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Dietetic Internship Program

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    Dietetic Internship Open House

    Jan 14, 2022 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

    UMES Internship PowerPoint Presentation

    Please RSVP to:   
    Michael Kirtsos, MS, RDN, CSSD, LDN

    Want to see what the dietetic internship is like, check out what our dietetic interns are doing on our UMES blog and Instagram at:

    UMES Dietetic Internship (@umesdietetics) • Instagram photos and videos

    Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website:

    In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited DPD program and receive a verification statement are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program and upon completion may apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.

    In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice.

    For more information about state licensure requirements click here,

    For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here,

    Accreditation Status                                                                      
    The Dietetic Internship Program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) is an ACEND-accredited supervised practice 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 prepare program graduates as entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists for dietetics 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:

    a. 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%.

    b. A minimum of 75% of employers will rank graduates as "good" or "satisfactory" or higher regarding the graduate’s nutrition knowledge and preparation for entry-level practice.

    c. At least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within 15.5 months (150% of the program length).

    d. Of graduates who seek employment, 80 percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation. 

    e. 90 percent of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.

    f. A minimum of 60% of graduates responding to a survey will indicate the variety of learning and professional development opportunities as a strength of the internship program.

    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:                                                                                                                                                       

    a. A minimum of 25% of graduates responding to a survey will report holding a leadership position and/or participating in community service within one year of program completion.

    b. A minimum of 50% of graduates responding to a survey will indicate they have attended at least one program sponsored by a professional dietetic and/or health-related association within one year of program completion.

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

    Outcomes Measures:                                                                                                                                                    

    a. 25% of graduates responding to a survey will indicate they are currently working towards obtaining their Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) certification.   

    b. 80% of graduates responding to a survey will indicate they felt the internship provided them with a good background in diabetes.   


    Program outcome data are available from the director upon request.

    Program Schedule

    The program length is 41 weeks, commencing on September 7, 2021 and concluding on June 23, 2022. Didactic and supervise practice experiences include approximately:   

    Diabetes   160 hours
    Long-Term Care or Developmental Disability   120 hours
    Food Service Management   176 hours
    Renal     80 hours
    Core Life     40 hours
    Research     60 hours
    Clinical Acute and/or Clinical Rehab   460 hours
    WIC     40 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 Encompass Health Rehab Hospital
    Tidal Health Nanticoke Memorial Hospital & Diabetes Program Wicomico Nursing Home
    Holly Center Core Life
    Tidal Health Peninsula Regional Medical Center Delmar School District  
    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 Tidal Health Peninsula Regional Medical Center Nutrition and Diabetes Education
    Fixer Upper Fitness Salisbury University
    Dorchester School District Worcester County Health Department
    Moveable Feast



    Note this program requires all interns to have a car as they will be commuting to sites by car throughout the Eastern Shore of Delmarva.  Public transportation is not available for these sites.

    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
    Tuition: 2 Credits                 678.00     1,256.00
    Auxiliary Operations and Facility Fee per credit hour             78.00         78.00
    Technology Fee per credit hour           9.00           9.00
    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Membership          58.00         58.00
    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     2,500.00     2,500.00
    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   20,063.00   20,641.00

    *The internship program fee is due by August 13, 2021.

    Financial Aid

    Students in the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Dietetic Internship are not eligible for financial aid as the dietetic internship only provides 2 graduate credits over the 10 months period.  

    Applicants are encouraged to apply for scholarships through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and their state/local dietetic associations.

    Housing Information

    Pre-Select Option

    UMES DPD seniors are eligible to participate in the pre-selection process. A maximum of two slots may be available after the selection committee evaluation. A completed application, three letters of recommendation and $50 application fee must be submitted to the director by January 8th, 2021. If chosen as a possible candidate. Students will be contacted for a personal interview. A decision about placement will be determined by January 29th, 2021.  Students will be evaluated regarding volunteer experience, clinical experience, food service experience, references, grades and application instructions. Inconsistencies and omissions in the application will not be considered. 

    Application Procedure 

    To be eligible to apply, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

    • Applicant has completed Didactic Program in Dietetics academic requirements.
    • Applicant must have received either an "intent to Complete" form or a "Verification Statement" from their Didactic Program in Dietetics.
    • Applicant (has or will have) completed a B.S. or B.A. degree prior to beginning the internship program.
    • Applicant has earned an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 out of 4.0.
    • Applicant has had experience (paid or unpaid) in a food service, community and / or clinical dietetic setting.

    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.

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

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

                     > 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

    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

    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, 2022.

    The application fee of $50.00 to UMES must be postmarked by February 15, 2022 and submitted to:  Dietetic Internship Director.


    D & D Digital Systems will inform each applicant of his or her match status on April 4, 2022. 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 5, 2022 by 6 p.m. EDST. Second round match will begin on April 7, 2022.

    Dietetic Internship Director
    1 College Backbone Road
    University of Maryland Eastern Shore
    Department of Human Ecology
    2107 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