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Cedar Crest Nutrition Department Offers New Dietetic Internship Program

Allentown, Pa. (July 19, 2010)—Cedar Crest College will offer a new post-baccalaureate dietetic internship program, beginning in August.

The 10-month internship program will combine classroom instruction with 1,200 hours of supervised practice at partner institutions and organizations. Participants will complete experiences in clinical nutrition, food service and management, and community nutrition settings. Successful completion of a dietetic internship is a requirement to become a registered dietitian.


According to Shelley DePinto, MS, RD, newly appointed dietetic internship director in the department of nutrition at Cedar Crest College, the addition of the dietetic internship program serves a nationwide need for such programs. She noted: “The College’s program is exceptionally well balanced, providing experience throughout the life span.”

Martine Scannavino, DHSc, chair of the department of nutrition, added: “We are very excited about our dietetic internship. We are delighted to play an ongoing and integral role in the education of future dietetic professionals in our community and across the United States. This program will enhance Cedar Crest College’s and our department’s ongoing commitment to health, wellness and education in the community.” 

Partner organizations include Allentown School District; Allentown and Bethlehem health bureaus; Weller Health Education Center in Easton; Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers; the Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program; Cura Hospitality, which operates Phoebe Nursing Homes in Allentown and Quakertown; Reading Dialysis Center; Allen Center for Nutrition at Cedar Crest College, which is the community outreach arm of the nutrition department; and Parkhurst Dining Services, which operates the College’s dining hall.

Cedar Crest College has already filled the initial dietetic internship class for 2010-11, which will include 10 students who will study primarily in the Lehigh Valley. In year two, the program will be expanding to include 10 onsite and 15 distance interns for a total of 25 students. The internship pledges 40 percent of available slots to Cedar Crest College graduates who successfully complete the baccalaureate program in dietetics and meet application requirements.

To be eligible for the dietetic internship program applicants must have an undergraduate degree in food and nutrition science or dietetics that meets the accreditation standards of the Commission on Accreditation of Education (CADE) for Didactic Programs in Dietetics (DPD), and an overall GPA of 3.0 or better. 

For information on the dietetic internship program and all program requirements contact Shelley DePinto at 610-606-4666, ext. 3445.


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Last Updated: 7/19/10