The Dietetic Internship Program at the University of the Incarnate Word offers a 8-month program for full-time interns in San Antonio, Texas, and a 11-month program for part-time interns in San Antonio, Texas. This internship has a concentration in Diversity in Nutrition Care. Interns will have supervised practice experiences in hospitals (general clinical and intensive care/nutrition support, clinical management, foodservice management), outpatient clinics, renal dialysis clinics, home and hospice care, a corporate product development kitchen, school districts, long-term care, food bank, child daycare, and WIC clinics. All supervised practice experiences occur off-campus and therefore, require each student to have reliable transportation and current liability insurance.
The UIW Dietetic Internship is currently granted continued accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the American Dietetic Association, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312/899-0040 ext. 5400.
The Dietetic Internship program provides the supervised practice hours necessary in the training of registered dietitians/nutritionists (RDNs). Interns must have already completed a Didactic Program in Dietetics through an ACEND-accredited program before starting the internship. Upon completion of the Dietetic Internship, graduates are eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians/Nutritionists. In the state of Texas, those successfully completing the RDN exam are then eligible to apply for licensure. For further information about the process for becoming a RDN, please refer to What is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist? http://www.eatrightpro.org/resources/about-us/what-is-an-rdn-and-dtr/what-is-a-registered-dietitian-nutritionist For further information about licensure of dietitians in Texas, please refer to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/diet/diet.htm
The Mission of the University of the Incarnate Word Nutrition Program is to prepare professionals committed to providing nutrition and dietetic services to improve the health and well-being of individuals and groups. The program emphasizes the importance of scientific and evidence-based practice, ethical decision-making, and understanding of social justice issues including regional through global ecological dimensions of food and nutrition.
The Dietetic Internship prepares competent, entry-level registered dietitians to meet the regional needs of individuals and groups while interacting with clients and colleagues with professionalism and respect for individual human dignity.
Program Goals and Objectives
The goals and accompanying objectives for the University of the Incarnate Word Dietetic Internship are as follow.
Goal 1: The dietetic internship will prepare innovative, competent, entry-level dietitians committed to the advancement of the profession of dietetics.
Objectives for Goal 1:
Goal 2: The dietetic internship will increase the supply of registered dietitians prepared to meet the nutritional needs of South Texas.