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.
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 interns 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. With the addition of our distance track, interns have the opportunity to seek out unique nutritional challenges in their own communities - our interns will be ready to meet those professional challenges because of the variety and depth of experiences offered within the internship rotations.
The Cedar Crest College Didactic Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (A.N.D.), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The contact information for ACEND is:
General Program Information
The Dietetic Internship is housed within the Department of Nutrition which is located in the Miller Family Building. Interns within close proximity to the college will have access to various classrooms, computer labs, and the Allen Center for Nutrition Foods Laboratory all located on the Cedar Crest College campus. All didactic coursework can be completed virtually, with the requirement of an internet connection speed that supports real-time online conferencing.
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 and DPD 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 on-line centralized internship application (DICAS) which can be accessed at https://portal.dicas.org. The application materials can be found on Cedar Crest College’s web site. (http://www.cedarcrest.edu/di )
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 Accreditation Council for education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (A.N.D) (www.eatright.org/ACEND). 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 (or certified with an equivalent food and safety sanitation certification based on your supervised practice state) prior to the Internship Orientation.
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 www.dnddigital.com. Registration dates for this process TBA by D&D. D&D can be reached at 515-292-0490 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Submit your Application
The completed application packet must be submitted to DICAS by the February deadline for the April match notification. (Date TBA by the A.N.D.) The Cedar Crest College 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:
Kati Fosselius, MS, RD, LDN
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 online centralized internship application (DICAS) which can be accessed at https://portal.dicas.org; e-mail DICASinfo@DICAS.org. The fee to use DICAS is $40 for the first application submitted and $20 for each additional application.
Didactic Coursework and Supervised Practice
There are two components to the Dietetic Internship, the didactic portion and the supervised practice portion. The didactic portion involves attending virtual classes on a weekly basis. Students are informed of their progress in didactic course work through grades earned on case studies, live discussions, papers, presentations, or other assigned work. All didactic work must be completed successfully in order to complete the internship. The supervised practice portion includes all practice hours in each of the four rotations (Clinical, Community, Community Concentration, and Food Service Management). 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 will be required projects, presentations and 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 employee 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.
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 at the online portal Certified Background prior to the August Orientation.
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 is 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 at least 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 program's Community Concentration rotation.
Process for Prior Professional Experience Evaluation
Prior Professional Experience Evaluation is an avenue by which a dietetic intern may be awarded credit for experiential learning gained acquired through a paid position, such as a dietary manager, dietetic technician, WIC Aide, or certified professional chef with responsibilities that fulfill certain dietetic internship competencies.
Procedures for establishing credit for prior learning are as follows:
- Intern will contact Program Director at least 6 weeks prior to Orientation to request an assessment of prior learning. If this request is verbally approved, then the intern will follow up with a written request using the portfolio method. The Supervised Practice Coordinator will provide the intern with a list of the ACEND-approved internship competencies for the rotation that is being assessed.
- The prior professional experience portfolio should thoroughly describe and document knowledge gained experientially, and also should demonstrate how knowledge gained outside the internship is related to the Dietetic Internship Competencies. Examples can include job description(s)/job duties, performance appraisals, promotions, projects (e.g. lesson plans, budget reports, copies of developed employee scheduling, menus, etc.), and other relevant documentation.
- The intern must obtain a letter corroborating work experience from his/her immediate supervisor(s).
- Intern must submit the portfolio and all supporting documentation at least 1 month before the first day of Orientation. (This is to allow time for scheduling changes.)
The Program Director or Supervised Practice Coordinator will review the portfolio to determine if ACEND-approved competencies have been met, and to what extent. The number of supervised practice hours to be credited will depend upon the number of rotation competencies for which the intern is able to demonstrate competency achievement. The Program Director or Supervised Practice Coordinator will determine if prior credit will replace a portion of a rotation or if an alternate rotation will be provided to enhance learning beyond the intern’s previous related paid position experiences. If the Program Director determines that prior credit will replace a portion of a rotation, it may be possible that the rotation(s) will be shortened accordingly (tuition fee is not adjusted).
Tuition and Fees 2013-2014
Application fee (non-refundable): $60
Acceptance Deposit (non-refundable): $500
Technology Fee per Semester: $100
Liability Insurance: $35 *Securing insurance is the responsibility of the intern
Health Insurance: Varies *Securing insurance is the responsibility of the intern
A.N.D. Student Membership: $50
Local Dietetic Association Membership: Varies
Background Check: Varies
Physical Exam: Varies
Books & Supplies: Detailed list will be sent upon acceptance into the program
Lab Coat (2): ~$100
Transportation: Private vehicle is required
Housing & Board for Onsite Interns
On-Campus Housing is optional and available to female interns
Double Room: $2,580 per semester
Single Room: $2,950 per semester
On-Campus Board is optional
19 meals/week plan: $2,505.50 per semester
190 meal block: $2,339.50 per semester
150 meal block: $2,085 per semester
Off-Campus Housing: Varies
Note: The College reserves the right to change the fees and charges when necessary.
Program Calendar 2013-2014
Orientation: 08/12/13 - 08/19/13
Rotations begin: 08/26/13
Labor Day holiday: 09/02/13
Thanksgiving break: 11/27/13 - 11/29/13
Rotations resume: 12/2/13
Winter break: 12/23/13 - 01/03/13
Rotations resume: 01/06/14
Spring Break: 03/03/14 - 03/07/14
Rotations resume: 03/10/14
Rotations end: 04/18/14
Vacation: 19 scheduled days
Payment and Refund of Tuition
Interns are required to pay a non-refundable $500 deposit on tuition upon acceptance into the program. Half of the remaining fees for the program must be paid, or suitable arrangements made with Cedar Crest College prior to the internship orientation as well as prior to beginning any didactic courses or supervised practice rotations. The second half of the remaining fees must be paid, or suitable arrangements made with Cedar Crest College prior to resuming any didactic courses or supervised practice rotations following the program's winter break. All fees and tuitions are non-refundable.
Orientation to the Dietetic Internship is conducted onsite at Cedar Crest College and is mandatory. It is an eight-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: Kati Fosselius, MS, RD, LDN- B.A. in English, Wesleyan University; M.S. in Nutrition and Food Science, San Jose State University
Program Coordinator: Tara Miltenberger, RD, LDN - B.S. in Biology, Moravian College
Administrative Assistant to the Dietetic Internship: Bonie Heydt
Administrative Assistant to the Nutrition Department and Dietetic Internship: Lesley Jones
Department of Nutrition Chair: Dr. Martine Scannavino - Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition, M.S. in Nutrition, Hunter College; D.H.Sc. in Health Science Nova Southeastern University
Verification Statement & Certificate
Upon successful completion of all didactic coursework and supervised practice, the Program Director will provide the graduates with the required registration eligibility paperwork. The Program Director will also provide each graduate with five 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. Upon successful completion of all didactic coursework and supervised practice hours and assignments, all interns will also receive a Dietetic Internship Certificate signed by both the Program Director and the President of Cedar Crest College.
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) dictates how the interns deal with patients', clients', and 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.
Code of Ethics
Interns are expected to comply with all aspects of the American Dietetic Association's Code of Ethics as the guiding principles governing all members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.