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Nutrition

Dietetic Internship Mission & Goals

Contact Nutrition  

Nutrition

Sturzebecker Health Sciences Center

855 S. New Street
West Chester, PA  19383

Dr. Christine Karpinski
Chair of Nutrition
Phone:  610-430-4406
Email: CKarpinski@wcupa.edu

Dr. Mary Beth Gilboy
Graduate Coordinator
Phone: 610-738-0559
Email: MGilboy@wcupa.edu

Dr. Joanne Christaldi
Director, DPD Concentration (Undergraduate)
Phone: 610-436-1038
Email: JChristaldi@wcupa.edu

Dr. Kimberly Johnson
Director, Sustainable Food Systems
Management Concentration (Undergraduate)
Phone:  610-436-2215
Email: KJohnson4@wcupa.edu

Dr. Alessandra Sarcona
Director, Lifestyle Nutrition Concentration (Undergraduate)
Phone:  610-436-2483
Email: ASarcona@wcupa.edu

DI Program Overview & Outcomes

Highlights of the Dietetic Internship (DI) Program

  • NEW distance Dietetic Internship
  • Combined MSCN and Dietetic Internship Program
  • DI Certificate Program for students who already have a Masters in Nutrition
  • Emphasis in Community Nutrition
  • Accepting 20 dietetic interns per year
  • Very affordable tuition and fees + DI is financial aid eligible through the university
  • Preselect process open to WCU Accelerated program students
  • 100% online graduate coursework & complete the DI where you live
  • Travel to West Chester University for 3-day orientation in August
  • 15 credits worth of online DI Courses, including graduate level advanced MNT, start mid-July and run through May taught by full-time faculty
  • Full-time internship over 10 months to complete 1200 hours of supervised practice rotations include 7 weeks of in-patient clinical (Clinical I), 7 weeks of outpatient clinical (Clinical II), 7.5 weeks of community, and 7.5 weeks of food service management completed during the Fall and Spring semesters of the internship plus simulation and role playing
  • Dedicated Dietetic Internship Director who supports the interns throughout the program to ensure success in the supervised practice rotations and DI courses

Dietetic Internship applicants MUST be enrolled in the WCU MSCN graduate program or already possess a Master’s degree in nutrition to be considered for the dietetic internship.

DI Program Overview

The Department of Nutrition in the College of Health Sciences of West Chester University offers one Distance Dietetic Internship (DI) program with two tracks:

1) Masters in Community Nutrition DI (MSCN/DI) and

2) Post-masters DI Certificate.

The DI is a full-time 11-month program.  If in the MSCN track, all students will complete the requirements of the 42-credit Masters/DI program and supervised practice hours prior to receiving a DI verification statement including all course work.  If in the Post-masters DI certificate program, all students will complete the 15-credit program and supervised practice hours prior to receiving a DI verification statement. 

The internship program will provide the required Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) Learning Outcomes (LO) and competencies with a Community concentration. Interns will complete over 1200 hours of supervised practice divided into four rotations: Community Nutrition, Food Service Management, Clinical I (in-patient) and Clinical II (outpatient). Upon successful completion of the MSCN/DI program or Post-masters DI certificate program, students will be eligible to take the National Registration Examination for Dietitians. 

As a distance education program, the WCU Dietetic Internship is an Intern Identified Supervised Practice; therefore, interns must secure preceptors and sites where they will achieve all required experiences in the above described supervised practice rotations.

 

Mission, Goals, Objectives & Outcomes

College Mission

The College of Health Sciences mission is to prepare and inspire health leaders, professionals, and consumers through collaborative and innovative approaches to education, research and community service. 

Department Mission

The mission of the Department of Nutrition in the College of Health Sciences at West Chester University is to shape tomorrow's nutrition and dietetics professionals and leaders through quality, relevant, and innovative teaching, service and scholarship. 

Dietetic Internship Mission Statement

The mission of West Chester University’s Dietetic Internship program is to prepare program graduates to be competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists through high quality graduate level education, relevant and innovative supervised practice experiences and collaborative leadership opportunities.

Goals and Objectives

  1. Prepare graduates to be entry-level practitioners in a variety of employment settings working with diverse populations.

    80% of graduates feel adequately prepared to work with a variety of populations and/or diverse groups.

    Of graduates who seek employment, 85% are employed in nutrition & dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.   

    At least 80% of DI certificate program students complete the program requirements within 16.5 months (150% of the program length).

    At least 80% of MSCN/DI program students complete the program requirements within 3 years (150% of program length).

    85% of surveyed employers will be satisfied with graduate’s preparation for entry-level practice. 

  2. Prepare graduates to demonstrate professional leadership and/or an evidenced based approach in practice, education, research, or advocacy.

    30% of MSCN/DI or DI certificate program graduates actively participate in a professional organization within one year of program completion.  Active participation is defined as holding a leadership position in an organization, attending a professional workshop/conference, submitting for publication, or presenting at a professional conference/workshop.

    50% of program graduates seek professional development by being a preceptor, belonging to a AND DPG, other professional organizations like ASPEN, or local professional chapter, or mentoring students.

    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 registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.

Program outcomes data are available upon request.

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