DI Application Policy & Procedures

Application Policy for the M.S. in Community Nutrition with Dietetic Internship Track

WCU MSCN students intending to pursue the Dietetic Internship Track have two application options: 

Option 1 (Traditional DICAS application): Students must have earned a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) verification statement, have been accepted to the WCU MS in community nutrition program using the graduate admission requirements and have completed 9 credits in the MSCN program. For Dietetic Internship track admissions, applicants must participate in the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Service (DICAS) and D & D Digital processes, which include meeting all DICAS and D & D Digital spring match deadlines. Applicants are responsible for fees paid directly to DICAS and D & D as well as for the WCU graduate program application fee. 

Option 2 (WCU Preselect application): 

The preselect option is only reserved for:

  1. WCU Accelerated BS to MS students who are in the first year of the MSCN as a matriculated student (not as a senior undergraduate student) who have completed at least 9 credits by the preselect application deadline.
  2. WCU MSCN students who have completed at least 9 credits by the preselect application deadline.
  3. WCU MSCN program graduates

All students must hold an undergraduate DPD verification statement to apply to the DI. Eligible candidates should submit the pre-select application to the Dietetic Internship Director by Sunday January 10, 2021. Please contact the Dietetic Internship Director, Becky Wojcik, at rwojcik@wcupa.edu for the preselect application and process.  If not accepted into the Dietetic Internship during the pre-select process, students are eligible to participate in the regular match process through DICAS and D & D Digital.

Application Policy for Post-Master's Dietetic Internship Certificate

Applicants must meet all WCU Graduate Program admission requirements and apply to Post-Master’s Dietetic Internship Certificate Program through the graduate school. In addition, applicants must have earned a master's degree in nutrition with a minimum 3.25 grade point average and a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) verification to apply for the Dietetic Internship certificate program. For Dietetic Internship certificate admissions, applicants participate in the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Service (DICAS) and D & D Digital processes, including meeting all DICAS and D & D Digital deadlines. Applicants are responsible for fees paid directly to DICAS and D & D as well as for the WCU Post-Master's application fee. Students who have completed the MSCN program from WCU may be eligible to apply for the preselect application process. Please contact the Dietetic Internship Director about eligibility.   

Steps for applying to the DI

For WCU MSCN/DI, applicants must participate in the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Service (DICAS) and D & D Digital processes, which includes meeting all DICAS and D & D Digital deadlines for spring match. Applicants are responsible for fees paid directly to DICAS and D & D as well as for the WCU Dietetic Internship application fee. Please connect with the Graduate program coordinator and Dietetic Internship Director to ensure you meet the admission criteria for the DI and understand the process.

Applying to the Dietetic Internship

Step 1: Secure site/preceptors for in-patient clinical and community rotations by Feb 15 DICAS deadline. 

As a distance program, all applicants applying must secure their own preceptors for the following dietetic internship supervised practice rotations: 

  • Clinical I (inpatient at a large or small acute care hospital, subacute hospital, or long-term care) – 264 hours or 33 days 
  • Community (WIC, food bank, SNAP-ed, Child and Adult Care Food Program, Commodity Supplemental Food program, Congregate and home delivered Meal Program) – 256 hours or 32 days 
  • Clinical II (outpatient at an acute hospital, ambulatory care center, clinic, private practice, diabetes center, dialysis center) – 264 hours or 33 days 
  • Foodservice management (school nutrition, hospital, long-term care, corporate foodservice operation) – 256 or 32 days 

Applicants must secure one Clinical I preceptor (inpatient) and one community preceptor by the February 15, 2021 to be considered for acceptance to the WCU DI.  Securing all preceptors for all 4 rotations is encouraged.

Please see Dietetic Internship Rotation and Course Schedule 2021-2022 for specific dates for rotations. Foodservice Management and Community are to be completed in the fall semester and Clinical I and Clinicla II in the spring semester. 

Reference the rotation competencies on the Assignment and Learning Outcomes Evaluation form to match the supervised practice experience to the tasks/competencies that must be met in each rotation.  Contact the DI Director for the assignment and learning outcomes evaluation form. 

Rotation competencies:

Community rotation checklist – NTD 521

Foodservice management rotation checklist – NTD 524

Clinical I (in-patient) rotation checklist – NTD 523

Clinical II (outpatient) rotation checklist  - NTD 525

 

Step 2: After you have found a preceptor for each Clinical I and community management or the other 2 rotations, preceptors will need to fill out & submit the DI Preceptor Selection & Agreement Form.  

Make sure that each preceptor has reviewed the rotation requirements in the Assignment and Learning Outcomes Evaluation form for that specific rotation (Clinical I, Clinical II, Community, or Foodservice management).  

The more preceptors you secure for the distance internship the more complete your application will be.

Step 3: Complete the DI Distance Rotation Schedule Template.

DI Distance Rotation Schedule Template form serves as the candidates proposed supervised practice rotation schedule for all rotations over the fall and spring semesters.  Please complete to the best of your ability and include the name of the site, the proposed dates and identify if the rotation is SECURED or PROPOSED. 

Step 4: Complete the DICAS application

Please complete the DICAS application.

Include 3 letters of reference: 2 from faculty and 1 from a work or volunteer position supervisor. 

Personal statement criteria: In 1,000 words or less, answer the following questions – 

  • What areas of nutrition are you interested in and why?
  • What are your professional goals?
  • Why do you want to complete the MSCN and DI at WCU?

Include current resume in PDF (eportfolio not required but will be reviewed if included)

Include DICAS supplemental material

1.      Clinical Preceptor DI selection & agreement form + preceptor resume

2.      Foodservice Preceptor DI selection & agreement form + preceptor resume

3.      Dietetic Internship Rotation Schedule Template 

Step 5: Complete a D&D matching registration

Please complete a D&D matching registration.

Step 6: Complete a virtual interview with West Chester University’s DI Committee

Only candidates being considered for acceptance will be contacted for a virtual interview in late February and March. 

Prepare for the virtual interview the same way you would for an in-person interview.  Be prepared. Be professionally dressed.   Minimize external distractions.  Ensure your technology systems work appropriately before the interview. Confirm date/time of the interview. 

Please contact WCU’s Dietetic Internship Director, Becky Wojcik  for any DI application questions. 

 Acceptance to the DI

Dietetic Internship candidates applying through traditional DICAS to the MSCN/DI or the post-master’s certificate programs will be notified through D&D digital of their matching results on Notification Day (Monday, April 5, 2021 at 12 pm EST).  If matched to WCU MCSN / DI or post-master’s dietetic internship certificate program, matched applicants must contact Becky Wojcik, the Dietetic Internship Director, by telephone at 610-436-2264, or email at rwojcik@wcupa.edu, on or before 6 pm EST by Appointment Day (Tuesday, April 6, 2021) to confirm the acceptance of the MATCH. 

Dietetic internship candidates applying thought the preselect WCU MCSN/DI process will be notified before February 1, 2021.  Preselect candidates who accept the WCU DI program slot may not apply for any other DI programs through DICAS.  Preselect candidates who are not accepted or decline the program slot invitation may re-apply through DICAS to the WCU MSCN/DI program by the spring DICAS deadline (February 15, 2021 by 11:59 pm CST).  

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