Dietetic Internship Program

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    Dietetic Internship Open House

    University of Maryland Eastern Shore
    Richard A Henson Center
    Conference Room 1116
    Friday, January 11, 2019
    4:30 p.m.

    Please RSVP to:   
    Michael Kirtsos, MS, RD, CSSD, CDN

    Accreditation Status                                                                      
    The Dietetic Internship Program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) is a performance-based program with a Diabetes Education and Counseling concentration designed to bridge the gap between didactic education and entry-level dietetic practice.   This program is approved for six full-time interns, which includes a preselect option for qualified undergraduate UMES students, and is accredited through the Accreditation Council for Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), which is the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  The Accreditation Council for Nutrition and Dietetics is located at the following address:

    120 South Riverside Plaza
    Suite 2190    
    Chicago, IL  60606-6995
    800/877-1600, ext. 5400
    Fax: 312/899-4817


    **Dietitians and nutritionists are required to be licensed to practice in the state of Maryland.  Please refer to the Maryland State Board of Dietetic Practice website for specific information regarding this requirement.** 

    Mission, Goals and Measurable Outcomes

    The program's mission is to provide a variety of experiential learning and professional development opportunities to enable program graduates to develop entry-level competence for dietetic practice in diverse communities. The goals and measurable outcomes for this supervised practice program are noted as follows:

    Goal One: The UMES dietetic Internship will prepare graduates who are competent for entry-level practice in dietetics.

    Outcome Measures:

    1. A minimum of 80% of graduates will pass the Registration Examination for Dietitians on the first attempt.
    2. A minimum of 75% of employers will rank interns as "good" or "satisfactory" or higher on survey items.
    3. A minimum of 80% of students will successfully completed the UMES dietetic Internship and receive a verification statement within a maximum of 61 weeks (150% of the time).
    4. A minimum of 80% of graduates will secure full or part time employment in the field of nutrition and dietetics within one year of graduation

    Goal Two: The UMES dietetic internship graduates will contribute to the field of dietetics through leadership or community service and life-long learning.

    Outcomes Measures:

    1. A minimum of 25% of graduates will respond they have held leadership positions or have completed community service.
    2. A minimum of 50% of graduates will indicate they have attended or at least one program sponsored by a professional dietetic or health-related association.

    Goal Three: The UMES dietetic internship program will prepare competent Registered Dietitians who have a strong diabetes knowledge base.

    Outcomes Measures:

    1.  A minimum of 50% of graduates will state they attended continuing education programs focusing on diabetes or have obtained membership in a diabetes related practice group or association.       

                 Program outcome data are available from the director upon request.

    Program Schedule

    The program length is 41 weeks, commencing on September 3, 2019 and concluding on June 11, 2020. Didactic and supervise practice experiences include approximately:   

    Diabetes 160 hours
    Long-Term Care or Developmental Disability 120 hours
    Food Service Management 160 hours
    Renal 80 hours
    MAC, Inc. 24 hours
    Research 60 hours
    Clinical Acute and/or Clinical Rehab 460 hours
    WIC 32 hours
    Psychiatric 32 hours
    School Nutrition 160 hours
    Total supervised practice hours (minimum) 1288 hours
    Didactic and Professional Meetings 200 hours

    Affiliation Sites

    Program experiences are designed in categories of dietetic subspecialties to clinical nutrition, foodservice management and community nutrition.  Some of the program partners include: 

    Atlantic General Hospital & Diabetes Program HealthSouth Chesapeake Rehabilitation Center
    Nanticoke Memorial Hospital & Diabetes Program Wicomico Nursing Home
    Holly Center MAC, Inc. - Area Agency on Aging
    Peninsula Regional Medical Center The Pines Genesis Healthcare
    Seaford Schools Food and Nutrition Services Deer's Head Hospital Center & Dialysis Center
    Wicomico County Health Department -  WIC Program Fresenius Dialysis Center
    Laurel School District Peninsula Medical Center Diabetes Education Center
    Eastern Shore Hospital Salisbury University
    Dorchester School District Genesis Health Care - Salisbury


    Program Completion Requirements and Graduate Credit

    Interns must complete a minimum of 1288 supervised practice hours as noted on their time sheet and 100% of all competencies with a level of competent (3) or higher on the performance matrix, a minimum score of 75% on the final examination and an 80% on each individual assignment including class quizzes, class assignments, journal presentations and case studies to be considered for graduation from the dietetic internship program.

    Interns register for two graduate credits during the internship one for each semester. 

    Program Estimated Costs

    Part-time Graduate Tuition, Fees and Other Cost Maryland Residents Non- Maryland Resident
    Application Fee (Non-Refundable) $       50.00 $      50.00
    Athletic Fee           42.00         42.00
    Tuition: 2 Credits                 650.00     1,208.00
    Student Fee             30.00         30.00
    Technology Fee           8.00           8.00
    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Membership          50.00         50.00
    Program Fee (Non-Refundable)     5,000.00     5,000.00
    CPR Certification (estimate)          90.00          90.00
    Housing - off campus estimate *     7,500.00     7,500.00
    Meals     2,000.00     2,000.00
    Books and Other Supplies        600.00        600.00
    Transportation/Parking     3,000.00     3,000.00
    Misc. (i.e., Background Check, Drug Screen, etc.) and membership        500.00        500.00
    Total   19,520.00   20,078.00

    *The internship program fee is due by September 3, 2019.

    Housing Information

    Salisbury, Maryland Chamber of Commerce   (

    Application Procedure 

    UMES will participate in DICAS- the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System

    The application must be submitted through the ACEND - Dietetic Internship Central Application System The following items must be included in the online application:

    • Completed Program Application through DICAS - for the spring match.  The DICAS will require payment for each application submitted along with the following items:

                       > One official transcript from each institution attended submitted through the DICAS system. 
                           A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required and a 3.0 science GPA.

                       > Signed and dated Statement of Intent to Complete Degree Requirements for the Didactic

                          > Three ACEND Recommendation Forms, two of which are completed by major professors.

                          > A typewritten letter of application which includes a discussion of your interest in the profession,
                             short-term and long-term goals, and a statement regarding your attributes and why you are
                             uniquely suited for this program.

                          > Qualifying applicants will be contacted for a telephone interview.

    • Students must submit the DPD Verification Statement and final transcript(s) showing awarded degree prior to starting the program.
    • Application fee of $ 50.00 payable to "U M E S" by check or money order (nonrefundable) sent separately to the Dietetic Internship Director indicating that an application was submitted to DICAS.
    • Please note that our internship program does not satisfy the requirements for a full time student on an F -1 visa or work visa. Please contact UMES Admissions Office or Human Resources for more information.

    Computer Matching

    All applicants to this Dietetic Internship (DI) Program must participate in computer matching. Applicants must register with D&D Digital online at; pay the $50.00 computer matching fee by credit card, enter contact information and Dietetic Internship priority choices by 11:59 PM CST on February 15, 2019.

    The application fee of $50.00 to UMES must be postmarked by February 15, 2019 and submitted to:  Dietetic Internship Director.


    D & D Digital Systems will inform each applicant of his or her match status on April 7, 2019. Applicants matched to this program must notify the Program Director by telephone, fax or email of their acceptance or rejection of the appointment to the director as noted above. This notification must be received on April 8, 2019 by 6 p.m. EDST. Second round match will begin on April 9, 2019.

    Dietetic Internship Director
    Department of Human Ecology
    2101 Richard A. Henson Center
    University of Maryland Eastern Shore
    Princess Anne, MD 21853
    Telephone: 410-651-7578    
    Fax: 410-651-8265

    Review Dietetic Internship Handbook Here

    Eligibility Requirements for Dietitians