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Dietetic Internship




Dietetic Internship Program Director:

Jane Simmons, MS, RD, LD

Applied Human Sciences

1906 College Heights Blvd #11037

Bowling Green, KY  42101-1037

270-745-5224 (phone)

270-745-3999 (fax) (e-mail)

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Program Mission

The mission of the WKU dietetic internship is to prepare competent entry-level dietitians who assume leadership responsibilities within their profession and who are engaged citizens in their communities.

Program Goals and Outcomes

Goal 1: The program will prepare graduates to be competent entry-level dietitians or professionals in fields related to dietetics.

  • Over a five-year period, 90% of interns who start the program will complete the program within 150% of the program length, which will be 13 months.
  • Over a five-year period, 70% or more of program graduates who sought employment in dietetics will be employed within three months of program completion.
  • Over a five-year period, the pass rate for program graduates taking the registration examination for the first time will be at least 80%  *
  • Over a five-year period, 80% of program graduates who respond to the Alumni Survey will rate themselves at least 4 on a 5-point scale for preparedness for their first dietetic-related position. 
  • Over a five-year period, at least 80% of employers who respond to a survey will rate program graduates average or above on the Employer Surveys.

Goal 2:  The program will prepare graduates to be professionally involved and to assume leadership responsibilities in the dietetics profession.

  • Over a five-year period, 60% of graduates who respond to the Alumni Survey will report they are currently members of at least one professional organization.
  • Over a five-year period, 50% of graduates will report attainment of a dietetics-related leadership or management position (i.e., mentoring students, serving as preceptor, elected/appointed position, management position, leadership activities or dietetics committee service).

Goal 3: The program will prepare graduates to be engaged in their communities either professionally or through service activities.

  • Over a five-year period, 80% of graduates who respond to the Alumni Survey will report they participate in one or more community service activities either through their current employment, scholarship or volunteer activities.

* Bold lettering indicates outcomes required by ACEND.

Accreditation Status

The Western Kentucky University Dietetic Internship is currently granted candidacy for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995; 800/877-1600. For information on dietetic program accreditation, refer to:


Program Description

The Dietetic Internship (DI) at Western Kentucky University (WKU) has a concentration in Community Nutrition and resides in the Department of Applied Human Sciences (AHS) within the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS). 

The DI program is a full-time, 9-month program, and will start the week before the fall semester begins at Western Kentucky University. The program accepts ten (10) interns each year.  Students will complete 32 weeks of supervised practice, with 12 weeks devoted to Medical Nutrition Therapy, 10 weeks to Community Nutrition, and 10 weeks to Foodservice Systems Management. Supervised practice hours are 40 hours/week. The program includes 1208 hours of dietetic supervised practice experiences with a concentration in Community Nutrition. 

This DI is a post-baccalaureate program, leading to a Graduate Certificate in Dietetic Practice. The 12-hour graduate certificate will include the following didactic courses:

HMD 581 Professional Preparation for a Dietetic Internship (1), HMD 583 Foodservice Systems Management (3), HMD 584 Community Nutrition (3), HMD 586 Medical Nutrition Therapy in Practice (3), HMD 587 Seminar in Concepts and Methods of Dietetic Practice (2) 

Interns will be required to attend the one-week orientation class, HMD 581 Professional Preparation for a Dietetic Internship, which will precede the start of the University fall semester. Part of the HMD 587 Seminar in Concepts and Methods of Dietetic Practice course will be online with the course culminating the last week of the internship in which the interns will have presentations, case studies, and an exit interview. For the remainder of the internship, students will be completing their required supervised practice hours and completing the other courses online (Foodservice Systems Management, Community Nutrition, and Medical Nutrition Therapy in Practice). 

Outcome data measuring achievement of program objectives is available by contacting the internship director at: .










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