Graduate Catalog • 2011-2012

Dietetic Internship

Program Mission and Goals

The Dietetic Internship at Cedar Crest College, in accordance with the mission of the College, is dedicated to the education of the next generation of leaders. Cedar Crest College prepares students for life in a global community by educating the whole student. Cedar Crest College supports the education and development of dietetic practitioners through a dedicated and knowledgeable faculty and community preceptors working within program goals and outcomes.

Program Goals

The Dietetic Internship goals for Cedar Crest College reflect program direction for the faculty, staff, and preceptors. The Dietetic Internship at Cedar Crest College will:

  • Prepare interns to be fully competent in foundation dietetics knowledge and skills while fostering empowerment to encourage graduates success in their educational and professional life.
  • Recruit a diverse body of motivated and qualified interns dedicated to completion of the internship process.
  • Prepare students to think critically in the theoretical, practical and evidence based areas of nutrition and community programming.
  • Instill a strong community spirit in each faculty member, preceptor, intern and graduate making community service a meaningful component of their professional experience.
  • Foster a learning environment that encourages continuing education within the profession’s guidelines and looks forward toward advanced degrees.

These goals reflect the mission of the Dietetic Internship which mirrors the mission of Cedar Crest College to educate the whole student, preparing them for success in professional and personal life. The Cedar Crest College Dietetic Internship graduates should be prepared to provide community service to the citizens of Pennsylvania and the larger global community by providing evidence based nutrition services. Pennsylvania attracts many different groups who provide unique nutritional challenges. Our interns will be ready to meet those professional challenges because of the variety and depth of experiences offered within the internship rotations.

Accreditation Status

The Cedar Crest College Didactic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of The American Dietetic Association, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The address and phone number for the CADE are: 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312-899-0040 ext. 5400, 1-800-877-1600 ext. 5400. The email address and web site are:,

General Program Information

The Dietetic Internship is housed within the Department of Nutrition which is located in the Miller Family Building. Student laboratory and program coursework are performed in various classrooms and the Allen Center for Nutrition Foods Laboratory. Interns also have use of several computer labs on campus including the Allen Center for Nutrition Computer Lab located in the Miller portion of the Science Complex.

Admission Standards and Procedures

Admission Requirements for the Cedar Crest College Dietetic Internship include the following:

  • Minimum of a Baccalaureate Degree
  • Verification of completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics or the Intent to Complete form from an accredited DPD .
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Two semesters (or the equivalent) of a Medical Nutrition Therapy Course completed no more than four years prior to application to the Cedar Crest College Dietetic Internship.
  • A biochemistry course completed no more than five years prior to application to the Dietetic Internship.

Applicants to Cedar Crest College’s Dietetic Internship must complete all application materials including the computer matching process. The Cedar Crest College Dietetic Internship will be using the new, on-line centralized internship application (DICAS) which can be accessed at The application materials can be found on Cedar Crest College’s web site. ( )

Interns are matched with a program through the national D&D matching program in April of a given year. Anyone who is matched must have completed a Bachelor of Science degree from a US accredited college or university or foreign equivalent and have fulfilled the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) requirements. A Verification Statement from a DPD indicates that the student has met the requirements of the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association, ( If you have not completed the educational requirements at the time of application, an Intent to Complete document from a DPD is required. Once matched to Cedar Crest College’s internship, students must meet all admission criteria including health and medical clearances and a criminal background search. You will be required to be Serv Safe certified prior to the foodservice rotation.

D&D Digital Systems Computer Matching

Cedar Crest College participates in the computer matching process which is handled by D&D Digital Systems. Applicants will rank their choice of internship using a code number. The code number is obtained through D&D. There is a $50 fee for using the computer matching process. Once you have identified your internship choices, enter them online at Registration for this process begins December 1 for the Spring match and July 1 for the Fall match. D&D can be reached at 515-292-0490 or

How to submit your application

The completed application packet must be submitted to DICAS by the February, 2012 deadline for the April match notification. (Date TBA by the American Dietetic Association) The Dietetic Internship begins in August.

A Cedar Crest College Onsite or Distance Track Application Checklist form is available on our website and must be completed and sent with our $60.00 application fee to:

Director, Dietetic Internship
Cedar Crest College
100 College Drive
Allentown, PA 18104-6196

Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS)

The Cedar Crest College Dietetic Internship will be using the new, on-line centralized internship application (DICAS) which can be accessed at; e-mail The fee to use DICAS is $40 for the first application submitted and $20 for each additional application.

Detailed instructions and information can be found on our website, and the Dietetic Internship Student Handbook here.

Didactic and Supervised Practice

There are two components to the Dietetic Internship, the didactic portion and the supervised practice portion. The didactic portion involves attending classes on a weekly basis. Students are informed of their progress in didactic course work through grades earned on tests, papers, or other assigned work. All didactic work must be completed successfully in order to complete the internship. The supervised practice portion includes all of your practice hours in the various rotations. The required number of practice hours must be completed in order to complete the internship program. Preceptors from each rotation will be evaluating the interns’ performance. There may be required projects, presentations or papers which will be graded in the same manner as the didactic program course work.

Interns in supervised practice cannot be used to compensate for or support employees’ shortages and or absences in any facility.

Maximum Period of Internship

All Dietetic Internship Students must complete the program within 150% of the initial program length.


An intern may withdraw from the program at any time. Once an intern withdraws, his/her position in the program is closed and no longer available for re-admittance. If the intern wishes to reenter the program he/she must reapply as a new student. Previously paid tuition and fees are not refundable. Should the intern reapply and be reaccepted, the previous fees and tuitions will not be credited toward costs for the program.

Health Clearance

Each intern must have a current physical examination. Both a Health History and Immunization Record form must be signed by a physician. It is preferred that the forms be completed before interns arrive on campus. Interns need a 2 Step PPD, proof of Rubeola and Rubella antibody titer Vericella and Hepatitis B series. The physical and immunizations must not be completed before May of the year prior to admission. All forms must be completed and be on file with the Dietetic Internship Program Office no later than June 15th.

All students are required to submit to any health and background clearances required by the supervised site that are not part of the Cedar Crest College general requirements. Completion of all ancillary testing and checks are the responsibility of the student.

Once accepted to the Dietetic Internship, all interns will be provided with the information for completing all medical and background checks using “Certified Background”. No intern will be allowed in a supervised practice setting without a current physical and immunization record.

Substance Abuse and Drug/Alcohol Testing Policy

It is the policy of the Nursing, Nutrition, Nuclear Medicine Technology and Social Work(as applicable) programs to promote a healthy learning environment and to assure that students adhere to the policies of clinical facilities with which the College affiliates for the clinical component of these programs. Many agencies affiliated with these programs now require drug testing of all students. All students enrolled in the Dietetic Internship program will be required to submit to drug testing and consent to the release of test results to Cedar Crest College Health Services and the affiliate agency. Additionally, any student in the program suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be required to submit to an immediate substance screening, as a condition of remaining in the program.

Evaluation of Professional Experience for Supervised Practice Hour Equivalents

The student must have at least two (2) years of full time or four (4) years of part-time work experience in the nutrition discipline at the level of supervised practice for the rotation competencies being challenged. The student must present proof of experience.

The student must notify the Program Director that he/she intends to challenge the supervised practice hours six weeks prior to orientation. This time element is important to the applicant because it enables him/her to demonstrate supervised practice competency via proof of professional experience and allows for appropriate scheduling of interns at all practice sites. The student cannot challenge more than 300 hours of supervised practice for the entire program and the student may not challenge the hours required for the programs Community Concentration.

Process for Prior Professional Experience Evaluation

After the student has informed the Program Director of the proposed plan to have professional experience evaluated for supervised practice equivalency, the applicant:

  1. Must submit the job title and a copy of job description that covers the area of supervised practice. A letter from his/her current or past employer or administrator confirming the employment must be submitted.
  2. Must determine the Competency Statements or Learning Outcomes covered in the experience and submit a binder containing a narration on how s/he met each individual, statement or outcome. The student must provide supporting evidence when appropriate, i.e., lesson plans, handouts, budget reports, copies of developed employee scheduling, inventory records, menus, analysis of menus, taste panel reports and/or evidence of problem solving/critical thinking.
  3. Will be notified by the Program Director within four (4) weeks of submitting the binder. A written Statement acknowledging the applicant’s professional equivalents will be placed in the student's file in the Program Director’s office.

Tuition and Fees 2010-2011

Liability Insurance $35
Tuition $11,000
Application fee (non-refundable) $60
ADA Student Membership $50
Technology Fee $200
Health Insurance Varies
(Securing insurance is the responsibility of the intern)
Housing (on-campus) optional**
Double room $2,580 per semester
Single room $2,950 per semester
Board optional
19 meal plan $2,322.00 per semester
190 meal block $2,168.50 per semester
150 meal plan $1,932.00 per semester
Housing (off-campus) Varies
**on-campus housing is available to female interns only
Local Dietetic Association membership Varies
Books and supplies Varies
Lab coat (2) $100
Background check Varies
Physical exam Varies
Transportation Varies
***A private vehicle is necessary to travel to internship sites

Program Calendar 2011-2012

Orientation: 8/15-19
Rotations begin: 8/29/11
Labor Day holiday: 9/5*
Thanksgiving break: 11/23-27*
Rotations continue: 11/28/11
Winter break: 12/17/11-1/1/ 2012*
Rotations resume: 1/2/12
Rotations end: 4/20/12
Graduation: 5/11/12
Vacation/Personal Days
Floating – 1 day (Fall), 5 days (Spring)

Payment and Refund of Tuition

Interns are required to pay a deposit on tuition prior to the week of orientation. Once the program has begun, this deposit is non-refundable. The remaining fees for the program must be paid, or suitable arrangements made with Cedar Crest College prior to beginning any didactic or supervised practice rotations. Once the program begins, all fees and tuitions are non-refundable.


Orientation to the Dietetic Internship is mandatory. It is a five day program designed to introduce the intern to Cedar Crest College and the expectations of the internship. On-campus housing for women enrolled in the program is available during orientation for a fee.

Faculty and Staff

Program Director: Shelly DePinto
Department of Nutrition Chair: Dr. Martine Scannavino
- Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition, M.S. in Nutrition, Hunter College; Ph.D. in Health Science Nova Southeastern University

Verification Statement

Upon successful completion of all didactic and supervised practice, the Program Director will meet with graduates to complete the registration eligibility paperwork. After this meeting the Program Director will provide each graduate with four signed copies of the verification statement. Another original is placed in the graduate’s file. The verification statement assures that the graduate has completed all work in a satisfactory manner. This verification statement is necessary for eligibility to take the Registration Examination.

Registration Examination

The graduate must obtain the application to take the Dietetic Registration exam from the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR) and submit it to CDR by the necessary deadlines. Cedar Crest College is neither responsible for, nor liable for a graduate’s failure to pass the Dietetic Registration exam.

HIPAA and FERPA /Confidentiality Statement

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) dictate how the interns deal with patient, client, residents’ confidentiality. HIPAA applies to Protected Health Information that is individually identifiable health information. Each facility may require the intern to attend an in-service on HIPAA.

Some facilities, such as schools, will require you to observe the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Interns are expected to maintain confidentiality with regard to each supervised practice facility, the college, patients, clients, employees, peers, mentors, and faculty.