Dietetic Internship Program

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The post baccalaureate Dietetic Internship and Master of Science in Nutrition (MS) program provides 1,280 hours of supervised practice and 33 credit hours of didactic education designed to help interns meet Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) core competencies for entry-level dietitians. Interns who meet all program requirements and successfully complete the 33 hours of graduate credit will receive a Master of Science (MS) in Nutrition degree. After completion of our program, interns are prepared to sit for the national Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR) credentialing exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

About the Online Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetic Internship Program

The Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetic Internship program is 15 months or 4 semesters in duration.  Students accepted into the Murray State Dietetic Internship will earn 21 graduate-credit hours while completing supervised practice training and an additional 12 hours of online coursework for a total of 33 credit hours. Supervised practice experiences are planned to provide a progression from direct supervision to working independently with little supervision during the Advanced Practice rotation at the end of your training. The program is rigorous and fast-paced requiring additional time outside of scheduled work hours to complete curriculum competency assignments, projects, and homework.

About the program

The Dietetic Internship and Master of Science in Nutrition program is four semesters in duration. Applicants must meet the Graduate Admissions requirements at Murray State University.

Dietetic internship placement map highlights areas in Kentucky, TN, IndianaSupervised Practice Sites

Once the intern is admitted and the program has begun, each intern will spend time at supervised training sites, which include a Public Health Department, Hospital, and Long-Term Care facility. Each site is different and interns can give preference to the city in which they would like to complete their internship experience.

Advantages of the Murray State Dietetic Internship Program

  • Strong, structured curriculum with proven successful outcomes on credentialing exam
  • Long standing relationship with facilities & preceptors
  • Close and active communication with faculty and preceptors
  • Past interns serve as preceptors at all of our facilities
  • Low intern to preceptor ratio
  • Variety of facilities to accommodate intern preferences
  • Internship rotations in same geographical location
  • Internship hours provide 24 out of 38 hours of completion towards a MS degree
  • Provide RD review course on campus the last 3 days of the program

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Requirements

Criteria requirements:

  • DPD Verification Statement
  • Undergraduate GPA – 3.0 or higher; DPD GPA 3.4 or higher
  • Graduate GPA 3.5 or higher (if applicable)
  • GRE – 145 in Quantitative and Verbal; 4 on written
  • Total of 400 hours or more of nutrition/dietetic-related experience or work
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Internship Supervised Training Site Rotations and Course Schedule

Summer Semester 1

Course Duration (Weeks) Credit Hours
NTN 610: Professional Dietetics Practice 5 (online) 3
NTN 622: Trends in Food Supply 10 (online) 3
NTN 640: Orientation I 1 (MSU campus) 1

Fall Semester

Course Duration (Weeks) Credit Hours
NTN 635: Pharmacology for Allied Health Professionals 16 (online) 3
NTN 643: Community Nutrition 5 (at community training site*) 2
NTN 642: Management Practice in Dietetics 5 (at hospital training site*) 2
NTN 645: Pathophysiology for Nutrition-Related Diseases 16 (online) 3

Spring Semester

Course Duration (Weeks) Credit Hours
NTN 641: Medical Nutrition Therapy I 6 (at hospital training site*) 3
NTN 651: Medical Nutrition Therapy II 8 (at hospital training site*) 4
NTN 620: Long Term Care 16 (online with 3 week rotation at a LTC training site) 3

Summer Semester 2

Course Duration (Weeks) Credit Hours
NTN 653: Advanced Practice 5 (at hospital training site*) 3
NTN 621: Performance Nutrition 10 (online) 3

*Interns at training sites will complete ACEND required competencies as well as online assignments and homework for graduate credit as listed.

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Insurance requirements

Health Insurance

All interns must be covered by health insurance while enrolled in the program. Evidence of coverage must be provided prior to beginning the Murray State internship program.

Professional Liability

Healthcare Professional Liability Malpractice Insurance will be purchased by interns through Murray State University in the amount of 1,000,000/3,000,000. The cost of premiums vary each year.

Accreditation

The Dietetic Internship Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995

Any questions regarding accreditation may be directed to the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at 1-800-877-1600, ext. 5400 or 312-899-0040, ext. 5400 or visit the ACEND's website at http://www.eatrightpro.org/ACEND

Contact Us

Doctor Lori Crouch, Professor for Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Management
Lori Crouch, MS, RD, LD
Director of Dietetic Internship (DI)
203 North Applied Science
lcrouch1@murraystate.edu
Office - 270.809.3964
Fax - 270.809.6950
about Lori

Education

MS in Dietetics from Murray State University
BS in Dietetics from the University of Kentucky

Courses Taught at Murray State

Clinical Instructor with the Dietetic Internship Program
NTN 200 Introduction to the Profession
NTN 231 Principles of Food Science and Preparation 
NTN 499 Senior Seminar

Certification and Licensure

Registered Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetic Registration
Licensed Dietitian with the Kentucky State Board of Licensure

Professional Experience Prior to Murray State

Consulting Clinical Dietitian, Murray, Kentucky. 1988 to 2000.
Clinical Dietitian, Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, Ohio. 1985 to 1988.

Professional Organizations

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Kentucky Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Western District of the Kentucky Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics