Notification of match results acceptance to QC DI is in April.
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 or other, 3 credits each) along with enrollment in the DI (6 credits), for a total of 9 graduate credits per semester. The DI Program places 12 interns at sites for internship practice annually.
Tuition for the internship year for NY state resident is $8460 + $198.35 student fee.
Tuition information can be found on the Queens College Bursars Office website:
https://www.qc.cuny.edu/br/tuition-costs/. The internship cost is for 6 credits plus one 3-credit graduate course each semester 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/faid/
Additional internship expenses include:
- DICAS: 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.
- $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
- 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, covid and flu vaccination, titers for MMR and varicella, Hepatitis B series or waiver, drug testing, vaccination or waiver for meningitis 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 (~ $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 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 qc.cuny.edu/admissions/fa.
- Additional costs include cost of living expenses for New York City.
COMBINED MASTER'S DEGREE AND DIETETIC INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
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). All students completing a DI after January 1, 2024 must also have a Master’s degree completed before taking the Registration Exam for RDNs.
To meet 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.
Application to the Queens College MS/DI – follows all guidelines for application to the Queens College DI as described above, in addition to:
Students of QC DPD: QC DPD students with a minimum 3.5 GPA who would like to be Preselected to the MS/DI submit their application fee (see above) and application in DICAS to QC DI by January 15, along with email notification to the DI Director, Allison Charny, of their application submission to MS/DI. Preselect applicants must include a letter of reference from at least one QC DPD faculty. Applications meeting criteria will be notified for interview. Queens College DPD graduates will be Preselected and notified of acceptance by February 1 for the combined MS/DI. If selected, the applicant must accept their placement and does not need to enter Spring internship matching with D&D Digital.
Other Students: Applicants for the combined MS/DI who are not Queens College DPD students or Queens College DPD students who do not apply to be Preselected submit their application fee (see above) and application in DICAS to QC DI by February 15, along with email notification to the DI Director, Allison Charny, of their application submission to MS/DI. Applicants enter the computer match at D&D Digital, Queens College CUNY MS/DI #943 by February 15. Applications meeting criteria will be notified for interview. Notification of match results and acceptance to QC MS/DI is in April.
Upon 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 9 full-time graduate credits which includes 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.
Tuition for the combined MS/DI for NY state resident is $18,330 + 198.35 + $150 student fees.
MS/DI Program Schedule (Year 1 full-time MS coursework + Year 2 DI Program, as above)
Please see MS/DI Course Plan, here.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & OPEN HOUSE
For additional information and detail on the dietetic internship programs and polices and procedures, please see Internship Handbook here.
OPEN HOUSE MEETINGS
Attend our virtual and in-person Open House meetings to meet the program director, current interns and/or past graduates:
Wednesday October 18, 2023 at 12:15 – 1:15 PM online only
Monday November 6, 2023 at 12:15 – 1:15 PM online & in Remsen Hall Room 300
Tuesday January 9, 2024 at 7-8 PM online only
RSVP must be made via email to the Program Director email@example.com to receive Zoom link shortly before the scheduled time of the Open House meeting.
Looking forward to meeting you!
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
Please see Internship Handbook, here , for additional information and detail on the dietetic internship program and polices and procedures.